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Super Cru

Here you have a beer from New Belgium, a Belgium Ale called Super Cru from the Lips of Faith series. I drank this during one of these hot summer days and I wish I had payed attention to the ABV as it’s 10%, especially when I wanted something refreshing and I had no one to share it with. Every time I see the bottles on display, I might not buy them, but I take my time admiring the artwork on the bottles; this one is pretty cool. About two years ago I picked up my first bottle of Lips of Faith, it was Dark Kriek, one that is no longer made, but was tasty.

The ale had lots sweet notes in the nose, pears, apples, brown sugar, malt, and definitely some stank of yeast, you know the Belgian yeast stank I’m talking about. The combination of malt, bread yeast and pear dominates the flavor profile. There’s an alcohol burn to finish the sip and you end with up with a peppery finish from the taste of cloves. The clove flavor to finish, reminded me of Christmas, probably a good beer during the winter to keep you warm.

This beer from New Belgium was not very impressive, especially when it was a release for their 20th anniversary. It sure is a sipper, not one to quench your thirst during these summer days as I erroneously tried to do by not paying attention to the bottle. Tasty but I’ll pass on the recommendation. Two Beer Caps for this one.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Empty Bottles

 

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La Merle

La Merle by North Coast Brewing Co

The Blackbird is the English translation of Le Merle, but it sounds better in French. This is probably one of North Coast’s cheaper beers at $7.49, but it’s a very good one. It is a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, a style I haven’t had much of, but I recall a few and I enjoyed them.

The ale had pleasant bright notes of fruit like green apple and pears, caramelized white sugar (reminded me of when my wife bakes), yeasty funk, citrus, and hop. One thing I really enjoyed about this beer is the carbonation; the bubbles made lots of the great flavors stick around. The apple and pear were present, the bread/yeast, and I really enjoyed the citrus/hop finish on it. When the beer warmed there was burn from the alcohol, but it wasn’t bothersome.

Took pictures of this beer outdoors just before the sunset and the sun was at a great angle and it made for great beer color that I think I’ve captured. The beer is very drinkable and I still wanted more of it after the bottle was gone; will pick up one of these again, maybe two to share with friends during the upcoming spring BBQ’s. Five Caps for this one, you’ll enjoy it, I guarantee it!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Empty Bottles, Five Beer Caps Club

 

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