Posted by simonpo on June 16, 2008
Not quite as devilish as one would hope for, but the first mouthful of Brouwerij Riva‘s Lucifer has a spicy kick that catches at the back of your throat and lets you know this is one decent bottle of beer. In the glass it’s a vivacious little thing, a dirty blonde ale with a whallop of carbonation from the secondary fermentation that really tickles at first but soon settles down as you work your way through it.
Winner of a World Beer Cup Gold in 2004, it’s pretty yeasty on the nose (in a good way) and served very cold it manages to hide some of the high ABV so the alcohol doesn’t overpower the light notes of fruit (apples?) and a certain spicy hoppiness that gets stronger as it warms up. Refreshing and strong, it’s a good combination and one I’ll be back to in the future.
Of coruse, the obvious question is “how does this stack up against Duvel?” – and right now, I really don’t have an answer. I like them both, but in different ways… perhaps that’s another idea for a comparative tasting :)
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again
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Posted by dugpark on April 27, 2008
I learned something today. I learned a good deal, in fact, thanks to the folks at Oskar Blues Brewery. They have an outstanding thing going and I am psyched I went to Malt and Vine again today to pick up some new beer.
So, we headed down this afternoon (my neighbor and I) since I had been talking so much about my visit last weekend. Dave is a fan of beer and I took him a bottle of the Snoqualmie Spring Fever and he liked that, so I thought it was time to get some more of the good stuff. When we got there, we each bought a round of their tap beers (check their website for their selection) and tasted as we wandered around. Let me tell you that it has to be one of the best and smartest things they could have done… tasting beer and shopping for it at the same time is an amazingly wonderful experience. :) Anyhow, one of their tapbeers is Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout. We both really liked it (more on that later), so I picked up a can (wtf?) and we headed home.
As we were getting ready for dinner, I figured I would test out the canned beer that I had so enjoyed on tap, pouring it into my new Duvel glass (only $5!). Let me tell you, this has to be one of the darkest beers I have ever seen… and coming out of a can was a trip and a half. The dark brown (almost black) liquid on the aluminum made it seem just a touch above molasses. Good sandy brown head, dark and about 1/2 an inch thick in the glass. The taste… the taste was nearly identical to the tap… it may have even been identical. Dark, roasted barley, hints of subtle smoke, and chocolate oatmeal graced my tastebuds. As I was drinking it, though, one word kept coming to mind… soft. If beer can be soft, Ten FIDY is that beer. Soft on the tongue and throat… easy to drink. A great stout, probably one of the best. I thank Malt and Vine for introducing me and Oskar Blues for showing me that canned beer can compete and exceed. Check out their video for more on that… it is good stuff.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win
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Posted by simonpo on February 27, 2008
Ah, those crazy, clever Belgians – masters of chocolate, comics and world-famous beer, I’ve been an admirer of their renowned cultural heritage for years. Funnily enough, probably for about as long as I’ve been a fan of Duvel, a brew I haven’t managed to sample in quite some time.
Luckily I hadn’t forgotten how to pour myself a drop of this fine ale, for you should be forewarned that it produces the mightiest, foamiest, longest-lived head you’re likely to encounter this side of Amsterdam*, a head that can take you quite unawares. If you’ve got the wrong kind of glass and don’t have a gentle wrist, there will be trouble – so take a look at the pouring guide before you take the plunge, and maybe leave that last little bit with the yeast in it in the bottle.
You’re also best off with a special glass – like this one you can buy online.
Now that might seem like a bit too much hassle, but with the right container and with the pour mastered, you’re in for something of a treat. Awaiting your attention is a beautiful golden straw-coloured beer, with a meringue-like topping of tasty foam. Super-high carbonation keeps things looking really interesting, and helps overcome what could otherwise be a pretty heavy pint. Beneath the head lies a dry, hoppy and slightly yeasty ale that’s both refreshing and potent.
Now almost certainly, you won’t want to tip back pints of this, but paired with some bread and cheese you’d probably manage to polish off a bottle or three at lunchtime and feel very happy afterwards. Or at least, I would – it’s got reasonable legs at 8.5%ABV, and I can see myself laying down a few bottles in my cellar for a special occasion in the future. As it’s triple-fermented (twice at the brewery, once in the bottle) it’s only going to improve with a bit of aging, apparently… so if I can keep my hands off it for a while, who knows what’ll happen.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win
*Dutch beer being well-known for it’s long-lived heads. Honestly.
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