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Widmer Brothers W’09 Belgian Style Ale

Posted by dugpark on January 22, 2009

Had to hold off for a few days from blogging to revel in the interview we were lucky enough to be able to conduct with Rob Widmer but it is now time to get back to business.  Pretty fitting to start with Widmer Brothers W’09 Belgian Style Ale, then, don’t you think?  I do and so here we go…

Noticed this at Fred Meyer in Issaquah and had, of course, to have a bottle.  I did drink this out of the bottle, so if drinking it out of a glass changes anything I will let you know. 

This beer has a very slight yeast in the nose. The color is golden yellow, definitely filtered. It is a bit heavier on the hops than I am used to for a belgian style, but it kind of makes sense after talking with Rob and seeing how much they like hops in their neck of the woods. :)  Overall the finish is pretty clean and short lived.  Here is what they have to say about it on the bottle:

“Our take on a classic Belgian style golden ale. A uniquely Belgian aroma and spicey flavor created by a generous adition of hops.”

At 6.5% ABV this isn’t a lite beer but the color, taste, and finish are… overall a beer that you could drink quite easy but one that doesn’t stand out, IMO. 

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

Posted by dugpark on January 19, 2009

After my last bout with Buffalo Bill’s (Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale), I hadn’t really thought much about them so it surprised me a bit when I noticed their Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout on the shelf at Fred Meyer in Monroe.  Of course, we don’t get that many new brews through, so I had to pick it up and give it a whirl in the hopes that the brewery would redeam themselves in my eyes…

So… did they?  Well, I must admit that they did a little bit with this one.  Blueberry beer is hard to get right… just ask the folks that brought us Wild Blue Blueberry Lager <shudder>.  So, heading into this one my hopes were barely high enough to be called high… but here you go:

Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout pours dark and with a small head… not surprising or particularly blueberry-ee, but it makes up for it in the nose…  the nose is definitely blueberry… sweet but not candy or syrup… so far so good.  Then the taste… the taste is definitely interesting. Not a typical stout… definitely more on the light side with the blueberry very subtle and having its biggest hit on the roof of the mouth near the back. There is a bit of bitterness in it that isn’t quite right but only off by a very small margin, so hard to notice. Not much of a finish… dies quick after the swallow.  In the end, in the land of crappy blueberry brews, this one stands out… it keeps it mild enough that it isn’t overpowering and isn’t too sweet and that is commendable.  So… nice work, Buffalo Bill’s… I might actually look forward to your next brew. :)

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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New Belgium Giddy Up!

Posted by dugpark on November 10, 2008

This little tasting story starts with “The Belly” and his nose for news… I get a text the other day noting New Belgium Giddy Up! in their Folly Pack at Fred Meyer!  So I stop there after work and sure enough, a new beer from what of our favorite little breweries in CO. 

I still think the New Belgium Folly Pack is one of the best deals around, especially if you are looking for variety and I am guessing they are doing pretty good with it since they keep selling it… :)  So here you are with a review:

Giddy Up! has a mild espresso nose that might make a standard, run of the mill coffee beer, but the lemon gets in there and messes with it, creating a refreshing and less bitter beer than you might expect.  In fact, I would through this in the realm of very smooth with just a tinge of bitter.  You can taste the espresso right in the middle where it leads to a quick and clean finish.  The lemon has its final revenge in the back corners and sides of the mouth where you can’t help but savor it.

Overall a great little showing from New Belgium and potentially the most balanced of the coffee beers I have had this year.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Posted by dugpark on October 14, 2008

I have been on a kick lately with the stout or porter and coffee mix.  So, when I noticed Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout at Fred Meyer, I absolutely had to buy it.  I am generally a big fan of Lagunitas and had high hopes here. 

Lighter than expected, this stout was nearly translucent.  It was also more bitter than expected, but not in a terrible way.  There were only gentle hints of coffee, though you could definitely tell it was in there.  I poured a glass of Kona Brewing Company – Pipeline Porter and tasted them side by side and you could definitely get more coffee out of the Kona.  The roasted malts were very strong, even so much so that I had to have a little chocolate to go along with it to mellow it out a bit.  That was a really wise choice, though, as they both complimented each other.

At the end of the day, Lagunitas has done an ok job here.  It doesn’t hold a candle to the Pipeline porter in color, texture, or taste, but it isn’t a bad showing.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Deschutes Brewery Twilight Ale

Posted by dugpark on July 10, 2008

Noticed a new seasonal at Fred Meyer the other day and couldn’t resist picking it up.  I already have too much beer in the beer fridge (more on that in a minutes), but I actually had room on the shelf for another 6 pack, so I figured what the hell. :)

Deschutes Brewery Twilight Ale is a fine seasonal.  As the website notes, this is best consumed cold and outdoors and that is exactly how it went down tonight.  I poured a little out in the grass to see if it lived up to its “straw color” and yes, yes it does.  So, I happened to be pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the initial hit was calm and smooth, but by about the time it reaches the back of your throat, it has a very hoppy flavor.  It gave me a little wake up call and I quickly finished this and a few others.  Smooth and easy with just the right aftertaste, this beer is hopped just right.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

Ok… so… Shea from just-grapes.blogspot.com just happens to have posted a picture at the end of the Seattle International Beerfest post with a great picture of their beer fridge.  Many good beers in there, I might add.  I thought I would do the same and back up the comment I made at the beginning of the thread.

Below you see the fridge… almost every crack and crevice has a brew in it… the only reason you see some gaps is from the 4th of july.  I figure there are about 75 beers in it right now.

Due to the sharing that goes on in the cul-de-sac, I had to make sure folks understood what was off limits.  Behold the sign:

And finally… some of what the sign hides… although there is actually more in the door… and I couldn’t get a great angle to show everything, but trust me… there is plenty of new beer to taste in there… I am not worried.

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Kona Brewing Company Wailua Wheat

Posted by dugpark on June 11, 2008

I love Kona Brewing… just about as much as New Belgium… but maybe not quite.  Either way, I checked Fred Meyer for new brews today and found this handy little number on the shelves so I picked up a couple.

Kona Brewing Company Wailua Wheat

As I sit here listening to Death Cab for Cutie’s new album and enjoying this very light and fruity wheat ale, I have to think I am in a good place.  Not much of a nose on it, but they have done a fine job of balancing the sweet passion fruit with the wheat ale.  I can tell there is beer goodness beneath the fruit and I applaud Kona’s ability to create such a smooth and soft summer beer.

Highly recommended.  Kona has done it again!

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Alaskan Summer Ale

Posted by simonpo on May 26, 2008

All the way from the Alaskan Brewing Company comes this little bottle of summer ale, a Kölsch-style limited edition that I’ve been looking forward to for a while, because I really like German beer, and it’s been a while since I’ve been to Cologne, the traditional home of Kölsch.

This one’s actually been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks now, waiting for just the right hot & sticky moment to work it’s way out of the bottle and across my tongue. First impression is of a glowing, golden liquid backlit by today’s unseasonably sunny Seattle weather. Doesn’t look too carbonated in the glass, but it’s got a really decent bubbly feel to it as you sip. Not a lot of head, but very refreshing, good strong flavour and a nice balance between the hops and malt mean this is something I’ll be keeping a supply of around for the next couple months.

 

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Lagunitas Lucky 13

Posted by dugpark on May 23, 2008

Oy… what a beer.  This bottle packs a flavor filled punch that made me very sad to be done with it and also the lush of the picnic I was at… :)  There I was, walking around with my Lagunitas Lucky 13 (no product information on their website), enjoying my picnic and sharing a taste with anyone that wanted one… and it wasn’t a hard sell since this beer tasted so good.

Per the website, this beer is on limited release and we actually got it a bit early in Fred Meyer in Monroe, WA.  Sometimes it is good to be in Monroe.

June to August 2008
Sirius Ale 6 packs, Kegs
Lucky 13 22 oz, Kegs

As far as the taste goes, this is one thick, dark, viscous, amber ale that has a kick and a punch and isn’t afraid to push you down and make you call it daddy.  The smell is thick and indulgent with plenty of hops ready to touch your taste buds.  The first sip out of the bottle was heavy, flavorful, strong.  A mouthful of beer that I still haven’t forgotten today, a week later.  At ~8% ABV, this beer hits quick and you are glad for it.  A very, very good red ale that I won’t soon forget.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

 

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Alaskan Amber

Posted by dugpark on April 14, 2008

So, we have a bunch of folks in from around the world visiting our fine corner of the US this week.  Good to see everyone and made me wonder if I would get a chance to keep up with the blog… no worries, though… always time to enjoy another cold one.  They brought in a shipment of the big bottles of Alaskan Amber a last week to Fred Meyer, so I had to grab one.  I have always been a fan and I knew I would like this one, so it was a no brainer to spend the $2.69. 

Alaskan Amber has to be one of the staple amber beers out there… at least for this neck of the woods.  Good price, good beer.  It isn’t the smoothest amber you will ever taste, but it is mild enough to make it very, very easy to drink.  Not much of a head, a good amber color, and a solid mix of malt and hops and this one easily makes it into the fridge time and time again.  Highly recommended.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

Post Script:

Tonight I spent some time checking out some other beer blogs out there.  Take a look at these folks and their ratings if you want a different opinion:

Also check out this popular beer blog just for kicks:

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    Kronenbourg 1664

    Posted by dugpark on March 25, 2008

    First things first… no French jokes.  Secondly, this is a fine beer.  Ok, now that those two points are out of the way…

    Kronenbourg 1664.  A surprisingly good beer and one that I really had never seen on the shelves at Fred Meyer… until tonight, of course. :)  As far as taste, texture, and overall impressions, I think this one has a place in my fridge in the future…  The pour was good.  A very golden lager that bubbles nicely and creates a tight head.  A first drink and you might dismiss this, but give it a few more and you start to notice that it isn’t simple macro beer flavor that is hitting you… it is a pretty complex brew that hits your tongue in multiple places and methods.  Overall, it goes down easy, has a hidden complexity, and just the right mix of hoppiness.  Very good.

    As far as their website goes, if you head to www.k1664.com, you get a landing page that redirects to the countries they sell in.  The US link = broke.  Check out the UK link, though, and you get most of what you would be looking for anyhow.  An especially decent advertisement called Seat Search is on the site (the other two aren’t worth watching).   

    JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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