The Most Wonderful Time of the Beer: Smith's Winter Welcome, Delirium's Noël, Belzebuth, Petrus' Aged Pale, Strubbe Flemish Red
|Samuel Smith's 75th Anniversary Winter Welcome|
While getting my favorite beers from Cleveland and Kalamazoo is challenging here in OC, I can get beers from the U.K. and Belgium. Well, I guess that it's all about demand. Winter is my favorite time of beer. Yes, that highest of art forms was intended.
The thing is, I remember that in olden times back in CLE Heights these two seasonal beers were FAN-TASTIC. I couldn't wait to get home from The Corkscrew to enjoy one or the other. Having recently enjoyed one of each, however, I don't have much to say about either of them. They're still quite good, and heads above most of the crap beers ... I meant craft beers, of course (WINK), filling the shelves today, but consistency being consistent and all, the wow factor for these beers has long since passed like a ghost at Christmas.
Still, there are worse things than feeling a bit jaded about good beers. Two of those worse things are Miller and Budweiser. To Samuel Smith's and Delirium Tremens Breweries, a hearty cheers.
|Belzebuth Belgian Strong Pale Ale|
Wow. I could really taste the 13% ABV in this one. More rocket fuel than beer. Tasty, but brace yourself.
|Petrus Aged Pale|
Smooth and drinkable. Wood, cider, citrus, vinegar. My favorite of the three.
|Strubbe Flemish Red Ale|
There's nothing like a bit of adventuring to get over being jaded and I've discovered some new favorites. I'll be back later with more new beers.