Yet again I have to thank Mr. Dave across the street for this fine tasting. I also have to thank Erica at Maxwell PR for the chips! Quite a night of tasting and a very good pairing.
First with the beer… since this is a beer blog after all…
According to their website, St Bernardus Abt 12 is the pinacle of beer at the brewery. A very interesting abbey ale… I doubt you could guess what it would taste like going in. From what we could discern, this brew has complexity at all levels… nose, body, finish… complexity right out of the bottle, multiplied by the warming of temp. To go along with our wonderful little brew, we paired it with some gouda and the chips mentioned below and both were very nice. Overall, this beer has a big head, an ABV smell when cold, only slight belgian yeast characteristics, and a certain tanginess that you catch about half way through. St Beranrdus has created a very approachable belgian abbey ale that pleases as it teases.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win (beer)
And the chips:
I have to admit… it is pretty cool to start getting chips in the mail now… beer is great, but food to go with it… priceless… although cheese samples would be wonderful as well. 🙂 Anyhow, Erica hooked us up with some Kettle Sweet Onion Potato Chips and I have to say… even if they weren’t free, these are some tasty chips. Mr. Dave, Rachael, and I had downed half the bag in about 10 minutes and I had to sneak some into a ziplock to take to work to share with Po before they were completely obliterated. They are mild and buttery with the onion more pronounced in the aftertaste than in the mouth, but really very good wiht the signature Kettle crunch. I think the only downside to them is the fact that I surely wasn’t getting any that night due to what it did to my breath… but ditto the other way since my better half was feasting, as well.
DugPo Rating System©: For the Win (chips)