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Beer – #743 – Almanac – Paris of the West

Beer from the USA, it’s been a while and I went for a mix of the US and the familiar Belgium style, because that’s what you do.

… brewed with Flame Raisins, Candi Sugar, and Oranges… 

This is in a 650ml bottle, a beer that is 9.5% ABV, making it 285 calories a serve, this is a 4.9 standard drink unit equivalent in NZ

For Almanac Beer Company this is brewed at Hermitage Brewing Company in the style that is  Abt/Quadrupel  and that did happen in San FranciscoCalifornia  USA

How does one begin

How does one begin

San Francisco, a.k.a “The Paris of the West,” has long been home to a diverse culture of bohemians and a bastion of art, creativity, and progressive thinking.

This decadent dark quadrupel-style ale was created in that same spirit–brewed with dark candi sugar, dried flame grapes, and orange peel, then fermented with a French ale yeast. Pair with funky Roquefort cheese and visions of a grand tomorrow!

So, what could possibly go wrong?

flood of chocolate rich thing, and also steeped fruits, or it might have been the same thing. It’s nice.

Black as coal pour with a smallish head.

Aroma is still very rich and fruit laden.

Almanac - Paris of the West copyTaste is a full mouth explosion, but there is a lot of alcohol astringent in it that is really front,

It’s really smooth, that alcohol thing died away, and this became very mellow, if anything it became too mellow, and too smooth, bordering on the nondescript. Which is harsh, because this is pleasant beer but the sugary thing that I wanted to have, that sweet over the top middle, isn’t there.

Not fair to say that this slacking body though, except that it seems just a bit that way.

It needs more of something or other, lacks character and depth of flavour, it’s not complex, but rather and a bit one dimensional.

Sadly then I had such high hopes dashed somewhat but the lack of fullness and richness of this, a tidy drinkable beer with a lovely profile that would suit many an occasions and even polite after dinner beer drinking, which at 9.5% might mean you forgo the billiards and cigar

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. A really nice drinking beer that was bit out of place and for me not really on style.  Would have liked more alcohol astringency, might have liked thicker middle and would have enjoyed more aroma. Would have…..  Could have……

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? I did, it was really quite nice, and polite.
  • Am I enjoying it? I did, I rally did.
  • Would I have another? No, because there are others.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? A lesson in pack one continent America or Europe and go with that they are good at.

Music for this :  “Sivert Høyem ”  and his album ” Lioness”  on Spotify 

Sivert Høyem is a Norwegian singer, best known as the vocalist of the rock band Madrugada. He has a wide ranging set of lyrics and styles.


Abt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. The name Abt was pioneered to describe Westvleteren and the beer that would become St. Bernardus. Quadrupel was pioneered by La Trappe. Abts are the darker of the two, with more rich, deep fruity notes. Quads are paler, with corresponding peachy notes. Neither have much in the way of hop, and both are very strong and malty. Though both are bottle-conditioned, abts trend more towards yeastiness. Alcohol is very high (10+% abv) for both.


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