Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Schneider and Son Brewery, Munich, Germany.
Clear, brown, nice color. Aroma: alcohol, caramel, spicy, very pleasant oak vanilla aroma, birch/woody, great vapors.
Flavor: burnt bananas, clove, smoky wood, Chardonnay-like with a hint of butter, apple (but in a good way), a very interesting, pleasant beer. This beer left us with many unanswered questions.
Big Foot Barley Wine
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA.
Aroma: spicy, piney, resin-like, hoppy, American hops, nice, fresh aroma but the flavor is mellowed with age.
Flavor: smooth, malty, lemony, citrus, hops all over the place (bitter, flavor, and aroma), hoppy, great body and mouthfeel, fresh hops, cascade hops?, clean fermentation. Intense, fantastic beer!
Chimay Grand Reserve, 1999
Scourmont Abbey Trappist Brewery, Chimay, Belgium.
This bottle of Chimay had aromas and flavors of cork, cardboard, and metallic and vegetal characters. We suppose that this bottle had been exposed to heat during transport. Chimay is usually much better than this.
New Belgium Abbey Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO.
Color is clear amber. Aroma: nutmeg, smoke, German malt, metallic hops, slightly phenolic, sweet, mild aromas, butter-like.
Flavor: clove, banana, phenol, wheat-like, tastes like a dark wheat beer, well balanced, somewhat complex, not as intense as the other beers. A tasty, delicious beer.
Paulaner Brewing Company, Munich, Germany.
Aroma: plum, caramel, raisin, pepper?, alcohol. Very clear copper color. Flavor: malty, smooth and clean, very little hop character, toffee, not intense, not heavy, not cloying. This is a very likable beer. Tastes like a smooth, malty lager -- does not taste like a strong ale.
Samichlaus Bier, 1994
Hurlimann Brewery, Zurich, Switzerland.
Hazy and brown. Aroma: alcohol, no hops, butterscotch, malt, burnt caramel, spicy, tangy/winey port-like smell, tannin aroma, sweet smell. Flavor: warming alcohol, aggressive - yet balanced somehow, bitterness, tastes young - needs more age (yes, someone actually said that!), nice bite, numbs the tongue, toffee and figs. Wow, what a complex beer!
Saint Sixtus Trappist Brewery, Westvleteren, Belgium.
Aroma: yeasty, licorice, plum, honeysuckle, honey, acetone, wine, dark candy sugar.
Flavor: raisin, rich plum, very complex, a bit cloying, sweet, buttery, coats the tongue, anise, cinnamon, cloves, white pepper, candy-like, smooth, very beautiful beer with a lingering aftertaste, full bodied. Needs more age.
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