Monthly Archives: April 2007

Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

Every good brewer has a miss now and again, and unfortunately, that’s how I’d rate Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic. It’s tough to do lambic well, even tougher when you’re not actually located in Belgium. So I’ll give Sam Adams props for trying. And, they were brewing this beer as early as 1990, largely before the notion of "lambic" was even in the American consciousness. This was one of the beers that came in their seasonal … Continue reading →

Stone Old Guardian

Stone Brewing‘s Old Guardian is a serious barleywine: it comes in at 11.26% alcohol and is vintaged by the year it was brewed. I had the "early 2007" release. Appearance: Lighter than expected—a pinkish orange, nice and deep. Murky. Head didn’t last long, but it’s lacing the glass nicely. Smell: Cloying brandy-sweet, caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol—not biting. Some hops, but they’re really a backseat to the sugary malt. Taste: There’s a punch here, from … Continue reading →

Jenlain Ambrée (French Farmhouse Ale)

The version of Jenlain Ambrée that I found locally was actually labeled a bit confusingly: "Jenlain French Farmhouse Ale." Unable to find anything definite referring to this online, I was clued in by RateBeer, which had a pointer and a note that it’s an alias of the Ambrée. My assumption is that it’s simply an import name change, probably cashing in on the foreign factor; "French Farmhouse Ale" sounds more impressive than "Amber." Anyway. This … Continue reading →

Josephs Brau Winterfest

Ah, the elusive, mysterious Josephs Brau Brewing Company… really a front for some of the Trader Joe’s line of beers. I’m sure there’s more of a story there somewhere. But what’s more curious is the source of this particular beer, Josephs Brau Winterfest (a "double dark Bock"); apparently it’s too new to have shown up on the web anywhere yet. The usual sites still refer to it under it’s (older) nom-de-plume of "Trader Joe’s Winterfest," … Continue reading →

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Now that’s a mouthful of a name for a beer. The Hefeweissbier Dunkel ("dark hefeweizen") from the Weihenstephaner brewery in Germany is one of the foremost wheat beers of the world from the world’s oldest brewery. Appearance: Light copper, hazy. Head foamed up a lot—it’s light tan. Color is actually more brown apple with light copper highlights. Smell: Phenolic sour in the nose—clovey and fruity. Whole wheat bread. Taste: Lighter than expected. Doesn’t have the … Continue reading →