Monday, May 11, 2009
….AND A DISCOMBOBULATING PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE…
Tried this PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE beer from our new heroes THE BRUERY the other day, and well, it’s proof positive that no one can hit them all out of the park in their rookie season. This is a strong and sweet Belgian-style quadrupel, and like the others from The Bruery, it bends a little bit to the left if you know what I mean. It’s not your father’s Xmas beer. It pours with almost no head, and is still and flat (i.e. very uncarbonated). It is quite sugar-sweet, and does not hide its 11% ABV very well. It has a sort of fruity, maple/cinnamon pie taste to it, and if that sounds sorta strange, well yeah. Maple and cinnamon pie would be sort of odd now wouldn’t it? The malts are rich and intense, and the hops bite near the end of the finish. It tastes “fizzy” despite the lack of carbonation. I gave these guys a pass on their AUTUMN MAPLE experiment a few months ago, because I actually enjoyed drinking it even though it was like nothing I’ve had before. I can’t say that this one was quite as much of a treat. I’d recommend the SAISON RUE or the ORCHARD WHITE over this one any day. 5.5/10.
Posted by Jay H. at 6:00 AM