Sprecher Brewing Company in Glendale, Wisconsin. Wasn't sure when I bought it, but yep, I reviewed this one back in September of last year. Um, if you don't like repeats, you're gonna have to invent some kind of machine that can remind me at the point of purchase if I've reviewed a beer before. After all, I am at like 630 or something like that and it's tough to remember. What did you say? There are phones called Blackberrys that I can have internet access on right in the beer aisle? No way, you've been watching too much TV, Sci-Fi Nerd!
Anyway, according to the label, this beer is "excellent when young and better with age". Perhaps Total Wine was aging this just for me? Or was it a new shipment? The bottle will not tell you. The label is slightly out-dated. There are these things called computers where you can do more than just put a photo from your family trip to the monastery in 1982. OK. This is a twist-off pounder which probably makes the Trappists, whose yeast culture this uses, roll over in their rock beds (though that might just be from discomfort).
VERY sweet pear and banana aroma. Overly sugary sweet flavors start things out. Apples and pears and bananas and really nice fruits are buried in a syrupy sweet consistency. The 8.4% alcohol has no answer for the sweetness, either. Light spices and yeast flavors add some depth, and the alcohol does provide a warming interest toward the end. Good carbonation, creamy and smooth. The flavors really are great, but the unfettered sweetness is too much to handle. Try it if you don't believe me!
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