Firestone Walker Parabajava

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14% ABV. The espresso coffe lends roasty caramel, toffee, baker’s chocolate and molasses to the big rich character of Parabola. The complementary flavors pair well with Parabola’s rich malt and smokey oak bourbon notes. Complex, smooth and seamlessly integrated.

Final Rating: 4.52/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Firestone Walker Proprietors Vintage glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light brown or dark tan head that reduces at a moderate rate, after 10 minutes it leaves a ring of retention and some spotty lacing.

On the nose is heavy bourbon and vanilla, much like Parabola. Milk chocolate and maybe a little coffee, but not too much coffee. A little boozy in this category as well.

So.. letting this warm up to almost room temperature makes it a totally different beer! Cold, it’s very whiskey forward with vanilla and milk chocolate. As it warms up, the coffee really starts shining through, especially on the follow through and finish. Aftertaste is very roasty, toasty, charred. A little boozy, but that’s expected. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and thick, medium-heavy body with low carbonation.

Very good.. I found this VERY similar to Parabola until it warmed up, at which time the coffee really started shining.

 

Oude Quetsche Tilquin à L’Ancienne

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The Quetsche Tilquin à l’ancienne  is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the fermentation of destoned fresh purple plums in a blend of 1 and 2 years old lambics for a period of 4 months. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, it is re-fermented in the bottle for a minimum period of 3 months.

 

Final Rating: 4.65/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2015 vintage poured from a 375mL bottle into a Tilquin Tumbler. Acquired as an extra in a trade with CSO, thank you!

Pours a cloudy orange body with a purple tinge, a somewhat fizzy two finger white head reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention. The orange/purple/maroon-ish body is beautiful.

Aromas are fruit forward and funky – definitely get fruit here, not sure I could pick out plums if you didn’t tell me but I’d definitely guess there to be stone fruit in here. Funky tartness, oak, acetic aromas.

On the tongue it’s absolutely fantastic – Upfront is are tart sour apple notes mixed with a light woodyness and some funky barnyard, over-ripe fruits, dry white wine, the follow through is very tart and dry, finishing with citrus and lactic notes. Not as carbonated as expected, medium-light, easy drinking body.

I was very impressed with this offering – the “fresh” lambic character including bright fruit and a crisp tartness was really nice. Would be interested in seeing what a few years would do.

 

Sante Adairius Saison Bernice

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Saison Bernice is an exquisitely fermented farmhouse ale. Dry and refreshing, Bernice is made of the freshest on-hand and locally available ingredients. She receives multiple yeast additions, including Brettanomyces, and is further aged in the bottle.

Final Rating: 4.42/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adairius tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright yellow body with a big frothy 2 finger white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to some chunky foam and leaving spotty lacing.

Aromas are pronounced and inviting – a very clean saison character full of tartness, green apple, light banana, saison yeast, hay, and wheat.

On the tongue is a gentle tartness, light citrus, saison yeastyness, subtle esters, tart apple, wheat, finishes lightly fruity and maybe even a tad sweet. Not as crisp and dry as some other Saisons I’ve had, but very drinkable and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Saison Bernice is a solid saison – it hits all the high points of the style while being super complex and balanced. A really “chill” beer.

DeGarde Spruce Desay

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A sour and fruity farmhouse inspired beer fermented and aged in oak wine barrels blended with two year old earthy and rustic farmhouse beer barrels. After blending, this was conditioned on spruce tips, resulting in a fruity, spicy beer with pronounced spruce tip character and a balanced acidity. Lovely.

Final Rating: 4.49/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DeGarde tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours initially a clear golden amber body, as the dregs start to mix in it gets a tad hazy, head is off white in color, 2 finger and pretty gushing but fizzy and reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing and a little ring of retention.

Interesting aromas, the spruce is definitely there!! Smells like an alpine forest, a good amount of spruce and pine, herbs, with some funk and citrus, lactic tartness.

This is one of the most interesting beers I’ve tasted, in 500+ reviews I’ve never tasted a beer that incorporates such a unique taste so elegantly – very apparent spruce/pine/almost rosemary-ish spices upfront and on the follow through, very tart, borderline sour otherwise, heavy lactic tartness, light oak, citrus, a drying tartness on the finish. Medium-light, crisp body with high carbonation and a tart aftertaste.

Overall very unique, I really like how to spruce worked here. It’s like drinking a sour Christmas tree but in a good way.

Treehouse Bright

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I love the label on this Mosaic – Hopped IPA by the world famous TREEHOUSE!

Final Rating: 4.62/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. Canned yesterday, purchased today at the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a 1 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of foam and little lacing. This doesn’t look like the typical Treehouse orange juice bomb, might be the clearest I’ve had from them.

Mosaic hops are apparent on the nose – very floral, tropical, lightly grassy and maybe a little herbal. Tropical fruits, citrus and grapefruit aromas.

On the tongue are mind-blowingly fresh citrus, tropical fruit, creamy orange sherbet, light pine, mango, pineapple, followed by a solid and slightly sweet malt backbone, leaving a tinge of bitterness on the tongue. Medium carbonation and body, really drinkable.

“Bright” is a fitting name for this beer, the bursting flavors are well balanced and it’s really drinkable. One of my favorites from Treehouse so far.

Alesmith / Mikeller Beer Geek Speedway Stout

 

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This beer is the culmination of the efforts of two world-class brewers to create the most vitalizing coffee stout in the world. AleSmith and good friend Mikkeller join forces, blending the legendary Speedway Stout and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel together into one massive Imperial Oatmeal Stout with enough coffee and oats to substitute for your weekend brunch.
Final Rating: 4.13/5

look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alesmith taster glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a jet black inky opaque body with a mocha colored 2 finger head that sticks around for a while to leave a layer of retention and pretty thick lacing. A nice looking brew.

Aromas are light roasted coffee, chocolate malt, oats, toffee, some dark fruits, light vanilla. On the tongue is a dark roasted malt, light roasted coffee, dark fruit, toffee, a touch of vanilla, finishing with a slightly bitter coffee taste that sticks on the tongue for a bit.

As far as mouthfeel, I would have maybe preferred a little thicker, richer body, it’s a little light for a 12% ABV imperial stout. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout. That being said, it’s very drinkable and the ABV is pretty well hidden. Medium carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed putting this one down. The coffee added an extra layer of complexity to regular speedway. Maybe it would have been a little more flavor packed consumed fresh.