Fruit Beer

Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series)

Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series) Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series) 2015-10-04 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Lost Rhino Cerise Acide - 92 92 92 Points Lost Rhino's Genius Loci series delivers another solid sour, this one with tons of cherries. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Dogfish Head Alehouse Off-Centered Beer Dinner

Last week was American Craft Beer Week and so the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax had a special beer dinner for the occasion. It was a five-course dinner, each one paired with a beer, and each pairing off-centered. What does that mean? It means that the food was a little off the wall and the beer pairings were not quite what you would expect for the dish. Here’s a quick review of each of the five courses. First Course: The Great Grapefruit Salad with Aprihop The Great Grapefruit Salad consisted of fresh spinach, chopped grapefruit, walnuts, sliced radish, and feta cheese, tossed with a grapefruit vinaigrette. The salad was actually served in half grapefruit rind. The salad had a nice subtle citrus flavor, slightly bitter but not overwhelming. The subtle citrus brought out a citrus in Aprihop that usually isn’t there. The feta offset the bitterness of the citrus and …

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Beer Review: Founders Blushing Monk (2015)

Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, MI Style: Belgian Style Fruit Ale Price Range: $15-20 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 9.2% Appearance: Deep, bright red with a small fizzy white head Aroma: Raspberry, faint grass and straw Virginia Pour House Review: Founders Blushing Monk is one of the brewery’s seasonal releases that you pretty much have to get lucky in order to find. I did just that, spotting a bottle in the wild while picking up a keg. It is a Belgian-style ale fermented with pure raspberries. It pours a bright red with a fizzy white head and smells mostly of raspberry, with faint hints of grass underneath. The first taste is mostly raspberry and there’s a nice sourness to the berries. Upon subsequent sips, the raspberry is almost more apparent and the sourness really shines through. I could also discern some of the characteristics of the Belgian malts, with some …

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Beer Review: Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve

 Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve Producer: Sly Fox Beer; Royersford, PA Beer Name: Black Raspberry Reserve Style: Fruit Beer Price Range: $12-14 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep raspberry red, small foamy off-white head Aroma: Raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: Sly Fox is a small brewery from near my hometown in Pennsylvania. I reviewed their holiday ale as part of the 12 Beers of Christmas. I have always been 50/50 on Sly Fox, as their beers are hit or miss for me. This one claims to be an “Unforgettable Fruit Ale”. Let’s see if it lives up to that claim. The beer pours a deep red raspberry color with a small pinkish-white head. The aroma is all raspberry, nothing more and nothing less. There is raspberry throughout the taste, but it’s very subtle, not overpowering at all despite the strong raspberry aroma. There isn’t much else to the …

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Beer Review: Founders Big Lushious

While I was out picking up my 2 bottles of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Extra, I noticed a Founders box behind the counter at Total Wine. In it, was a gem called Big Lushious, their latest limited release. Review ahead! (And yes, I know how to spell the word “luscious” but apparently Founders was going for something else.) Founders Big Lushious Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, Michigan Beer Name: Big Lushious Style: Stout, Fruit Beer Price Range: $12-15 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 7.8% Appearance: Black, opaque, viscous, foamy tan head Aroma: Cocoa, chocolate, faint raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: Founders has always done a great job with their one-off beers, what they sometimes call their “Backstage Series”, featuring some of their best one-off beers in a “brewed-once” fashion. These beers are usually rare and hard-to-find and I just so happened to find myself at Total Wine on a Tuesday and scored one …

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12 Beers of Christmas: New Belgium Frambozen (Day 7)

The 7th of 12 Beers of Christmas is a fruity, festive beer from one of the largest craft brewers in the country. New Belgium Frambozen Producer: New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins, CO Beer Name: Frambozen Style: Brown Ale; Fruit Beer Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.5% Appearance: Clear reddish, brown, no head Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: The bottle of this beer proclaims that “Frambozen” is Flemish for “raspberry.” There is certainly a lot of raspberry in the nose of this beer, to accompany the rich roasted malt and chocolate notes. The beer pours a reddish brown, almost mahogany and is perfectly clear with almost no head. Raspberry takes center stage in this one, but it’s a nice balance between sweet and sour. There are hints of roasted malt and very faint chocolate near the finish, but it it mostly raspberry. The fruit is not …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Bell’s Cherry Stout (Day 1)

Day 1: Bell’s Cherry Stout Producer: Bell’s Brewing Company Beer Name: Cherry Stout Price Range: $3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Black, not cloudy, very thin off-white head Aroma: Cocoa, black licorice, cherry Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a clear black with almost no head. The aroma is rich with cocoa, black licorice, and lots of cherry. The taste is rich with the same, with a lot of sour cherry and hints of dark chocolate. The middle is silky smooth, with the sour cherry twist in the finish. Overall, this beer is pretty smooth despite the 7% ABV, although the body is a little thin. Still, this is a great beer and one of my favorites of the season. Day 1: Bell's Cherry Stout Producer: Bell's Brewing Company Beer Name: Cherry Stout Price Range: $3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Black, not cloudy, very thin off-white head Aroma: Cocoa, black licorice, cherry …

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