Saturday, July 24, 2010

Caught Off Guarde

Here is the second of Vanessa's trio. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here are the links for the other two. "Well how did you know what the third one was while you're only posting the second?" Because I'm David Copperfield of course!

The first was Vee's Pale Ale and the third one will be Essence of Skank.

Today I'm drinking Caught Off Guarde, a Bière de Garde style beer home brewed by Vanessa from the Potables and Edibles Blog. Seriously, you guys should meet her and try to invite yourself over for some parties! Watch out, beer world. I'm not sure if she has any intentions or aspirations of taking this hobby beyond that (but I guess I just asked her). Bottle cap identifier says C 7/2 (see below).

The aroma is fabulous and powerful! Funky sour lemon, citrus and hints of tangerine. Nice fruity flavors start things out, a little sweet but rapidly turning tart. Then some lemon peel and citrus flavors kick that sweetness' ass with a solid bitter, even sour. ZING! Next some dirty socks flavors accompanied by a bit of spice round off the experience. Vanessa told me this beer has a 6.5% alcohol content. I really didn't notice it very much except for a slight warming in the stomach afterward. The carbonation was very low, almost flat right from the start, which was the least desirable aspect of the beer. I do have another bottle and will drink it soon. Oh, and did I mention I love the aroma!?!?

A few days later during Phillies game; second bottle: very funky! There is a giant glob of yeast sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Cloudy. The flavors are a little more sour and I didn't like it that much. Rotting fruit, Blech. Sorry.

Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit

Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K7 Gold) with 5 Gallon Glass Carboy

Basic Brewing DVD: Introduction to Extract Home Brewing

 Holy Shit! This beer is magical! Bottle Cap I told you about.


Vanessa said...

Eek, sorry about your 2nd bottle! I did try another bottle fermented one on Saturday night and it's getting more sour as it ages, so I expect you'll enjoy it less and less ;)

It's supposed to be funky & sour (at least a little) seeing it's a French farmhouse ale - a sibling to the Saison if you will. I really loved how this beer came out - I was super worried about it as I'd never made anything in the style before...

I'll definitely do it again.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I liked this beer and the style and am appreciating sours and saisons more. Just something about curtain #2 I think. Wasn't that one meant for Tony anyway? You didn't poison it did you?

Very impressive.