Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beer Week Celebration -- Beer Ratings!

Okay, so beer week technically is over, but John and I ended up celebrating it accidentally. After my graduation ceremony this past Saturday, we went to The Foodery, a local beer store that has hundreds of beers from around the world. We created a 6-pack of random beers (I chose three and he chose three) and decided to split each one and do our own ratings. John actually created the rating system that was 10 points in total, 3 for drinkability, 3 for flavor and aroma, and 4 for general impression. I thought it would be fun to show you all our scores!

First, here is a picture of all the beers we drank with their names.
L to R: RJ Rocker's Son of a Peach Wheat Ale, Dopplesticke Uerige Ale,
Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager,  Lagunitas Czech Style Pilsner,
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter, Monk's Sour Flemish Red Ale
Okay, here go the ratings, broken up by John's ratings, then my ratings. First up is RJ Rocker's Son of a Peach Wheat Ale. 

Strong peach flavor and aroma. Couldn't imagine drinking a lot of it due to how sweet it was, but  enjoyed what I had. Rating: 7

This was obviously a beer I chose. When I travled to Belgium, I fell in love with Peche, or peach, beer. It is crazy expensive to get imported Peche beers here, so I was so happy to see a domestic one! Before you even drink it, the smell is purely peachy and sweet...mmm. It isn't nearly as sweet as the smell leads you to believe and has a bitter after taste like most ales. Rating: 8

Next is the Dopplesticke Uerige Ale. 

Surprisingly light for a dark beer with a higher ABV (8.5%) and a rich aroma. Liked this one a lot. Rating: 9

Like most beers that are not lagers of fruit flavored, I felt it was bitter. I actually liked it more than most darker beers as it did have a slightly rich and and fruity flavor. Definitely full in body. Rating: 6.5

Third up is Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager.

I did not like this beer. It did not seem to have much flavor and with every swallow, I felt myself dreading the next. Rating: 4

This beer was very light in flavor and carbonation. It started with an almost fruity flavor, but the more I drank it, the less flavorful it got and the less I liked it. It almost got watery. I could drink this at a bar and fool people into thinking I was drinking some awesome British lager, but it tasted a lot like PBR or any other cheap light beer. Rating: 6

Fourth up is the Lagunitas Czech Style Pilsner. 

Nothing remarkable about this beer; it was just a light Pilsner. Rating: 5

After having some of the fruitier beers, I was worried I would hate this beer. I didn't! Maybe my palate is maturing? It still has a bitter aftertaste that I don't love, but since it is a lighter beer, it is more enjoyable. Rating: 7.5

Fifth up is St. Peter's Old-Style Porter. 

Surprisingly light porter and I enjoyed every drop. No distinct aroma or flavor, but good nonetheless. Rating: 8

Alright, what is going on? The second I poured this beer and couldn't see through it, I immediately wrote it off. It was pretty darn delicious, though! Dare I say it, it was almost mild in taste. I kept waiting for the bitter aftertaste, but it didn't come. I am excited that I'm starting to enjoy beers I wouldn't have liked before. Rating: 7

The final beer was Monk's Sour Flemish Red Ale. 

Sour aftertaste; it is true to it's name. Conflicted about this beer. I thought all of the elements were there as it had a nice aroma and robust flavor. For some reason, I did not really enjoy drinking it, though. Rating: 6

Okay, so this is a cheat because I have had this beer once before. I love how it reminds me of a hard cider, but isn't as sweet, therefore I could have more than one and enjoy it. Rating: 8

So after all of the ratings, we have three winners! The Son of a Peach and Sour Flemish Ale tied for me with a rating of 8. John's winner was the Dopplesticke Uerige Ale with a rating of 9. 

Myself and John with our favorite beers!
Getting a little goofy with our beers.
We had a lot of fun doing this and hopefully we can do this again soon! Not going to lie, the 6-pack cost $30, so not sure we'll be doing this every week, but hopefully this can be something we do and I blog about frequently. Cheers!

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