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VERY brief impressions on beers I've been lucky enough to encounter
Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale
American Barleywine (Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)
Very Good
Samael is a powerful beer. I think it comes in at 17% abv.  A really unique flavor.

Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale

American Barleywine
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)

Very Good

Samael is a powerful beer. I think it comes in at 17% abv.  A really unique flavor.

The Czar
Imperial Stout (Avery Brewing Company Co, Boulder CO)
Excellent
With tastes of toffee and molasses at the start it ends with a roasty bitterness. So frickin’ good. About 4 years out and still delicious.

The Czar

Imperial Stout
(Avery Brewing Company Co, Boulder CO)

Excellent

With tastes of toffee and molasses at the start it ends with a roasty bitterness. So frickin’ good. About 4 years out and still delicious.

Saison Rue
Saison (The Bruery, Placentia CA)
Excellent This bottle is likely about 2 1/2 years old. Golden color, very aggressive carbonation from the bottle conditioning. One inch puffy head. Aroma of brett. Holy shit this is delicious. Flavors of lemon, orange, funk…a wonderful saison.  From the brewer: “Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season”.

Saison Rue

Saison
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Excellent

This bottle is likely about 2 1/2 years old. Golden color, very aggressive carbonation from the bottle conditioning. One inch puffy head. Aroma of brett. Holy shit this is delicious. Flavors of lemon, orange, funk…a wonderful saison.

From the brewer:
“Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season”.

Batch 300 Tripel
Tripel (The Bruery, Placentia CA)
Good
This is pretty good, a bit more hoppy than a conventional tripel. Tasty, if not very distinctive.

Batch 300 Tripel

Tripel
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Good

This is pretty good, a bit more hoppy than a conventional tripel. Tasty, if not very distinctive.

Rogbrød
Rye Beer (The Bruery, Placentia CA)
Very Good
 Rogbrød uses three different rye malts and it tastes different than other rye beers I have tried. I mean, obviously it has a bready flavor but there are dark fruit aspects to it that make this more complex. I’d describe the flavor with caramel meets figs.

Rogbrød

Rye Beer
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Very Good


Rogbrød uses three different rye malts and it tastes different than other rye beers I have tried. I mean, obviously it has a bready flavor but there are dark fruit aspects to it that make this more complex. I’d describe the flavor with caramel meets figs.

St. Bretta (Summer)
Witbier (Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver CO)
Excellent
The brett mixed with the Valencia oranges makes this one a real winner! .

St. Bretta (Summer)

Witbier
(Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver CO)

Excellent

The brett mixed with the Valencia oranges makes this one a real winner! .

Vieille Artisan Saison
Saison (Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver CO)
Good to Very Good
This is a perfect beer to introduce people to sour beers. It’s lightly tart but still approachable. As a saison, I don’t think it works that well but as a puckering pale ale it’s perfect.

Vieille Artisan Saison

Saison
(Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver CO)

Good to Very Good

This is a perfect beer to introduce people to sour beers. It’s lightly tart but still approachable. As a saison, I don’t think it works that well but as a puckering pale ale it’s perfect.

Mischief
Belgian-Style Pale Ale (The Bruery, Placentia, CA))
Very Good
 This is a subtle beer. It took me awhile to formulate an impression on it.  Great carbonation and a bountiful, fluffy head. I’m not picking up a strong aroma. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of both a wheat beer and a saison. I taste pear, lemon, some spice, grass, some funk. The finish is black pepper and very dry. It’s nice, very nice.

Mischief

Belgian-Style Pale Ale
(The Bruery, Placentia, CA))

Very Good


This is a subtle beer. It took me awhile to formulate an impression on it.
Great carbonation and a bountiful, fluffy head. I’m not picking up a strong aroma. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of both a wheat beer and a saison. I taste pear, lemon, some spice, grass, some funk. The finish is black pepper and very dry. It’s nice, very nice.

Loakal Red
Amber Ale (The Bruery, Placentia CA)
Fair
The Bruery’s beers are pretty hit or miss with me. This has a pleasing red appearance but it tastes weird to me. Subtle vanilla notes and a less subtle oak flavor (all well and good) but add into that this flavor, I don’t know where it was exactly coming from but it tasted like someone dumped a lemon-scented aerosol household cleaner into the mix. Off-putting. The finish was nicely dry though. Not sure about this.

Loakal Red

Amber Ale
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Fair

The Bruery’s beers are pretty hit or miss with me. This has a pleasing red appearance but it tastes weird to me. Subtle vanilla notes and a less subtle oak flavor (all well and good) but add into that this flavor, I don’t know where it was exactly coming from but it tasted like someone dumped a lemon-scented aerosol household cleaner into the mix. Off-putting. The finish was nicely dry though. Not sure about this.

3 French Hens
Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale (The Bruery, Placentia CA)
Good to Very Good
The third in The Bruery’s Christmas series (presently at 6) cleverly brewed in such a way that all can age until the 12th YEAR of the series when all can be opened and enjoyed simultaneously. I didn’t like this quite as much asrtle Doves but it’s still pretty yummy.

3 French Hens

Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Good to Very Good

The third in The Bruery’s Christmas series (presently at 6) cleverly brewed in such a way that all can age until the 12th YEAR of the series when all can be opened and enjoyed simultaneously. I didn’t like this quite as much asrtle Doves but it’s still pretty yummy.

Mischief Gone Wild
Belgian-Style Pale Ale (The Bruery, Placentia CA)
Very Good
Mischief with Brett. I got this one at the Bruery. One of the advantages to being able to drive there.

Mischief Gone Wild

Belgian-Style Pale Ale
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Very Good

Mischief with Brett. I got this one at the Bruery. One of the advantages to being able to drive there.

Duet
American IPA (Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)
Excellent
Golden yellow color, not much head. Fantastic balance—-neither too bitter nor too sweet. Simcoe for bittering, Amarillo for flavor.
Delicious!

Duet

American IPA
(Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)

Excellent

Golden yellow color, not much head.
Fantastic balance—-neither too bitter nor too sweet.
Simcoe for bittering, Amarillo for flavor.

Delicious!

Nelson
American IPA (Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)
Very Good
 The Nelson Sauvin hops taste awesome and give it a real grapefruit taste and the rye added into the mix makes it sweet.

Nelson

American IPA
(Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)

Very Good


The Nelson Sauvin hops taste awesome and give it a real grapefruit taste and the rye added into the mix makes it sweet.

Emerson
Imperial Pilsner (Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)
Fair
I don’t know if I’ve ever had an imperial pilsner before. I didn’t think very much of this one. German malts and yeast with New Zealand hops. I had lots of yeast swirling around in my glass.  Not much aroma, decent enough flavor but for a summer pilsner…I’ve had better.

Emerson

Imperial Pilsner
(Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)

Fair

I don’t know if I’ve ever had an imperial pilsner before. I didn’t think very much of this one. German malts and yeast with New Zealand hops. I had lots of yeast swirling around in my glass.  Not much aroma, decent enough flavor but for a summer pilsner…I’ve had better.

Captain Stout
Imperial Stout (Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)
Good to Very Good
This is a good stout! Tastes like a chocolatey version of Old Rasputin. Lots of roasted bitterness. Perhaps a tad over-carbonated and a somewhat watery mouthfeel but otherwise good stuff. Every beer they do that isn’t a hoppy IPA tends to get overlooked and I don’t think that’s fair at all.

Captain Stout

Imperial Stout
(Alpine Beer Company, Alpine CA)

Good to Very Good

This is a good stout! Tastes like a chocolatey version of Old Rasputin. Lots of roasted bitterness. Perhaps a tad over-carbonated and a somewhat watery mouthfeel but otherwise good stuff. Every beer they do that isn’t a hoppy IPA tends to get overlooked and I don’t think that’s fair at all.