Poured from bottle into tall pilsner-type glass. It has a golden-straw color. Almost completely see-through. The tall glass makes watching the bubbles rise entertaining.
Malt, grains and a biscuit scent come through the most.
I get mostly toasted malt with some fruitiness. There is also some unexpected bitterness, a little too much for me, which appears at the end. The carbonation makes it feel “fuller” while you drink it — it’s like I try to take a gulp but it’s only a sip.
– FOOD PAIRING
I would say something from my favorite food group — sandwiches. Some sort of grilled chicken with bacon and swiss panini? Anything from Spicy Pickle would be great. I just wish there still was one around here… Continue reading →
Saturday my wife and I hosted our first event in our new home we called Hoppy Birthday and Happy Home. It was a great success that I could have never pulled off alone. My wife spent the two previous days prepping and cooking while I kept worrying if we had enough beer (which we did).
Craft beer was not at a shortage
New Belgium Trippel
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Bell’s Winter White Ale
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Anchor Steam Beer
Port City Monumental IPA
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
Troegs Java Head Stout
Bold Rock Virginia Apple Cider
Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
Port City Optimal Wit
No one left hungry
Beer Bread made with Leffe Blond
Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Dip made with Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
Buffalo Chicken Bites made with Stone IPA
Praline Bacon with stout coating made with Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Cheddar and Cottage Mac & Cheese
Hosting always makes me anxious but this went off without a hitch. I’m excited to host more and have some good ideas for next time.
It took 20 minutes of pacing the beer aisle of Harris Teeter last Friday but I decided to pick up a six-pack of New Belgium Trippel, which I had never had before.
New Belgium, out of Fort Collins, Colorado, has brought us great beers such as Fat Tire, Snow Day and one of my favorites, the retired 2˚ Below.
Started being produced in 1992
Hops: Saaz, Liberty, Target
Malts: Pale, Munich, Victory
I poured the Belgian style ale into a Weizen glass. It had a white head that lasted two or so minutes. It was very carbonated and bubbled for a long time. It had an orange-brown color and was extremely see-through, helping to accent the bubbles.
It smelled of coriander and oranges.
It tasted toasty ending with the hops. It had a light/airy texture. I could really taste the spices. The aftertaste resonated for a while after each sip.
Maybe I was craving bacon at the time but I think it’d go great with a BLT on white. Also I think I’d go well with a hard, sharp Parmesan.
Even at such a high alcohol percentage, I could have quite a few of these in a row. I was pleasantly surprised in how much I liked it and have already bought another six-pack.
What new beers have you had recently that you’ve enjoyed?