Thursday, April 12, 2012

Battle for Beer of the Week, No. 1

With time short, and life complicated, Fountainhead's delicious taps will have to compete a different week. Instead, a stop to nearby The Twisted Spoke occured. Three beers. Great Divide's Colette is no slouch, but it didn't quite make the cut when compared to the other two brews of the night. It's a creamy and complex beer, a bit lacking in the crispness factor that you expect from a farmhouse/saison.

Jewbelation 11 - I think? I mean, did they really hold onto a beer from 4 celebrations ago and tap it now? Is it actually 14 or 15? Who the f knows? The fact of the matter is, 11 hops and 11 malts, or 15 hops and 15 malts, if you can make that taste good and not be too gimmicky, you're doing something special. This beer is as bold in flavor as the name/process suggests. This is a relatively dark beer, and the nose hints at that. The hops accentuate the chocolate and roasted flavors with a bevy of spices. They also keep it balanced; you won't come away feeling like you just sipped your dessert in terms of sweetness. LOTS going on in terms of flavor. Spices floating over cocoa, molasses, burnt sugars.

Stillwater Folklore - let Mr. Stillwater himself explain: "A bracingly deep ale, built dark and rich with an elegantly lean body, accompanied by heady aromas of Belgian yeast, earthy hops and gently kissed by a wisp of smoke." That defines it perfectly. You can really get swept away in the subtle flavors of this beer, while marvelling at the light yet textured body that makes it so easy to plow through a glass.

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