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Jul
11

DFH Sah’tea

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It’s been too long since I’ve had a beer with a fish on the cap, so tonight I’ve cracked open a 750 ml bottle of Dogfish Head’s rarity, Sah’Tea.

The label is beautifully decorated with the exotic image of a woman riding a reindeer. She’s holding a cup in one hand and a steaming pot of tea in the other — and if any of this reminds you of a dream you’ve had recently, please seek professional help.

The “Sah’Tea” name is a bit of a pun, since this beer is in the traditional style called “Sahti” — except Sam Calagione and his team at Dogfish Head have included a decidedly non-traditional ingredient: black chai tea.

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Jun
07

Avery Out of Bounds Stout

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For regular readers, Avery Brewing Company needs no further introduction. They brew a wide variety of ales and lagers that focus quite effectively on quality and craft — and I’ve become a big fan of this Colorado brewery.

Avery’s Out of Bounds Stout seemed like a good palate cleanser after a week of Belgian style ales. This Irish Dry Stout is a regular feature of the Avery lineup and boasts a rich, roasted taste.

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Jun
06

Ommegang Three Philosophers

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“Philosophy Begins in Wonder.”
- Plato (from the Three Philosophers label)

This week’s journey through the year-round Ommegang brews has been quite a treat. Without intentionally doing so, I staged the beers in order of increasing strength — the simple, wheaty, Witte had an easy 5.1% ABV; fragrant Rare Vos clocked in at 6.5% ABV; spicy Hennepin at 7.5% ABV; and the richly complex Ommegang Abbey Ale tipped the scales at 8.5% ABV.

But while tonight’s Three Philosophers (a Quadrupel style) flexes quite a strong muscle at 9.8% ABV, it competes first and foremost on merit and taste.

Three Philosphers is a Belgian-style ale blended with Lindeman’s Kriek, a Lambic fermented with cherry syrup. Though Kriek constitutes a mere 2% of this beer, its impact on the flavor and aroma is impressive.

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Jun
05

Ommegang Abbey Ale

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“The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.”
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (from the Ommegang label)

Ommegang’s Dubbel is called, simply, Ommegang Abbey Ale. It was the brewery’s first beer and, as you make have guessed, namesake. But that simple name belies a rich and deliciously complex beer that would stack up favorably against any true Belgian Dubbel.

And though this won’t make the news channels, I’m also pleased to report this Dubbel gives me the first opportunity to use my Ommegang chalice with an Ommegang beer!

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Jun
04

Ommegang Hennepin

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust (from the Hennepin label)

Having recently discovered saisons, I’ve been looking forward to trying Ommegang’s take on the style with Hennepin.

Let’s start with the introduction to Hennepin listed on the Ommegang website:

As you pour this rich golden ale into your glass, consider your surroundings. Are you in a restaurant? Outside on the deck? Is it hot and humid? Cold and brisk? Take a drink. Feel the way Hennepin is bright and lively in your mouth with a warming mix of spicy gingersnap and citrusy hops. Refreshing. Relaxing. It’s true: no matter where you are, Hennepin is the perfect ale for all seasons.

My 12 ounce bottle poured a pale, yellow-gold and very hazy beer that filled the top of my tulip glass with white foam. Hennepin’s aroma reminded me of a witbier — citrus, wheat, spice (coriander and more), and a honey-like sweetness. There seemed to be none of the wet-leather, sweaty horse aroma I though you’d find in saisons. As I drank, hints of that wild aroma eventually emerged but it would be missed if you weren’t looking for horseblankets.

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