Thursday, March 05, 2009

angel's share release day


two of my college roommates flew in for a california visit. while they were here we headed south for a visit to two different breweries. saturday happened to be a celebration at the lost abbey where they were releasing the angel's share - a belgian ale that has been aged in bourbon barrels. we got to sample this wonderful elixer, which was awesome because at $30/bottle, we weren't walking out with any to take home. ratebeer.com currently has it ranked as the 20th best beer ever - pretty good for a small brewery from san marcos, ca.

7 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...
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Cafe Pasadena said...

You went to an Abbey??
I suppose it doesn't take much beyond a couple of drinks to convert a Mennonite.

AbuDhabiDailyPhotograph said...

Looks like heaven!

ben wideman said...

Cafe, you crack me up.

AbuDhabi, exactly right!

Cafe Pasadena said...

bw, if you're looking for a new cheap eats place, especially as a poor starving student, I found it for you. It's on my website.

However, it's bring your own alcohol.

Laurie said...

Cool! I never think about how brewing beer is similar to making wine, and that there can be these spectacular but expensive varieties. What does it taste like?

ben wideman said...

here are my taster notes:

Aroma of plums and faint alcohol tones. Appearance of thick black ink. The liquid hangs on the glass when swirled. Thick tan head that dissipates. Flavor is incredibly complex - toffee, alcohol, chocolate, licorice, spice, dark cherry, like a multi-layered port. Palate is coated with the syrupy liquid. Entirely mouth coating and lingering on the tongue.