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Review of Lore Derby Brown Ale

Hello guys.  It’s time for another craft beer review and today I’m going to be trying the Derby Brown Ale produced by the Lore Brewing Company located in Danville, Kentucky.

I’m always excited about tasting a beer from my home state and this will be my first time trying anything from Lore.

From the website, lorebrew.com, we find this bit of knowledge about the Derby Brown Ale.

The best way to describe Derby Brown Ale?  An adorable, cuddly monster.  This beer uses a large amount of hops and roasted malts while still remaining refreshingly mild and drinkable.  We use a large percentage of Chocolate Malt mixed with lighter Caramel malts to add complexity of flavor and a satisfying mouthfeel. This is a great “sit down and relax” type of beer that you’ll enjoy for all occasions.

Alrighty.  Let’s give it a try.

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This beverage came in a 22 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 5.0%.

It poured a deep brown color with some ruby outlines shown around the curves of the nonic glass.  A small tan crown was formed from a semi-aggressive discharge.  The texture was smooth and soft, however the retention time was meek and the lacing was only average.

The nose was very dainty and delicate.  Some tones of toasted and roasted grain along with some toasted bread crusts.  A light nuttiness of almond and hickory nut fused with some earth tones created a very “round” and well balanced profile.  It was just very subdued and feeble.

The flavor brought out some more of those toasted breads and grains.  The almond and hickory nut were accounted for again as well.  One thing that was troubling was that it had some sort of overly carbonated taste without being overly carbonated.  If that even makes sense.  That became a bit distracting as I went along.  So much so that I really couldn’t discern any of the other attributes.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied.  It was somewhat smooth and sort of crisp, but it wasn’t extremely dry.  The carbonation was of the medium to low variety and not a whole lot of flavor was left behind after each swallow.

Well, this beer was just sort of “meh” to me.  I was hoping for a better showing from this brewery, but they have only been in operation since 2011, so maybe they are still ironing things out.  I’d like to try something else from them to get a better grasp on what they can do.  I’ll keep my eyes peeled for some of their other offerings.  So, if you guys happen to see the Lore Derby Brown Ale somewhere, pick it up, give it a taste test and see what you think.  Be sure to tell me about your experience if you have a few moments.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate the support.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  2.9 out of 5

Grade:  C

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Country: USA, Lore

 

Review of Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel

Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review.  For today’s drinking pleasure I’m going to be sampling the Péché Mortel made by the Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This brew has been reviewed by a ton of people and it always receives great praise, therefore I figured I’d toss in my two cents worth as well.  If you recall, I love Coffee Stouts, so I’m excited about trying this one.

The website, dieuduciel.com, had this bit of info for us.

Péché Mortel (French for “Mortal Sin”) is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

Let’s do this.

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This brew came in an 11.5 oz. bottle and it possessed an ABV of 9.5%.

It poured jet black.  No highlights at all were seen.  It had a super sized khaki colored head that was smooth, extremely creamy and soft.  The retention time was astounding and the lacing was fantastic.  Simply, a very inviting and beautiful looking beer.

The bouquet dispensed a very pleasant fresh coffee bean waft accompanied by tones of dark chocolate.  Lighter hints of sugary molasses and earthy tones added some intricacy while an appropriate level of alcohol was found deep within.  Nice.

The taste seemed to be more espresso like rather than straight coffee.  Savors of roasted grain and malt were discovered as well.  A splash of vanilla was exposed as it began to warm.  More of the sugary molasses was ascertained also, however the bittersweet dark chocolate seemed to be muted somewhat.  It was still there, but it wasn’t as strong an aspect as it was in the fragrance.

The mouthfeel was full bodied.  Dry, chewy, smooth and a tad bit chalky.  The carbonation was medium to low. A solid shot of warmth was felt, due to the alcohol, at the back of the throat and on into the belly.  An excellent amount of flavor was left drenching the palate after each sip too.

Well, I thought this to be a very, very, very nice and enjoyable beer.  Definitely one of the better Coffee Stouts out there in my opinion.  Obviously, this is more of a “cool weather sipper”, yet I would recommend it no matter what time of year it was if you have yet to taste it and you saw it in the bottle shop.  Without a doubt, I’ll seek it out again.  Have you guys tried the Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel?  What did you think of it?  Is it one of your favorite Coffee Stouts?  Feel free to leave a comment and tell me of your opinion if you would like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.3 out of 5

Grade:  A

 
 

Review of Moosbacher Weissbier

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Moosbacher Weissbier produced by Private Landrauerei Scheuerer located in Moosbach b. Vohenstrauss, Germany.

I don’t know much about this brewer and I have yet to try a brew from them, so I’m pretty excited to see what we have in this bottle.

Let’s check on the website, moosbacher.com, and see what kind of info we can find.

Smooth bitter, fine filtered, very bright colour, with finest Bavarian hops.

Well, not much to go on there, so let’s just get it poured and find out for ourselves.

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This brew came in a 16.9 oz. bottle with an ABV of 4.7%.

It poured very hazy with a lot of sediment seen floating around.  It was a deep orange color with some brighter yellow highlights around the edges and the bottom of the glass.  The head was white, fluffy, billowy and soft. The size was more than adequate and the retention time and the lacing were both very nice.

The nose released proper hints of wheat as well as a ton of yeast.  Spices of clove and coriander commingled with fruity banana and dollops of grain.  The fragrance also provided just a wee bit of that “bubblegum” aspect that I really enjoy in wheat beers.  Not bad at all with this bouquet I didn’t think.

The taste provided a lot of yeast and wheat.  They were easily the most dominating aspect.  More of the clove and banana too.  The graininess was accounted for again, however it was just a compliment and really pulled the flavor together in my opinion.  Overall, I found it to be simple and to the point, but good.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, crisp, refreshing, thirst quenching and a touch dry.  It had some really nice carbonation, which left an ok amount of flavor behind after each gulp.

All in all, I thought this to be a very nice beer.  Nothing out of the ordinary or over the top, yet solid and true to the style.  The drinkability was great and I, of course, think this would make for a great warm weather brew.  I’d say give the Moosbacher Weissbier a try if you are searching for a sturdy, no-nonsense Weissbier to enjoy without having to think about it too much.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you’ve tried it and tell me of your opinion if you’d like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.75 out of 5

Grade:  B

 
 
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