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Since I live in California there isn’t many times that I find a beer that is brewed on the east coast. However, as I was walking around the local Bevmo, I happened to stumble upon this one.  It is called the “Hennepin”and it is brewed by the Ommegang Brewery in New York.

This beer is considered to be a unique style of Farmhouse Ale known to some as a Belgian Saison. In the past this type of beer was brewed during the winter months and stored for consumptions during the summer months when the migrant workers were on the farm. The migrant workers were known as “les saisonniers,” which plays into the type of beer that this is.

So lets get into the ingredients of this beer. When I first poured this beer and then tasted it,  I was reminded of a wheat beer or heffeweizen. A lot of the ingredients in this beer are similar or the same as those of a wheat style beer. This beer is brewed with ingredients such as orange peel, ginger, grains of paradise and coriander.

When you pour this beer it will pour to a straw yellow or a  pale gold and will have a lot of carbonation that float to the top of this beer that allow the head to maintain itself and leave a great trace.  When you smell this beer you will get a great sense of the orange peel and the spice of the coriander, which are both very noticeable. Along with those aroma’s you get the sweet smell of the malts that this beer is brewed with, which are the Pilsner and the Pale malts. The pilsner malt is a very common malt in many European and American style beers.  The Pale malt in this beer will give this beer more color and will also add to the dryness of this beer. You will notice that this beer will have a dryness to it at the end of each sip.  Now that we went over the aroma’s of the beer, lets get into that first sip. When you take that first sip you will be immediately hit with the sweetness of the malts that are in this beer. If you let that sip, rest on your palette for a few seconds you will really start to notice all of the other flavors that this beer has in it. You will notice the orange the most, I think this is the most distinguishable flavor this beer has, followed  by the coriander that you are left with after you swallow that first sip. However, in between the two you will get a slight hint of the ginger, trust me, its very mild and probably not noticeable to many.  You will also get a hint of the yeast that is in this beer and this flavor is also very common in Belgian style beers as well. As you finish your sip you will notice a slight bitterness to this beer, it is very mild but it is created by the Styrian Golding and the Spalter Select hops. The Styrian Golden hops is a hop that is often found in Austria. It does contribute to the mild bitterness of this beer but it is often used in beer because of its aroma. I would not consider this type of hop to be of the bittering type. The Spalter Select hops is another of the aromatic variety but it also helps give this beer a sense of spiciness to it.  With all of these different aspects put together in one beer, you can expect a lot. And a lot is what you get. All of these aspects come together and make a great beer.

I was very glad when I found a beer from somewhere other than California. I will definitely have to try more from this brewer. In the mean time, I hope that all of you search this beer out and give it a try. I’m sure you will love it just as much as I did. This is truly a beer that everyone can enjoy.

Until later,

Cheers!!!

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Last night my family once again had a few friends over and had a BBQ. As with most of our BBQ’s and gathering we had beverages to serve as well. My wife had gone to the store earlier in the day and got wine for her and her friends, while she was there she also picked out a beer for me. The one that she  picked out is a very interesting one and the name of it makes it even more interesting. The name of the beer is “Delirium Tremens”. This is interesting because of all you who might know what that is, Delirium Tremens is a severe alcohol withdrawal that really affects the mental and nervous system.  You can find out more information if you go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001771/. I did not know this until I looked up the name of the beer to get history on the brewery. However, one beer will not make have Delirium Tremens. The people who experience this type of withdrawal are people who have had alcoholism for a long time.

Delirium Tremens is a beer that is brewed by Brouwerim Huyghe Brewery in Belgium. The brewery has history all the way back until 1906 but it wasn’t until 1989 that this beer was born. This beer is considered to be a Strong Pale Ale. When you pour this beer you will notice the malty aroma, however the malty aroma is not overpowering.  You will also notice that this beer has a sweet aroma to go along with the maltiness. This beer pours to a pale yellow color and has a modest/stable head.  When you take your first sip you will notice the first get the sweetness of the beer mixed with the spiciness of the hops that this beer is brewed with. At the end of the beer of the beer I was left with what I thought to be and after-tone that was similar to liquorish. This beer is 8.5% abv, however, the presence of alcohol is not that noticable. You will get a hint of alcohol but once again it is not that overpowering.

This beer has an outstanding past and is known for being one of the best in the world. In fact, in 2008 this was named “The Best Beer in the World” at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. It was also listed as the best beer according to Stuart Kallen in his book, The 50 Greatest Beers in the World. 

This beer will go great with meat such as Beef and pairs well with fish such as Salmon. It is recommended that this beer is served at temperatures between 50-55 degrees.

I really loved this beer and I’m sure that you will too!

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One thing that I have noticed since trying out all of the beers that I have is that marketing pays off. I’m not neccasarily talking about the advertising  part of marketing but simply the bottling and labeling of different beers. I have noticed that I am drawn to beers that have unique labels and are bottled in anything other than your everyday 12 once bottle. Lately it seems the more unique the label is, the more likely I am going to try the beer.

That was the case went I went to one of the best places to go to buy beer and a store that I have mentioned in the past, Bevmo.  I went to Bevmo after work since it has been a little while since I have posted my last review. I started to wonder the isle when I came across a beer that was bottle in a ceramic bottle. I would have called it a ceramic growler but they are usually bigger than this was.  I have not seen a lot of beers in this type of bottle and that is why it caught my attention and why I bought the beer.

The beer that I bought is called St. Sebastian Golden. It is a golden ale that is brewed in the village of Meer which is located in Belgium.  This beer is brewed by a brewery called Brouwerij Sterkens. They have been brewing beer for a very long time and their history goes all the way back until 1651. So with this said it wasn’t a surprise that St. Sebastian Golden is such a great beer.  This beer is considered to beer of the Tripel Style and what that means is that its the strongest of the Golden Pale Ales.  This particular beer is brewed using the top fermenting yeast.  When I poured this beer I was surprised because this beer poured with a bigger head than I expected. You will also notice that this beer pours to a nice golden yellow color and is and has a haziness that can be compared to a wheat beer.  Then when I went to smell the aroma’s there was a few things that stuck out to me. The first was that I smelled a lot of pear within this beer and I also noticed that this beer had a very distinct aroma of the yeast.  I was also very surprised when I took that first sip, which was when this beer was chilled. I took that first sip and noticed that this beer was very crisp with the same distinct taste.  As the first sip was done I noticed that this beer finished off relatively dry. To go along with the dryness of that you are left with, there is the bitterness that you are looking for when you have any ale but even more when have a pale ale.

If you are looking for a great food pairing for this beer, there are multiple things that you could pair with this beer. With this said, I feel as though this beer goes great with chicken and seafood such as crab.  I also encourage you to try it with different things that you may like, you will be surprised at how well this beer pairs with food.

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