Last night I had a couple of beers. The first was a German ale (most German beers are lagers, or at least the ones most people are familiar with). It was an Altbier (which means “old beer” in German), Uerige DoppelSticke to be exact. The beer poured a brown color with a thick tan head. Smells of chocolate and caramel hit the nose along with some scents I couldn’t quite distinguish. It smelled complex. At first sip, I was shocked. The beer seemed to have decent amount of carbonation, but was extremely smooth. I was very impressed. Tastes of chocolate and caramel along with some other spices that I couldn’t quite distinguish and a slight taste of alcohol (8.5% ABV) were in there. I wasn’t overly impressed, but that was because I could taste a little bit of alcohol and it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. The brewery makes a couple other less alcoholic Altbiers. I’ll see if I can try those some time.
The second beer of the night was the bottle of Rodenbach that was recommended to me in the 6 pack from Mike. It was a new beer Nikki’s had just gotten in. The beer poured a reddish brown color with a very small tan head and lots of carbonation. Not much came through in the scent, maybe a slight cherry smell. The taste was equally lacking. It tasted a little bit of cherry with a very very slight tart taste, but not much else. It was too carbonated for my tastes compared to other beers I’ve had of this style (Flanders Red Ale) and a little too sweet. It tasted almost like a soda with a slight cola flavor.