Saturday, October 18, 2014

Widmer Brothers Brrrbon '13

This is a 9.4% ABV ale aged in bourbon barrels from Widmer Brothers of Portland, Oregon. It is 90% barrel aged mixed with 10% regular ale. It is an imperial version of their Brrr seasonal ale.

The beer pours a medium brown and burnt orange in color. There is about a half inch of light beige head. The aroma is vanilla, very oaky, light bourbon, over a sweet and tart ale, candied oranges and orange peels. The taste follows the aromas, lots of orange peel and oak, lesser amounts of vanilla and bourbon, both sweet and tart. The finish is astringent with a woody dryness. The beer is medium bodied, mostly smooth, with a light, tingling carbonation. This is quite good.




Rodenbach

This is a 5.2% ABV Flemish Red Brown ale from the Brewery Rodenbach of Steenhuffel, Belgium. It consists of 75% "young" ale blended with 25% ale that was aged in oak vats.

The beer pours mahogany brown with tints of ruby. There is about an inch of light tan head. The aroma is tart, sour, combination of vinous and balsamic vinegar, woody, cherries. The taste follows the aromas, tart, fruity, mostly cherries, woody, but with an underlying sweetness despite all the sourness. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, easy to drink, and perfectly holds up all the flavor. There is a soft and subtle carbonation. The finish is moderately dry. There is a pleasant aftertaste true to the original flavors, just more mild. This is wonderfully well done.