Posts Tagged ‘belgian date barleywine’

amber ale tasting notes, belgian date barleywine

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

this week I set aside some time to reflect upon a couple of current draft selections that are on different sides of the spectrum.

style: amber ale

appearance: great amber color, creamy head with nice lacing, fine carbonation

aroma: slightly alcoholic, sweet, and fruity

taste: malt-forward, coating mouthfeel, caramel and fruit notes, very sessionable

comments: a solid performer, but I personally don’t like the yeast strain (S-04), so I would use a different strain (cal ale or belgian) and maybe dry hop a keg with an earthy variety.

 

 

 

style: belgian date barleywine (2009)

appearance: great carbonation and lacing, slightly cloudy/opaque even after being chilled for months

aroma: intense boozy fruit, layered alcohol notes (spirit-like)

taste: smooth boozy sweetness, alcohol bite but no heat, sweet malt with a fruity finish, viscous and caramelly

comments: I brewed this one on 07/11/09 and tapped it over a year ago – it has been jumping in and out of the lineup ever since.  this is definitely a sipper and took well over a year to mellow out.  this was my first foray into specialty sugars – I added 2 pounds of date sugar to the 5 gal batch.  although this batch is currently pretty tasty, it drinks so slowly I’m not sure I’ll brew it again.  see below for the recipe I dug up from the partial mash vault.

 

12.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 72.73 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 6.06 %
1.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 6.06 %
0.50 lb Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 3.03 %
2.00 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 36.4 IBU
2.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 36.4 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (45 min) Hops 9.8 IBU
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (8 min) Hops 7.1 IBU
2.00 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
2.00 lb Date Sugar, Dark (50.0 SRM) Sugar 12.12 %
1 Pkgs Belgian Abbey II (Wyeast Labs #1762) Yeast-Ale

strong beer session #2

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

last weekend, the sequel to the first strong beer session went off without a hitch.

  • the plan was to sample brewery to brewery across california, then across the country, and then the rest of the globe.  however, so many breweries were represented that we didn’t even make it out of the state!
  • session brews included (with notes/* indicates a crowd favorite):
  • we also tried to pull off some food pairings as well, so in addition to the stilton and sharp cheddar we had mixed charcuterie including liverwurst, head cheese, and prosciutto, as well as smoked bacon-wrapped brats mopped with brown shugga and some spicy roasted chicken and potatoes.
  • the meal was topped off with desserts including AP’s cheesecake with a belgian date barleywine cream cheese topping and ML’s killer bourbon barrel-aged old rasputin imperial stout pecan pie with bourbon crust and malted whipping cream(!).  both were awesome and complemented the rest of the meal perfectly.
  • despite wrecked palates and tons of food, everyone persevered, and by the end of the night I’m pretty sure barleywines were a little better understood (albeit not on the top of anyone’s drinking list for the near future).

homebrew projects and burger bar revisited

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

last week I managed to put some finishing touches on some home brewing components.

  • remember this old post about the chill wizard?  you know, the one for $830?  well, with some helpful tips from the folks over at homebrewtalk (my new must-read forum), I scored a march pump from a forum member and got a plate chiller for a steal via germany (email me for more info), then picked up a bunch of stainless hardware from bargainfittings (fast shipping!) and made my own pump/cooling setup for less than half the cost.
  • basically, I picked up a small toolbox off of amazon for cheap, installed the pump into a base end of the box, and strapped the plate chiller to the other end.  I tossed on extras like a air purge valve on the pump out and an in-line thermometer at the wort out of the plate chiller, as well as a pump switch on the top of the box.  the whole thing is plugged into a GFCI outlet so I don’t shock the shit out of myself.
  • after tightening everything with some plumbing tape, I ran my portable pump setup through my (almost finished) brew setup to test it, and after a few leak fixes everything worked like a charm.  this thing might not be the prettiest setup out there, but it gets the job done just as well as the high-end options and is simpler/significantly less expensive.
  • I also kegged up my bohemian pilsner and tapped the second keg of my belgian date barleywine, which recently celebrated its first birthday.

in other beer news, AP and I were in vegas at the end of last week, and after very little persuading we headed over to burger bar for another visit.

  • as usual, the selection was outstanding, especially for a burger joint in a casino.  I started off with a st feuillen saison on draft, while AP went local and had a pint of sin city’s amber ale (which she thoroughly enjoyed).
  • after my initial pour, I couldn’t resist any longer, and went straight for one of my hard-to-find favorites: dogfish head’s 120 minute IPA.  I pulled the same stunt as last time and ended up cruising the strip with a cup of this liquid gold (which might not have been the best idea, as outside temps were in triple digits).
  • AP and I managed to return twice more during our stay, and partook in specialties such as new belgium’s la folie ’10 (significantly more sour than last year’s, according to my palate), kiuchi’s commemorative ale (spice ain’t my thing, but these guys have the belgian complexity down pat), and bitch creek ESB from grand teton.
  • I was even debating ordering up the firestone 11-13 bomber flight, but lousy luck at the craps table prevented any celebratory splurging.
  • again, the service and burgers were great and the beer selection made me feel right at home.  if you’re a beer fan in vegas this is without question the place to be.

weekend in review – baker beach

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

the coming of spring called for some celebration, so this last weekend AP and I rallied the troops for a homebrew-based cookout down at baker beach.

  • aside from some soda and water, all beverages present were homebrewed.  I brought down kegs of my IPA, kolsch, steam beer, and quad, as well as some bottles of my imperial espresso stout, belgian date barleywine, and a couple bombers of cider i threw together a while back.
  • I also grabbed a bomber of TB’s kolsch as well as his saison (which turned out to be one of the crowd favorites), and CB’s ’09 xmas ale and belgian strong.  JVG also brought out a growler of his red.  12 styles of homebrew in one location? it was definitely quite the lineup.
  • to top it off, AP and CB threw together some awesome eats.  AP manned the BBQ and CB fired up a great low-country boil in his turkey fryer.
  • it was a great event with a great turnout.  hopefully we can organize another one soon!

strong beer session #1: barleywine

Monday, December 14th, 2009

the lineup

work and the holidays has been cramping my blogging style as of late, so my apologies for the less-than-daily postings.  hopefully this week we’ll get back on track!

last friday the overcarbed.com team (me and AP) hosted our first strong beer session, inspired by the holiday season.

  • we focused on barleywine, one of my personal favorite styles and a great way to warm up during these cold months.
  • after procuring barleywine-centric foods such as stilton cheese, savory sausages, and some sweet desserts, bottles began to get cracked and the taps started pouring.
  • the lineup was pretty varied, with many states (and a few countries) being represented.  the brews included:
  • the session peaked with a three year flight (2007-2009) of lagunitas’ brown shugga, and was followed by a bomber of my own 2006 homebrew barleywine and CB’s 2008 homebrew barleywine.
  • I also had my 8-month belgian date barleywine on draft for people to sip between tastings.
  • crowd favorites included the doggie claws, the ’07 brown shugga, and my ’06 homebrew (yes!).  an honorable mention went out to the 120 minute, which drank like a liqueur and had everybody talking (at 20% abv it was easy to see why).  I wish I had another one to put down for about 5 years…
  • overall, there was great company, beers, and food.  look for individual reviews of standout brews from the above list in the future.

the belgian date barleywine keg

the brown shugga flight

the aftermath, part 1

the aftermath, part 2