After a trip to Germany, Joel returns with some awesome german stuff

Aecht Schlenferla Rauchbier Edelbrand
-taken as a shot
-straight white lightning
Kim - this stuff could kill ya
everyone else - mmm

Mahr's Brau
-From Bamberg...can only be found 100km from brewery
- blond lager
- day in day out drinking beer
-floral hop notes, and grainy
-mash by repeat boiling of portions of malt
Will - Beck's little sister. A breakfast beer
Kim - I coudl drink this out of a one litre stein

Privat Brauerei Fassla Bamberg
- from 1640's brew pub
- 6%, light flavour, dark appearance
-slightly metallic
-smells like styraphoam tray with Hamberg meat

Parks - smooth easy drinking
Will  - Situational beer - good for drinks with lunch, but not for getting shtcanned

Unertl Weissbier
Joel - coolest bottle ever, amber wheat beer
Will - smells a bit like an oyster
-banana bread cinnamon taste
-wet dog aroma
_goes great with walnut cheese

Spezial Rauchbier
-smoked beer
1 of 2 smoked beers made in germany

Mill St Rauchbier
-More complex flavour than spezial
_ made in a hand made smoker with untreated brichwood
-every batch can be made different according to how it is smoked

-Molasses penny taste, brewed since 1543
-brewed by breweries to be mixed with other brews to adjust colour

****you may notice that there was not alot of commentary. That is because we were in awe of the marvels of Joels trip to germany. We were also drunk.
We then had another shot and concluded beer club.
Kim is our host tonight, and the first beer is...wait for it...

FRULI - a strawberry beer (a belgian white beer with pure strawberry)
here's what we had to say
Kim - could drink quite a few of these (she always says that)
Will - refreshing, but too sweet = hangover
Kim - better with vodka
Bridgit - Mousse is fine (what is mousse you ask? i don't know), not berry enough. tastes like strawberry marshmellow candies
Ross - koolaid
Dunce - too sweet to have too many. woudl be good as a drink over ice
Joel - Not berry enough and too fruity. strawberries don't have enough acidity to balance sweetness

Next up: Duvel from the Brewery Moortgat. It is a Belgian golden ale, whose name is flemish for Devil
Dunce - party in a bottle
Will - for an advanced palate - yeasty strong flavour would offend if you weren't expecting it. Yeast adds to "grassroots authenticity" (this Will guy sure is smart)
Kim - what about Will and this yeast infection?
Bridgid - feminine, floral, sensual, dry finish keeps you progressing through it (I think bridg has a bit of a thing for this beer).
Parks - bed of roses iin a pint glass (what a wuss)
Sim - good preparation beer
Joel - YUM flavour complex - staled hops add bitterness without alot of floral aroma. complexity comes from yeast, malt, and complex process in brewery

Next up: Chimay White Cap - Trappist Monastic Beer
Will - sweetness, yeast dominates - good for getting pissed (man this guy is smart)
Brigid - inelegant, punches you in the face. tropically fruity and floral but coarse
Joel - Murky, generic belgian beer
Parks - prefer this one
Ronan - prefer this one

****the length of comments starts to indicate that the high alcohol content in the beer is starting to catch up with the otherwise articulate group

last for the evening: Chimay Red - spicy, peppery; compared to white bread dough
Will - less offensive. maltiness offsets the yeasty tang. (so clever and insightfull)
Dunce - boring for how big it is
Bridgid - oxidized, bready autolysis (what?) spicy
Joel - coarse - doesn't have the apple ester that was prevalent
Ross - alcoholic twirl cone
Parks - bwibwibiwbiwiwib
Kim - dark one is my favorite
Ronan - (distracted and drunk)