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Hoppy 24th


So I recently turned 24. To celebrate I invited a bunch of my friends over for a little light-hearted beer tasting. We drank a lot of good beer, and had a good time. I tried to take some notes, though hard to concentrate and getting drunk, I didn’t review everything. Here are a few short notes that I jotted down.



Elysian Bifrost

Winter Warmer. 7.5% ABV. Washington.

Amberish in color, but good head.

Pretty malty and slightly sweet. A bit of hops are coming through, actually it seems a bit green.

Actually pretty light mouthfeel, and a bit of carbonation.

Very sweet upfront and a bit boozy. Some fruit on the initial attack and leads to some hoppyness.

It’s alright, not changing my life. Kind of off balance and astringent on the back. I also have another bottle of this, and will be posting a full review shortly. 87 points.


Ninkasi Sleigh’r

Altbier. 7.2% ABV. Oregon.

Dark colored, with a reddish hue and also has a good head.

Interesting nose. Actually smells a bit rubbery. But also a bit fruity. A lot of banana stands out. Malty and a bit yeasty smelling.

Much thicker than the last one with less carbonation.

The palate is actually pretty bready, with a lot of banana coming through. There is a nice fruityness here. Lots of malt, and there is a nice finish.

This one is pretty good, and if you can find it you should get it. 90 points.


Belgian Strong Dark Ale. 10.0% ABV. Belgium.

Brown color, less head on here.

Another sweet nose, very fruity. Smells like grape juice. A bit like candy fruit.

Pretty thick in the mouth and light carbonation.

Pretty malty and sweet, but also very fruity. The alcohol is just a bit present. But the least bitterness of the bunch.

Really good beer. 91 points.

And a couple other short notes:

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Belgian Strong Dark Ale. 8.5% ABV. Belgium.

Dark malty brown color, also has good head. Fluffy but pretty large bubbles.

Very malty on the nose. A bit of fruit, but the alcohol comes out a bit. I also get a bit of that grape coolade.

This one is pretty thick, but not much carbonation, a little bit.

Very malty and fruity. A lot of yeastyness. Very low bitterness again. A lot of red fruits on here. A lot of citrus and cherry, grape, banana flavors coming through.

91 points, another great beer.

Issaquah (Rogue) Menage A Frog.

Tripel. 9.0% ABV. Washington.

Golden color, and leaves a great head.

Very yeasty and fruity. Lots of banana and citrus, with some honey and a bit of molasses. Very Belgian.

Decent mouthfeel and pretty high carbonation.

Very yeasty and fruity. Lots of bananas, and a bit of citrus. Typical of the style

90 points.

And I have one guest post to add from a fantastic person named Susan.


This beer tastes strongly of beer, which coincides with the slight scent of beer.

On the back end, there’s a rather beerish taste.

10 points.

I guess she is not a fan…..of beer. Haha, it’s ok, I still love her.

  1. Matt
    December 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for showing us the beer-tastin’ ropes! It was quite fun. I’m glad Susan’s review slipped in, too!

    Hoppy 24th!

  2. atattooedtale
    December 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Matt. Glad you had a good time, and hope you had an awesome xmas. We’ll have to get together soon.

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