Wednesday, 7 November 2012

August 31, 2012

165/565)  Caffe Volo:  Calm Before The Storm Mild by Amsterdam of Ontario:  **; this was one half of a side by side tasting with Tempest Imperial Stout (reviewed some time ago);  they use the same wort but different hops and different yeast;  the Tempest was bottled, the Calm was on tap;  both were very dark;  Calm had mellow, soft mocha notes, mildly tart finish while the Tempest had more assertive expresso and wine notes;  a fun experiment - this sort of thing is why I have said in the past that the Volo is a lot like beer festival on a very small scale;

166/566)  Caffe Volo:  Schieve Tabarnak by Le Trou Du Diable of Quebec:  *1/2;   a Belgian style pale ale, brewed with rye;  sweet yeasty;  mildy hoppy nose;  golden;  hops assert themselves at the finish;  the name derives from an ancient tale of a crooked architect in Brussells whose legacy was to render the word architect an insult (schieven architekt);  you have to do your reading to properly enjoy a beer these days;

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