Beer Journal

A quasi-daily examination of beer and things related to beer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

News: InBev bids $46 billion of AB

Yes, that's billion with a b.

According to MSNBC

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Now on Tap: Chambly Noir

Style: Black Ale Brewer:Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec Web Alcohol: 6.2%

This past Saturday night, for the first time in almost seven years, I sat down with my own bottle of an Unibroue beer. Lately, anytime I popped open one of my familial company's beers I would be sharing with someone else, or I would have one of those single-serve bottles from those little four packs. But I'm the only one in my house that drinks beer, so the large, corked, bottle was all up to me.

This was the first time I have seen Chambly Noir, out since 2005. The first thing I noticed about the drink is the familiar Unibroue bouquet; at this point I could recognize the smell blindfolded from a mile away. There were flavors of coffee beans and the slightest hint of peppering. Like most of the beers from this company, there is very little hoppiness. In fact, the Noir is pretty sweet, but not overbearingly so, like a fruit beer. This trait paired especially well with the perschutto as each worked to heighten the sweetness of the other. (All I needed to make the meal complete was some cheese and a chopping block.)

Rating: 8.1
Recommended with: cold, smoked meats

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Review: Wailua Wheat

Style: wheat ale/fruit beer

Brewer: Kona Brewing Co. Location: Kailua-Kona, HI

Alcohol: 5.4%

A "Limited Release" offering from my favorite brewery to visit, Wailua is billed as a "Wheat Ale brewed with Passion Fruit." This time of year it seems that every mircobrewer attempts to mix some sort of regional fruit into at least one of their beers.

This one pours into the glass with a bright yellow color, and it's most dominant flavor characteristic is its tartiness. It's a little overbearing, in fact. For my second bottle, I forgot about the glass and just tipped it. Much better. Drinking out of the pint pretty much eliminates all aroma and flavor of passion fruit, but taken straight from the bottle, it's a much more enjoyable drink.

Rating: 6.1
Recommended with: ice-cold sushi rolls, heavy on the avocado