This year’s Zwanze Beer was good, it wasn’t great. I’m always pretty disappointed with the Zwanze beer and then I’ll have it from the bottle a year later and it’s just much better. I think time + bottle conditioning always help the Zwanze beers come alive. Since Hill Farmstead did not host an event this year, I decided it was the same driving distance going to Portland Maine as it is to Montreal so I went there instead.
Draft selection was the still Bruoscella Lambiek and they had bottles of Gueuze, Kriek, Rose and Fou Foune. I ordered one of everything along with a pour of Peche Mortel. Finally, after some food Heather and I had DDC’s Excorciste mixed-fermentation wheat ale.
It was a great day!
Eyeing that Zwanze!
Since professional cameras weren’t allowed at CBC until Mikkel changed the rule and reached out to me, I had already packed the Canon S110 pocket camera to take to CBC Boston last weekend. His note came too late but the photos were decent. Low-light is awful with the S110, almost no depth of field, colors are faded, muted even and overall, I’m not happy with the photos but it was the best I had. I also went to the Apple Store on Boylston street and grabbed a leather case for my iPhone 7.
Friday, I rated 80 beers, Saturday morning was around 35 beers and Saturday evening was probably 50 or 60, I’m not sure. Now I have 1 hour of audio notes I’ll need to go through and add to RateBeer. It’ll take a while but like the original CBC in Copenhagen, this was a great line-up of amazing beers.
Here are a few sub-par photos:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I just noticed the photos I took last month weren’t posted here. Sorry about that. Here they are!
I was lucky enough to be asked to pour-beer this year. I always volunteer but pouring is usually reserved for brewers. I was at the Casey booth and had a blast!
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.