I’m like 30 reviews behind Edition Part Tres: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged On Oak 2007, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze, and BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2009 (Spirit Barrel)
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale – Oh it’s that time of the year. One of my favorite times. Pumpkin Ale time. This year it seems that a lot of breweries put out their Pumpkin Ales early. St Louis Brewing being one of them. The night I had this brew I had a Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin Ale first which I think is one of the best out there period. So going against that beer was probably a bad thing. This one just didn’t do much for me. It was lacking in any real punch when it came to what I like in Pumpkin Ales. Not a lot of spice and pumpkin but instead those ingredients are there but subdued. Highly drinkable though and I would easily drink one again. But try Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin Ale if you can find it and you’re local of course.
Deschutes Obsidian Stout – Picked this up as an extra in a beer trade. Love Deschutes and I really enjoyed this brew. Not an overwhelming over the top kind of stout but the stuff that was in there comes through nicely and makes for a really good almost sessionable stout. Nice amount of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Could easily drink 2-3 of these and be happy.
Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged On Oak 2007 - I’ve stared at this beer a million times when I go to reach in for a brew but just never opened it up. A few weeks ago I was looking for something to share with my girlfriend and I reached for it. Glad I did. Even with this much age on the beer it was still tasty and I loved every sip. It has an almost candy like smell and taste to it. Butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and the oak barrel come through really nice here. I remember this stuff was on clearance around me forever. Very cheap. Wish I would of snagged a bunch of them. Oh well.
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze – These guys make great beer period. So I was psyched to give this brew a try. I walked away happy with this brew but I also walked away with not knowing what one of the tastes were and to this day I can’t pinpoint it. Anyway, so what I could pick up was great. Funk, apple, lemon, and a good bit of sourness and tartness. There was an also a bit of grain in the backbone. A good beer but damn I wish I could pinpoint that one taste. It gave it a bit of an off taste but still a good beer.
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2009 (Spirit Barrel) – Don’t get me wrong here. This was a good and decent beer. But for 25 dollars for a 375ml it wasn’t worth it. As soon as you pop the bottle open, hold this one over the sink with your glass ready. It’s a gusher and everytime you lose a drop of this beer you see the $$$ signs dropping down the sink. So get ready. You’re welcomed with a woody aroma and taste. The barrel comes through here. You’re also going to get some fruits. Cherries and raisins. Toffee with a slight funk and sourness to it. It’s honestly a weird beer that I didn’t find worth the money. Decent but damn expensive for what you get.