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Maredsous 10

Maredsous 10

From the same brewers who bring us the delightful Duvel, the is the Maredsous 10 Tripel.  While not a Trappist brewery, this is brewed under license from the monks of the Maredsous monastery in Denée, Belgium.

Pours on the orange side of gold, lighter than most tripels. Fluffy and frothy white head. Belgian yeast is evident in the aroma along with rich and complex malt. Starts with a hint of sourness counteracted by sweet malt. Fruity and floral.

What’s the 10? Why, the ABV, of course. But you’d never guess that.

It’s very unique, especially compared to other Tripels such as Westmalle and Chimay. Tough to describe this one other than to say it’s unique and delicious

Grade: A

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Bayou Teche LA-31 Biere Noire

Bayou Teche Biere Noire

This is my second offering from Bayou Teche, the LA-31 Biere Noire. This is also the second time there is so much carbonation it takes several pours to get it into the glass. I’d like to think I haven’t forgotten how to pour. However, this does give this dark ale a chance to come to the right temperature.

I like the aroma. It’s very rich and roasty. A bit lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Roasted malt and coffee really shine through. Bitter chocolate comes through late. Dry, chalky finish.

Tough to categorize this one. It’s not smooth enough to be a porter, and the flavors are wrong to be a stout. But it tastes good, and that’s what’s matters.

À votre santé!

Grade: B

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Bayou Teche Courir de Mardi Gras Biere de Mars

Bayou Teche Courir de Mardi Gras

I guess the first thing to figure out about this beer, Bayou Teche Courir de Mardi Gras Biere de Mars, is whom actually brews it. It would appear to me that it is distributed to Bayou Teche Beer in Louisiana, but made at Lazy Magnolia in Mississippi. Neither mentions it on their website. A contract brew, if you will. Interesting I should try this one today, as i just read an enlightening article from The Beer Wench on what contract brewing actually is. Check that out here.

Poured with overwhelming carbonation. Actually took two pours to get the 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass. Clean white and fluffy head. Looks cloudy and light yellow. In fact, at first glance it looks like a hefe. Citrus sweetness and some grassiness in the aroma. The flavor is lead by sweet and slightly toasted malt, herbs, touch of grassy biterness from the hops. Banana in the finish, too.

Interesting flavors and really smooth. Worth a shot.

Grade: B

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Hoppin’ Forg B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Hoppin Frog BORIS

Widely regarded as both one of the best Oatmeal Stouts as well as one of the best RISs, this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout is not for the weak-palated.

Pours a creamy deep coffee that looks silky smooth. Floating on top is the darkest head you’ll ever see with incredibly tight, Guinnessesque froth. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and sweet toffee. Remarkably smooth as it coats the mouth. So many interweaving flavors including currants, sweet malt, deeply roasted malt, some char and smoke. Exceptionally well balanced. Oatmeal comes more in the texture than it does the flavor.  The 9.4% ABV is surprisingly restrained. Not hot at all, just a pleasing warmth after the swallow. 60 IBUs, as well, but it doesn’t feel like nearly that many.

Amazing flavors, outstanding balance and complexity, delightful texture. It’s no wonder Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. is a multiple GABF Gold Medal winner

Grade: A+

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Founders Breakfast Stout 2012

 

 

There will be much rejoicing!

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