Westvleteren 12

Trappist Westvleteren – Belgium

Westvleteren 12 – 10.2% ABV

Belgian Quadrupel (Quad).  This bottle was provided courtesy of Marty C. and Steve C.  Aged 5 years.

Most people who follow craft beer know the name: Westy.  Does any other beer hold such a revered/famous/infamous reputation?  Let’s find out if it’s worth the hype…

This Westy was shared one evening to help a friend check the “quality” of the beer.  It was 5 years old, and well… you never know…

The beer poured a burnt red color with some brown highlights.  A very small head formed on the first pour, and it quickly receded to nothing.  There were some yeast floaters in the glass, but that’s to be expected when a beer is 5 years old.  They didn’t bother me while I sipped.

Westy had an aroma that was full of dark fruits like raisins and dates.  Also lots of malt with some roasty notes and a bit of molasses.  There was also a hint of toffee in the back of the sip.  I also sensed an Earthy aroma.

The flavor was fruity and sweet.  I was expecting more complexity, but it excelled at the one-note show: caramel malt and dark fruit flavors.  The alcohol appeared in the finish and warmed the mouth slightly.  The aging definitely helped the alcohol mellow out a lot!  When I tasted this beer fresh, the alcohol was more forward.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with almost no carbonation.  The carbonation was certainly a casualty of the serious aging, as a fresh bottle was crazy with effervescence.  I did realize that the beer thicken up a bit as it aged.  I remember the fresh bottle being very light-bodied.

As for the drinkability, it was off-the-chart good because this beer was so balanced.  There wasn’t any overpowering bitterness, but just a hint.  It was sweet, but not too sweet.  The alcohol was present, but only in the finish and greatly mellowed.  A truly balanced beer.

As one of the rarest beers in the U.S., this beer was truly amazing.  Also, the extra years helped make it even more balanced.  And for the record, it’s fantastic fresh, but it’s almost a different beer with 5 years of age.  It was awesome!

I do believe Westvleteren 12 is one of the best beers in the world.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Overall – A+Westy 12

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Published in: on April 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weyerbacher Special Release!

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2012 Riserva Release Event Saturday, March 23rd 10 am until 3:30 pm. Be one of the first to taste 2012 Riserva at the release event held at Weyerbacher’s Visitors Center on Saturday, March 23rd!

Doors will open to the public at 10 am and remain open throughout the normal Visitors Center hours until 3:30 pm. Hope to see you all there!!

For more info and directions…

http://www.weyerbacher.com

Published in: Uncategorized on March 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pliny the Younger Tasting!!! March 10, 2013 Sunday.

Here’s the current line-up for the event this Sunday (March 10) starting at 11:00 am at Blue Dog Chalfont, PA.  We’re happy to report that they have added a few real nice beers (e.g. – Elder, Humulus)!

We are really pleased with this selection, and we hope you are as well.

As per the Blue Dog… “This is a pay-as-you-go event.  Like last year, Younger will again be offered in four ounce pours.  We received nothing but positive feedback on these pours last year (I’m not issuing a challenge-I’m sure there were a few folks who thought there was a better/fairer way of allocating the beer).  We think these pours permit more beer lovers to enjoy Younger for a longer time period in a frenzy-free atmosphere.  Hopefully you’ll agree.”

Here’s what will be on draft-

                                                                  

 

Russian River Pliny the Younger

Rated “World Class!” on BeerAdvocate.com

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Rated “World Class!” on BeerAdvocate.com

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout

Hill Farmstead Harlan IPA – Rated “Exceptional” on BeerAdvocate.com

Bullfrog Pomme Par Jour

The Bruery Humulus Lager

Rated “World Class!” & the #1 Imperial Pilsner in the world by BeerAdvocate

Bear Republic Tartare Berliner Weissbier

Rated “World Class!” & the #1 Berliner Weissbier in the world by BeerAdvocate

Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tipple Dark Norse Ale (Russian Imperial Stout)

Rated “World Class!” on BeerAdvocate.com

Founders All Day IPA Session Ale

Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA – Rated “World Class!” on BeerAdvocate.com

Green Flash Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA – Rated “Exceptional” on BeerAdvocate.com

Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber – Rated “World Class!” on BeerAdvocate.com

And more!

Published in: on March 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bell’s Tasting this Friday, Feb 8, 2013.

A Reminder – This Friday (February 8) beginning at 5 pm at Blue Dog Lansdale we will host a Bell’s Brewing Tasting, featuring that beloved and coveted elixir – Hopslam! We’ll also be pouring Two Hearted IPA, Smitten Golden Rye Ale and Special Double Cream Stout. Please stop in!

Published in: Uncategorized on February 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Weyerbacher Brewery Release!

Special Release!
The second-to-last Brewers’ Select Series Beer is here (already)! It’s called “Yankee Ale” and it’s a delicious 8.4% Old Ale. Grab some before it sells out (No pressure, but X-Ray did sell out in 3 days!!!) and sit on it for years to come!

Published in: Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wealth of Riches!!! Local Rare Beer Tasting Event

This Saturday, September 29, The Blue Dog Tavern in Chalfont will be hosting an insane tap list of rare and delicious beers. Taps open at 11am and the beer will flow until each keg is kicked. Then, the next rare keg will be tapped.  The cool beers will last for quite a few days, as there are almost 3 DOZEN interesting kegs.

The Tavern is located at Route 202 and County Line Roads in Chalfont, PA.

Here is the ridiculous opening tap list:

Cantillon Lou Pepe – Kriek  “Very rare unblended cherry lambic, straight from the oak barrels, with almost twice the cherries of the normal blended Kriek.”

Founders CBS – 2011

Founders KBS (Feb ‘12)

Founders Imperial Stout (Jan ‘11)

Founders Curmudgeons’s Better Half

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA

Hill Farmstead Everett Porter

Hill Farmstead/Kissmeyer Collaboration – Holger Danske Smoked Brown

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Voodoo Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout (8.5% abv)

FiftyFifty Old Conundrum American Barleywine

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Imperial Stout

Old Forge Bourbon Barrel Aged Hank The Belgian Stout

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale (Rated #1 American IPA by BeerAdvocate) (7% abv)

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern Pumpkin Ale (6.3% abv)

Free Will Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale (7.9% abv) on Merlot skins, French oak and vanilla beans, served from a firkin

The kegs “on deck” are equally awesome. Hope to see you there!

Published in: on September 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brewery Release notice!! Weyerbacher Sour Black – Today!

Head up to Easton, PA tonight for this special brewery release.  The follow up to Rapture, with only 350 cases available.  Great for summer and great for cellaring.

http://weyerbacher.com/blog/2012/06/sour-black-release-event/

 

Published in: on June 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lansdale Beer Fest 2012 was a Success!

Lansdale Beer Fest is in the books.  Saturday was a beautiful day for an outdoor event: 80 degrees and sunny.  My group and I attended with VIP tickets and find it’s certainly the way to go at an event of this nature.  We were admitted an hour before the “official” fest began, food was provided, and we were able to sample more than 2 dozen beers that were only available during the VIP session.

The 4 tents seemed to be divided by wholesaler; Gretz, Origlio, Muller, etc…  It made sense to set up the venue that way, but it didn’t make finding the breweries any easier.  Thank goodness for the provided map, which I used for the first 30 minutes then stuffed into my pocket.  That’s also what happened with my notepad: thorough notes, followed by not-so-thorough notes, then cliff-notes, then a check or X symbol, then done.  We’ll say I was having “too much fun” to take notes, yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it! All the organizers did an admirable job with event planning.  As a patron, everything I saw seemed to be going smoothly.

As far as the beers go, the selection was ridiculously good!  Who would ever think that breweries the likes of Lost Abbey, Jolly Pumpkin and Mikkeller would be at a local beer fest.  Impressive.  There was also a very good showing from some local breweries including Freewill, Round Guys and Prism. My personal highlights included: Deschutes Brewing- The Stoic.  Another of my favorites were the selections from Innis and Gunn a Scotch Ale that was aged in various casks like Rum and Highland.  The local breweries are always a highlight.  But, my favorite beer of the day was Mikkeller’s Chipotle Porter- thick, rich, and amazingly delicious with a nice amount of spiciness.  I have to find some more of that.  My taste was only about 1 ounce – they were having trouble with the tap.

One improvement I would address for upcoming years was the lack of swag.  I grabbed a few great stickers for Wells Bombadier and Breckenridge breweries and a couple of coasters.  I was able to purchase a nice snifter from Philly Beer Scene for a cheap $5.  But overall, I would have liked some more stuff to grab.  I’m sure it had to do with the wholesalers filling in for the breweries.  Maybe it’s me, but I like that stuff.

In the end, a great day was had by all.  After the fest, we patronized a local establishment for someplace to sit and eat – Molly Maguires on Main Street Lansdale… great chicken fingers.  Looking forward to next year!

Published in: on June 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Philly Beer Week 2012- Begins Friday.

All around Philadlephia and the surrounding suburbs, beer will be poured and tasted from breweries from around the world.  The main website categorizes events by date, venue and by brewery.

http://www.phillybeerweek.org/index.cfm

There are far more events than one could possibly attend, so take a look and see what’s interesting.  I’ll be posting events that stand out to me.  Possibly ones I’d like to attend, or events that are local.  I’ll even note some that have particularly good selections.

I’ll definitely be attending as many as possible.  Hope to see some of you out and about!

Published in: on May 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lindeman’s Faro Lambic

Brouwerij Lindemans – Vlezenbeek, Belgium

Faro Lambic

“Spontaneously fermented, this Lambic has Belgian candi sugar added to produce the traditional, classic Flemish beer found at cafes and bars in Brussels.”

Effervescence pours from the un-corked bottle.  There is a lot of carbonation.  The red-brown beer has a nice, tart-sour aroma.  There are some barnyard aromas, like a horse blanket.  I’m sure that doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s quite awesome.  I also sense some oak notes on the aroma, as well as some vinegar tones from the sourness.

The flavor is surprisingly subtle.  There is an interesting sweet and sour combination that I haven’t tasted before.  It’s unique.  The flavor reminds me of browned sugar that hasn’t reached the caramel stage on the stove.  The tart flavors also mingle with the sugar, like a dance back and forth.  There is also some earthiness and spiciness.

The mouth feel is nice and light, with moderate carbonation.  The drinkability is great.

I would want to serve this with shrimp tempura.  Though, an easier pairing would be some grilled goat cheese with slices of Bosc pears.  Wegman’s has the Faro in stock frequently.  Stop by their awesome cheese monger and grab a higher quality goat cheese, then pass by the produce section and grab the pear.  One stop shop.  Easy appetizer and aperitif.  Worth seeking out.

Overall – B+

Published in: on May 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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