Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. | Eclipse 2013 - Four Roses
Every year I look forward to Fifty Fifty’s Eclipse series. I mean, it’s stout aged in bourbon barrels. How could one go wrong? Amazing stuff and stood up well to an afternoon of Deschutes Black Butte and Abyss tasting.
At $2.99 per 6-pack this is easily the cheapest beer that has made it to Corkhoarder and we’re happy to report that it is indeed certifiably hipster. Move over Pabst Blue Ribbon, there’s a new can in town!
Had the opportunity of tasting Devil Canyon’s Full Boar and Bourbon Barrel Aged Full Boar Scottish Ales last evening. Huge contrast between the two. Full Boar being a full bodies nutty proper Scottish Ale, while the Bourbon Barrels add a bright oak as well as sour to the profile.
Brewing beer since 1892, Ožujsko is one of the most popular Croatian beers around. As synonymous with Croatia as Peroni is to Italy, or Budweiser to America. Great for Mediterranean climates. Easy to drink, and enjoy by the beach.
Did you know Drakes made a hefe? We didn’t either until we sat for into San Jose’s Smoking Pig BBQ, a BBQ joint with an extensive craft beer menu. Honey, Orange and Citrus notes. Kept the pepper sauce at bay. Tasty.
I may have approached this beer completely wrong, I mean a sparkling ale? What is one supposed to think? Is the proper serving glass a champagne flute, a wine glass (white or red?), a pilsner glass, a pub pint, a tulip? We settled on white wine glasses as the champagne flutes are such a pain to wash.
Effervescence with small to medium bubbles, but did not have the fine line of micro bubbles one expects in fine champagne. A very closed nose and a palate of completely subtle tasting notes. Some yeast, some citrus, but very difficult to get any enjoyment out of it. It honestly tasted a step above a second beer for me. Was not it’s biggest fan.
However, if this beer was crafted for celebratory toast purposes it did it’s job quite well. I could definitely imagining myself beginning a pre-fixe meal or celebration with this bottle. Although it lacked the expected ‘pop’ upon uncorking, Belle is able to open up palates, and start appetites. It’s also celebratory in itself, which makes a great ice breaker.
Would we purchase again? Probably not. Would I turn away a flute? Absolutely not.
Westvleteren 12, or better known as Westy 12 has enjoyed the lofty placement of the Top 1 on many Top 100 lists. A lofty position for being renowned as the world’s best, and most sought after beer.
I can tell you one thing for certain - it’s damn tasty, and I could probably quaff this all day even though I’m not the biggest fan of Quads. However, just how tasty is it and how much better is it then other beers, or beers of its style? I didn’t pay for these, so cost was not an issue and wasn’t taken into consideration. This said, it was mind opening, like the secret key to a long lost kingdom.
The only real comparison I could compare it to was my initial taste of Chimay Blue. It may be in an entirely different league then Chimay all together, but Chimay changed the world of Belgian Quad Ales for me, and beer in general. It’s affect was monumental and very memorable. Westy 12 allowed to me re-live that instant.
This one caught us off guard, like an unprotected left hook. It made us see stars. Typical nose of hay, straw, and grassy notes. Tastes hones in on citrus, apricots, honey, and a big floral component. However it finishes bitter and rather harsh. A crazy juxtaposition of profiles that somehow lean more toward tasty rather then not.
Note - do not pour the entire bottle out, lots of sediment in the bottom and will cloud up your beer.