Saturday, August 1, 2009

Satsuma Harvest Wit

My seven year old is up with his grandparents in PA and NJ for a few weeks of his summer vacation. Apparently, the activities that they are doing with him are awesome! First a trip to Penn's Cave, America's only all-water cavern and wildlife park. I remember doing that cave trip by boat many times as a kid and it is really pretty cool. Then you get to see elk, black bears and a bunch of other animals, too. If that wasn't enough for one day, three games of bowling and pizza solidified an awesome day. I don't think his 65 average score puts him on the ESPN highlight reels but you never know.

Day two started with a trip to buy a few cheap fishing rods followed by a tour of the Penn State Creamery. I think my parents have a friend that works there that gave them the deluxe tour, along with some supreme vanilla ice cream. Finally, the fishing trip. It wasn't just a drop-your-line-off-the-bridge trip, but rather my father got out the old canoe and they went out on the lake in Black Moshannon State Park. My son decided he wasn't up to putting the wax worms on the hook, what a surprise. And my mother caught the only fish, a yellow perch that they had to throw back. Then off to Philly for the night before going to Ocean City, NJ for a week at the beach with the family. What a life! Oh, to be young again.

This afternoon I'll be drinking Satsuma Harvest Wit brewed by Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. For the second day in a row, I am feeling a bit uneducated just by not knowing what the hell the words in the beer name mean. So much for that Ivy League education. Yesterday, the words were in Japanese, so I'm forgiven. Today, I'm not so sure. So since this beer contains "real Louisiana satsumas," I went to Google to see what a satsuma is. I had an inkling it is some kind of orange based on the style and the orange pictures on the label, but you can never be too sure. As best I can figure, satsumas are (or are very similar to) Mandarin oranges. Now I know and glad that's settled.

The aroma is very nice. Lots of citrus, fruity, sweet with a hint of orange, not strong. The flavors start out sweet, malty with a little caramel, surprisingly. But then like turning on the lights, some upper level carbonation rushes in and tones that way down so you can then taste a lot of citrus and spices--some cloves, a little black pepper and a decent dose of orange. The more you keep drinking this beer, the more those spicy elements show up, like they are taking command. This is a very drinkable beer. It's not overly fruity and in fact I'd have preferred a little more satsuma in mine. The finish and aftertaste are also pleasant. For sure I'd recommend you check this beer out, as along with their Turbodog, it's one of the best Abitas I've had.

Coleman Portable Deck Chair with Table

Norcross Hawkeye F33P Fish Finder

Naked Bowling Battle

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