Sunday, May 6, 2012

Allagash, Ommegang, New Belgium, who you kicking out of the hot tub?

Had a great weekend beering it up for Cinco De Mayo.  Actually had some Victoria, Bud Light Lime, and Bud Light Platinum.  It was also a killer weekend for sports.  A horse called "I'll Have Another" won the Kentucky Derby.  At that time I was beering it up at Petrol Station while Drinking Made Easy was taping.  That was just awesome.  We had a great time watching UFC on Fox, with the big win for Big Lavar Johnson and Nate Diaz, not to mention Floyd Mayweather won his fight, while coming out to the ring with 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Triple HHH, and a guy that looked like the Chinese Ambassador to the UN.  Ok enough jaw jacking...

Beer Log: April 12, 2012
State: A little Borgias, two sheets to the wind, a rough day at the office.

Allagash Victor 2009
Nothing like a aged Allagash.  Translucent amber with white lasting head.  The nose has a light appley sourness along with something like sweet grapes.  Taste is exactly the same as the scent at first, and it gives way to great light sour green grapes.  Low carbonation caps off a 4 star beer.

Beer Log: April 15, 2012
State: Starving at Petrol Station.
Dig Pale Ale by New Belgium
Had a heck of a time finding this one on Untappd.  Amber color and clear with a decent head.  Went straight to drinking this one an I got great hops and malt.  Clean flavor.  The beer has a lemony hops but very balanced.  I get a lemon hop aftertaste as well.  Love teh light nuttiness and caramel along with the hops.  4 Stars.

Beer Log: Right now
State: Mouth is dry, watching the Borgias with the Misses
Ommegang Adoration
Enjoying this one in a snifter.  Blood amber color with a frothy yet disappearing light rusty head. The nose has healthy notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, orange peel, and coriander.  A little Christmas in the summer time never hurt anybody.  The taste has a nice full caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon flavor up front.  This gives way to soft notes of orange and coriander.  Not overdone at all and a true testament to the professionalism of Ommegang.  This beer is just a great foil after all the summer madness we've been drinking.  It's tempting to break out the cigars, but screw that, this beer needs to be by itself.  Low to moderate carbonation with a light bitterness.  Very well done Ommegang.  Give me all 5 stars.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm kicking out New Belgium. While I do like Belgian and belgian-style beers, I'm not a huge fan of their stuff. It has a sameness in the taste profile that I find off-putting (others may like the consistency, however). That said, I their best beer is Snow Day, precisely because it tastes very different from their other offerings.