Péché Mortel

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Péché Mortel (French for “Mortal Sin”) is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste.

Final Rating: 4.41/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a 1.5″ dark head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring of foam.

Smell- Very inviting on the nose.. big freshly brewed coffee notes, coffee beans, some chocolate, but mostly heavy coffee.

Taste- Follows the nose with a big initial coffee kick, freshly ground coffee, roasty malt, chocolate, charred toastyness, heavily roasted coffee beans on the finish, some smoke.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body with minimal carbonation. Rich and smooth.

Very nice, a hugely coffee forward beer. Very well done. Recommendable.

Oude Tart with Cherries!

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Tonight’s beer is an American Wild Ale named Oude Tart with Cherries, a tasty variant of The Bruery’s Flander’s Style Ale, “Oude Tart”. You can only get this one straight from the brewery in Calfornia if you’re part of the Bruery’s “Reserve Society”, but luckily one of my trading partners was nice enough to send this hard to find brew as an extra in a trade! I really enjoyed it. 

Here’s my full review:

 

Final rating: 4.56/5

look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you sir!

Appearance- Pours cloudy maroon-brown body with a 2 finger off-white head that reduces pretty quickly.. leaves no lacing.

Smell- Very pleasant and inviting on the nose.. upfront is a leathery, funky, oaky, somewhat smokey aroma. Somewhat creamy. There’s some lactic acidity, citrus and sour cherries in the background.

Taste- Upfront is a solid punch of acidity – sour cherries, lemon-lime juice, vinegar, lactic tartness.. up next is a nice oaky, woodyness that still takes back seat the the sharp sour character of this beer. Some caramel and bread. The finish is slightly astringent and drying. Tartness coats the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel- Despite the extreme sourness of this beer, it’s very drinkable and refreshing. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of the most sour, yet complex beers I’ve ever tasted. The flavors work well here and the cherries add a nice level of complexity that makes this brew one to seek out.

Founder’s Sweet Repute

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What do you get when you age a nearly 13% ABV wheat wine in maple syrup barrels for 16 months? Sweet Repute, of course! Founder’s winter of 2013 backstage series release is definitely a winner.

Final Rating:4.24/5

look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Founders KBS goblet. Purchased in Attleboro, MA thanks Eric!

Appearance- Pours a bright orange, hazy body with some settling floating around, with a 1 finger white head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing on the glass.

Smell- You definitely have to let this warm up to pick out the aromas. Straight out of the fridge, I don’t get much except a slight caramel-vanilla liqueur smell. Once warmed up to around cellar temperature, the maple starts to shine through, mixed with vanilla, toffee, a distinct spiciness, honey, and caramel. Pretty sweet aromas.

Taste- Same deal with the taste.. wait for it to warm up or you won’t get the full experience. I really started to enjoy this ~40 minutes after pouring it in the glass. Upfront a wheaty, bready flavor which is instantly taken over by sweet vanilla/maple, finished by wood, honey, and spicy notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body, pretty rich. Lightly carbonated.

A well done wheatwine.. the maple was nice but could have showed a little more presence. Complex and tasty nonetheless. Worth a try.

Meet the Newest Member of the Bourbon County Family

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It’s a BARLEYWINE!

“Goose struck gold with its first barrel-aged barleywine, King Henry, in 2011. Bourbon County Barleywine is its second. This beer is composed of a 4:1 ratio of second-use barrels (that previously housed BCS) to first use (which only housed bourbon). Compared to the Bourbon County stouts, Barleywine is, of course, thinner and sweeter, but that isn’t a criticism; it’s a welcome change of pace.”

Final Rating: 4.74/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Providence, RI. Bottled the 23rd of September 2013.

Appearance- Pours a deep mahogany/deep brown, opaque body with cherry and amber highlights when held up to the light. The head is small and light brown in color, reducing quickly but leaving a ring of foam around the rim.

Smell- Sweet vanilla beans, bourbon, caramel, oak, toffee, butterscotch. Smells absolutely delicious & inviting. Aromas really open up as this beer warms up to a little less than room temperature.

Taste- Starts off intensely rich and sweet, vanilla-caramel notes, toffee and butterscotch, the finish is roasty, bourbon soaked coffee beans, with a lingering char on the aftertaste. Slight warming booze.

Mouthfeel- Heavy, syrupy body but surprisingly easy to drink. Low carbonation.

I was extremely impressed with this offering – it brings this style to a whole new level, a definite one-up from other barrel aged barleywines I’ve tried. Complex, packed full of flavor, and best of all: available in 4 packs, so you can enjoy one without sacrificing an expensive bomber every time you’re craving one.