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Tuesday's Friday Beer Break

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Here's a shot of the Friday Beer Break from last week.  These beers were all picked up at Bridgeview Liquors in Moorehead, MN.

You can probably sense a theme since were towards the end of our brew day with the Saison De La Ceinture Flechee.

We opened the St. Feuillien Saison first and it was full, with sweet notes and flavour not unlike a lighter Belgian Dubbel.  No real spicy notes or the dryness typically associated with the style.

The Dupont was next, and it had a skunk aroma, with a apple cider dryness to the body.  Good spicy notes but not a fave since the skunk immediately tells us this beer off.

The Sierra Nevada Ovila was good with a fuller body, crystal clear (it's obviously been filtered) and missing a little of the spiciness associated with the style - partly due to the missing yeast.  This was the favourite though, as it hit all the notes without being overtly one character over another.

The Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere was just OK.  I think this example had a little too long for the brewery's natural bugs to work on the beer within.  There was a sharp lactic sourness that almost had a fake, chemical addition flavour to it.  I'm sure if the example was a little closer to the brewery it would be better.  I've had this one before and it wasn't nearly as rank as this bottle.  Last time, it was a nice peppery, lightly tart, smooth malted Saison - very drinkable and made me seek out this bottle.  Better luck next time.

Oh yeah, as you can see, the bottling line staff are not to be trifled with.  Consider yourself warned.

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