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Cantillon Fou’ Foune

Fou' Foune

Certain beers bring back memories for me every time I drink them.  This particular Cantillon brings back memories of the first time I tried it, sitting on the patio at the Beer Engine in Lakewood back in 2009 (thank you Jason Presser) and again when my wonderful husband proposed later that year.  It is one of my favorite beers of all time.  There are a ton of beers out there that I love, but this is one of those beers that I can’t get enough of.  This Lambic style of beer is not for the faint of heart.   It’s pretty…

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Duvel Belgian Strong Ale

Kishimoto Duvel Glass

The color of this beer is gold and hazy straw.  There is an amazing billowing head and awesome lacing that sticks to the kick-ass Eley Kishimoto Duvel glass I got at the Winking Lizard this past fall.  Not to get of topic from the delicious brew, but if you get a chance next year, do the mini Duvel tour for the glasses, the beauty of the art of this fine glassware is spectacular!  Continuing on, it smells like Belgian yeast and there is a touch of…

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Victory Braumeister Pilsner

Victory Braumeister Pilsner Logo

Yes, I am reviewing another pilsner in my quest to appreciate a style I don’t care for much.  Victory’s Braumeister Pils is an unfiltered Pilsner.  The color is bright, yellow, hazy straw and gold.  There is very nice lacing on the glass.  It’s very promising so far.  The smell is Pilsner malt, sweet cracker and a touch of grain with some bread sweetness to top it off.  The mouthfeel is wonderful.  There are tons of bubbles, it’s light and dry.  Braumeister Pils is very dry and refreshing!  I taste the Pilsen malt and grain to begin with.  There is definitely…

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SanTan Brewing Devil’s Ale

San Tan Brewing Logo

One of the great things about having family that lives out of town is traveling and trying as many new beers as you can.  We are lucky in Ohio that a ton of breweries distribute here, but not all of them.  My parents live in Arizona so my husband and I go visit every year.  We make a point to visit all of the bigger breweries and even some smaller ones.  We also stop at some of the larger better beer stores and the ones that are off the beaten path.  We usually end up coming back to Ohio with…

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echte Kriekenbier

Road trips are a great way to find new beers because every state gets different breweries in their distribution area. While at a friend’s wedding in Virginia I stumbled across this beer and couldn’t wait to open it. Its a Flanders Red which is one of my favorite styles. Flanders Red’s are typically lightly to heavily sour with flavors that range from vinegar (trust me, in a good way) to cherry and chocolate. Let’s see how this one measures up.

Its a dirty plum color with hints of crimson and brown. There is a white ring of head around the…

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Grado Plato Cantus Caeli

Grado Plato Cantus Caeli Label

Thanks to my neighborhood beer store I got to try this unusual beer.  I asked my very knowledgable bartender/beer store entrepreneur for a beer that didn’t really fit into a category.  He gave me a list and to be honest I chose this one because it seemed the most intriguing to me.  He told me that this beer (if you can even call it that I am not sure) is a combination of red wine, mead and beer all fermented together.  Interesting right?

This beer is crimson with honey edges, there is no haze and absolutely no lacing.  The smell…

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Three Floyds Jinx Proof

Three Floyds Jinx Proof Lager

I love beer, but that doesn’t mean that I love every beer style out there.  Pilsners are one style I just can’t really get into.  I don’t know if it’s because of the Pilsner malt or just it seems boring to me.  But for the sake of reviewing I have opened my mind and palate and tried it.

The Jinx Proof is a “Dortmunder Lager” Pilsner style brew that comes in at a 5.1 ABV.  It’s clear gold with a touch of amber around the edges.  I would almost compare the color to a Budweiser or Miller, but it has…

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Tallgrass Brewing Halcyon Wheat

Tallgrass Halcyon Wheat

This beer was an awesome one to have on a hot summer afternoon.  The color is straw yellow and the center looks almost peachy.  It’s an unfiltered wheat beer, so it’s hazy.  Surprisingly, even though I poured it with a bit of force, the head isn’t huge – but it is definitely present.  There is a ton of lace left on the glass as I make progress.  Halcyon smells like hops, with citrus notes and wheat aromas.  The smell is awesome and I couldn’t wait to take a sip and quench my thirst.

It tastes extremely good – since it’s…

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Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

This beer is a Belgian style Barleywine with 11.3% ABV.   It was barrel aged for several months in a bourbon barrel of unknown origin. No, I don’t mean a mysterious barrel that fell to Earth, I mean the brewer uses several kinds of barrels and this one wasn’t disclosed.

The color is a reddish amber with orange around the edges.  It’s relatively clear with a touch of lace clinging to the side of the glass.  This beer looks very interesting and delicious.   It might be a little lighter then what I expected, perhaps that is why the brewer says it…

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Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut

Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut

This beer is one of the more unusual beers I have tried recently.  It’s a hoppy Belgian beer aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels.  The color is amber on top and copper on the bottom with a touch of orange in between.  There is a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.  It smells like grapefruit and has some Brettanomyces notes (this is a wild yeast that can make a beer taste like ‘horsehair’ or ‘horseblanket’ – here, the yeast actually adds subtle earth and pineapple notes).  There is a lot of citrus in the nose from the hops and the…

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