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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brothers and sisters, I’m pissed! As one tends to do over beers, I’ve been talking smack with my longtime colleague and friend Brian Neville, brewmaster at St. Louis Missouri’s Cathedral Square Brewery, a disciple of Belgian-style creations. Collaboration perhaps Adam Louis birth Shmaltz Brewery? Like angel trumpets from heaven, he decreased the project shall be called, "The Immaculate Collaboration". He further proclaims we must do a monk-inspired version of our beloved Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA with Belgian yeast, naming it "St. Lenny’s." Mouth agape, I cry, "Dude, you bogarted my shtick!" That’s what friends are for, I guess - great minds drink alike - and for now, it isn’t my brewing (that’s Paul, Richie ad Mike), my art (Matt) or my punchlines (Brian) - but after nearly 17 years, it is in fact my own brewery (alone with the whole Shmaltz Brewing tribe). L’Chaim!

Please note this is the version brewed by Shmaltz (HeBrew), not the Cathedral Square version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2297) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle from One Stop. Very appealing appearance and nose. Looks: Clear, orange/red, thick thick head, thick retention. Nice full lacing. Nose is full of bananas, toffee, caramel, some sort of fruit is back there, maybe oranges, along with tea. Thick palate. Very well balanced. A bit of yeast effect, but not much. Nice hop blast to take out the sweetness. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (413) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2014
400th rating. Aroma is banana, yeasty, alcohol, taste is yeasty, banana, spice, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1084) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
A nice rye ipa. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Smells of pineapple and hops. More of that in the taste, along with the classic rye bite. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3016) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Tap, amber pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, nutty, awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (574) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Belgian yeast adds some banana nutty and clove to the Lenny's ripa. Better for sure. Balanced the peppery of the rye ipa. Still spicy and malty, but there is some slight sweetness from the Belgian yeast that balance the flavors. Like this more, but maybe still slightly more peppery than I prefer. But still a full flavored, well made beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Draft at Moriartys. Slighty hazy deep amber pour with fizzy white foam that left a smattering of lace. Rich medium dark caramel malts infused with earthy resiny hops. Heady alcohol feel. Sense of a sugary Belgium Quad in the background but the hops and alcohol overpower it. A spicy Quad liquor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
22nd November 2014
Hazy amber beer, decent pale cream colour head. Palate is softish and very mildly viscous. Fine carbonation. Malts are rich, creamy and rye spicy, unsweet toffee. Ripe orange hops follow along with spicy pine. Smooth finish. Spicy malt linger. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (482) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Caramel malt with medium to high hop bitterness, hints of Belgian yeast, and just a little spice. If they hadn’t told me so, I wouldn’t have guessed that this was a rye IPA with Belgian yeast. Lots of sugar, tastes kind of like a Belgian Dubbel with extra hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1056) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Really good. Big aroma of sweet malt and spicy hops. Nice coppery-golden color. Weighty palate with strong carbonation that complimented well. Bold flavors that made me think of an imperial Belgian IPA. Smooth caramel malts with a sharp bitterness and bite from the Belgian yeast. Nice combination of flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (628) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Looks like a clear amber jewel with a few quick bubbles. It smells of booze, whiskey, caramel, orange rind. It’s sweet and warm, but not overly so on either count, like whiskey, with a stark bitterness and pepper bite. Mouthfeel is fairly syrupy with soft carbonation. It finishes with a bit of fruit, citrus, honey... Very yummy. I’ll take it as an alternative to booze any day. Although this is the 2014 version, so relatively fresh... I would be curious to see what else could develop, or if just the sweetness subsides. Either way it delicious.

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