Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale

Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale. 11% ABV. 81 IBU.

Solid black, lush tan head, leaving lace.

Chocolate malt notes hit the nose first, following by dark fruits, cherries, while remaining on the side of dry, never sweet.

In the mouth: rich, full-bodied, long malty finish. A touch of oak. Chocolate meets cherries, ending dry. Nicely hopped, beautifully balanced. Uniquely flavored.

Yum. I like this.

There was a lot of gobbledygook on the label, maybe that will explain the 80's-style graphics of the label art design. Check here, but you'll have to look down a bit. Okay, I'll cheat and copy it for you....
CERISE STOUT IMPERIALE
ABV: 11%     IBU: 81     Color SRM: 79     First Brewed: 04-22-10

Totally radical chocolate-like aroma masks subtle notes of cherries and oak as a prelude to amped up flavors of rich, bitter, dark-chocolate malt combined with tart cherries and oak tannins that most definitely electrify this Belgian-style imperial stout's smooth, silky body and bone-dry finish.

Well, I still don't know why the nod to the '80's, but at least I know it's not just my imagination. Thanks to my brother Kevin for getting me this bottle.

Prairie Artisanal Ales Phantasmagoria Double India Pale Ale

Prairie Artisan Ales Phantasmagoria Double India Pale Ale . 8% ABV. 70 IBU. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Clouded, pale golden, lush ivory head atop.

Bold tropical fruit aromatics: mango, papaya, passionfruit. Citric traces, too, and maybe a touch of pine, but it’s mostly sweet and juicy.

In the mouth: lively hop attack on the tongue. Bitterness is big, fresh, vibrant, refreshing. Citrus-y notes in the hop profile pop up and compete with the sweet tropical tones. Juicy bumps up against sweet, taking turns with bitter. Medium-bodied, long, juicy/bitter finish.

This is one is just a little different. And I like that.

A little info stolen from somewhere: Phantasmagoria is an IPA that is low in malt flavors, but high in hops. We brew this beer as a nod to the big hoppy beers of the west coast. We use loads of citrusy and piney hops at the end of the boil and in the fermenter to make this beer a hop experience.

Bemidji Brewing Flanders Red Ale 2014

It's another one from last week's Minnesota Wild & Funky event, and I can't claim credit for bringing it in. Thanks go to Ryan from Indeed for talking to these guys and getting them to contribute. I, frankly, did not know they were doing anything like this. It makes me more excited to bring them into the plans for Minnesota Breweries One by One, and visit it good ol' Bemidji town.

Bemidji Brewing Flanders Sour Red 2014. 5.5% AVV.

Gorgeous crimson coloring, slim beige head, sticks around and leaves lace.

Aroma starts wine-like and vinegary, tart and cherry-ish, oak-y, fruity, lovely.

In the mouth: Intensely puckering at first, delivering dry, fruity flavors. Medium-bodied. Long, tart, cherry/berry-ish finish. Sourness grows and grows, continues deliciously.

This is a nice version of the style. It's not great, but it's good enough to encourage them to keep on at it. Could be better, could be fuller bodied, more of everything. But, then again, they don't have the hundreds of years of experience that the master brewers in Belgium do. Good start, though.

From the brewery: "Blend of barrel-aged beers that results in a bright, tart ale with notes of fruit, caramel and oak. This dry and malty ale was the first release from our Sour Beer program and has been cellared for nearly two years."

Friday, May 13, 2016

Indeed Wooden Soul #7

Indeed Wooden Soul #7. 5.4% ABV.  Wood-aged red ale in red wine barrels, with cherries and raspberries added. Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One of the eight Minnesota made sours on tap at Acadia, for the Minnesota Wild & Funky beer event that I helped coordinate. This one was ours before it was Indeed's. A debut! Will be tapped in the Taproom next week. For now, come to us to get it.

Utterly opaque, deep burgundy coloring, slim, tight ring of foam above.

Aroma is the epitome of oak and sour, with a touch of berries. Lacto acid, ever-so slight vinegar, major fruit.

In the mouth: big-time pucker, intense sour, dry and oak-y. Beautifully balanced, ridiculously drinkable. Here come the raspberries, overtaking the cherries, sourness increasing. Medium-bodied, long sour finish, especially delicious. So very good.

Is this my favorite Wooden Soul? It just might be.

(Although, I never did try #s 4 or 5. Some day, maybe.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Destihl Wild Sour Series Flanders Red

Destihl Wild Sour Flanders Red. 6.1% ABV. 15 IBU.

Bright scarlet coloring, slim ring of foam above.

Aroma: deep sour, powerful funk. Candy-ish cherry notes, wine-like, high acidity, lactic sourness. Bears all the earmarks of the Flanders Red style, without actually being a true Flanders Red. Is this one a "kettle sour" like the others in the series?

In the mouth: ooo! Ow! Yeah! That's sour! Tart and refreshing and ever so ever-so. Ooo, wee, and yeah. Little bit of bitterness, lush caramel-y malt, tart cherry flavors all day long. Mmm, this is nice. A Flanders Red style in a can? Never thought I'd see it. Mmmm.

This is can #4 of the 4-pack I bought months ago. Drank the first 3 up lickety split, saving this last one for the right day to sit down and write these notes. This one may not be aged in giants foudres with copious cobwebs about, but it gets the job done. Gets all the flavors right, in a handy li'l can. Ain't nothing wrong with that.

B.O.M. Triporteur Wild & Funky

I'm doing an event tomorrow at Acadia called Minnesota Wild & Funky. Appropriate then, perhaps, to have "a true Belgian sour", the night before. I've had this before, and liked it, but these are my first notes.

B. O. M. Brewery Triporteur Wild & Funky, Belgian Pale Ale, Bree, Belgium. 5.4 % ABV.

Clouded, pale amber coloring, slim, soon-gone head.

Aroma is all manner of funky stuff, musty old caves & basement, wild yeast, rotting fruit, light spice.

In the mouth: tart sour from the start, bracingly so. Fading fast through, mellowing on the palate. Delivers a tart smack once again with each new sip, then the typical Belgian pale ale comes through, the standard yeast profile, the tasty, fruity malt body. Great balance in this, nice and tasty, but not too much of anything. Not too sour, not too fruity, not bitter at all. Just right.

Barley John's Brewing Company The Gnomenator Blonde Bock (Maibock)

I recently received some sample cans from Barley John's Brewing Company. This one had an MB written on it by John, but I can't find that beer anywhere. Instead, I found something on Untapped called The Gnomenator Blonde Doppelbock. Maybe that's what this is?

Barley John's Maibock. 8.5% ABV.

Clear, highly carbonated, deep amber coloring, slight, white head that disappears quickly on this pour. (I did just clean the glass, but maybe it still wasn't clean enough?)

Slightly sweet, grainy, malt-forward aromatics.

In the mouth: even more so. Goes sweet, ends dry. Good and grainy, mostly malty. Little bit o' fruit on the palate. Moderate hop bitterness, increasing strength. Growing fruit/hop flavor. Grapes, apple, etc.

This is all right. Good beer and I can drink it.

Barley John's Brewing Company Armagedgnome Wheat Wine

I had a sample can given to me by the Head Gnome Himself, Mr. John Moore of Barley John's. It said WW on it, for Wheat Wine. I looked all over for "Barley John's Brewing Company Wheat Wine" and found nothing. Oh, that's because it's actually called..

Armagedgnome. Wheat Wine. 8.3% ABV.

Deep crimson coloring, slim, short-lived head on it.

Aroma is bold and fruity, big and malty.

In the mouth: more sweet, but well-balanced, malty, fruity, and pretty damned yum. Bright, strong, very barley-wine-like, but smooth and tasty. Not bad, not bad at all. Tasty, tasty stuff.with a little bit of an alcoholic burn, but nice and pleasant. Well done, all around.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA

Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA, India Pale Ale brewed with Meyer lemons. 4.5% ABV. 45 IBU.

Clear, bright golden coloring, slim, but staying creamy white head.

Aroma: fresh, zesty, lemony. Not a trace of bitterness.

In the mouth: here it comes, a nice blast of bitter hoppiness that fades after a moment. Lightish body. Refreshing and tasty. Lemon-y? Yeah. Easy-drinking? Sure, you bet. A good one for summer.

I'm not thrilled with this one, but I don't think it's meant to thrill. Just to be emptied down your throat, then guzzled
again and again. Nothing wrong with that, as long as it tastes good.

Dangerous Man Brown Rye

Dangerous Man Brown Rye Ale. 5.4% ABV.

Dark brown coloring, lush, creamy head, looking good.

Sweet aromatics, toffee, brown sugar, with a little rye malt spice coming through. Nice.

In the mouth: starts off dry and a little bitter, leading to lush malt. Rich dark flavors go deep in this one. Spicy rye malt character adds to complexity. Nicely balanced. Sweetness never goes near cloying, rye malt keeps things interesting. I like it.

From the website:
FLAVOR NOTES
An American ale with plenty of toasted and brown malts. Fruity esters play on the nose and blend with the spiciness of the rye. The American Ale yeasts provides for a just over medium body for this apt fall delight.
MALTS USED
Pale, Rye, Chocolate Rye, Crystal, Special Roast, Black Prinz
HOPS USED
Herkules, Columbus, Glacier
YEAST USED
American