1096-1097. The Publick House

On November 8th Jadyn and I had dinner and drinks at the Publick House with some of her labmates. I had two new beers while there, one before dinner, and one after dinner. In between were Cuvee de Trolls, and Orval. We started with a mix of appetizers: Monk's Frites, Moules Frites, and the Publick Plate. My entree was the Waterzooi aux Poissons.

1096. Cane & Ebel

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Two Brothers Brewing Company
Alcohol: 7.00%
Serving: Tap
Style: Rye Beer, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.5 | Drinkability: 4.5

Overall: 4.3

Cane & Ebel is a Rye Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company, a brewery in Illinois that I hadn't heard of. It pours a clear, reddish color, and is topped by a dense, foamy, one-finger, beige head that retains well. Initial notes of spicy, rye grains meld well with an herbal, slightly resiny hop character. Swirling brings out a sweet, bready malt undertone, which opens up into notes of molasses upon warming.

There are moderately sweet malty characters upfront. There are notes of bready malts, caramel, light toffee, and chocolate. This moves into a slight spiciness that's part rye, part hops, and part carbonation. The spiciness quickly gives way to a strident, leafy, hop bitterness. Overall very tasty. This Rye Beer is medium-bodied, yet still crisp, and has a nice dose of prickly carbonation.

This beer had great balance. A good, flavorful malt backbone stood up well to a strong hop bitterness.

1097. Triple Exultation

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Eel River Brewing Co.
Alcohol: 9.70%
Serving: Tap
Style: Old Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.5 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 4.05

Triple Exultation pours a cloudy, brownish-red. It's topped by a thin, sudsy, off-white head that leaves sheets of lace. The aroma is rich and fruity. Notes of dark fruit are dominant: rasins and dates. A slight acidity and woodiness make up the second layer of aromas that give this a nice complexity.

Initial malt flavors are fruity (dates and raisins) with a mild chocolate character. This moves through to a mild citric acidity in the center, which moves into a hoppy, and woody(?) finish. This beer is full-bodied, but has a dry astringency, and mild carbonation.

I thought this was a very tasty Old Ale, not quite to style, but very tasty.

Labels: ,