Very very smooth. I can see why some pro
Le like it even if it isn’t my style
Joey…leather date and cherry. Little sweet. Wouldn’t pay 180. Would pay 100 not better. But appreciate the quality. Good stock whiskey
Darius. Very very good. Not 180 good… Not a smoky guy. Better than most in upper 3-4. 1792 Barton reserve better.
Estrella Damm Inedit is a unique blend of barley and wheat malt, with a fine bouquet featuring corriander, orange peel and liquorice, Estrella Damm Inedit was born from the awareness of the need for a beer to accompany haute cuisine with maximum respect. That is its intention and its virtue and it is just that which makes it quite unique, different and special. It was created jointly, by Damm’s master brewers, heirs to a most singular tradition and creators of some of our country’s most renowned beers and by Ferran Adria and the team of sommeliers at elBulli.We sampled the Estrella Damm Inedit, a Witbier style brewed beer by Damm S.A. in Barcelona, Spain. Here’s what we have to say:
Beer no. 1- According to Lucy it was nice, stronger compared to American brands with honey.
Beer no. 2- Lucy thought it had a very similar taste.
Beer no. 3- Grosser but lighter.
Lucy liked beer no.1 best among the 3.
Beer no. 1 and 2 are smoother than Beer no. 3. I found all 3 brands good but like Beer no. 3 best as it was the tastiest. I liked beer no. 2 better than beer no. 1 as it had a nicer taste maybe because it was a different brand.
Timo found beer no. 2 sweet tasting, but beer no.3 was bitter and beer no. 1 was in between. He liked all 3 brands but liked number 2 best.
Brands we tested were:
Beer No. 1- Stieglitz Gold
Beer No. 2- Gösser, the main brand of Göss brewery which is one of the largest and most popular breweries in Austria.
and Beer No. 3- Stieglitz Pils
I was visiting San Diego recently and decided to try some beers at the Belching Beaver Brewery. I sampled a number of beers. First was blushing IPA. It was just ok, drinkable and rated as 6. Next was Hop highway IPA and was rated as 7 for having nice hops. Rabid rye IPA was the last and it was very good and had a subtle rye, good for an 8 rate.
Belching Beaver does not brew good beer. We brew truly great beer. Currently, we are crafting 7 distinct beers year-round that range from pale ale to stout, which are sure to please anyone’s tastes. Our first priority is using quality ingredients to create the beer recipes at our microbrewery. (Source: http://belchinbeaver.com/our-beers/)
If you’re a beer advocate, and love small intimate tasting rooms with good beers this is the place to go. Their small tasters are awesome. Good beer at a reasonable price. Open, clean, well lit with simple design. Although their beers are limited only to their own, they have a huge variety of styles, different treatments and you can choose between flights, half pours and pints depending on your mood. Plus their pints have killer prices.
Mark, Timo, Ravi, Lucy and Jane tried Trader Joe’s 2012 Vintage Ale. Mark thought it tasted like a combination of sweet chocolate and a porter. It tasted clove like. He rated it as 7 because it has lots of character but not too sweet like Belgian. Timo gave 4 because it was strongly flavored. While Ravi rated it 6. Both Mark and Ravi agreed that it is a good holiday drink. Lucy liked its sweetness and gave 7. Jane thought it as pine needles and aromatic.
Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale has appeared once a year since 2005. It’s a Belgian strong ale, running about 9% ABV and is contract brewed by Unibroue, the highly regarded Quebec maker of Belgian beers. From the very beginning, Unibroue has carved out a special niche in the beer world with top quality products and a brand rooted deep in Quebec culture. It made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe—particularly in Belgium. Over the years, Unibroue has remained faithful to its origins even as it has grown to become an icon of the brewing world. (Source: http://www.unibroue.com/en/unibroue/history)
The Vintage Ale is made with dark Belgian malts and spices, each year’s batch being slightly different. Most years, the 750 ml (25 ounces) corked bottles are labeled as “ale on lees,” meaning there’s a layer of yeast sediment in the bottle for further fermenting, assuring the flavor will continue to evolve. (Source: http://www.chicagonow.com/the-beeronaut/2010/11/beer-alert-trader-joes-vintage-ale/)
This dark beer pours an incredibly thick and resilient head that slowly dissipates as the beer settles. It smells slightly fruitier and sweeter than its counterpart being. Indeed, it is a thinner and more noticeably effervescent drink than its cousin, but the two share many similarities. The almost tropical flavors presented in this beer are balanced by a hint of citrusy hops and a moderate darkness, yet nothing too intense to frighten away more timid drinkers. This is a highly drinkable beer and while it’s got a great deal of intricacy and flavor, it’s hardly intimidating. The bottle might be attractive to a wine drinker. Classy and simple. So there’s that. And it’s awfully lovely to look at after it’s poured: that big, off-white head, under which the beer–a rich brown, reminiscent of the color of dark figs–bubbles excitedly from its high carbonation. If you’re in a Trader Joe’s and find yourself curious, grab a bottle. It’s a great price and a great beer, whether you’re a well seasoned palate or a curious individual who seldom drinks craft beer. Grab it while it lasts and enjoy!
The other day, I tried Kirkland Signature Pale Ale. It tasted as earthy but smooth. Mark rated it as 6. No Sierra or anchor steam. It was a good attempt at classic pale ale.
This is a classic, American-Style pale ale that displays all of the complex bitterness and aroma from the hops of the Yakima Valley in Washington State. By using a top-fermenting ale yeas strain we bring out the floral and herbal flavor profiles. A clean, malty body is developed from the pale and light caramel malt. ABV 5.4% Bitterness 35 IBU. Contract brewed for Costco by the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company under the brewer name Hopfen Und Malz (for the west coast market) and since mid 2009 by Matt Brewing as “New Yorker Brewing Co.” (for the east coast market. (Source: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/kirkland-signature-pale-ale/96845/)
Dan and Dean opened the first Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Palo Alto in 1988. Since then, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants have opened across the United States and world to include locations from California to Florida and even Taiwan. In 1997, Gordon Biersch opened a state-of-the-art brewery and bottling facility in San Jose, CA in order to begin bottling and distributing its famed, German-style beers. Today, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company is a brewing industry leader with 22 years of experience and counting. The microbrew trend continues to grow, and the company is actively expanding its distribution nationwide. Since 1998, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has more than doubled its production, increasing its capacity to 3.1 million gallons of beer annually, making Gordon Biersch Brewing Company the largest brewery in the San Francisco Bay Area (Source: http://www.gordonbiersch.com, 2012)
Kirkland Signature Pale Ale pours a deep amber with quite a bit of white head which is retained for longer than most pale ales. The beer has some malt to it and quite a bit of hops. The flavor is a little on the thin side – almost like a paler version of an American Pale Ale.