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Rogue’s Irish Style Lager

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My wife and two year old daughter, Little O, have a traceable amount of Irish in their DNA and I’m a full blooded Mexican who’s never participated in drinking green beer and the most St. Patrick’s day celebrating I’ve done is to wear my green Notre Dame shirt. Since we have Irish DNA in the family, I thought I’d do a little celebrating this year, but I won’t go drinking green beer, instead, I’ll post something related to St. Patrick’s Day as it’s become synonymous with drinking beer and gave me an excuse to try a bottle of Irish Style lager by a famous brewery out of Oregon you probably all know, Rogue Ales. The inspiration for the beer came about when Rogue brewers wanted to make a beer that can float Guinness. I like finding out about the minutiae when reading about a beer. You?

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The lager had a very simple flavor and aroma. The beer had a bit of a metallic aroma that was not present in the taste and the rest was all hops. Citrus peel flavor (lemon) mixed with some piney-ness from the hops and I got a bit of the apple, Granny Smith, which was described in the bottle. I had about 5 ounces at room temperature and nothing of what I described previously changed.

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My current rating system is of whole Beer Caps and from time to time, I’ve thought about adding Half Caps for beers like this one. I’d rate the beer at 2.5, but since I don’t have that system implemented yet and to be fair to my trade, I’ll give it Three Beer Caps. This is as I mentioned, a very simplistic beer and that’s how I’ll keep my closing argument. I hope you enjoy and have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Empty Bottles

 

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Brux

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Hola fellow beer drinkers, we are gathered here today to talk about the recent bottle of suds I explored, Brux, as in the Brettanomyces Bruxellensis yeast (don’t name your kid that!). Brux is a Belgian-style ale collaboration between Russian River Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing and I’m sure all of you are acquainted with these two breweries. Russian River Brewing continues to be highly regarded among craft beer circles whereas Sierra Nevada Brewing’s success at times gets them brushed as a macro brewer. I enjoy drinking beers from both breweries, in fact I like that Sierra Nevada is so accessible and I can walk into any grocer and pick up a case or six of their beers. Russian River beers on the other hand, can be a pain in the ass to find because of their limited availability and distribution.

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The ale had a very simple aroma of citrus and banana mixed with the wild yeast funk. An aromatically pleasing ale that has a refreshing sip of bright citrus notes with banana and pear flavors, these last two add subtle hints of sweetness. You also get a bit of a grassy flavor with enough tartness to finish the sip; very enjoyable. The ale’s moderate carbonation wraps your tongue in all those pleasing flavors I describe. I enjoyed drinking this beer very much and turned out to be a nice pairing with the dinner I made that day. I have additional pictures below.

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This Belgian-style ale has nice bright flavors, but nothing too overpowering and can easily be paired with lots of your home made dishes. For dinner this day I made a balsamic vinegar roasted chicken and a side dish of roasted root vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper, and rosemary, a very earthy dish that married well with the ale flavors. Overall the beer had great flavors but I was left hanging, wishing, waiting for those faint notes of pear and banana to crash the party. Four Beer Caps, it’s almost an excellent beer and I shall be buying one to cellar; let’s see if age will grant the extra Beer Cap.

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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Beer & Food, Empty Bottles

 

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Fantôme de Noël

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Fantôme de Noel is a Saisön brewed by Brasserie Fantome in Belgium. This is the last of the four bottles I wanted to review before Christmas Day. I didn’t get a chance to get this one posted before Christmas Day, but the name of the beer suits today’s post as Christmas has passed and we are left with the fantome or ghost of Noël.

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This Saisön is definitely interesting. It has a variety of bread yeast funk, with a citrus/tart aroma of cherries and grapes, not exactly an aroma that evokes Christmas, but maybe that’s what Noël smells like in Belgium. The pour goes flat immediately, the carbonation and head dissapate right away. It’s an easy beer to sip with flavors of dry fruits like currants, grapes, cherries, and apples and I didn’t get any Christmas flavors at all; it’s a Farmhouse Saisön and that’s probably how Christmas is like in the farm, not a lot of moms or gramma’s baking. I’m really surprised this is 10% ABV, as the alcohol is not present in the taste or aroma and it didn’t feel, like the alcohol creeped up on you. The beer has a tart dark cherry aftertaste that leads to a peppery finish.

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This is closer to a sour and I couldn’t think of it as a Christmas or Holiday’s type of brew, but what do I know?! It’s an OK tasting beer and next year if you want to drink something that reminds you of Christmas, skip it and grab one of the ones I previously reviewed. I’d say go for it around the fall or if you want to drink a sour, but there’s better ones out there. Two Beer Caps for this Belgian Saison that left even this Grinch, wishing for Christmas flavors, but as a Saison or Sour, Three Beer Caps.

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Empty Bottles

 

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Singapore IPA

This is one of the beers I received weeks back after the LA Dodgers beat the Detroit Tigers; the yearly bet I have with my buddy Steve when both our teams play for inter-league baseball. They beat the Yankees at NY last night and move on the the ALCS; I’m glad The Evil Empire is out. This beer is by Saugatuck Brewing Company, it’s called Singapore IPA. When I read Singapore on the label I thought the country? Upon further inspection, the IPA turns out to be named after the famous ghost town of Singapore, Michigan. This was the first time I have ever heard of the ghost town and of the brewery. Just how many breweries do you have out there Michigan?!

The aroma of the beer was very simple, strong hop, citrus, and a bit of malt if you sniffed real hard. The flavor profile was the same as the aroma, all hops and citrus. The IPA was bitter, but there was bitterness from the hop and the citrus, each different. The citrus bitterness I can describe as the white part of the lemon, the layer underneath the rind.  You know that white bitter part right?

It was an IPA that was very simple in flavor and was all hop; although it wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad either. An average IPA that I’ll rate Three Beer Caps out of Five.

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Empty Bottles

 

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Sancha by Skyscraper Brewing

This is a Mexican-style lager called Sancha, it’s by Skyscraper, a local brewery just a few cities over from where I live. I’ve had another beer by Skycraper, Lug Nut Lager, a good one, but that was maybe two years ago when I was starting this craft beer thing. Let’s get back to this one, like the great Vin Scully frequently says when broadcasting Dodgers games.

Sancha had lots of citrus aroma combined with grains and some dry grass field notes.  Lots of bubbly carbonation with citrus notes present throughout the entire sip and a bit tartness.  I get the concept and where the idea originates for a Mexican style Cerveza, but there was never a break from the citrus and this is what I was put off by.  I don’t recall where I heard this, but to avoid flies landing on the beer can, Mexicans began to add lemon and salt on the mouth of it.

As to not upset the beer gods I drank the whole bottle, but I won’t have it again. You can go out and try it, but don’t expect complexity or balance, as it’s very one-dimensional.  The citrus acid in this beer can be used to marinade chicken or meat and it’s not meant to degrade the beer, just an idea. For those out there that enjoy squeezing lime or lemons into their beers, this would be right up their alley and for those that are slowly are turning away from the big beer companies and are introducing themselves to craft beer.  One Beer Cap for this one.

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Posted by on July 9, 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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Le Freak

Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Co

Green Flash Brewing Co is one of the many great breweries in San Diego county; Green Flash’s selection of beers are all highly rated and the ones I’ve tried have been very good.  I’m reviewing Le Freak this time around, it’s labeled as an “extreme ale converging San Diego-style Imperial Ale and Belgian-style trippel. I enjoyed sipping on this beer; keep reading for more of my thoughts.

A very inviting aroma that made me drink it immediately.  I got a bit of funk from the yeast, sweet notes of banana and malt, citrus, and alcohol which is expected with this beer at 9.2 ABV; aromatically a trippel.  Citrus up front and a peppery middle bite with a hint of sugary sweet notes.  The finish was hoppy but fades to the alcohol burn left on tongue.  When the beer warmed a lot more of the Belgian sugary sweet notes came through.

This is a great tasting and overall great beer with a mild body that you will surely like.  Didn’t really pick up on the whole San Diego/Trippel thing, but it was a good tasting beer; pick one up and enjoy it.  The one-man team of CervezaPlease rates this beer four caps on the Kalifornia Beer Rating System.

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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Empty Bottles

 

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