Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shiner White Wing Belgian White

The Belgian White Style is probably one of the most popular styles of beer; this is due to the fact that Blue Moon and Shock top are so widely popular. Belgian white is a light drinking and refreshing style that isn’t high in alcohol either. Here is a new Belgian White from Shiner, (The Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, Texas) White Wing Belgian White, 4.7% ABV. White Wing is brewed with authentic Belgian yeast, coriander, orange peal, barley, wheat malts and Saaz hops. White Wing Belgian White pours a light yellow color with a big thick three finger head that fades somewhat slowly into thin lacing. There is plenty of light streaming through the glass with a healthy amount of carbonation. The aroma is big with nice citrus orange and just a tiny hint of a lemon like scent. The taste on White Wing Belgian White is light, crisp, and refreshing with nice orange flavors and hints of a coriander spice with a very faint lemon flavor.  The mouth feel is light to medium, and has a nice refreshing citrus finish that leads into a nice clean citrusy spice after taste. Overall not a bad beer from Shiner, they usually brew decent beers; White Wing Belgian White gets a B+ here. The Belgian White style is usually a good popular style so most of the beers are good. But I’ve had really awesome Belgian White’s and this one is close. A few of the actual Belgian Whites from Belgium are the best of the Belgian Whites. But I think some of those can be a bit on the heavy side where as White Wing Belgian White is more drinkable. It doesn’t fill you up as quickly as the Belgians do. White Wing Belgian White is good and I do recommend this White Wing Belgian White. So go out and try White Wing Belgian White as see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

The Unibroue brewery in Chambly, Qu├ębec, Canada is probably one of the best breweries’ to come out of that country. They brew mostly the Belgian style of beer. In my opinion Unibroue’s beer seems to have a classy aria about them, and have some of the coolest labels on their bottles. Here is one of their fine beers, La Fin Du Monde (The End of The World), 9.0% ABV a Triple. This is a bottle refermented, which means that the it goes though another fermentation in the bottle, and yes there is yeast at the bottom of the bottle. La Fin Du Monde pours a hazy light golden color with a thin three finger head that is quick to fade away into light lacing. There are nice amounts of light streaming through the chalice with lots of carbonation bubbles racing to and fro. The aroma is slightly spiced and has a nice scent of a light apple and some pineapple along with a yeast character. The taste is big with lost of light spices, probably coriander, and you do get a nice yeasty fruity flavor that is slightly sweet with a bigger booziness along side a nice effervescence. The mouth feel is medium to almost a fuller feel with a nice spicy yet sweet finish that leads into a nice yeasty fruity sweet finish that lingers for a short while, just enough to enjoy. La Fin Du Monde is great from start to finish, so La Fin Du Monde gets an A+. I really love the Triple style of beer very much, and this Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is one of the best in my own opinion. It looks great, smells great, and taste great. It is a top beer for sure. So go out and try this Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and see what you think of it, I highly recommend you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

Saturday, March 1, 2014

201 Central & Natty Greene's Limited Edition Imperial Stout

Most breweries collaborate with one another to create a beer, but some other place can collaborate with a brewery. Like for example a local grocery store and a local beer brewery. I don’t think I’ve seen this type of collaboration before. So the grocery store part of this beer collaboration, which is Imperial Stout, is Harris Teeters higher end store 201 Central named after the first every Harris Teeter location here in Charlotte NC, and the brewery part is Natty Greene’s in Greensboro, NC. This Imperial Stout is limited and I think is going quickly from the shelves. This collaboration Imperial Stout, 10.3% ABV pours a deep rich black color with a four finger chocolate brown rocky head that slow fades in wonderful whips of lace around the glass. I found no light and couldn’t see the carbonation that’s there. The aroma on this big Imperial Stout is of fine dark chocolate and roasted malts with light hints of coffee. The taste is first slightly sweet with nice dark chocolate flavors with a nice hint of roasted malts. Then there comes a slight and faint black licorice and a touch of a roasted bitterness. The mouth feel is big, rich and full. This beer sticks in your mouth. The finish is nice with dark chocolate and nice roasted bitterness that leads to a nice semi sweet after taste of more dark chocolate. This here is an interesting collaboration between a grocer and a brewer. This Imperial Stout gets a B- here. I found it to be good but not overwhelmingly good. It can use more sweetness, and roasted notes to really take over the top, but not a huge amount. I liked this collaboration beer, and I would have this one again. So if you find this please try this Imperial Stout and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!