Founders Brewing Company Founders Double Trouble Imperial/Double IPA at 9.4% ABV
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a very short head giving way immediately to a thin skim and no lacing. Nose is pine resin, mango, pineapple, citrus, light malt. Taste is pine resin and orange zest on light biscuity malt, giving way quickly to medium bitter. Medium bodied with low sustained carbonation and a pleasant warming.
Very nice DIPA, with a pretty sneaky ABV apparent only as a gradual warming on the finish. Pleasant fruity and piney hops with just enough malt to balance it out while maintaining a nicely bitter finish. I like this a lot, even accounting for the fact that DIPA’s tend to be among my favourites.
9/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Brasserie Cantillon Cantillon Gueuze Gueuze at 5.0% ABV
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a short head diminishing immediately to a thin skim, no lacing. Nose is slight barnyard funk, woody notes, apple and citrus. Taste is tart and sour, funk, and citrus. Medium body and low but sustained carbonation, puckering and dry finish.
Bloody marvellous. Tangy and tart, with a pleasant funk. The standard by which gueuze is measured, and with good reason. I don’t see how this can be given anything but full marks.
My 96th from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers, 90th by the 2013 Edition, and 99th overall.
10/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV St. Bernardus Tripel Tripel at 8.0% ABV
Pours a cloudy, slightly greenish pale amber with one finger of white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim and moderate lacing. Nose is light malt, yeasty, orange peel, slight alcohol. Taste is sweet and yeasty, clove and pepper, finishing bitter. Mouth feel is medium bodied but sticky, with mild warming.
My 91st from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers, 86th by the 2013 Edition, and 94th overall.
8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
John Martin’s (John Martin SA) John Martin’s IPA English IPA at 6.9% ABV
Pours clear amber with a fluffy two finger white head, excellent retention and heavy lacing. Nose is caramel and bread malt, grassy hops and a little pine. Tastes medium sweet with a mild bitter finish. Body is medium to light, with sustained carbonation and a somewhat thin texture.
Not an earth-shattering IPA, but decent enough. I drank it a bit too cold, so maybe that affected the somewhat muted flavours. The lively carbonation was all right, though, and the appearance was excellent – but that might also be the beautiful new TeKu glass I bought with the beer!
7.0/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) Belgian IPA at 9.5% ABV
Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head, great retention and heavy lacing. Nose is peppery Mosaic hops, strong citrus, and pale malt. Taste is sharp and sweet fruit, lime and blueberry, with peppery spice and pine resin. Mouth feel is medium to light bodied, with sustained prickly carbonation.
7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Duvel Gefilterd Belgian Ale at 7% ABV
Pours a clear pale yellow with a short white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. Nose is apples and pears, yeast, bready malt. Taste is light and sweet, with a mild bitter finish. Mouth feel is light, tending to the watery, with sustained prickly carbonation.
6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Stone Brewing Co. Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale Quadrupel at 9.3% ABV
Pours a deep amber ruby with a short-lived tan head dimimishing rapidly to nothing, no head. Nose is muted, candy sugar and caramel with faint dark fruit and raisin. Taste is similar, with sweetness dominating over dark fruits, grassy hops, and a rye-like spice. Body is relatively light for the style, with sustained moderate carbonation and a sticky finish with only a very little warming.
Well, this may be tantamount to heresy, but this is another Stone beer that I’m not all that thrilled with – at least, not as a representative of the style it claims to be. At the very least, this is an atypical quad, and one might argue it’s not a quad at all (perhaps better described as a barley wine or similar). The sugars are light and overwhelm the dark fruit aspect, and the body is similarly light for the style. I think of quads as the beer equivalent of a dark fruitcake, and this misses that mark by a wide margin. That being said, it’s not unpleasant, and has its own interesting character courtesy of the rye-like spice of the triticale grain.
7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Hop City Brewing Co. Big Mouth Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 5.0% ABV
Pours a clear dark gold with one finger of short-lived loose white head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. Nose starts off nicely with citrusy and floral hops, but quickly fades to bland caramel malt with a little earth. Taste follows suit, with citrusy hops giving way quickly to caramel malt and a mild bitter finish. Medium to light body and moderate sustained carbonation, but somewhat watery, with a slightly metallic aftertaste.
Well, it’s not as good as their IPA, but it’s probably no worse than their lager. It’ll do as a session ale or an afternoon thirst-quencher, but that’s about it. It’s nice to see NLLC bringing in more options, and I don’t regret trying it, but I don’t feel any need to ever buy another.
6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Brouwerij De Ranke De Ranke XX Bitter Belgian IPA at 6.2% ABV
Pours a hazy, intensely bright sunny yellow with a massive pillowy white head that after a full ten minutes’ pouring had finally settled down to three fingers, gradually falling back to a thin skim and minimal lacing. Nose is big and complex, dominated by brett hay and dusty funk, with apples and pears, citrus, and floral hops contributing. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy, with the promised emphatic bitter finish. Mouth feel is light and dry, with sustained prickly carbonation (perhaps assisted by my etched Spiegelau IPA glass).
I’m pretty sure that’s nothing like what it’s “supposed” to taste like when young, but wow, does the brett ever make this beer a handful! Hay and barnyard funk, dry and bitter, with elements of cider and champagne coming through. I’d like to try it fresh on draught as well, but as it stands it’s an excellent beer, albeit one with barely any IPA characteristics at all. Similar to Orval, but with far less dark fruit and malt, or perhaps like a lighter Nómada Gato Negro.
My 83rd from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers, 77th by the 2013 Edition, and 85th overall.
8/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Brewery Ommegang Fire And Blood Red Ale American Red Ale at 6.8% ABV
Pours a deep ruby with a fat finger of fluffy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim and no lacing. Nose is faint, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Taste leads slightly sweet, dark fruit, with mild spice and a slightly metallic astringency on the finish. Mouth feel is medium-bodied, with mild sustained carbonation and a sticky finish.
Not all that interesting, actually. The spice is very muted, only becoming apparent fairly late in the bottle. Not one of Ommegang’s finest efforts, perhaps, but red ales don’t tend to be all that thrilling regardless.
6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com