Looking for something different, I picked up a six of the Oskar Blues Old Chub. We have tried their Gordon Ale, Mama’s Little Yellow Pils, and Dale’s Pale Ale (see G-LO’s reviews here and here), so Oskar Blues wasn’t an unknown commodity. And as far as a canned beer goes, Oskar Blues puts out an exceptional run with some of the most interesting can designs out there. Thus, in keeping with my affinity for the bright and shiny packaging, I picked up the Old Chub.
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I’ve had a bottle of the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter in my fridge for about a week, and though I’d never heard of Breckenridge Brewery before, I bought it because I was intrigued by the name. After reading a review of this beer on “Stuff I Write about Wine”, I decided to move it up to the front of the “beer review” line, since I love dark beer and am a sucker for vanilla. If a food or beverage has vanilla in it, there’s a very good chance that I’ll try it (think creme brulee, rice pudding, vanilla milkshake, vanilla latte, Nilla wafers, a glass of Tuaca liqueur, etc.). Will this brew live up to my expectations?
Appearance: Dark brown, practically walnut color. Quarter inch of head that subsides quickly and leaves little to no lacing.
Aroma: Dark chocolate. Medium roast coffee. Faint smell of vanilla.
Taste: Light carbonation. Mostly bittersweet chocolate palate, with some coffee and a hint of vanilla on the finish.
Though I enjoyed the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, the word “remarkable”, which is quite prominent on the label, has led to some mild disappointment. I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the vanilla, but in reality, I found myself searching for it (I guess I shouldn’t put too much value on a label!). I definitely liked this beer, but I didn’t love it. This is a very easy drinking beer, and with an ABV of 4.7%, having more than one shouldn’t be a problem. I give the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter a B.
This past Saturday night, I was expecting some company to watch the San Francisco Giants/Philadelphia Phillies game, so I thought I would pick up some more Dale’s Pale Ale. Unfortunately, the liquor store that I went to only had the Oskar Blues Gordon Ale in stock. Since I’d already dragged my son all over South Jersey, I couldn’t subject him to yet another stop, so I picked up the 4-pack of Gordon Ale. The Gordon Ale is a Double IPA and has an ABV of 8.7%. This should be one potent brew!
- Appearance: Reddish/Amber. Half inch head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal lacing as it subsides.
- Aroma: Sweet smelling. Reminds me of maple syrup. Faint hop aroma.
- Taste: Malt sweetness at first, followed by some moderate hop bitterness. Long dry finish with a slight bitter aftertaste.
When I first had this beer on Saturday night, I was a bit disappointed. I think this was due to two reasons:
- Dale’s Pale costs $10/6 pack, while the Gordon Ale is $12/4 pack. So when I first tried it, I kept asking myself, “Is this beer better than Dale’s Pale Ale which is significantly cheaper?”. We’ll call this the sticker shock factor.
- The Phillies lost Game 1.
I am enjoying this beer much more the second time around. Although it has a high alcohol content, it doesn’t taste particularly boozy, and it strikes a very nice balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I give this beer a B+. If I hadn’t had the Dale’s Pale Ale, which I think is a great value, I might have scored this beer a bit higher.
The closest I get to a farm is a visit to the local farmer’s market, and the occasional trip to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Though I live in the suburbs, I’m a city boy at heart. So here’s the question… can you make a decent Farmhouse Ale in the city, or does it actually have to be brewed on a farm to be any good?
Beer Advocate defines Farmhouse Ales (Saisons) as follows:
“Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US.
This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.”
Great Divide Brewing Company is located in Denver, Colorado, and the Colette Farmhouse Ale is one of their seasonal beers which is available in the late Spring/early Summer. Let’s see how this city brewed beer stacks up…
Appearance: Golden yellow. Very cloudy. Light, fluffy head that rises and settles rapidly, leaving moderate lacing along the glass.
Aroma: Lemon peel. A wee bit yeasty.
Taste: Very crisp and citrusy. Medium carbonation. Tart but not overly so. Very clean, lasting finish. Much like the Dogfish Head Saison du Buff and the Saison Dupont, it reminds me of Champagne. I really like Champagne!
Rating: I first had this beer three weeks ago during board game night with Mrs. G-LO and Mr. & Mrs. Alemonger. I liked this beer so much that I had to write about it ASAP. I am happy to report that this beer makes a great first AND second impression. Though it’s not quite as good as the Saison Dupont ($5 for a 12 ounce), and definitely not as complex as the Dogfish Head Saison du Buff ($4 for a 12 ounce), the Great Divide Colette, at around $2/bottle, is a great value and deserves a B+.
A Votre Sante!