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Colomba

April 26th, 2009

Colomba

Colomba is brewed by Brasserie Pietra in France.  This is the first French beer I’ve ever had so I’m not sure what to expect, but the angry, hooded chick on the bottle seems a little out of place.

Colomba is a wheat beer and has a very faint, cloudy, yellow color.  The head it makes when poured is amazing.  It’s very fluffy and substantial.  Being a wheat beer there is a distinct floral aroma.  At first taste I immediately think this beer would benefit from a slice of lemon.  It’s just too bland.  There is no real substance to the flavor.  Nothing to play on your palette.  It is rather light and easy drinking, at 5% alcohol content, but that hardly makes up for the lack of flavor.  There is a little bit or bitterness in the finish but I guess that’s just to remind you that you do in fact have a beer in your hand.

My first impression of French beer is not that great.  This is just a let down of a wheat beer.  What started out well with a great head and wonderful smell basically ended there.  This is not a bad beer.  It doesn’t make you cringe when you drink it or grimace at every swallow, and some may actually like it a lot.  I can see this as a beer for people who like milder, less flavorful beers and know there are people like that out there.  Somebody is buying all that Miller Lite.

Rating: 3

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April 20th, 2009

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Anglers Pale Ale

April 19th, 2009

Anglers Pale Ale

My brew for this week comes from the Uinta Brewing Company in Utah. There is a large fish on the front and it is billed as a brew for the outdoor enthusiast, and by outdoor enthusiast I’m guessing they mean fisherman.

Anglers Pale ale is quite dark for a pale ale with a mild, amber, orange color. You can pick up on the hops, in the aroma, but they are way overshadowed by the very bright citrus smell. It kinda reminds me of lemon scented Joy dish detergent, and that’s not a good thing. There is a very heavy lemon taste to this beer as well, oh and that smell of lemon scented Joy is back but this time you’re drinking it. Still, not a good thing. The only other flavor I can get other than lemon scented Joy is bitter. It’s not overly bitter but it just doesn’t go well with Joy dish detergent, not that I can think of anything that would go well with it. It is 5.8% alcohol, so it’s not too heavy and easy to drink.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just not outdoorsie enough for this beer. Maybe if I sat on a boat all day and drank this it would appeal to me. There are just too many things wrong with this beer. I have no problem with citrus beers. In fact during the summer months I actually prefer them. But the bland beer taste that is masked by dish soap just doesn’t do it. I’m not saying you can’t drink it. I just wouldn’t

Rating: 2

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EKU 28

April 13th, 2009

EKU 28

EKU 28 is a German brew, and that’s about all I can tell you about it’s origin. Everything on the bottle is in German. I could not be lazy and look it up but, eh. What is in English however is quite disturbing. It was given a 4 star rating and called a “World Classic” by Michael Jackson. I can only hope that it isn’t the Michael Jackson I’m thinking of.

Right off you notice this is a very thick beer with an unusual orange tinge to it that forms a mild head when poured. It has a very dense heavy smell of fruits and hops. The first drink almost took my breath away. The alcohol content is so high this beer is more akin to wine than beer. It is definitely more of a sipping beer. It has a heavy, thick, sweet taste almost like a sherry or port wine. With all that alcohol content there is a slight bit of bitterness but it’s very mild and goes quite well to balance out the overall flavor. You get a warming sensation through your body when drinking it which is obviously due to the 11% alcohol content. This is by far the most alcoholic beer I’ve ever had.

I was anxious to try this beer just due to the alcohol content. It is not a beer you’d have two of in the same sitting and is aimed as a dessert beer to be enjoyed after a meal or in the winter evenings. You could easily sub this beer for a glass of wine, or hell, split it with a friend, it’s that potent. It’s a little too sweet for my taste but I can see what they were going for and they have succeeded. This is a very unique beer and I’m sure I will not run across another like it for a very long time. On a side note, I hope this isn’t the beer Michael Jackson was using to get little boys drunk. Wait, did I say that?

Rating: 4

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Kosmos Reserve

April 7th, 2009

Kosmos Reserve

Kosmos Reserve is a limited offering from the little brewery in Shiner, Texas. You can only find this beer in the Shiner Family Reunion six packs and there is only one per pack so if you want a few of these you’ll either have to buy multiple six packs or be a total bastard, swap a few around and screw over your fellow beer drinkers. (I do not recommend this!)

Kosmos Reserve has a lightly malted hop scent. It has an amber color that leans more to red than brown. First taste is very smooth with some floral tones to complement the malted hops. There is a slight bit of bitterness in the aftertaste and overall the beer is somewhat dry. I can’t help but think this beer was the starting point for the Shiner 99 I previously reviewed. At first I thought it was the exact same beer but there are subtle qualities that break them apart. The alcohol content is is probably somewhere around 5 – 5.5%, but I couldn’t find a definite on that.

Kosmos Reserve is a re-released brew from nearly 100 years ago and I honestly can’t think of any reason why they stopped making it in the first place. Kosmos Spotzel was a master at his craft and this beer is a true example of that. It’s a shame that Shiner doles out it’s best beers in limited runs. It would be a shame to see this beer not get brought back as a permanent addition to Shiner’s other great offerings.

Rating: 5

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