Monday, July 22, 2013

Beer Digest III: New Belgium Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa, 21st Amendment Hop Crisis, North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Hey everyone, hope you had a great weekend!  I tried some great beers the last few days.  Without further adieu, here are the one's that were really memorable.

New Belgium / Dieu du Ciel! Heavenly Feijoa Lips of Faith
New Belgium / Dieu du Ciel! Heavenly Feijoa
Heavenly Feijoa
Belgian tripel with feijoa and hibiscus
9% ABV

I was excited to try out the Heavenly Feijoa.  This was my first time trying one of New Belgium's Lips of Faith beers (since they don't distribute to NJ yet), and also my first time trying a beer from Dieu du Ciel!, a brewery out of Montreal.  I also didn't know what a feijoa was.  Consulting Google and Wikipedia, I learned feijoa is also known as pineapple guava and guavasteen.  The beer itself was very fruity (in aroma and flavor), but not overly sweet.  The fruit flavors blended quite well with the malt and hops.  I didn't taste much of the classic Belgian yeast character in this beer.  Overall, quite unique and quite good.

21st Amendment Hop Crisis
Hop Crisis
Imperial IPA
9.7% ABV

I had heard good things about 21st Amendment Brewing's Hop Crisis, so when I saw cans of it in the mix-a-6 area of my local Wegmans, I didn't hesitate in picking it up.  The rundown on Hop Crisis is that it's an Imperial IPA aged on oak spirals, and it comes in at 9.7% ABV.  Hop Crisis was honestly one of the most unique Imperial IPAs that I've had in quite some time.  It's an Imperial IPA that has huge tropical fruit aromatics.  I'm talking huge notes of pineapple and mango that you don't have to sniff around to find.  There is lots more of the pineapple and mango in the flavor too.  Absolutely delicious.  If you see this one around, don't hesitate in picking it up!

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Old Rasputin
Russian Imperial Stout
9% ABV

Old Rasputin is a truly fantastic Russian imperial stout.  Pitch black, tan head.  Roasty with lots of coffee and chocolate notes.  Drinks very smooth.  If I had been a tsar in Russia, I would have been very happy to have this sent to me from the brewers in England.

What do you think of these beers?  Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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