Rosée D’hibiscus

A slightly pinkish orange pour that gives he impression of a squeezed blood red grapefruit. A little murky. The head has a similarly light pink tinge. Head is short lived and there is not much lace to speak of. Aroma and tastes are fruit based rather than the floral one that I was half expecting. The taste is mainly a light, sweet and sour almost like a sweetened Cantillon beer but nowhere near as sweetened as a say, a Lindemans lambic. Low carbonation and an acidic finish. Dryish too. Pretty...

Corne Du Diable

12oz single from Green's, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Lovely looking, chill hazed amber pour with a towering ivory, thick rocky head. Nice lace. Head retention is good. Nose is really that of the one that you usually associate with a bigger, west coast DIPA - all sugary, resinous notes. DEFINITELY an American IPA in terms of its bitterness. A real, peppery bite throughout the beer and not much subtlety about it. It's OK because it is balanced with some good caramel malts, but it still stings a...

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)

A dark brown, reddish hue to the brew in the Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs Chalice. Small head that fades to give a spotty film. A small amount of lace. It's difficult for me to remember a beer where the tastes match the ingredients so well. Rye upfront very obviously AND the finish, well it's 100% peppercorns - dramatic!! The pepper is STRONG too - really strong! Look out if this is not your thing. That sums it up - there's LITERALLY nothing else required to describe the beer! Perhaps some...

Dernière Volonté

Green's, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Val Du Dieu chalice the beer is rather well carbonated but fizzy rather than controlled. A lovely, golden yellow body sits underneath the scant head and some lace accrues. Interesting nose and taste. This drinks like a non-sweet Tripel with plenty of alcohol character and lots of spicy white pepper. What seems missing from the mix is a residual sweetness and a smoothness that I would expect from a Belgian Pale. Very large, grapefruit citrus...

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

I'd been sitting on this for a while. 660 mL bottle purchased at Brawleys, Charlotte, NC, USA back in January of 2006. Michael was kind enough to get this from "the unadvertised stash" that he often has. Bottled in August of 2005. In a unusually pleasing scenario, the notch system for dating the bottle had been replaced by what appeared to be a Sharpie type mark - certainly very clear, I suppose it has the potential to be "false"? It cost $16 + change. Having drunk some Oskar Blues RIS (the...