Now that summer is almost over, I’ve been reminiscing on one of my favorite summer traditions. I love, more than anything, to load a cooler up with a huge variety of beers and play a sort of “brewery Russian roulette” when we get to our party destination. Never knowing what might come out of that cooler makes beer taste better in my opinion. Also, I’m absolutely famous for purchasing beer (and wine, for that matter) solely based on how cool the label looks. This purchasing strategy has gotten me in to tasting trouble on more than one occasion. However, this summer my label buying and my Russian roulette worked out to my advantage.
I was so excited to try this ale. I had the highest of hopes. I really did. There was intrigue. There was sweet anticipation. Ultimately, there was bitter disappointment. For me anyhow…
Up for consideration was Dragon’s Milk Ale produced by New Holland. I first tasted this mysterious oak aged brew on July 20th. I’d had it for quite a while, but truth be told, I was a little apprehensive. I had purchased it at the Frenchman’s Quarter in Culpeper, VA, a super-charming little place with a wicked selection of great beers, wines, chocolates, and cheeses. Hello? Can you say hedonistic? Anyhow, I like less hoppy, slightly sweet beer. This was recommended to me.
Yay! Today is June 8th, 2010 and my very first beer review for ‘Chicks Love Beer’! I’m so excited! And a little veklempt. (Single tear)
For my very first entry, I chose a Delirium brew from Belgium. I went with the ‘Nocturnum’. Mostly because of the cute faux crockery style bottle and the little pink elephant. That and the fact that the friendly guy at the ‘Frenchman Corner’ in Culpeper assured me that I would like it after a lengthy discussion as to what ‘the Lightweight’ digs in a brew.
It is a very tasty ale, indeed. Produced by Huyghe Brewery in Melle/Ghent Belgium, this is not a cheap beer. A four pack of the stuff will run you $24.99. It’s well worth it. I found the nose to smack of blackstrap molasses. The finish was sweet and molasses-y as well. Hints of caramel, flowers and a certain amount of fruitiness rounded out the finish. Not too hoppy and certainly not bitter. Everything I would expect from a well crafted Belgian. The amount of alcohol is fairly high at 8.5%, but it doesn’t taste ‘hot’. I gave this beer a 4 out of 5 rating.
I hope that you enjoyed my very first review as much as I enjoyed writing it! Love, ‘the Lightweight’