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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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Black & Brew

I picked up a 12 pack at my local grocer for only $9.99, it was deal I couldn’t pass and I should’ve bought two as there were a few decent beers in the case and some that I really liked; you couldn’t go wrong for the price. I’m sure you’ve seen the Winter Classics variety pack and since doing research for this post, I learned it’s available during the months of November and December. The case of 12 includes two of each from, Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig Ale, and their newest creations, Black & Brew and Chocolate Bock. I’ll be posting my thoughts on the Chocolate Bock in a few weeks.

Black and Brew is a Coffee Stout with a nice aroma of malt and bread notes, but I didn’t get any coffee aroma. A robust coffee flavor is prominent throughout, with a nice combination of chocolatey malt. There is a bitter finish to the beer from the roasted coffee. It has a nice body to it, really nice and creamy.

Here is my little one trying to get into my shot, lol.

This is a Four Beer Caps Stout that I truly enjoyed. The coffee and malt flavor combination really did it for me. I’ll be searching for this variety pack before the cold months are over. Just as I was finishing this post, I thought of a Stout Float; this would be great with a scoop of coffee or vanilla ice cream.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Empty Bottles

 

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