Saturday, July 24, 2010
Caught Off Guarde
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.