September 24, 2015

The Brü Revü - Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Tripel

I'm always a sucker for a good Belgian Style Tripel as I began my craft beer journey with the Belgian styles and quickly fell in love with Tripels. It's not a style that is as hip in this Craft beer renaissance but one I will always try. When I saw this version that was made by Sierra Nevada in collaboration with the Monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux I was instantly intrigued. The beer poured a deep golden amber that was slightly opaque and had a lively carbonated head that dissipated quickly. The aroma had the trademark Tripel spices with the Belgian yeast and a hint of sweet fruit and pear. The taste was spicy with those trademark tripel notes and Belgian yeast. There was also an underlying floral and fruity sweetness that helped hold the spices at bay. The lively carbonation kept the flavors dancing on my palate and as the beer warmed the nuances of this deeply complex brew emerged.  A great rendition of a classic Tripel along with sweet fruit and malt tones that made this a formidable brew.  All in all a very well done Tripel in the hands of the great brewers at Sierra Nevada and one that I will gladly drink again.

Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Tripel

September 22, 2015

Beer Bums Meeting – September 2015

Moving forward from our single style of lager last month to the single style of Pilsner for September.  It’s still blazingly hot in here in Texas so these Pilsners were a perfect choice.  They were all very good from the original Pilsner Urquell to the local favorite Hans Pils.  Several guest beers showed up as well including a 24 oz. Miller Lite!  Yikes!

Next Month, October – Belgian Beers

September 2, 2015

Pint Glass Nights - September 2015

Misc. pint glass nights around Austin for September.  Buy the beer, keep the glass.
Gingerman – Mondays, at 6 PM
Sep 07  Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Sep 14 Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Sep 21 Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Sep 28 Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Zax Pints and Plates – Wednesdays, at 6 PM
Sep 02  Saint Arnold Art Car IPA
Sep 09 Karbach Oktoberfest
Sep 16 Lagunitas Sucks
Sep 23 Real Ale Oktoberfest
Sep 30 Oktoberfest Party

Flying Saucer  - Wednesdays, at 7 PM
Sep 02  Left Hand Oktoberfest Stein
Sep 09 Brooklyn Oktoberfest Stein
Sep 16 Oktoberfest Stein TBD
Sep 23 Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Stein
Sep 30 Hofbrau DAS BOOT!!!
Draught House – Wednesdays
Check their twitter page for glass updates
Red's Porch – Thursdays, at 6 PM, Check their events page for glass updates