Tasting: June 19, 2011
Style: Summer Ale (Belgian)
Being a beer geek is to be part of a fraternity — we all rail against the “establishment” of mega brewers. We all wonder why people would choose to drink bad beer, when there are some excellent alternatives just an aisle away. The price of the best craft beers are certainly not out of reach and certainly nothing like the disparity found in the wine section. Even the beers I’ve trashed in this blog still offer an improvement. They at least attempted to be creative and try to offer flavors that expand one’s appreciation. Really, this video sums up the feelings of a beer geek. It’s the craft beer gospel according to Rick Reed of Cricket Hill – check it out.
This one is another of our swaps — courtesy of John. I’m checking out the label and they offer no insight to this beer. It has a fizzy sounding pour — like soda. Not much of a head, it fizzed and fizzled quickly. I get a banana aroma from the yeast, so I’m guessing a Belgian style/farmhouse ale. Very subtle grains in the background. Mouthfeel still gets that fizzy feeling. I’m getting some fruit (banana and some pear) and bread, not much in the way of hops. Really quite average, but I’ll bump it up because this is meant to quench on a hot day and I think it would do the job – 76 points