Archive for the ‘Golden Ale’ Category

9.5%, German malt, Belgian yeast, European hops, and Belgian brewing spices.  Sounds good right?  I thought it would be when I bought it, but the flavor kinda missed the mark.  Brewers throughout history have used all kinds of spices to flavor beer.  The Belgians are famous for the practice (not all Belgian beers use spices, but most are spicy).  Some of the spices used are licorice, orange peel, coriander, and so forth.  Using spices in your beer is good, hell it’s been done for centuries, but it shouldn’t be overdone.  I think Victory went a little to far.  Golden Monkey has won awards, and is honestly really well made, I just don’t like it.  There are to many competing flavors to really enjoy drinking it.  If you want a good Belgian Abbey style beer go get a beer form Belgium.

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It’s summertime and that means new seasonals.  I love the exciting different brews the breweries make for each season.  The idea of waiting for something perennial is fun just like blackberries, or tulips.  I also love that all the breweries really try to do different things with their beers for the seasonals.   Some of the best beers have started out as a seasonal.  The Citra Blonda Summer Brew is a great beer.  I don’t like it when a beer tries to add to much which this one does not.  They used Citra Hops which are a new style of hops that add a citrus flavor.  The blend of citrus, hops, and malts balance perfectly.  I agree with Widmer Brothers that this beer is “satisfyingly sessionable”