After thinking about it very briefly I realize that I have already forgotten the beer related goals that I set for myself this year.  That did not take very long.

The last bit of beer news for January . . .

woody Ambitious Goals

via http://flyingdogales.com

 

This one goes in one of those style categories that is somewhat of a catch all, but also one that I should be using a bit more to categorize beers.  I often just throw everything that does not fit into a style in the Specialty Beer category, but I need to remember that the non-conforming Belgian-style beers really belong in this one.

A big beer to keep the week moving . . .

Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co. (Easton, PA)

Name: Quad

Style: Belgian Specialty Ale

ABV: 11.80% (on bottle)

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and pulled slightly early to warm some before serving in a stemmed goblet/chalice.

Aroma: A really full, malty sweetness to the aroma with prominent notes of dark fruit (like cherries).  Also a softer spiciness with some alcohol noticeable. – 9/12

Appearance: Deep, rich, coppery amber color.  A slight off-white head that is pretty thin, dissipates quickly, and leaves some legs on the glass.  Mostly clear with some haze and rising bubbles visible when held to light. – 2/3

Flavor: Smooth malty sweetness both up front and throughout.  A low spice character from middle to finish that combines nicely with the dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, etc.  Also some slight (and much needed) bitterness near the finish.  A bit of dryness to the finish, but still with a strong lingering sweetness. – 14.5/20

Mouthfeel: Medium body (maybe toward full) with a fairly high level of carbonation consisting of tiny bubbles.  Quite smooth and slightly creamy with some noticeable warmth. – 4/5

Overall Impressions: I very much enjoyed the level of carbonation that helps balance out the otherwise very prominent sweetness.  Certainly balanced to the malty sweet side but the spice, bitterness, etc. are enough to stop it from being cloying.  I like it and enjoyed the one I had, but did not love it.  One at a time (enjoyed slowly) is just fine for this one. – 7.5/10

Overall: B+ (37/50)

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. - Quad

 

Forbidden you say?  Well I had to see what this beer was all about with a name like that on the label.  Of course being a Belgian Pale Ale that I had yet to try also did not hurt when deciding whether or not to throw this one in the cart.  That is about it as far as my decision making process goes for picking out new beers for me to try.

A different style of Pale Ale to end the week . . .

Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co. (Easton, PA)

Name: Verboten

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

ABV: 5.90% (on bottle)

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in an oversized wine glass.

Aroma: Light toasty malt character with a bit of (apple-like?) fruity aroma and some underlying spiciness.  Maybe a hint of floral in there as well.  Pretty mild overall, but pretty nice. – 8/12

Appearance: Medium coppery orange color.  One finger cream color head that is quite frothy and holds fairly well before leaving some lacing on the glass.  Very clear with a good amount of rising bubbles visible. – 3/3

Flavor: A toasty almost nutty malt flavor up front with a moderate hop bitterness from middle to finish that has a bit of a spicy/peppery quality to it.  Some subtle fruity/floral notes more so toward the finish.  A nice dryness on the finish with just a hit of sweetness then some lingering hop bitterness after. – 14.5/20

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate (maybe to low) level of carbonation.  Smooth despite the bitterness and just a bit of creaminess on the palate. – 4/5

Overall Impressions: Found myself wanting a little more carbonation.  A fruity/floral character comes out much more as it warms some and provides better balance to the bitterness.  Maybe a bit of warmth in the nose as it warms a bit.  Not great to me at first but it grew on me as I approached the end of the glass.  Fairly well balanced overall, but the bitterness does take the lead. – 7.5/10

Overall: B+ (37/50)

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. - Verboten

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