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Mother Earth Four Seasons of Mother Earth: Spring 2014

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Four Seasons "Spring" is a classic Belgium Tripel using Belgium/French pale malts, yeast and candy sugar, then slow fermented in the traditional style. To give this beer a little "West Coast" flair, sweet orange peel was added to the brew and it was then dry-hopped with mosaic giving it a mild orange citrus zest to round out the classic yeast esters.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3221) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle from last year, with a rather complicated but charming drawing of spring on it and therefore appropriate for a spring afternoon tasting; according to the text on the back, a collab between this Californian brewery and a French brewer. I am apparently the first Belgian to rate this Belgian style ale here. Deep orangey peach blonde colour, cloudy with a ’fog’ of yeast bits as well as a vivid fizz, and deep murky amber with deposit, under a lacing, egg-white, irregular, moussy head. Nice fruity, pretty delicate and moderately hoppy aroma of apricot, overripe pear, banana, dried orange peel which I understand has effectively been used, butterscotch, lots of freshly toasted bread, bitter honey (also used), touch of pine cones, fresh ginger, buttermilk, lavender, soap, rosewater, pink grapefruit, hints of liquorice and an unmistakably animalistic ’fertilized farmland’ odour fitting in quite well; in all, a delicate, gentle, inviting bouquet. Delicate but lively fruitiness opens the palate, mango, orange, pomegranate, gooseberry, ’citric’ fraîcheur, refined but ’tingling’ carbonation, smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel, light umami touch; lovely caramelly, bready and somewhat nutty malt sweetishness in the middle with an array of almost Belgian-like ’spicy yeastiness’ dancing on top; and finishing with lingering, juicy malt sweetness, a faint hint of brandy-like alcohol with gently warming effect rather than burning, and a fair deal of lovely floral and citrussy, resinous, aromatic hops, coating the back of the mouth, along with a deeper, earthier, basic hop bitterness for balance. Very American in being a tripel with almost IPA-influenced hop profile, yet much more soft and subtle; this is an elegantly delicate tripel, much more so than many Belgian examples. No cloying sweetness, no overpowering alcohol, no phenols or other undesirable fermentation remnants: this beer is very well made, but perhaps just a bit (too) ’clean’ to really fit the Belgian tripel style: I’d situate this in between an American style IPA and a Belgian tripel, with more of the first than the latter. I therefore think "American strong ale" would be more appropriate as a style classification, but that’s from a Belgian point of view, of course. In any case: very pleasant and enjoyable with remarkable ’drinkability’ for its ABV, glad I bought it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1156) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
650ml bottle. Clear amber shade. Decent white head. Some lacing. Overtly hoppy in a citric lemon and orange way. Slightly herbal and spicy. Taste is more of the same, but seems to lack something, maybe the yeast profile of a good tripel. Still citrussy but just feels uncomplicated. Bit rough on the palate. Started well but went a slightly downhill.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (200) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
Reddish brown pour from bomber. Thick tannish head. Big prune/raisin/date nose. Really sweet to smell. Taste tries to come through bitter but the dried stone fruit dominates. Would rate much higher if it wasn’t designated as an IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3486) - FINLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle. Orange amber. Sweet caramels, stone fruity, pines on nose. The caramels really dominate, but this isn’t the freshest bottle either. Med full bodied, pretty strong pine needle foresty hoppy finish, alongside the heavy caramels. Oranges, peach marmelade. some vanilla. Tasty thing. Sweet caramelly though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (614) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2015
Botella . @Señor Lúpulo. Despacho de cervezas, Gijón frikicata 24/01/2015. Cerveza dorada y turbia. Sabores y aromas a malta.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1888) - Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle, 30/01/15. Pours a hale orange with a decent, white head. Aroma is apricot, Belgian fruitiness, peach, apple skin. Taste is peach, some yeast, light ethanol. Light appleskin. Fairly stiff and bitter finish. Some citrus and flowers. Quite full with medium carbonation. A nice, clean American tripel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidtjm (902) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from Capsule & Bouchon, Baumes-les-Dames. Pour is murky gold with a small head, aroma is fruity, citrus. Taste is fruity, sweet, gentle bitterness, light herbal notes, finish is bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4916) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
It was a 650ml bottle Mat: shared between 5 at the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, 8th Dec 2014. Cheers for bringing this Mat. Poured a hazy old gold colour with a thin white head on each of the five glasses. Spicy, hoppy and interesting. Mixed spice bag with the hops playing games on your taste buds. I thought it leaned towards a Saison half way through my tasting but that idea fell away and the beer finished fairly dry and bitter. Different.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2488) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
75cl (I think!) bottle shared between 5 at the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Dec 14, courtesy of myself. Bought at Raccines, Cassel, France. Pours hazy orange with thin foamy head. Spicy with a double IPA marmalade type fruitiness going on with a touch of lime. Floral character with some decent tripel notes. Not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4905) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2014
650ml bottle. Clear, orangey golden colour with small to average, fluffy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Yeasty aroma delivers a plethora of flavours, aniseed, herbs, orange peel, pervaded by citrusy hoppy swathes. Taste is spicy yeasty, herbal, some aniseed, minimally sweet pale malty basis enriched by some orange peel, minimally bready, a banana touch, citrusy hoppy interjections. Slightly unwieldy composition, relatively light and easy drinkable; can’t deny its West Coast provenance.


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