Beer Haul – 4-5-12

It is time for my second “Beer Haul” post. The last one was two weeks ago and I’d like to share with you some new additions to my beer cellar at home. I now have 400 beers cellaring which is a pretty cool accomplishment in only 4 months. Let’s get started!

Beer Shipment - March 20th, 2012

I received these just after my last post from a friend in Southern California (Left to Right)

 

Beer Trade 3-31-12

These are from a friend in the mid-West. We’re doing a trade for some Vermont beers (Left to Right)

A few months ago, a guy reached out to me about cleaning his cellar out. We setup a deal and everything arrived today. I’m thrilled to share this all with you and they’re all catalogued and nestled safely in my cellar.

Beer Haul - 4-5-12

Beer Haul - 4-5-12

Beer Haul - 4-5-12

Beer Haul - 4-5-12

Beer Haul - 4-5-12

So, that’s it for now. It IS a lot of beer but not as much as I was buying before. The thing is, my beer buying has dropped significantly. I’ve shifted my focus away from beer buying and am now trading for rare beers that people have in their cellars. It’s a lot of fun and you meet great people but I get beers that simply are not available on shelves and that age far better.

I can’t wait to review these beers and share them here.

 

 

 

Review: Abita Turbodog

Abita Turbodog

2.9

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

adamjackson (193) – Canaan, USA – APR 3, 2012

Picked up a 6-Pack of this on a recent trip to Florida. Stored in the fridge and poured into a Stella glass. This was my favorite beer while living in Florida 5 years ago so let’s see if I still find it great. 

A – Poured a light brown out of the bottle. In the glass, it looks dark brown to black. Shine a flash light through it and you can see this is still a very light brown ale. The head produced was 3 fingers and leather brown in color. It dissipated to a tiny film of bubbles after about 3 minutes. 

S – The first thing I get is roasted malts and some smoked characteristics. There’s a light earthy-ness to this and dry malts that you get form other brown ales. I’m getting nuts like almond or walnut as well but that’s the roasted malt characteristics. No hop profile and no scent from the yeast used at all. 

T – The beer has a refreshing taste on first drink. Roasted nutty malts cover the tongue followed by a mild bitterness. There’s a sour taste at the back of my tongue like sewer water but it’s not huge and you have to try to find it. There’s a bit of coffee and cocoa flavor here but it’s very easy to miss. 

M – 50/50 bubbles on a mouth swish and it brings out that bad aspects of this beer which is disappointing. Roasted sewage linger on the finish. Light bodied and very drinkable. 

O – The taste is overall pretty flat but still very drinkable. It lacks any complex characteristics that other brown ales have. I would have this as a summer beer while mowing the grass. Nice to have but, for the price, not great.

Abita Turbodog Pour

Organizing My Cellar with CellarHQ

A few weeks ago, the team at CellarHQ reached out to me after I tweeted about us beer collectors not having many great options for cellaring. Most of us use Google Docs. I use Excel and upload to Google Docs to share with people. Beer trading revolves around Google Docs and it’s not a great platform for a few reasons. Most importantly, it’s not really tailored to beer. CellarHQ is but my issue was that it was a manual process. I had to enter every single one of my 300+ beers into their system. This would take hours that could be spent drinking beer.

I sent the team my Excel files and they used it and other CSV and XLS documents to build a new feature for uploading your cellar doc. Very cool! After a few weeks, the feature launched.

The #1 excuse I’ve heard for not using CellarHQ has been “I already have my cellar in a Google Docs spreadsheet and don’t want to have to re-enter it.” It’s a completely valid excuse, especially for those of you with mighty impressive cellars. Well, if you’ve been holding out, you can now import your previous Google Docs, Excel, or Numbers (iWork) spreadsheet by uploading a CSV to CellarHQ.

I was told my cellar could probably be imported at 50% success rate. They were right.

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The ones that weren’t matched were easy to fix. I could see what was not matched and then manually add them with most of the details already included such as bottle count and year:

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Overall, this tool was built very fast and works as expected. You can view my cellar right here!

Review: 3 Fonteinen’s – Schaerbeekse Kriek

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

 

4.2

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

adamjackson (192) – Canaan, USA – APR 1, 2012

Picked this up for $30 USD at Hunger Mountain Co-Op. Bottle April 26th, 2011. Poured into a white wine glass right from my cellar at 55 Degrees F. Shared with the GF who LOVES Kriek Lambic. 

A – Nice hiss on the cork pop but not an intense pressure I expected. Poured a 2-finger off-red head with big bubbles that dissipates instantly in my glass. Deep blood red color beer with some nice bubbles in the glass. There’s some slight alcohol fingers on the glass which is surprising for a low ABV beer. 

S – Gigantic funkiness on first sniff. Lots of tang and tart in that first bit of sniff. The cherries come into the scent soon after followed by some wood and earthy notes that I imagine was passed on from the barrel aging. The tartness feels like it burns my nose hairs it’s so strong. 

T – Gigantic mouth puckering sour taste turns my tongue upside down. Pretty amazing. The cherry is there but not as intense as expected. There’s a great oak taste on the back of my tongue and cherry / oak is left over after swallowing. The sour is so intense so if you’re not in LOVE with sour, this will put you on your butt. 

M – A big mouth swish gives me 60/40 bubbles to liquid. Great linger of the cherries and very light bodied. 

O – Worth $30? I’d say so if you’re a big sour lover. The same bottle costs a lot less in Belgium but then there’s that pesky plane ticket. I think this is a great beer but $10 cheaper would have been nice.

 

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek