Archive for the ‘Belgian Strong Pale Ale’ Category

Little Sumpin’ Wild is a limited release from Lagunitas, a brewery that I’m sure regular readers will know I tend to favor.  It’s a clear orange/gold beer with a pale off-white head.  The smell pops you in the nose with citrus, pineapples, and spices but the hops come out more in the taste.  It really seems more like an American IPA than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but not obnoxiously hoppy.  It’s 9.2% abv but doesn’t taste like it and the overall feel is pretty smooth.

I actually took some of this to a coworker’s 21st birthday party last night with the instructions that he is not to drink this after an evening of Bud Lights.  I explained that he’s a big boy now and needs to learn to drink real beer, but if he really needs to drink Bud Light he should start with the Lagunitas and finish with the Bud Light.  He was impressed with the sexy lady on the bottle.  And the 9.2% abv.

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At the request of my cousin, I’ve rounded up some gluten free beers to review.  The first is this blonde ale.  It pours a clearish golden yellow with a thick head and smells like a yeasty cider or dryish apple wine.  It’s almost hard to comment on the taste because it really doesn’t last long enough to get a good feel for it.  This beer has the most fleeting flavor of any beer I’ve ever tried.  The taste sequence is kind of: appleboozenothingbyebye.  After drinking all these California beers, it’s a bit odd to drink something that’s not overloaded with hops.  The mouthfeel is what I would imagine carbonated vodka to taste like: bubbly, boozy, and thin.  It’s so different from everything I’ve had recently that I really didn’t know if I liked it at first.  I’m not sure I’d drink this again if other beer options were available, but it’s certainly a drinkable beer for those who are on gluten free diets.  Be warned, though, all the carbonation gave me a nasty case of the hiccups midway through.

I went back to the Olde Sonoma Public House last night and after browsing their offerings make a plan to start the evening with Damnation, follow it up with some Delirium Tremens, and end the evening with Consecration.  Unfortunately I only made it as far as the Delirium Tremens and missed out on Consecration entirely.  There may be some kind of lesson or moral there; I’ll let you decide.

I was really expecting a much darker beer for something called “Damnation” but it turned out to be a slightly hazy golden yellow.  It smelled strongly fruity, especially banana.  Some slight fruity notes came out in the taste, but were overpowered by a spicy clovey taste.  Very little hops or malt to this one and just enough sweetness.  I was absolutely convinced this was a hefeweizen but the Russian River Brewery calls it a Strong Belgian Pale Ale.  This beer was smooth and crisp and very drinkable.  Even though I hate bananas, I’d drink this again and would suggest you try it if given the opportunity.

Now I just have to track down the Consecration to complete the set…