Beer #173 Terrapin TomFoolery (Side Project Volume 14)

Terrapin TomFoolery (Side Project volume 14)

Name: TomFoolery (Side Project Volume 14)

Style:  Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company.  Website

Country: USA

Region:   Athens, Georgia

ABV: 7.30% abv

How served:  22 oz capped and gold foiled bottle poured into a Lamoral degmont glass. 

My Overall Opinion:  Good

I paired this beer with:  Hot & Spicy grilled Italian sausages. 

Tasted on:  Monday June 6, 2011  

Notes:  This is a Black Saison Ale

The beer poured a dark brownish black with a large 3 finger tan head, which left a nice lacing on my glass.   

The nose was a mix of what you would expect from most saisons, spicy and fruity notes, plus what is not normally found in a saison, roasted and toasted malts.

The taste started off with the roasted malt flavors and was followed with mild funkiness, citrus fruits and mild pepper which ended on the dry side.  The entire flavor profile was on the light and mild side.

It had a nice medium body with a crisp/pleasant carbonation level.    

 The drinkability was easy going, but much less refreshing as I would expect in a saison.

Overall I felt that this was an interesting twist on the saison style, but IMHO I would much rather have the roasted malt flavors left out of my saison, as it made it less refreshing than I would like in this style.

On the LabelTomfoolery “Black Saison” is the latest addition to our Side Project series of beers. Number 14 on the list, this ale boasts an uncharacteristic black color for a traditional Saison, but is just untraditional enough for our experimental mentality.

Made with a silly amount of rye, wheat and black malts, this dark spicy beverage will tickle the taste buds of any court jester in the land. We hope you enjoy our light hearted attempt at making this traditional style with foolish brewing behavior.

 Cheers! Spike and John.

Spike’s brewing words of wisdom: Brewing beer is serious business… but what you have here is pure shenanigans!

From their website:   

Volume 14 – Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery “Black Saison” is the latest addition to our Side Project series of beers. Number 14 on the list, this ale boasts an uncharacteristic black color for a traditional Saison, but is just untraditional enough for our experimental mentality.

Made with a silly amount of rye, wheat and black malts, this dark spicy beverage will quench the thirst of any court jester in the land. We hope you enjoy our light hearted attempt at making this traditional style with foolish brewing behavior.

Spike’s Brewing Words of Wisdom: Beer is serious business…what you do after consumption often times is not.

 O.G. 15.2 F.G. 1.5 ABV% 7.4

Hops: Golding, Willamette, Vanguard

Malts: Pale ,Vienna, Wheat Rye, DH Carafa III, Acidulated

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Beer #172 Mission Shipwrecked

Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA

Name: Shipwrecked

Style:  Imperial IPA

Brewery: Mission Brewery.  Website

Country: USA

Region:   Chula Vista, California

ABV: 9.25% abv

How served:  22 oz capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip glass.  

My Overall Opinion:  Good

I paired this beer with:  Grilled Knockwurst and sauerkraut.   Nice pairing.

Tasted on:  Wednesday June 1, 2011  

Notes:  The beer poured a hazy amber with a huge off white fluffy 3 finger head which left a nice sticky lacing on the glass

The nose was light and pleasant with hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruits leaning to the sweet side.   

The taste started off with sweetness from the malts and then quickly switched to bitterness of grapefruit rinds and ended very dry with a not so pleasant lingering aftertaste.     

It had a nice medium mouthfeel with a nice pleasant carbonation level.    

 The drinkability was only OK due to the aftertaste which was very dry and bitter, but in a peculiar way.  The alcohol level of 9.25% was very nicely hidden and added a pleasant warmth to this brew.

There are too many very good double IPA in the market that I would much rather drink, so this brew will not get a second chance from me.

On the Label:  Double India Pale Ale.   A style of beer curiously born on the foggy shores of Father Junipero Serra’s first founding mission.  Our own vigorous entry is one rebellious IPA, quick on the trigger, and brimming with a bounty of hop ingenuity.  This is a big, bold, brazen beer, a restless vision or a new America.

From their website:   

Mission Shipwrecked Double I.P.A.
San Diego Style Double India Pale Ale
A amazingly balanced and hoppy beer, yet finishes as smooth as silk with no hint of high alcohol hotness usually associated with strong double IPA’s. Super citrus and grapefruit aromas and flavors from the generous use of Cascade, Magnum, Centennial and CTZ hops.
9.25% ABV, 75 IBU

Beer #171 Goose Island Pere Jacques 2010

Goose Island Pere Jacques 2010

Name: Pere Jacques 2010

Style:  Dubbel

Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.  website

Country: USA

Region:   Chicago, Illinois

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served:  22oz capped bottle poured into a Malheur glass.  

My Overall Opinion:  Good

I paired this beer with:  Grilled salmon steaks.   

Tasted on:  Wednesday May 25, 2011  

Notes:  The beer was a hazy light reddish brown.  On my first pour, which was aggressive, there was just about no head on the beer.  On my second pour I had a very thin layer of an off white head & on my 3rd and last pour (above photo) I ended up with a nice fluffy 1 finger off white head.  The foam on all 3 pours dissipated rather quickly leaving almost no lacing on my glass.

The nose was sweet with roasted malts, caramel, dark dried fruits and candi sugar.

The taste was very sweet and I picked up dried dark fruits and caramel, this brew finished on the drier side.   

It had a mild to medium mouthfeel with too little carbonation for the style.   

 The drinkability was very good with a nice warmth from the alcohol.

Overall I’m glad I had a chance to try it,  but I’ve had way too many better dubbels then this one.   If the carbonation level was a little higher I bet that this brew would have tasted less sweet to me & I would have most likely bumped this up to a Very Good.  

On the Label:  Bottle date: 02/26/10  lot 1456

Abbey ale inspired by visits to Belgium.  Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

From their website:   
Brewer’s Notes:

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

Recipe Information:

Style: Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
International Bitterness Units: 26
Color: Warm Molasses
Hops: Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel, Rye Flakes, Special B

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Food Pairings: Pere Jacques pairs with a wide variety of foods, its intense flavors complement rich flavors like bittersweet chocolate or wild game and contrast with spicy flavors like curries.

Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Stilton
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

World Beer Championships Recognition:

Judging Category: Abbey Dubbel Ale
2011: Gold Medal

Beer #159 New Belgium Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

Name: Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

Style:  Lambic – Kriek

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Inc.  website

Country: USA

Region: Fort Collins, Colorado

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Tumbler.

My Overall Opinion:  Good.

I paired this beer with: Bar-B-Que chicken.  Nice pairing!

Tasted on:  Tuesday February 7th, 2011  

Note:  This beer poured an opaque light red with a 1 finger fluffy white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.   The nose was of sweet cherries and oak.  The initial taste was of sweet hard cherry candy, some oak and finished with mild cherry tartness.   The mouthfeel was thin with a medium level of carbonation.   The drinkability was good with no notice of the 8% abv.  I felt like I was drinking a cherry soda rather than a Kriek Lambic.   This is one beer I would not be buying again anytime soon, as there are many other Krieks I have enjoyed and would rather have.  

On the Label:  45% ale with cherries added, 55% ale.  New Belgium ale blended with Brouwerij Frank Boon lambic with real cherries.  Travel to NewBelgium.com/TK

 From their websiteIn a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Brewerij Boon of Belgium have partnered together again to create Transatlantique Kriek – a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries.

This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Frank Boon’s brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium.  After more than two years aging, Boon’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert.  After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek.

 The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish.  Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.

 Just the facts Ma’am…

ABV – 8%

IBU – 8

Hops – Willamette

Malts – Pale, Red Wheat, Carapils, Roasted Barley

OG – 19.5

TG – 4.1

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Beer #158 Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

Name:  E.S. Bam

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale                  

Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales  website

Country: USA

Region:  Dexter, Michigan

ABV: 4.7% Abv

How served:  750 ml capped  bottle poured into a Kastaar tulip.            

My Overall Opinion:  Good. 

I paired this beer with: Orecchiette con Melannane.  This was a very good pairing

Tasted on:  Monday January 24th, 2011  

Note:  This beer poured a deep opaque brown/copper with a 2 finger tan head which left a fairly thin lacing on the glass.   The nose was mildly funky, earthy and of dried grass.  In the initial taste I got hit with lightly smoked wood and a very mild funkiness , then a mild malt sweetness which ended dry with some mild bitterness of the hops.  The underlining theme was light & mild.  The mouthfeel was thin with a medium to high level of carbonation.   The drinkability was excellent and refreshing.

On the Label:  Batch 288/289.  Hoppy Farmhouse Ale.  Bottle Conditioned

Bam is an Extra Special dog.  After surviving being struck by a car, he daily somehow manages to avoid being carried away by the largish birds of prey gliding overhead, riding unseen thermals.

Bam’s tenacity seems only to be surpassed by his oversized personality.  Join us in this celebration of his excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

 Cheers & Mahalo plenty!

 From their website:  

E.S. Bam – Extra Special Farmhouse Ale
A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.
Seasonal released in April
4.7% Alc./Vol.
750ml bottles – 12 case

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Beer #144 De Proef & Terrapin Monstre Rouge

De Proef & Terrapin Monstre Rouge

Name: Monstre Rouge

Style: Imperial Flanders Red Ale

Brewery: De Proef Brouwerij (bvba Andelot). & Terrapin Beer Co. “Brewmaster’s Collaboration”.

Country:  USA & Belgium

Region:  Brewed at  De Proef &Terrapin Monstre RougeBrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

ABV: 8.5% Abv

How served: 750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.            

My Overall Opinion:  Good.

I paired this beer with: Fish Stew. 

Tasted on:  Monday October 4th, 2010   

Note:  This beer poured an opaque reddish brown with a 3 finger a light brown head which left a thin lacing in the glass.    The nose was oaky and sweet with some mild piney hops.  The taste was not what I would consider to be that of a Flanders Red, let alone an Imperial Flanders Red. The taste was caramel sweet & rye bread up front then finished with a citrusy and piney hop bitterness. I was unable to detect any of the tartness you would usually get with a Flemish Red like Rodenbach Grand Cru or Vichtenaar. It tasted good, but not at all to the style. The mouthfeel was of a medium body, smooth and with a nice level of carbonation for the style.  The drinkability was pleasant with a nice level of warmth from the 8.5% abv.

On the Label:  Pushing the envelope and creating new beer styles is what Terrapin Beer Company is all about.  When our Brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski found that he would get the opportunity to help create the next “Brewmaster’s Collaboration” with Dirk Naudts from De Proef Brouwerij, all gloves and brewing boots were off!

To stay true to Terrapin Tradition, Spike and Dirk have outdone themselves by creating an Imperial Flanders Red Ale Called “Monstre Rouge.”  Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij in Lochristi Belgium, these two creative masterminds of malts and hops have come up with an offbeat style that combines new age American and old world Belgium brewing techniques.

Monstre Rouge is loosely based off Terrapin’s “Big Hoppy Monster” recipe with a little of Spike’s favorite ingredient (Rye Malt) thrown in for good measure.  Fermented with one of Dirk’s coveted yeast stains (Brettanomyces) and aged on toasted American oak, this beer is tart, sour, sweet, hoppy and woody all wrapped in a beautiful red color.  Brewed with a copious amount of crystal malts ranging in color from 20-75  lovibond as well as Munich and Rye, the Monstre Rouge is not your ordinary Flanders Red.  American hops impart hints of citrus and pine complementing the complex malt and yeast flavors.

We hope you enjoy our creation of water, malt, yeast and hops.

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Beer #142 Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.

Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi Double IPA

Name: Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.

Style: Imperial I.P.A.

Brewery: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery website.

Country:  USA

Region:  Akron, Ohio

ABV: 8.2% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.            

My Overall Opinion: Good. 

I paired this beer with: Grilled Tilapia marinated with a lemon and pepper topped with a spicy avocado salsa.  The pairing of this beer and the fish was very good, as the upfront sweet maltiness of the beer worked well with the spicy avocado salsa and the citrus finish of the beer worked well with the lemon pepper.

Tasted on:  Wednesday September 29th, 2010   

Note:  This beer poured a dark burnt orange with a thin 1 finger tan head which dissipated very quickly leaving only a minimal lacing on the glass.   The nose was sweet with only a hint of some citrus.   The taste started off sweeter than I was prepared for, making me think Barleywine not Double I.P.A., then near the middle to the end it finished with notes of grapefruit and orange rind bitterness and a hint of piney resin.   With each additional mouthful the beer became more bitter in the finish and left you with a very nice bitter feel on your tongue 5 minutes after the last sip.   The mouthfeel was of a medium body and feel with a nice level of carbonation.   The drinkability was good but not something I would want to rush to have another bottle/glassful.

This was a good beer & I’m very glad I had the opportunity to try it.  If you  find one yourself try it if you haven’t already, but there are too many other much better Imperial I.P.A.’s out in the market for me to consider buying this one again any time soon.

On the Label:  Life is measured by experiences!  Explore the extreme of the hops, and experience all of their bitterness, flavor and aroma with this Double I.P.A.   An extreme, super-assertive, and satisfying amount of American hop character is balanced with a toasty, caramelized, intense malt presence.   Specifications: 8.2% alc./vol  84 OG, 26 FG, 168 IBU.  Made from only the finest ingredients to create a superb, flavorful beer of the highest quality.

 From their website:  Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.

Explore the extremes of hops, and experience all of their bitterness, flavor and aroma with this Double I.P.A. An extreme, super-assertive and satisfying amount of American hop character is balanced with a toasty, caramelized, intense malt presence.

8.2% a/v | 84 OG (20°P) | 168 IBU

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