Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Moon Under Water Wedding Tripel, Kvass and bad blogger

I have been a very bad blogger. Drinking and not documenting is unsatisfactory. So lets get to it.  There seems to be a trend to brew forgotten beer styles. Driftwood brewed a Gose, Parallel attempted to brew a sahti, Salt Spring has nailed the gruit, Phillips Robert Service ale was at one time a Steinbier and Parallel brews a braggot. Moon has produced two forgotten styles: Berliner weisse and the kvass. Even though the Berliner Heist wasn't a true sour, it was very tasty. The kvass was a brew worth getting excited about. Traditionally it is a low alcohol ale made from rye bread spiced with almost anything - in Moon's case raisins and cinnamon. If the brewing of obscure beer styles trend continues, someone will eventually brew a purl and a cock ale.

Kvass = 8/10

Sadly this was only available in cask twice. Clay mentioned there might be a bottled collaboration with Parallel 49 in the future. The nose on this brew was potent of spicy rye and cinnamon. Tasting oddly thin at 1.5%ABV, this brew had lots of other flavours. It was creamy, bready, lightly spicy with a slight tannic sensation from the raisins. All this faded behind a creamy bready curtain. I hope we see this beer again and a FULL ON SOUR BERLINER WEISSE.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content +1 (Clay said was around 1.5% ABV)
Value +1
Appearance +1

A Belgian tripel is one beer that draws much attention for unidentified reasons. Before you post flaming comments; hear me out. If done correctly, the flavours are quite mild and subtle. It is not overly complex like an IPA or Imperial stout. Yet people love the tripel. Perhaps it is the beer equivalent of comfort food.

Wedding Tripel = 8/10

The nose is unassuming with faint grainy and light fruit aromas. Spicy yeasts and slight fusel alcohol aromas give hints of things to come. This is were the fondness for this beer style love comes from; a perfect balance of tart peach, apricots, sweet pit fruits with a dry and spicy ending. No alcohol warmth was detected. I could drink this all day; this is until I lost consciousnesses.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content +1 9%ABV
Value +1 excellent
Appearance +1 (dipped bottles are very elegant)

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