369-374. Weekend in New York

I went down to New York for David's birthday and a long weekend. I saw friends, had some new beers and did a little home-brewing. All in all a good weekend.

On Friday night David, Dave and I went bar hopping in the East Village. Dave was at Lotus Lounge when I got into town, so after a brief layover at The Bear to drop off my bags David and I set off to meet him.

369. B.B. Bürgerbräu

I sampled this on tap at the Lotus Lounge in New York City. It was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance (3.5): Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thin white head.

Smell (3.5): Light hops with toffee and caramel malt aromas.

Taste (2.5): Sweet and toasty malts. Hop flavors are light and the beer lacks any real bitterness.

Mouthfeel (2.0): Light carbonation, light-bodied and watery.

Drinkability (3.0): Light and easy to drink, but there aren't really any great flavors to make you want to drink it.

Overall (2.9): Simple and lacking in flavor and depth in the palate.

370. Sixpoint Sweet Action

I sampled this on tap at the Lotus Lounge in New York City. It was served in a standard pint glass. Dave and David gave me comments on this one.

Appearance (4.5): Hazy orange-amber with a thin creamy white head that leaves nice lace.
Dave: Pretty Sexy
David: Copper and cloudy

Smell (4.5): Sweet and peppery, with fruitiness and citric hops.
Dave: Berry.
David: Beer & boisenberry.

Taste (3.5): Mild malts upfront, with a peppery finish with citric hops. Nicely balanced in the finish. bu the malts could be more pronounced upfront.
Dave: I can't do taste. Closer to sweet scintilating saltiness (peppery).
David: Colorado Grolsch. A draft beer taste with flavor and body.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Light-bodied, slightly oily and a little watery.
Dave: Carbonation a bit much. Leaves harsh taste of void.
David: Dry mouth, overly carbonated.

Drinkability (4.5): Easy to drink with a nice refreshing hoppiness.
Dave: Mine's already gone so it must get a 5.
David: I could drink it but I don't want to.

Overall (3.95): Very drinkable, the only thing holding this beer back is the lack of malt character upfront.

371. Radeberger Pilsner

I sampled this on tap at the Lotus Lounge in New York City. It was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that thins to a persistent layer.

Smell (2.0): There's a sweet smell and that's about it.

Taste (2.5): Slight sweetness upfront with a decent hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Tingly carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability (3.0): Light and easy to drink.

Overall (2.8): Drinkable, but not a lot of flavor that makes you want to drink it.

Next we headed out to look for a place to eat. We ended going to an Italian restaurant whose name I don't remember. I had the ricotta and spinach ravioli tossed in olive oil and sage, which was quite nice. We finished up our meals with port: Dow's 10 Year Tawny for Dave and I, and Dow's for David.

Pictures of us enjoying port:





Next we headed to Happy Ending where we had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Before we left we had the candle priviledges revoked at our table, surprisingly not my fault.

After a trip out to a bar in Brooklyn we ended up back in the East Village around 3 AM. We were wandering around looking for a bar when I spotted a place called The Belgian Room. We started off with a round of De Dolle Oerbiers, found a table and started playing poker with cards we'd borrowed from the bartender.

372. Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek - 2001

We split a 750 mL bottle of this at the Belgian Room. It was served in Cantillon wine glasses.

Appearance: Hazy dark-red. The only evidence of a head are thin wispy patches of bubbles.

Smell: Nose of cherries, a light funkiness and an acidic sour smell. Very lambic.

Taste: Sweet and sour notes of cherries up front. An intense sourness takes hold in the center and maintains its dominance through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated, with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: This is something to drink slowly and savor.

Overall: This is a very nice cherry lambic.

373. Bink Blonde

I sampled this from a 12 (or maybe 11.2 oz) bottle at The Belgian Room, it was served in a Leffe Class.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet and peppery with some fruity notes that may have been banana.

Taste: Sweet upfront with peppery notes, fruit (again bananas?) and a surprising hop profile for the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A little tough to tell this late in the night, but the hoppiness was pleasant.

Saturday Dave, David, Bennett and I went for a late brunch at Kitchenette in Morningside Heights. We walked around Central Park for awhile then saw Art School Confidential in Times Square. David, Bennett and I then headed to Megan's house in Pelham. We had pizza at the always excellent Johnny's. David, Bennett and I then played pool and poker and had a few beers: Harpoon Summer Beer, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Guinness Extra Stout.

Sunday was David's birthday party. Megan had purchased a beginner homebrew kit for his birthday. The kit was an extract stout recipe with a small batch of milled grain, a package of extract syrup, and some Perle hop pellets. I had several Sam Adams Summer Ales as well as one new beer.

374. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

I poured half a bottle into a half-pint weisse glass.

Appearance (3.5): Pours a slightly-hazy copper with a white foamy head that thins to a persitent layer. Large bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass.

Smell (2.0): Very strong and overpowering candy-like cherry aromas.

Taste (2.5): Light cherry flavor upfront, that fades into an American-style-wheat-beer flavor in the finish. The cherry flavor is present throughout and while not overpowering is a little cough-syrupy. The finish is grainy with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light to moderate carbonation, smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability (3.5): Refreshing aside from the slight cough syrup flavor.

Overall (2.85): This isn't a great fruit beer. The cherry comes off candy-like and overpowering in the smell, and a bit cough-syrupy in the finish.

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