Friday, May 26, 2017

Ommegang Three Philosophers

This quadruple ale is from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. Ommegang is part of the Duvel family, and is essentially a Belgian brewery plopped down in New York State. I have had this before, but they recently came out with a Cellared Set three pack that covers three vintages.

2011 - This is a blend of 98% quadruple ale and 2% kriek cherry ale. The beer pours a dark brown with tints of red. There is a short and not long-lasting head of tan. The aroma is rich, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, cherry, old damp wood, and sherry. The taste follows the aromas, rich and malty, dark fruits, some oxidation, but pleasant and congruous with the beer. The beer is sweet, and finishes that way, but tempered slighlty by a woodiness that gives light bitterness and astringency. The beer drinks very smooth, with light carbonation. As the beer opens up, the cherries come through on the finish. This is very delicious. 

Rockdale Light

This 4.2% ABV light lager is Walmart's store brand beer. It is brewed in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, I am assuming by City Brewing under contract. There is also a "Classic" version. 

The beer pours a solid golden in color. There is nearly an inch of white head, that fizzes down fairly quickly. The aroma is tangy, metallic, cooked vegetables, along with some “old beer,” like smelling a mostly empty can of cheap beer the next morning. The taste is like cooking canned vegetables and then fermenting them in a used gym sock, then watering that down until it became fairly mild. There is not bitterness, no discernible hops at all. The beer drinks with a crisp, stinging, strong carbonation. I have had beers that are more offensive, is that a redeeming quality?