Beer Enthusiasts Beware: Good Beer Here

I’m fortunate enough to be in an area where I have access to pretty descent beer selections. Whether it’s The Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth, or Dr. Jekyll’s Beer Lab in Arlington, I can always find a good brew and challenge my taste buds. Recently, I’ve gone to Dr. Jekyll’s  entertaining the idea of making my own wine. A friend who is brewing his own beer and I went, and I picked up some beer suggested by him and one of the owners of the store. Below you will find a brief review of the beer. Please keep in mind that our palates are all different, and that if you buy something and don’t like it, don’t just blame the beer, sometimes it’s just personal taste.

Dogfish Head out of Delaware brewed this ancient ale. For Midas Touch, they had a molecular archeologist analyze the contents of ancient vesicles from around the 8th century BC, and set out to try to replicate the flavor based on the ingredients they found. I enjoyed the beer because it’s a good ale, but it really does have a old-style taste. Maybe it’s the saffron spice, but it was really tasty to drink.

Moose Drool is a brew from Big Sky Brewing Co in Montana. From the dark mahogany color, I thought it’d be very heavy and hoppy, but it turned out to me a very nice, flavorful ale. Probably more on the chocolate or roasted side of flavor, but overall a very good taste.

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Belgium for Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, PA and is also distributed. Though mainstream beer drinkers may turn their nose up (Or pinch it) to a sour ale, it’s flavor is very unique, and very entertaining. Sour at first taste, it has a sweet finish. The sweet/sour interplay really makes it an intriguing brew. It could be more sour, but I didn’t feel the flavor was harsh. Allowing it to warm a few degrees fresh from the refrigerator really brings out the flavor as well.

Brewed by Brouwerij Westmalle in Belgium, this Trappist ale is made by the monks at the Westmalle Abby. Westmalle’s Trappist Tripel is a light golden color. Initially there is a hoppy bitter, but it smooths to a malty sweet, slightly citric flavor.

Anchor Porter is brewed in California by Anchor Brewing Company. It’s a dark brown porter, sweet citric taste and then it smooths out into a more bitter hop taste.

I know it’s hard to see from the label, but this is Sterkens Dubbel Ale. The brewer is Brouwerij Sterkens out of Belgium. This is a dark ale, very smooth. I enjoyed it because though not entirely sweet, the ale was fruity and had a consistent flavor from first sip to finish.

I suggest if you’re interested in beer tasting that you try to find these brews. I found them all pretty interesting.


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