Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beer Review: Boulevard Funkier Pumpkin

This beer is one of, if not the most, unique beer I've had the privilege of drinking. While Boulevard only released it one year (2016), it my humble opinion it's a great one.
They took the basic Funky Pumpkin (which I did not get to try), and added the wild yeast strain Brett, thereby making it Funkier. This isn't your typical Pumpkin Beer at all, as you'll see in the review below.
Funkier Pumpkin pours a pale orange/light pink (a really cool color), with a thin white bubbly head. The aroma starts off like Pumpkin spice with cloves and nutmeg, and then takes a wild turn with funky Brett. The taste again starts off as a classic Pumpkin beer, with the classic gourd-y pumpkin taste and spices, that is quickly followed, however, by a tart sour flavor that is just right, and finishes with funky Brett character. The beer is medium-bodied, with average carbonation, and was super drinkable, I couldn't detect a trace of the alcohol.
Overall this is not the average take on a Pumpkin beer, but this is quite the Pumpkin Beer! The most impressive factor was how all the flavors were balanced beautifully, despite the seeming random mix going on.

*Funkier Pumpkin is under the supervision of the Va'ad of KC*

Click here to see my review of Saison-Brett, another Brett beer from Boulevard.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Info on Sam Adams Utopias

Sam Adams Utopias is a high alcohol (27%-29%) strong beer that is released every two years. For more info from Sam Adams click here. It retails at about $200-$250, and drinks like a whiskey.

Utopias Detail

Unfortunately Utopias is Not Kosher, as per the Star-K.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Beer Review: Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager

This beer is another one from the Saranac German Roots Fall Pack. It is called Haus Lager, it is actually a German Style, called Munich Helles Lager.

 The beer pours clear gold, with bubbly white head. Not much on the aroma, slight yeasty dough, and floral notes. The taste is of light crisp malt, followed by doughy yeast, with a complex earthy and floral finish.Haus Lager is light-bodied, and moderately carbonated. Overall a nice drinking lager with a complex earthy finish, that upgrades the whole beer.

*Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager is under the supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit*

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Belgium Blend Like A Brewer Variety Pack

New Belgium has released a brand new and exciting looking Variety Pack called Blend Like a Brewer. (for more details click here).

There are 6 beers in the pack, and 5 of them have already been released in the past, and are under the Supervision of the Scroll-K of Denver.
They are:
  • Fat Tire Belgian White
  • 1554 Black Lager
  • Citradelic IPA
  • Abbey
  • Tripel
The 6th beer, is new and called:
  • Cellar Blender
It is a sour, and therefore under the policy of the Scroll-K, not under Hashgacha
This would make 5 out 6 beers certified Kosher, with the final one not certified.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Beer Review: Shmaltz Vertical Jewbelation

Shmaltz Brewing He'brew Vertical Jewbelation is one special beer. It was brewed with all the Jewbelation recipes up until that point, and then barrel-aged in Sazerac Rye Whiskey Barrels. It was released in the year 2010 (before I was of beer purchasing age). I was lucky to come across this unique brew upon my visit to their brewery in Clifton Park, NY. I opened it over Shabbos, hence the bottle by itself with no beer by it's side.

Vertical  Jewbelation pours a dark black with thin tan head, that quickly dissipates. The first aroma is all barrel-aged....vanilla and oak, followed by the more subtle aromas of mocha and chocolate fudge. The taste is rich dark malt that is laced with coffee, and chocolate fudge, that is beautifully enhanced by the whiskey from the barrel-aging. It has full-bodied feel,  slightly carbonated, a nice creaminess, and very drinkable for 10.5% ABV.
Overall a great beer that stood the test of time, not oxidized at all, and drank just wonderfully.

*Shmaltz Vertical Jewbelation is under the supervision of the KSA* 

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