Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shvitzy Bitzy

Tonight I'm drinking Shvitzy Bitzy, a Belgian Dark Strong Ale brewed by Homebrew Vanessa at Shvitzing Matilda Brewery in Lake Worth, Florida. Vanessa was nice enough to share this Coconut Cup Bronze Medalist with me. Yep. I'm drinking award-winning home brews! The tarantula on the label appears to be trying to open a beer bottle. It would be cool to train tarantulas to do that! Black and white adds some intrigue.

Caramel, dark fruit, sugary aroma with a pronounced yeast smell as well. Caramel and cotton candy with a sugary sweet start. Make no mistake that the 10.8% alcohol is there, helping you forget the initial sweetness. That booziness is both warming and defining. Chocolate and some wood are secondary flavors. There is also this little acidic grape flavor in the background. Oh, yeah, and a strong Belgian yeast quality. Sweet with a boozy answer. Really creamy and smooth while having great carbonation action at the same time. The alcohol is burning my lips now, but in a good way. Hello Weekend! This was really great. "Hey, four-year old. I don't think I'm gonna make our bike ride tonight!"

Vanessa told me that she just re-brewed this beer using improvement suggestions she got at the competition. Can you say GOLD?


Vanessa said...

A gold would be REALLY nice! :)

This one got aged on oak chips that had been soaked in a delicious italian Cabernet Sauvignon, and then had almost a month sitting on some organic cocoa nibs. Glad those two characters are coming out loud and clear!

I will save you some of the new one to compare :)

Anonymous said...

It looks and sounds delicious. I'm a little bummed that I can't go out and purchase one. :(

Great looking label and I like the way you can see a reflection of the room in the beer. Well done!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Vanessa. Yeah, the wood and chocolate flavors are totally there, and I was wondering about that acidic grapey deal, but now I know.

BeerGeer. Pay attention to Vanessa and her husband because one day you will be able to purchase their beers!

Oh, and yeah, I always get a kick out of the reflections from the glass, depending on time of day and if it's sunny or not. That chair was one foot behind me and the yellow background is the neighbor's house (I was outside). If you blow it up, you can see that giant thing to the left is my hand holding a tiny camera.

In one pic another time, you could see my pinky sticking out and some British chick called me "posh". Hahaha.