It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas.
The beer includes as ingredients barley, honey, muscat grapes, and saffron . Other than being slightly carbonated, this beer doesn’t remind me much of a beer. Instead, it seems to be similar to a white wine blended with a bit of a mead . As a matter of fact, it took three of these on different occasions to begin to pin down the complexity of the drink.
It has a sweet smell, with hints of honey. The taste is of honey and white wine, and leaves an aftertaste of white wine. I can faintly make out the barley, but it’s hardly noticeable. Being 9% ABV, it warms as it goes down. The carbonation makes it nice and refreshing. I think this would be a nice drink to ease your wine-drinking friends into beer.
Ever since SF 2088 was passed in Iowa, I have been anxiously awaiting Iowa brewers to begin producing beer above 6.25% ABV, as well as companies to begin distributing their higher-alcohol selections in Iowa. No company fits the latter situation better than Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
One such beer that is not yet available in Iowa (so I get it in Illinois) is Founders Brewing Co.’s Porter.
It is a very dark, chocolaty robust porter with higher body and sweetness. It poured as dark as night, and had a nice, thick, dark head. It was very smooth, and tasted like caramel and chocolate. Because it is at 6.5%, it is has not yet been distributed in Iowa, but I would drive an hour to buy this beer, it’s that good. Just like the label says, it’s “Dark, Rich, and Sexy”.
So, let’s see if we can send Founders a message that we want their beer in Iowa, now that SF 2088 passed. I say cheers to Founders Porter!
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to try the latest seasonal offering from Flying Dog Brewery, Garde Dog. It is a Biere de Garde style of beer, which is a French farmhouse ale, similar to the saison style, but tends to have a bit less hop flavor and aroma.
This beer poured nicely, and I made sure to swirl the last bit of beer left in the bottle to mix in the yeast. It started out fruity and slightly malty, and had just a hint of spice. The hop flavor was slight, and the balance was perfect. The finish was so clean, it was as if I had just had a sip of water. It was very light and refreshing, and I can’t wait to have one of these on a nice summer day.
Have you tried Garde Dog? What’s your experience with Biere de Garde?
Last night, I enjoyed Boulevard Brewing’s Seeyoulator Doppelbock, which is part of the Smokestack Series. It is a bottle conditioned doppelbock lager, and has been aged on cedar.
Upon tasting, it had a sweet, malty flavor. With the finish, there was a hint of spice. According to Boulevard, this is due to the cedar aging. After trying it, it is now one of my favorite releases in the Smokestack Series.
Right off the bat, the 21st Amendment Ale smells of caramel and a bit like whiskey. The taste has less bitterness than I would expect from a rye pale ale, but since it has been aging in whiskey barrels for a while, it’s not surprising because hop bitterness decreases over time. It has a slight whiskey flavor, and because of the rye, has a nice, crisp finish. The aftertaste leaves a bit of a sweet, whiskey-like flavor, but not so much that you think you are drinking straight-up whiskey.
It was a very flavorful ale that was perfect for my after-dinner drink.
Let me know if you’ve had CABCO’s 21st Amendment Ale, and what you thought.