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(BRASSEURS ILLIMITES) SIMPLE MALT ALTBIER

Deliriously indistinct, yet strangely approachable, copper-hazed strong ale (with 6.8% alcohol volume) brings creamy caramelized brown chocolate entry to metallic Scotch Ale-like whiskeyed orange midst, oaken cherry pucker and mild dark-fruited spicing. Brown-sugared butterscotch, toffee and vanilla undertones coerce tertiary baked apple, brown pear, sugared fig, white peach, green grape and rhubarb pie illusions as well as pithy cola-hazelnut-chestnut niche to its hard-candied center.

 

SIXPOINT MAD SCIENTIST #3 – ALTBIER

Coming on like a lighter-tongued German schwarzbier with its lactic sour-milked black chocolate creaming and cocoa-dried caramel nuttiness, this so-called ‘top-fermented old beer’ or ‘dopplesticke lager’ follows up Mad Scientist’s initial ‘09 barleywine and ‘10s coffee bock. Ancillary stone-fruited spicing overlays tobacco-roasted French bread crusting, enhancing the resinous mocha motif.

SHINER OLD-TIME ALT

Thin for its Dusseldorf-originated German styling, losing luster at nebulous rye-breaded finish. Musty citric waft proves to be natural lead-in for distant orange-dried bittering. Pungent earthen grained musk and mossy peat fungi subsume tertiary fig-date-walnut illusions. Biscuit-y gingerbread nuance hidden deep inside.

LONG TRAIL DOUBLE BAG DOUBLE ALT ALE

Gripping German stickebier (defined as a heavily malted ‘secret brew’) brings toasted white breading and caramelized mineral grain compression to raw-honeyed orange souring. Metallic whim dessicates ancillary dark cherry, raisin, fig, plum and plantain illusions. Sugar-wafered citric-floral spicing softens slack toasted nuttiness. Mild hop bitterness overrun  by acidic alkaloid astringency that sometimes encumbers protracted flavor profile. And despite its unassuming nature, 7.2% alcohol flow makes for woozy boozing.