30th Birthday Champagne Thoughts

I went to Bermuda for my 30th birthday and brought 3 champagne bottles with me I had been holding for 2-3 years. They were all vintage bottles, each 10-15 years old.

Bermuda Trip, 2016 (Champagne)

Bermuda Trip, 2016 (Champagne)

1998 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut, a Canada find for 30% off due to the exchange rate. This was more earthy with a lot of really dry grape-skin and kiwi in the middle. Would most certainly have this one again.

Bermuda Trip, 2016 (Champagne)

Bermuda Trip, 2016 (Champagne)

Tarlant Cuvee Louis Extra Brut, this was a magnum i picked up in early 2015 in France at Tarlant. I believe it was 130 Euros so around 150 USD at the time. Split 6 ways. It needed a lot of time to breathe but it was an exceptional wine. Cheese, funk, wood, must, apples, some citrus tinge at the end. Really beautiful.

Bermuda Trip, 2016 (Champagne)

Bermuda Trip, 2016 (Champagne)

2004 Dom Perignon Brut, honestly I can never tell these vintages apart. It’s a hyped, huge volume vintage champagne that never fails to impress me (except that one Rose we had over Christmas). Remarkable brightness with lots of oak and a bit of mustiness that fades after breathing a bit.

Review: Casey Fruit Stand Farmhouse Ale – Sweet Hedelfingen Cherry

Overall 3.9/5

AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20

After a day of pouring Casey beers yesterday at Hill Farmstead, I had to open this one up. Bottled in July of 2015, acquired in a trade last Fall, sat upright in the fridge for about 6 months and still the yeast was settled but not very solid, started moving around as soon as I moved the bottle.

A – Good cork pop but not vibrant. Formed a 2 finger solid white creamy head on the pour then faded fast. It’s a gorgeous blood-red appearance, nice translucency.

S – Has a tinge of fecal aroma, tree-bark earthy aroma with a sharp acidity.

T – Cherry throughout, like holding nothing back cherry. Has a candy syrup flavor from how sweet it is. There is some vinegar here, fecally sulphur flavors, loads of earthy funk and a good lemon zest and lime juice flavor as well. There really is a ton of cherry in this beer but the flavor is a far departure from cherry lambic but could be related similarly to Cherry Flora from HF.

M – Good mouthfeel, thin, juicy, low carb

O – Nice balanced beer for sure. I wish it was slightly less acidic but I do get what Troy was going for here.

Review: Rodenbach Alexander (2015)

Rodenbach Alexander


 AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20


Most recent batch. Paid $13.99 at local Co-Op. Dark red pour. 3 finger egg white head that faded to a single One finger. Smells great. Cereal, cherries, plum and wood. Hmm. This is pretty darn good. Cherry is sweeter than I expected. Juicy, tart. Very sour in the middle. Finish is cherry salad, vinegar, oak, wine and Brett. Nice mouthfeel fro, the bottle conditions. This will age very well I think. It’s very sweet now but that’s temporary.

Rodenbach Alexander

Review: Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 16)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 16)


AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20


750ML Bottle picked up at the brewery. Stored upright in the fridge for a few months at 39F and split 2 ways into Teku stemware.

A – Good cap pop, no gushing at all. Pour yielded a 2 finger off-white to brown head. The beer looks brown to black in the glass but against the light, it’s really a dark red.

S – Dark fruit aroma, apples, fig, grape. Very funky with a bit of wine tannic aroma.

T – Flavor is nice. Dark fruit, red wine, oak, fudge and raspberries.

M – Has a seltzer / pellegrino mouthfeel, dense with a thin finish.

O – Overall, I’m a huge fan of this beer. Might be my favorite of the series at this point in its life. CD4 at 3 years old still remains my top for dark saisons.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 16)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 16)