May 4, 2007
Posted by Martin:
This week I’ll be reviewing a beer that holds kind of a special place in my heart. In everybody’s personal development, no matter the skill, there’s always a moment where you graduate from your infancy and realize there’s a great big world out there for you to explore. For my life of beer, this was a major player – one of the first beers my college roomate and I tried that showed us that there was something out there that couldn’t be described by the words “macrobrewed liquid with the consistency of water that tasted oddly like stale urine.”
Hennepin, crafted by Brewery Ommegang, is a spiritual successor to the products of many Trappist Belgian Breweries. Known as a “Saison,” it is intended to be a lighter, crisper beer, while still maintaining a sense of aggressiveness through some spices and a bit of hops on the palatte. And the thing that makes it even better? The price. While true, imported, Belgians can cost upwards of $10 for the bottle, Hennepin comes in at half that for a corked 750ml bottle. Now, while you probably won’t be able to find it in a convenience store, it is available through most beer distributors. There is absolutely no excuse not to try this beer.
So how does it taste? Good. Damned Good. Read the rest of this entry »
April 27, 2007
Posted by Martin:
Beer of the week starts, and this week we’ve selected Young’s Double Chocolate Stout to provide our opinions on. Brewed in England, this beer falls under the category of a sweet or milk stout, emphasizing a creamier and much lighter flavor than that which is typical of the darker beers.
This is available in one’s beer supplier in both cans and bottles. The can contains a nitrogenated rocket widget, much like the Guinness bottles of television fame, which nitrogenates the beer during the pour, allowing for something that tastes closer to coming off of the tap than a regular bottle can provide. This also means that you really shouldn’t be drinking this from the can, and needs to be poured into a glass to be truly enjoyed. Don’t be that guy.
The cans come in four packs for around $8 to $10 or so, and the bottles are available in 500ml quantities for closer to $5 per helping. Thankfully, this is a beer that one doesn’t want to drink a whole lot of in one sitting, but that’s a good thing.
This is most certainly a dessert beer. It is best enjoyed by itself at a moderate pace. Additionally, letting the beer warm for a bit after being poured brings out quite a bit more of the flavor, so taking your time does you more good than harm. Due to its nature as a heavier, creamier beer, this is something that’s better for a cold Winter night than a Summer day on the beach. Read the rest of this entry »
April 21, 2007
Posted by Chris:
Starting next Friday, 50cal will be bringing you lucky folks the 50cal Beer of the Week. We’ll clue you in on some of the best brews, give you a review, and send you off on assignment to contribute comments after your weekend field test. We’ll also gladly take some suggestions on future BotW’s. Send your nominations to BeerOfTheWeek@gmail.com.