A collaboration beer from Cloudwater and Against The Grain. Make Apple Pie Great Again is a 6.3% beer. Decanning gives a instant aroma hit of Cinnamon and nutmeg. The pour is fairly lively with a decent carbonation and settles quite murky at the same time. The head generation is full with a off white dirty appearance. The secondary aroma of apples pokes its head through the cinnamon as the beer settles. The body is a bit watery for the ABV and the carbonation is big bubbled like a really poor cidery homebrew. A distinctive sweetness pushes its way onto your palette to accentuate the disappointing mouthfeel. The beer is perhaps a bit too complicated, and there is clearly too much going on for me to appreciate. What a strange mish mash of ideas. I’m all for experimental brews in the context of beer, but there’s too many spice additions, and the presence of apple here to make this strange beer remotely palatable.
From InBev Belgium comes Leffe Rituel 9° at 9.0%. Unfortunately I can’t say too much that’s good about this one. The aroma is nondescript and a little sweet with no hop or malty presence which is very odd. The taste is overly sweet and sugary, also no head with next to no retention. Medium to thick body with a cloying sweet aftertaste. Not an over achievement from Leffe. Adjuncts seem to play a major part and is overwhelmingly apparent.
From Brouwerij Huyghe comes Delirium Tremens. A highly carbonated on decapping. A pleasant Whoosh blast of sweet noble hops. Sweet and moderately bitter. Surprisingly very aromatic for a Belgian Ale. A Clear golden appearance. Very good ale.
From the St. Bernardus Brouwerij comes St Bernardus Prior 8. Decapping gives an wonderful aroma of sweet malt chocolate aroma mixed with noble hops. The pour is utter perfection. Dark, aromatic with a head generation that is my idea of heaven. Retention is utterly amazing, leaving a thick white head that lingers throughout the beer experience. Carbonation is spot on, thick and compact with an awesome mouthfeel. A slightly burnt caramel taste, yet thick and luxurious. Bitter sweet, malty and superb. Amazing!
From Brouwerij Van Steenberge comes Gulden Draak at 10.5%. De-capping gives a sweet aromatic beer with Belgian noble hop presence. Taste is sweet, perhaps a little overly so. Carbonation is compact and supports the dark sweet beer. Although this is a pretty good beer, there is nothing too overwhelmingly distinct or memorable. I do like it, but to me, it ain’t anything special. The head generation is good and retention is average. Tasty!
From the Brouwerij De Leyerth comes Urthel Samaranth at 11.5%. A sweet malty aroma on decap, with a deep heady sweetness of wine mingled with a noble hop presence. An excellent pour, deep brown appearance with a thick creamy head. The taste is bitter and sweet caramel with elements of plums and berry. The ABV pokes its head through at the end to remind you it’s there! Super smooth and quite sweet. A dessert beer!