A Beery Merry Christmas!

Our 2012 Christmas List

Our 2012 Christmas List

Let the Festivities Begin!

 

The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves 

Au Baron (Bailleux)  Saison Saint Médard Noël

Ommegang Biere D’Hougoumont

Gouden Carolus Noël

Fantôme de Noël

St Bernardus Christmas Ale

Scaldis (Bush) Noël

Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2011

Abbaye des Rocs Triple Impériale

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter

Dugges High Five!

Westvleteren XII (x 2)

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2009

Stone 12 Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

 

This is what’s on our Christmas List, we hope you get everything on your Christmas List too!

Happy Holidays!

Ruth & Mike

Bon Beer Voyage

Beer # 187 Goose Island Matilda

Goose Island Matilda

Name: Matilda

Style:  Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Brewery:  Goose Island website

Country: USA

Region: Chicago, Illinois

ABV: 7.0% abv

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

My Overall Opinion: Good

I paired this beer with: Giants vs 49er’s NFC Championship Game & leftover Ruth’s Chris Rib-eye steak and a potato knish.

Tasted on:  Sunday  January 22, 2012

Notes:  Bottle 11/16/09

The beer poured a hazy orangey golden color with a 1 finger head which dissipated rather quickly leaving a mild lacing on the glass.

The nose was sweet and malty / bready with some Belgian yeast notes and a hint of orange and spices.     

The taste was slightly sweet of bread crust, malt and orange.  There was a slight musty flavor in the background with some spiciness and not much tartness from the Brettanomyces.  The beer finished dry.

The body was of a medium body with a low level of carbonation and very little effect from the alcohol.

The drinkability was decent for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

On the Label:  2009.

Pale Ale Re-Fermented with Brettanomyces.  7% Alcohol  By Volume, 650 ml – 1 Pint 6 Fl OZ.  Develops in the Bottle For Up To 5 Years. Contains Live Yeast.  Sediment May Form.

From their website:

Brewer’s Notes:

Wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.

Recipe Information:

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
International Bitterness Units: 32
Color: Golden Sunrise
Hops: Styrian, Saaz
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass

Food Pairings: Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors complement fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.

Cheese Pairings: Camembert, Washed Rind Cheeses
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

Availability:

Year Round
Bottles: 4pks, 650mL
Draft: 1/6 & 1/2bbl

Great American Beer Festival Recognition:

Judging Category: Belgian and French Style Ale
2005: Gold Medal

World Beer Cup Recognition:

Judging Category: Belgian and French Style Ale
2008: Silver Medal
2006: Silver Medal

World Beer Championships Recognition:

Judging Category: Belgian Style Amber Ale
2011: Gold Medal

Complete Awards List

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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

Impromptu Tasting of 19 Beers.

Saturday night started out as 3 couples (my wife & I, my neighbor and another couple) who planned a mellow evening of grilling steak and drinking only a few beers.  Well it turned out to become an impromptu tasting in which we had the opportunity to taste 13 different beers style from the 19 beers we went through that evening.   

After 19 beers & 24 glasses

Here are almost all the bottles and all of the glassware 6 people went through on the evening.  Having all those beers made cleaning the glasses a little easier.

 The Aperitif Beers:   

 

Cigar City Jai Alai

Beer #1:  Jai Alai

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.5% 

21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Beer #2:  Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery.   San Francisco, California

Style: American Wheat/Fruit                                

ABV: 4.9% 

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Beer #3: Vin de Céréale.  2004 bottle #7392

 Brewery: Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.  Roeselare Belgium (Brouwerij Palm NV)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 10.0% 

Goose Island Sofie 2009

Beer #4:  Sofie

Brewery: Goose Island.  Chicago, Illinois

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 6.5% 

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer #5:  Beer Geek Breakfast

Brewery: Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Oatmeal Stout w/ Coffee

ABV: 7.5%  

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

Beer #6:  Just Outstanding IPA

Brewery: Kern River Brewing Company.  Kernville, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 6.8%  

Pisgah Baptista

Beer #7:  Pisgah Baptista

Brewery: Pisgah Brewing Co.  Black Mountain, North Carolina

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 11.5%

 Dinner drinks:

Beers #8 & #9 were paired with grilled Filet Mignon, grilled asparagus and corn on the cob.

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Beer #8:  Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Brewery: Ølfabrikken   Roskilde, Denmark

Style: Dubbel

ABV: 8.5% 

AleSmith 2009 Decadence

Beer #9:  Decadence 2009 Anniversary Ale

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: Dunkel Weizenbock

ABV: 9.0%

 Pre Dessert Beers: 

 
 
 

Good Karma Tripel version 5, 6 and 9

Vertical Tasting of Good Karma Tripel Version #5, #6 & #9

(IMHO Version #6 was the better of the three. It is an outstanding example of the classic Belgian Tripel)

 Beer #10:  Tripel #5 (made with Westmalle yeast) 

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #11:  Tripel #6 (made with LaChouffe yeast,  sold as Ardennes yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #12:  Tripel #9   (made with Uniboue yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 The Dessert Beers, Part 1:

Beer #13 & #14 are paired with chocolate cover strawberries

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #13: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2% 

Consecration in the glass with Supplication, Crème Brûleé, Older Viscosity & Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Beer #14:  Older Viscosity

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.10%

 The Palate Cleanser:  

Beer #15:  Supplication

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 7.0%

The Dessert Beers, Part 2:

Beer #16 was paired with a chocolate lava cake.

 

 Beer #16:  Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Brewery:  Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee

ABV: 10.9%

 The Digestif Beers: 

 
 
 

De Dolle Stille Nacht

Beer #17:  Stille Nacht

Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers.  Esen, Belgium

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 12.0%

 

Beer #18: Consecration

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 10.0%

De Proefbrouwerij Boerinneken

 Beer #19:  Boerinneken

Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot).  Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9.5%

 My Favorite Brew of the Day:

Vin de Céréale. 

 My Least Favorite Brew of the Day:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Ale

 
 
 
 
 

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Beer #102 Goose Island Sofie

Goose Island Sofie

Name: Sofie

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.   website

Country: USA

Region: Chicago, IL

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 650ml capped bottle poured into a Triple Petrus glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: a Gyro platter.

Tasted on:  Tuesday April 20th, 2010. 

Note:  Bottled on February 19, 2010.    Bottle says you can age this up to 5 years, so I drank this one fairly fresh. I’ll save my other bottles to try in 6 months and then a 12-18 months to see if this changed for the better or worse with aging.  As Saisons go, this is on the “light” side of tartness and funkiness. However there is still a lot going on in this brew as it was well balanced for a farmhouse ale with hints of citrus and pepper.  It was quite refreshing.   I will be looking to try this one again.  

On the Label:  Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.  Contains live yeast.  A sediment may form.  80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel.

From their website:  Brewmasters Notes

Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.

Recipe Information:

Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
International Bitterness Units: 25
Color: Champagne
Hops: Amarillo
Malt: Pilsner, Wheat

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Sofie pairs with a wide variety of foods, its light and refreshing qualities complement lighter flavors like fresh oysters and contrast rich shellfish like lobster.

Cheese Pairings: Brie
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

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Beer #40 Goose Island Christmas Ale

Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009

Name: Goose Island Christmas Ale

Style: Brown Ale

Brewery: Goose Island website

Country: USA

Region:  Chicago, Illinois

ABV: 5.7%

How served: 650ml capped bottle poured into a Postel chalice.    

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: Gnocchi and an Italian sausage based marinara sauce.  

Tasted on: Friday December 04, 2009

Note: This is their 2009 version.  The bottle says “develops in the bottle over 5 years”, well I didn’t want to wait 5 years, so I drank some today.  Glad I did, as I do have a few other bottles to see how it ages.  Bottle also say “Best enjoyed in a nonic pint”, well I chose my Postel chalice instead, don’t hink it effected the flavor in a negative way.  Grab a bottle and see.

Brewmasters Notes:

“Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas Ale, and with each year we change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to. Traditionally, our Christmas Ale is a complex brown ale that develops well in the bottle for up to five years.”

Tides and Tidings of Goodwill:

“It has been the tradition at Goose Island to change the recipe of our Christmas Ale so that each year we can share a newly brewed gift with our friends and community. Starting in 2009, we’ve decided to extend the tradition of giving with a gift to a Chicago charity that helps to spread holiday cheer. We are donating a portion of the profits from this year’s Christmas Ale to the Chicago Christmas Ship. Each year the ship sails from the shores of Michigan to Chicago with a hull of Christmas trees to be given to many disadvantaged families in Chicago. This year by raising a glass to toast the holidays with your friends and family, you can help us raise a tree – and the spirits – of another Chicago family.”

Learn more about the Chicago’s Christmas Ship at www.christmasship.org

Recipe Information:

Style: Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.7
International Bitterness Units: Change year to year
Color: Chocolate
Hops: Change year to year
Malt: Pale, Extra Special Briess, Dark

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Nonic
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Ham, Turkey, Lamb
Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Dry Jack
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

This is the 9th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 20 more beers until Christmas!

Beer #19 Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2008

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

 

Name: Bourbon County Brand Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

Brewery: Goose Island website

Country: USA

Region: Chicago, IL

ABV: 13.0%

How served: 12oz can which I poured into a Trappistenbier (Westmalle) Chaise.

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Nothing just had it as an after dinner sipper.

Tasted on: Wednesday November 11, 2009

Note: This bottle was dated 2008.

From the Goose Island Website:
Brewmasters Notes:

Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. A great cigar beer.

Recipe Information:

Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 13%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Willamette
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Snifter
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

World Beer Cup Recognition:
Judging Category: Barrel Aged Beer
2006: Gold Medal 
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