Archive for March, 2012

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Blend Love

Went straight over to Upright after work to pick up some Blend Love. So the journey begins:

At this point I’m wriggling with anticipation

Then I walk in and find this:

WTF.

Okay, not really, but the line for the tasting room was absurd. So naturally, I go in, get my case, talk to a few beer geek friends that I found there, and then got the hell out. Oh well, I’ll just drink one later tonight from the comfort of my apartment. You know, where I don’t have to wait to get my alcoholic fix. I’ve also reviewed this beer in the past, so I got ZERO pressure this time. w00t.

Disney and Beer

Do you know what pairs well with a sour beer? The Emperor’s New Groove!!!! Huzzah!

Man I love this movie. Also, beer.

Description: A Flanders Red Sour Ale with pronounced sourness, offset by a cascade of beautiful, complex flavors. Spontaneous fermentation imbues Rouge with hints of stone fruit, cocoa, apple and cherries. Oak barrel aging for a minimum of 18 months imparts a gentle vanilla note.

Beer: Cuvee des Jacobins

Brewery: Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Location: Belgium

Appearance: A very dark ruby with no head, just a little ring of foam around the edges.

Aroma: Some funk, but mostly dominated by sour cherries. Also notes of oak, vanilla, and spice come through. Don’t know much about this beer, but after smelling it I’m a little excited.

Taste: Whoa this beer is sour, enough so that the back of my jaw tingles when I drink it. Besides the huge sour punch it tastes like cherry pie, maybe a little on the vinegary side, but I got over it quickly.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and light. High carbonation and ends a little dry.

Drinkability: Even being a sour geek, this is something you can only finish a small bottle of. Anything more and I’d have to find a buddy to share it with.

Beer Advocate Grade: A (94)

My Grade: A-

Going to my happy place

Rough day at work the other day, so I went and got a burrito and had a pint over at BeerMongers. I felt pretty good afterwards!

Disregard the labeling on the glass please, it’s not a Sierra Nevada beer.

Beer: RPM

Brewery: Boneyard Brewing

Style: IPA

ABV: 7.5%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Bright gold with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Opaque, and under the light it looks like the beer itself is alight.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, and some orange as well

Taste: Just what I needed after a long day. Very fruity with low hop bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, with a side of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, with moderate carbonation. Suits the flavor of the beer very well.

Drinkability: I almost filled a growler on the spot…I would have if I had a growler in my car.

Beer Advocate Grade: A- (93)

My Grade: A-

Lazy beer

I was really lazy and wanted a tasty IPA. Normally I would sniff out a place that has Boneyard or something, but this time I was only energetic enough to walk across the street to the store to pick this up:

Not bad for a 2 minute trip!

A little pick-me-up

Awfully long day today, so after work I mosied on over to Upright for the newest Sole Composition release. This particular beer is Five aged in the barrels that were used to make Fantasia. Bottle count 120, and I bought three, meaning that I walked away with 2.5% of the entire release. Oh how I remember the days when I thought spending $15 on a beer was ludicrous…now I don’t even flinch. Is that a bad thing? After thinking long and hard about it, I have to answer with “not necessarily”

Awful day to good day in 60 bucks flat.

Videogames are the best wastes of time

God. Mass Effect 3 is amazing. Pairs especially well with my homebrew!