DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Growler. Clear dark brownish red pour, small ring of carbonation and an aroma of cranberries and raisins. Flavor is light malt, slightly sweet cranberry jam and sweet on the finish. Not bad, but I have to agree with Andy that the asking price was a bit much for this one. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2013
(growler) I classed this as a Dubbel, but could also see it designated as a Fruit Beer. Pours a clear ruby color with a thin off-white head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is certainly as advertised, and loaded with a musty cranberry quality. The dubbel characteristics are also present as well, with some underlying raisin (craisin?) and caramel lurking just below the olfactory bog in which the cranberry scent floats atop. There’s also some yeast presence here, which I believe serves to accentuate the musty quality I smell. This combo works pretty well in the scent dept., but does not really coalesce well with the flavor. The cranberry, while abundantly present, kind of clangs around throughout the fore, mid, and a bit of the finish, and it reminds me somewhat of a diet soda in terms of the sweetness, then the dryness of the drink. Mid-finish holds that dryness and crispness from the cranberry, while the far-far finish holds characteristics of the base beer with glimmers of cinnamon raisin bread unfolding upon exhalation. Some sips seem to hold a buttery quality in the beginning of the finish, which is undesirable. Flavor does improve slightly with some warming. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is lively. Overall this is an ok beer that improved with warming, but it’s nowhere near the high asking price of $17/growler.