September 28, 2011

Bell's Winter White Ale

Bell's Week, Day 3... Winter White Ale. This beer has a beautiful golden orange color. Aroma is like a Belgian golden ale, bread, yeast. Flavors are a combination lighter fruits like pear, plus some orange peel and citrus. It's sort of a muddled mix of golden ale, hefeweizen, and wheat beer. Smooth drinking, finishes slightly bitter. Expected a drier, more crisp finish. I'm not sure that this needs to be winter beer, it could fit any season really. Overall, not amazing, but definitely above average.

Bell's Winter White Ale

September 27, 2011

Bell's Oarsman Ale

Next up on my unofficial Bell's Week is Oarsman Ale. It's a 4% ABV session beer. Barely any head when poured. Aroma of wheat and lemon. Taste is lightly tart and sour, with lemon, white wine, and orange, and faint but prickly carbonation. It's a mimosa... but a beer at the same time! No aftertaste. This one certainly isn't amazing, but it's refreshing enough and low enough in alcohol to be good during the summer. I'm still sort of wondering if I got a bad bottle. I was expecting more considering it comes from Bell's, but then again, no one can do everything perfectly.

Bell's Oarsman Ale

September 26, 2011

Bell's Amber Ale

Based on my experience, many amber ales tend to be rather tasteless. Most craft brewed amber ales aren't bad per se, but they're rarely exciting. Bell's Amber is a welcome exception. This beer hits you with a sweet, malty, and just slightly hopped aroma. It has a rich copper color. The taste is a perfect balance of malt (pale, caramel... with flavors of bread and nuts) and hops (grassy, bitter, very light pine). It starts off a little sweet and finishes just slightly bitter. Creamy body, soft carbonation, easy to drink, and thirst quenching. I haven't had a Bell's Amber since last summer, and I'd almost forgotten how much I like it.

Bell's Amber

September 8, 2011

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Some of you may already know the dirty details about this, but for those of you that don't, here's the deal. Beer Geek Brunch gets its WEASEL twist because it is brewed with Civet coffee. The civet is a small mammal native to Southeast Asia that includes coffee berries as part of its diet. You can probably guess where this is going now. In the stomach, enzymes seep into the beans making shorter peptides and freeing up more amino acids. Then they pass through the intestines and are... released. The beans are gathered, washed, sun dried, lightly roasted, and used to brew a very aromatic coffee with much less bitterness than regular coffee. Kopi luwak (the Malaysian name for civet coffee) is one of the most expensive in the world. Mikkeller has sourced theirs from Vietnam, where is it known as caphe cut chon, or fox-dung coffee.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel smells like coffee, but it's sweeter, nuttier, creamier, and not as dry or bitter as regular coffee. I got a whiff of maple syrup as well. There's a lot going on flavor wise: multiple types of chocolate, caramel, coffee, espresso, a little vanilla. Very slight alcohol burn on the tongue but not in the aroma. It's thick but smooth and rather easy to drink. Not sure if I'd drink a whole one by myself though. I shared this with Robin from Good for the Palate, for breakfast of course. Very delicious beer. We enjoyed it a lot.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel