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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
artmcd8 (1528) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2014
On tap st pgh beer Fest. Pours a dark golden color with a white head. Aromas of banana and alcohol. Taste is alcohol heat and sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
boxofrane (2056) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle from Wegmans KOP. Pours clear amber with a small khaki colored head that dissipates quickly to a few small bubbles on the top of the glass. There is decent carbination bubbles in the glass. The aroma has apple skin, candied sugar, dark fruit, and a lot of citrus hop notes. The taste has a lot more Belgian notes than expected. There is a big boozy dark fruit.. raisiny prune.. on top of a big spicy hoppiness. This is a Belgian IPA but boy does it seem a bit high on the booze scale for 10%. Not bad, not great, but I enjoyed. I wouldn’t buy a case though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvsn (508) - ISRAEL - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle sample at He’Brew tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Clear amber with a nice head. Aroma - dried fruits (prunes, raisins) , yeast, caramel and spices. Sweet, fruity and caramel, not refined bitterness, a bit stale flavors. Medium-bodied, strong carbonation, oily palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
keanex (1393) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Hazy dark amber body with a dense light tan head.
Aroma: Yeasty with anise and clove and a chalky presence, a touch of grapefruit as well. Dull and not appealing though not very offensive.
Taste: Mildly malty with a spicy, floral and grapefruit hop bitterness that’s a mildly bitter. Big anise on the finish. Nope.
Palate: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated.
Overall: Whatever yeast these guys and other brewers use to get anise flavors I would love to know so I can avoid it when homebrewing. This is undrinkable to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rayaron (44) - ISRAEL - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle sample at He’Brew Brewery tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. A bit hazy orange with low off-white head. Sweet floral aroma, syrup. Too sweet syrup flavor. Medium alcoholic. Medium body. Sweet-bitter aftertaste. sticky. Not so pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle sample at a He’Brew tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Clear amber with a nice off white head, slightly creamy. Aroma of malt, caramel, cookies, fruits and stale hops. Sweet malty flavor, very caramelly, with fruitiness, somewhat stale hops and a big bitterness. Medium-bodied, a bit oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrettTaylor (460) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Poured from bottle into shaker. Pours a beautiful rich copper with 1.5 finger creamy off-white head. Aroma - lots of spiciness, some from the belgian yeast, some from the rye. There are also some resin and citrus notes present from hops. Taste - initially a touch sweet, then a burst of rye spiciness, quickly followed by a hit of resiny hop. Start of finish is a little sweetness, then some dark malt bitterness, then a long spicy rye finish. There are yeast notes throughout that seem to complement the entire taste profile as you swallow each gulp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1859) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap 5 oz. taster at Max's in the Fell's Point distriict, Baltimore, MD. Clear, copper-red with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of rye bread, yeast, spice, caraway, banana and light fruit. Taste of rye bread, spice, caramel, yeast, banana and light fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (698) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a dark burnt amber color with a khaki head. Hop, citrus, yeast, sugar and malt aroma. Hop, citrus, caramel, floral, pine, biscuit, yeast, sugar and malt flavors. Medium body and good bitterness. Sweet taste and a citrus, hop and malt finish. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Tap. Hazy amber orange pour. Clingy cream head. Aroma is dates, orange, and bubblegum. Spicy rye element. Lots going on here and it works beautifully.

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