Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Beer Tasting: Middle Ages 11th Anniversary Double Wheat

The Beer: Middle Ages 11th Anniversary Double Wheat Ale
Style: American Wheat
Reviews: Beer Advocate Rate Beer
Packaging & Date Stamping: 22 oz. brown bottle; no date stamp

From where & how stored: Obtained via holiday beer exchange in Dec. 2006 and stored at 42F since then.

Pricing: $x.xx

Availability: One-time release

ABV, IBU, and Other Available Stats: 8.5% ABV
Bryan's Notes
The Look:
- soft, pillowy head fades slowly, easy to stir up again
- orangish glow
- just a bit of cloudiness

The Aroma:
- faint fruit aromas
- bananas (got a whiff of bananas foster from our last Monk's dinner)
- alcohol present

The Taste:
- flavor of soft wheat dominates
- subtle hints of tangerine and apricot
- decent carbonation helps this beer live on across the palate
- flavors present themselves better at cooler temperature

The Verdict: Such a delicious treat, I had to have two (I shared a little of it) This is one of the boldest delicate beers I've had in a while. All the finesse of a wheat beer, made more complex with hops and alcohol. Note to self: must buy more.
Adam's Notes
The Look:
- very tall head
- straw cloudy yellow peach
- head sticks around a bit
- dies to a 1/4 inch

The Aroma:
- wonderful nose
- some coriander, apricot, clean, fruity

The Taste:
- crisp wheat beer
- spices somewhat present
- alcohol present
- interesting use of hops here
- like a double ipa
- hence the name double wheat?
- The last glass got all the sediment. Changes the taste. Improves it a bit with a bit more spice.

The Verdict: I really like it. I'd love to have a fresh hopped version of this.

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