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

3.9/5

 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)

4.2/5

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)

Review: Hill Farmstead Six Years

Hill Farmstead Six Years

 

4.2/5

AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20

 

375ML bottle, stored upright since purchase in May at 38F. Split 2 ways in Teku glassware.

A – Dark reddish brown, wood-like color, 2 finger cream brown head. It’s fully carbed but not intensely, good whisp of air on cap pop w/o gushing.

S – It smells like an ultra-aged Rodenbach Grand Cru Vintage with musty old grape, wine, citrus and apples.

T – Very nice! I honestly don’t get any oxidation at all. Cherries, cinnamon, cardamom and apples. A ton of oak presence but not overpowering, ashy, or gross flavors. I honestly really like this a lot. wine is well integrated, everything is just balanced.

M – lightly carbonated even on a hard swish, has a dessert wine like oily-ness

O – Highly enjoyable. I would believe this was 24-36 months in a barrel. The fact that this spent 50 months in a barrel is absurd and hardly believable. This is possibly the best Flemish Red incarnation I’ve ever consumed. Fantastic work. One of my favorite styles (when done right).

Hill Farmstead Six Years

Hill Farmstead Six Years

Hill Farmstead Six Years

Hill Farmstead Six Years

Review: Bells Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout

Bells Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout

 

4.2/5

AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20

 

Bottle from someone. I can’t remember. Anyway, 375 split two ways at fridge temp. Stupid thick oily pour. 2 finger espresso head. This aroma is ridiculous. Bells has taken an award winning imperial stout and done something remarkable. Smells like cold press coffee and fudge. Damn. This is a booze bomb but the bourbon absolutely comes through perfectly. It’s chalky and very smokey but there’s just layers of fudge and vanilla throughout the entire beer. Finish is dense and charcoal with cigar smoke. It’s intense but incredible. Thanks bells for keeping things real.

Bells Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout

Bells Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout

Bells Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout