Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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|Melton's App and Tap was gracious enough to host our
these beers. This pub and
restaurant is nestled off East Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur and
features a fine beer selection and superb pub food (including pasta,
sandwiches, salads, burgers and a brunch menu).
MELTON'S APP AND TAP
2500 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA
Brasserie McAuslan - Montreal, Quebec
English Barleywine (9.4% abv)
Aroma: Malt, rum, plums, caramel,
Appearance: Ruby, garnet hints with
good carbonation for a barleywine.
Flavor: Woody English hops, great
malt content, smooth toffee flavors. Alcohol is there, but in the
background. This beer is well-aged. There is a really nice
(Beer with Apple Must)
Unibroue - Chambly, Quebec
Fruit Beer (5.5% abv)
Aroma: Nice aroma of real
apples. Apples dominate - there is very little beer aroma.
Appearance: Slight haze with a white
head. Effervescent and champagne-like in appearance.
Flavor: Carbon dioxide balances the
slight sweetness. Slight caramel apple finish with elegant
flavors all around. This is a surprisingly good beer that tastes
like real green apples.
Unibroue - Chambly, Quebec
Belgian Specialty Ale (7% abv)
Aroma: Nice phenols, alcohols and complex
aromas. Spice, flowers, and honey are also present.
Appearance: White, nice head. Slight
haze. Yellow color.
Flavor: Very drinkable. Flavor is
deceiving - does not give away alcohol content. There are low
levels of hops with a nice acid finish. Spicy phenol undertones
are very subtle. This is a mildly complex ale that is smooth and
Benedictus, Quebec / L & L S.A.S., France
Specialty / Experimental Beer (8% abv)
1st HONORABLE MENTION
Aroma: Sherry, whisky, fruit, and
malt. Berry/grape-like aromas are pleasant. The aroma is
subtle and perfumy.
Appearance: Clear with a dark copper /
reddish / mahogany color.
Flavor: Flavors improve as the beer warms
to room temperature. This is a very different, unique beer.
There are flavors of grape tannin with a slight astringency - oaky and
very wine-like. There are also notes of sweet honey.
Double Porter Fume
Brewery Le Chaudron - Montreal, Quebec
Smoked Beer (6.4% abv)
Aroma: Nice balance of smoke and
chocolate / burnt character.
Appearance: Jet black with a tan
head - gorgeous.
Flavor: Dark grain astringency makes
the beer a bit dry. Very roasty with good smoke qualities.
There are also nice caramel notes and a big burnt grain character.
Unibroue - Chambly, Quebec
Historical Beer (5% abv)
Aroma: Slight DMS (corn, butter)
notes. Lightly hopped with an earthy, woody aroma.
Appearance: Golden and clear with an
attractive, white head. Clear and bright.
Flavor: Slightly tart and lactic with a
dry finish. This is a refreshing beer that is light in body and light
in hops - not what one would expect from an "ancient ale." As it
warms the flavor becomes more and more like a Canadian lager.
Bock de Joliette
Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste - Joliette, Quebec
Bock (6.1 % abv)
Aroma: Malt with apple hints
(acetaldehyde?). Aroma also has butter, caramel, and toasted
notes. Smells a bit like citrusy American hops as well (not right
Appearance: Clear and dark gold / light
copper in color.
Flavor: Malt, grain, toast, Munich malt,
butter and a slight acidity.
Les Brasseurs du Nord - Blainville, Quebec
Belgian Specialty Ale (6.9% abv)
Aroma: Malty, buttery, and toffee-like.
Appearance: Clear, bright, medium gold in
Flavor: Dark grain hints with a raisin
toast undertone. Sweet finish with some nice grain flavors and a
mild spice character. Malts are a bit like a Scottish ale.
This is malty, but not very Belgian in character. However, this
is a delicious beer.
Old Yale Brewing Company - Chilliwack, British Columbia
India Pale Ale (5.5% abv)
Aroma: Butter and diacetyl is
overwhelming. There are also some toffee / caramel undertones.
Appearance: Golden in color with some
yeast particles (bottle conditioned).
Flavor: Paper, acid, butter.
Problems cover up any nice malt and hop character. This is a
slightly infected beer that is very dry. Should have more clean
malt and spicy hop aroma and flavor.
Brasserie Le Cheval Blanc - Montreal, Quebec
Specialty / Experimental Beer (6% abv)
Aroma: Malty, sweet aromas. There is also
fruit, spice, clove, and mild tobacco hints.
Appearance: Medium gold with a beautiful
Flavor: Mild maple, medium body, mild
sweetness, slight astringent smoke that is ash / cinder like. The
smoke character is not very refined. Needs more malt, maple, and
mellow smoke qualities.
Microbrasserie Charlevoix - Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Spice Beer (7% abv)
Aroma: Mild clove, sweet orange peel, mild
spice, fruit, apple, and caramel notes. Beer has a complex, yet
light aroma (subtle).
Appearance: Slight haze with a copper
color and good carbonation.
Flavor: Complex, light spices with medium
malt and body. This coats the tongue and has a sweet start with a
bit of a dry finish. This is an interesting beer. More malt
might be nice.