The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #20 – Colorado Vixnu IIPA (Brazil)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #20

Colorado Vixnu Imperial IPA – Cervejaria Colorado, 9.5% ABV – 330ml., (Ribeirão Preto (SP), Brazil)

on the front-left label:

“Our Brazil double IPA is named for the Hindu god of creation. With aromatic hops, plenty of malt and some raw rapadura cane sugar cane juice, it is a uniquely delicious and drinkable beer.”

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  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Alcoholic sweet cane sugar toffee barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours translucent bring amber orange with lots of large bits of suspended sediment, barely any head, thin ringed retention, singular streams scattered about.

Nose: honey brown sugar barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: slick-thick-half crisp, micro fizzy, incoming alcohol heaviness

Mid-palate: alcoholic heat, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) cane sugar, toffee barley malt, alcoholic bitterness & numbness

Finish: citrus hints, malty alcoholic finish.

Summary: Yikes there’s a whole lotta detectable alcohol in this one. Drinkable, but somewhat crude and unrefined.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #11 – Wäls Tropical Christmas Saison

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #11

Wäls Tropical Christmas Saison – Cervejaria Wäls, 7.0% ABV – 355ml., (Belo Horizonte – MG, Brazil)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast, raisins, figs, coriander, orange peel.

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  • Style: (fig, raisin, coriander, orange peel) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: Dark fruit deep toffee malt subdued sourness
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: interesting but not lovable

Visual: Pours light amber orange without much head, thin ringed retention, just a few countable very slow streams.

Nose: fruity pineapple-orange with sweet barley malt, very supple and juicy (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fruity, light bitter bite

Mid-palate: stealth hops, subdued tranquil sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) raisiny malt, barley, fig (dark fruit)

Finish: soft coriander, light fizzy, dark fruit malty exhale.

Summary: This one doesn’t drink like any of the bright/fluffy saisons I’ve had in the past (Four Winds, Saison Cazeau, India Saison). For me the flavour has character but needs more texture as this one lacks motivational mouthfeel.