Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer

Brewed for Pizza Beer Company by Sprecher Brewing Co. Pours into my glass from the 16oz bottle a very hazy yellow orange with a half inch of creamy white head on top. No real lacing to speak of. Aromas start out with toasted grains along with a mix of kicthen spices. Oregano, basil and garlic all play a part, the pungent unmistakable garlic is playing the largest part. Light tomato in the background. It's not too bold and in your face but all the spices are there. Interesting to say the least.

First sip brings an extremely light cereal grainy maltiness upfront that's quickly met by a sharp, vegetal spiciness. Oregano, basil and garlic flow across the tongue. I get a light tomato flavor on the way down but it almost seems like an afterthought. Finishes with a light grain sweetness and lingering spices on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with fast moving carbonation that explodes with each sip. The body really disappointed me here as I think if it would have been fuller it would accentuated the beer much better. Overall, it's an interesting beer to try and fairly tasty being as the spicing is not overpowering. However, I can't say it leaves me wanting to run out and drink it again!

Overall I gave this one a rating of around Average.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label Unfiltered

B0905 on the cork. I've been sitting on this bottle for awhile and finally decided to pop it open. The Girardin Gueuze pours from the 37,5cl green bottle into my tulip glass a lovely deep golden orange with a fiercly bubbly two fingers of white head. Lots of active carbonation streams up the glass. Aromas begin with vibrant light citrus and berry tones married with a pale grain maltiness. A musty wood sourness with a hint of vinegar. Sharp, bright and tart with underlying barnyard notes. Really quite wonderful.

First sip brings a initially mouth puckering sourness that works into some citric/berry tones atop a well placed malt. Musty, old barnyard thoughts spring to mind as some vinegar flavor moves in. Flows down nice, dry and tart with fairly strong acidity. A funky, tasty gueuze that's lively and unrestrained.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely arid with a mezmerizing flow of tight bubbled carbonation. Dances across the palate and brings a sense of creaminess. A wonderful gueuze to be had here, not to be missed if you're a fan of the style. A true work of the brewer's art that this sour beer lover would sit down to anytime...this one can be held up to the best of 'em.

Overall I gave this one a rating of Amazing. A world class gueuze.

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