Every Friday at 8:10am we feature a new beer and taste it. Me buddy Chad give our opinions however novice and/or snobby they may be. Why? Because it's fun, and haven't you've always wanted to try out that weird looking beer on the top shelf? So have we. We'll do it for you. Everyone wins! You can also play along at home, or simply buy after we try. Make sure you pick your beer up at Spec's. That's where we shop!
Our rating scale is SUPER simple. Anyone can understand it. It's a scale of 1 to 10.
1 = Ass Juice
10 = Unicorns and Rainbows
Depending on the flavor, packaging, hoppiness, maltiness, and pure snobbery, we place the beers somewhere on this sliding scale. Purchase the beers ahead of time, and play along!
Vydra is to hops as to what Chad is to Belgiums. Is that how they used to write those?
Anywhoo. Chad LOVES a good Belgium. And he brought us in a SERIOUS one. Duvel's 15th Anniversary Ale. This thing has its own CASE. Whoa.
Don't write me off so fast on this one. I enjoyed the natural carbonation on it, and the 9.6%abv made me feel like I was sipping on a nice brandy with the boys. I felt I needed a cigar and I could pull off the look! But, a warning to the casual sipper out there: this beer is COMPLEX. It's filled with many a flavor. The first I tasted was anise, possibly cinnamon? There's a spicy/sweet component to it, that makes it tad slow to the go for me. But of course, Chad was all over this. I would call this a 'Man's Belgian Beer.' I can just PICTURE a bunch of dudes comparing chest-hairs while sipping this big boy down.
Us hop-heads, gals, and pilsner drinkers would all be like, 'wha?'
But, I encourage you to at least TRY IT. It's a palate expander, for sure. There's a lot of beers we taste that we think, "oh yum." This one made me go, "oh neat. I taste licorice, cinammon, pine....let me try again.'
It's a challenging beer. We don't have many of those on the show. Check it out.
And now, the scores: