Beer and Pavement

A Few Beers I’ve Enjoyed Over the Last Week+

Posted in Beer by SM on November 13, 2011

For whatever reason, I’ve backed off of straight beer review posts. Still, I do drink a fair amount of beer and thought I’d share a few from the past week.

Founders Backwoods Bastard – I might as well have skipped the beer and gone with something stronger. The beer is super boozy, malty sweet, oaked to hell, and flat. At 10%, I could get more bang for my buck with something stronger like whiskey, bourbon, or scotch. Either way, it just made me sleepy. I’ll have to save the other three bottles to see how this beer mellows.

Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam – I swear that Jolly Pumpkin just brews variations of its popular Bam Bier and there’s nothing wrong with that. I opened this beer and stepped away to retrieve a glass only to find that the bottle had exploded all over the counter. I often don’t get a chance to enjoy the full 750 mL of a Jolly Pumpkin as this happens a lot. Still, the activity doesn’t take away from the beer, if anything, it only adds to it. Present is that Jolly Pumpkin funk and what turns out to be a rather cloudy beer. Surprisingly, the beer is rather flat after the initial onslaught of beer on my countertop. The sourness in this version of the Bam series is not as sharp as the original, but plenty enjoyable.

Boulevard Saison-Brett (2011) – Apparently, there’s more of this beer lying around as a fellow beer enthusiast showed up at a gathering with a bottle. The sharpness missing in the beer above comes tenfold in this beer – as expected. This is a bucket list beer and I’m thankful it graces our shelves once a year.

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Hedgerow Bitter – I’ve had a couple of Pretty Things beers in the past. This brewery gets a lot of attention, mostly due to their lack available, queer brewery name, and unique artwork. However, my experience with the brewery has been somewhat disappointing. This beer came through, however. As an English Pale Ale, my expectations were already lowered, but this is a pretty solid beer. The bitterness is most dominant and welcomed. I don’t know whether the lowered expectations or just the fact that this is a really good beer. Either way, Hedgerow Bitter was thoroughly enjoyed Friday night.

Barley Legal Collaboration #1 – I hang out with these guys who brew every Sunday. Often, the recipes and ingredients are their own, but they like to help folks brew their beers (my Simcoe-Dependency was brewed there) as well as collaborate with whoever is interested. Recently, we gathered to brew this beer. I wanted it to have a molasses feel without getting too heavy. So, I contributed brown sugar and molasses. The results are a pretty amazing old ale-like beer. It’s super boozy and sweet with a surprising hop bitterness. It’s one of the more complex homebrews I’ve had and really worth the efforts of the entire group.

Schlafly No. 20 Volume 3 – Citrus Witbier – I had this beer a couple of times this weekend. The first was in the midst of a tasting that involved many of the other beers on this list. So, this little witbier didn’t stand up. The nose was citrusy and included the proper amount of funk. However, the results on the tongue were lost among all the other beers sampled. I gave the beer a second chance as I watched my Buckeyes stick a fork in this miserable season with a loss at Purdue. Alone, the beer is a solid witbier. The missing flavors from the night before were there when the beer was enjoyed alone. This beer would be perfect for a fish recipe I tried a while back.

Ska Euphoria Pale Ale – I had a moment to kill at a favorite water hole. This seasonal was on tap. I had purchased a full sixer last year and sort of struggled to get through it. It wasn’t that the beer was bad, I just grow tired of the same beer over and over. Anyway, I thought I’d have a glass on tap now for my annual indulgence. This beer is the dry, bitter APA I’ve been craving as of late. So, I may have to reconsider my aversion to the six-pack.

Founders Breakfast Stout – I don’t actually like coffee stouts. However, this one is different. The trouble with most coffee stouts is that the base stout is thin and relatively unremarkable so as to showcase the coffee flavors. Founders takes another route and brews a solid imperial stout with loads of coffee. The flavorful beer balances flavors of coffee, roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of bourbon. I will, however, need to be sure to drink these beers quickly as coffee fades much in the same way hops do in IPA’s.

He’Brew Genesis 15:15 – Lord have mercy! What a conglomeration of flavors and booze. This is a whole lotta beer at 15% ABV and including multiple fruits aged in barrels…You can only imagine all that comes with this beer. I had a snifter of the stuff at a bar and will hang on to a bomber to see how well it ages.

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel – Someone had one of these when I was done drinking for the evening. The discussion surrounding it had me intrigued. I looked to buy the beer in a store a few days later, but couldn’t justify $18 for a four-pack I wasn’t even sure what I would be getting. Luckily, I found a bottle at a bar and took the plunge. This is the quad of all quads. Deep, dark, rich, complex, reeking of raisins and fig. And it’s huge at 11% ABV, but you don’t notice the booze which can be dangerous.

There have been other beers, but this is what I’ve had lately. You can follow me on Untappd. I don’t leave much insight there, mostly just keeping a list. What have you been drinking? Have you had any of the above beers? Tell me what you’d like in the comments.

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  1. Rob said, on November 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Personally, I think Southern Tier does the same as Jolly Pumpkin w their imperial stout line. Mokah Jahva Choklat etc are almost identical… But delicious.

    I might have a problem w that, but I haven’t figured out how to articulate it yet.

    • Zac said, on November 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      I’m fine with it. I like the slight variations of a base beer that’s solid. I’m big fan of the Southern Tier stouts as well.

  2. G-LO said, on November 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I had a bottle of Backwoods Bastard in my fridge, but never got to try it. All I remember is my wife running in to the house on Halloween to grab a couple beers for herself and a friend of ours. She grabbed a Stone Oaked Arrogrant Bastard and the Backwoods Bastard. They didn’t finish them. I was annoyed. I’ll have to hunt them down again!

  3. Bill Farr said, on November 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I’ve had a lot of Backwoods Bastard over the years, and it generally isn’t flat, so hopefully your remaining ones have carbonation and the flavors will be more balanced. It is malty regardless, and there’s a vanilla oak presence, but it’s not as sweet as, say, New Holland Dragon’s Milk (which i like).

  4. Barleywhiner said, on November 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I had a Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela this weekend and kind of had the same feeling. But I like their style, so it works for me. I had the Luciérnaga a couple of months ago, and it seemed a little different. I also picked up the Noel De Calabaza and Fuego Del Otono recently, so I’ll be getting my Jolly Pumpkin on. I’m a little afraid of the 15:15, I’ll have to wait until it’s a little colder to open it. KC hardly got any of the Schlafly no. 3, but a friend hooked me up with a bottle that I’m hoping to open this week.

    • Zac said, on November 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      La Parcela is nice. I just bought the other two as well. JP is one of the more unique breweries out there. I feel lucky we get his stuff here in MO. The 15:15 should be feared. Colder temps would make for a more enjoyable sip. I’d suggest sharing as well. The one nice thing about living in COMO is that we get a nice mix of Schlafly and Boulevard beers with each release.

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