Posts Tagged barrel room
Belgian-styles are often described as complex, malty and perhaps a little sour (depending on the type). Tetravis from Sam Adams’ Barrel Room Collection is a quadrupel, or “quad”, which told me to expect a strong, rich beer. Added to the intrigue with this beer, was the fact that it was purported to have notes of raisin and currant. This did give me pause for a second, then it passed and I dove in.
The pour is a deep, dark red, with a cloudy complexion and thick tan head. Lots of bubbles streamed up from the very bottom of the glass, which told me this was going to be a very yeasty beer. Indeed, it smelled a little sour, malty, rich and sweet. The taste was a little hard to get at first, due to the thick cap of foam on top. Once it came through, I tasted sticky-sweet flavors of raisin and brown sugar, mixed with sourness that reminded me of some tart fruit, and finally lots of malt, which was in turn broken up by all the fizzy carbonation I saw on the pour. As it moved through my mouth, so too did a slight burn in the back of the throat, muted somewhat by the smooth warmth of the alcohol.
This was a very good beer that had a lot of characteristics I expected and even some I didn’t. I am glad there was no heavy currant taste, as that probably would have made me think I was drinking some kind of brewed grape juice.
Overall, I would rate this beer:
No, seriously. It’s Samuel Adams New World. I know, I know– Sam Adams is about the biggest you can get and still call it a microbrewery, but I still love their beer. The Sam Adams New World is another from their Barrel Room Collection. I have written before about the Stony Brook Red and my love for this one is not much different.
Like the red, still in the Belgian style, this Tripel is a big beer. It is super malty for being a “lighter” (read: non-stout) beer, but it packs a 10% abv. It pours a dark golden color with bright creamy head, not unlike that of a lighter red brew. The first thing that hit my nose is the sourness, though it is not overpowering or unpleasant. There is also some sweetness that comes through. With the first sip, I immediately tasted the rich malt. That maltiness is the main characteristic of a Tripel, after all. After that, the sourness came through, with some light spice notes and some sweetness that really helped mellow out the bitterness. I was left with a nice semi-sweetness in my mouth, aware I had just ingested a highly alcoholic beer, but not a punch in the gut.
I liked this beer every bit as much as the Stony Brook. I will have to try at least another of the Barrel Room beers, though many of them are berry-flavored…
Oh, and for those of you who are inclined:
I thought about putting this one under The Journey, since I consider it part of my discovery of all the different brews out there, but I suppose it matters not. Anyway, I had the most wonderful concoction brewed by Samuel Adams that I have had (so far) the other day and just had to see if anyone out there had ever tried it before: Sam Adams Stony Brook Red. This one is from their “Barrel Room Collection.” This was the first I had heard of it, but always willing to try something new, I picked up a bottle from BevMo. At $9 a bottle, this one isn’t one I’d buy everyday, but still not too pricey.
It pours a surprisingly bright red color, with a little orange streaking through, with a kind of light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. It smells quite malty with a definite sourness to it. This being in a big fancy bottle from a specific “collection,” I expected this to be super rich and sweet, not unlike many other breweries’ anniversary collections. My expectations couldn’t have been further from the truth. This beer tastes much like it smells: super malty, but still refreshing, likely due to the sourness that permeates the entire experience without overpowering it. There is a slight fruitiness to it, without actually being sweet, which was a pleasant surprise. The finish is also very malty, without being heavy and the sourness lingers well after the beer is gone.
All in all, I highly recommend this beer and I will be on the lookout for more from this great American brewery (Utopias, anyone?)