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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Cantillon Vigneronne

This Belgium lambic beer (5% ABV) pours a murky gold with light head
as you'd expect from a typical gueze.  The nose brings sour under ripe
apples, white grain, and hints of  yeast. The taste is tart green apple, soft
wheat malt, white wine vinegar, and hints of flowers. The carbonation is
fairly sedate, with a somewhat light mouthfeel. The finish brings, a bit
more fruit with some sour tartness.   A solid but example of the style

Overall rating:-  good
Smutty Nose Finest Kind IPA

Nose is just a tad subdued compared to some other more
expressive IPA's but still brings a large citric presence. First sip
has notes of grapefruit, orange, and some pine in an overall
citrus background.  Mid-sip comes with bready tones and some
sweetness.  The piney bitterness returns near the end but there
are also some off putting metallic notes that quickly disappear
in the clean resiny hop finish. (6.9% ABV)

Overall Rating -  above average
Having sampled well over 3,500 different beers in my
capacity as a fully certified taster I can promise
honest, thoughtful, and careful evaluations.  However,
remember that these reviews are totally subjective.  
Consider this column an informative resource only.  
The bottom line is to trust your own judgment and
keep drinking!  

Beers Reviewed
Speakeasy Payback Porter

Inviting roastiness with coffee, a touch of
smoke and sweetness comes out in the
nose. Taste starts off with a coffee and
chocolate, in a sweet background that only
hints of hops. Toasted grain and vanilla
emerge at mid sip as the coffee/chocolate
re-asserts itself.  Finish brings lightly bitter
espresso/black chocolate flavors. A nicely
done porter that packs a fairly high and very
well hidden 7.5% ABV

Overall rating - very good
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