Posts Tagged With: Churchkey

Gordon Biersch This Monk’s Gone to Heaven

Beer:  This Monk’s Gone to Heaven
Brewery: Gordon Biersch
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 6.2%


Serving Style: Draft (Cask)
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: Churchkey, DC
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Consumption Companions: A DC resident

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark honey colored body with a very bright white head that disappears into nothingness instantly.

Scent: For a Dubbel, it’s oddly phenolic. Also, it smells like overripe red delicious apples and aging pears.

Flavor: Wait, is this a Tripel? I’m confused. This has the iconic banana clove taste that is ubiquitous in Tripels. But as I drink it, I do detect a little hazelnut in there, too.

Feel: Like all cask ales, this is flat and creamy.

Concluding remarks: This has the color of a Dubbel, but the taste of a Tripel. However, it’s local (Gordon Biersch is based in DC), served cask-style, AND REFERENCES A PIXIES ALBUM… so props, but I wouldn’t have it again.

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Iron Fist Dubbel Fisted

Beer:  Dubbel Fisted
Brewery: Iron Fist Brewing Company
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.1%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: Churchkey, DC
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Consumption Companions: A DC resident

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark crimson with a white dissipating head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the edge.

Scent: Super roasted malt smell that almost covers the pronounced alcohol note.

Flavor: Slight tanginess from the yeast strain used. Ends with a ripe date and nut taste.

Feel: Low carbonation. Velvety body with a satin finish, using paint terms.

Concluding remarks: Pleasant enough in taste, but overall I find this Iron Fist’s attempt at a Dubbel lame. It’s lacking almost every quintessential aspect of a Dubbel, except for the name on the bottle. Not bad, but I wouldn’t pick it first for kickball.

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Kasteel Tripel Bier

And we start our blitzing with a visit to the Churchkey beer bar in Washinton, DC…

Beer:  Kasteel Tripel
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Tripel
ABV: 11.0%


Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: Churchkey, DC
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Consumption Companions: A DC resident

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Surprisingly clear, golden body with a small head that leaves a little froth around the edges.

Scent: Helloooooo phenols! This smells like a banana clove pie, also like New Skin. And licorice/a bowl of jelly beans.

Flavor: Quite sweet, with a little tang from the Belgian yeast. There’s a bunch of spice in here…predominantly coriander. There’s also a bit of citrus at the end.

Feel:Fine carbonation, unlike a soda or seltzer.

Concluding remarks: This tastes like a caricature of the banana, i.e., artificial banana flavor. So, like Banana Laffy Taffy or Banana Runts.

This is a pretty easy-to-find Belgian that’s also easy to drink. So yeah, go get some! Don’t expect the world, but expect it to go down easy. I’d categorize it as a Tripel-Lite.

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