Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maredsous 10

Last night while attempting a re-brew of a failed beer from last year [Maya's Maple Ale] I thought it would be nice to have a beer.  The ale was selected by inadaze0 the last time we went to Earth Fare here in Tallahassee. 

Maredsous 10 is a Belgian Triple that is fermented twice at the brewery, then once more in the bottle over a two month aging period.  Maredsous is brewed under the supervision of the Brouwerij Duvel Moorgat brewery.  Now any beer snob or connoisseur should notice the middle name 'Duvel' yes, this is from the same place that brings us Duvel Ale!

This ale pours smooth with a one inch head into my chalice.  Appearance is orange/copper with it's bright white foam lacing down the sides of my glass.  The aroma is slightly sour, almost like fermented grapes think wine.  The malt slightly comes through followed by yeast aromas.  The flavor of this triple is smooth and crisp.  The triple fills your mouth with malt and yeast goodness, a slight sourness, and pears on the back end.  There is a slight warming sensation that can be felt a few moments after each sip, which is nice since there is no alcohol flavor or burn.  For a 10% ABV brew, that is incredible.

I would rank this a A- beer, and go as far as to say this to me is in the same area as Westmalle Triple, La Fin Du Monde, and Chimay.

and if you were wondering Maya's Maple Ale brew session went good, if the beer gods see fit it will be on tap in about a month in the Excessive HoppYness Brew House!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rouge Hazelnut Brown Nectar and more progress!!!

Excessive HoppYness Brew Co. is now a living breathing, operating, brew house.  Beer is on tap!  Soon my 1/3 bbl all grain system will be operational, exciting!  Over the weekend inadaze and I built some shelves, moved in the bar, and re-arranged furniture, and rearranged furniture again, and rearranged furniture again!  So to toast the progress we sunk down into the couch on Saturday night and had a Rouge Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale.

This beer pours a dark and wonderful brown, with a slight off white 1" head.  The aroma of this ale is sweet and nutty with notes of brown sugar, slightly smoky and hazel nuts take over your nose and make your mouth water! 

I often find myself getting board with brown ales.  They tend to all taste alike, but I was proven wrong by the boys from Oregon!  This ale is wonderful.  The flavor is malty sweet, brown sugar flavors pair nicely with slight chocolatey flavors and smoky hazel nuts on the back end.  If your a fan of hazelnut, like inadaze and I you will want to smack you lips on a pint of this!  By far hands down one of the best browns i've ever tasted!

I will rate this a solid A- Brown! I will be picking up a few more of these in the future!

Oh and if your interested, the lounge inside Excessive HoppYness Brew Co.  Johnny Cash Live at FOLSOM Prison was playing Saturday.

My co-brewer and bad ass wife standing behind the bar.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV and Arrogant Bastard

Super Bowl Sunday that special day every February where modern day titans throw down.  For the special day a special ale from Stone Brewing Co. in California, Arrogant Bastard Ale.

The ale pours with about 1 inch of bright white head, and is the color of dark amber or copper.  The aroma is faint, I detect a slight citrus hop aroma, but malt controls the aroma here.  The flavor is a hop heads delight, piny, grapefruity hops  fill your mouth at the beginning followed by a nice malt backbone.  The mouth feel is slightly thick, bubbly and creamy.  This is one of the more powerful IPA's I have ever tasted...It's probably not for you, this ale is for true Arrogant Bastards!! I'm going to give this wonderful ale a A-....I will be drinking this again.