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A Visit To Scorched Earth Brewing Company – Algonquin, IL



Is there better way to spend a day than sampling beers with family? My dad, my brother, and I had a fantastic bonding experience while sampling beers at two new breweries in the area where I spent my first eighteen years—the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Here, I will recap our experience at the first venue, Scorched Earth, with the second brewery recap coming soon.

Scorched Earth Brewing Company (@ScorchedEarthBr) is right in my hometown of Algonquin, Illinois. Although they started brewing in June 2014 for festival and restaurant engagements, the taproom itself has only been open for about two months. It was perfect timing for my hop-loving brother, Joe (@J_Ross023), my porter-loving dad (@BigDaddyR), and I to form a well-balanced panel for trying their ten tasty drafts (ABV/IBU).


We started with their American Cream Ale, Hickster (5.5/14), which featured cracked corn direct from Farm and Fleet as its defining, yet subtle, flavor. To me, this filling ale was reminiscent of a witbier, but with a drier finish. To please those with a craving for a little more sweetness in their creamy pale drafts, Scorched Earth also offers Guildmeister (4.8/16), a German-style Kölsch. Despite the usage of German malt and hops, this beer cannot TECHNICALLY be considered a Kölsch, according to the Kölsch-Konvention of 1986, because it was not brewed within the Cologne region of Germany; however, this crisp beer was inspired by founder Michael Dallas’s German heritage. When I saw name Guildmeister, I conjured images of Dungeons and Dragons, but Dallas shared with me the name’s simpler origins. Guildmeister is reflective of those who form communities based on a shared hobby, like homebrewing—those “individuals who put such pride in what they do and share it with others.” Although I greatly enjoyed the smoothness of Hickster and the sweetness of Guildmeister, Dad and Joe were ready for something more aggressive.

We moved onto Public Servant (6/60), a Rye Pale Ale. I was intrigued by the combination of rye malt and hops, but this ale was too aggressive and too bitter for my taste. Dad and Joe seemed to enjoy this complex blend, but they both preferred the traditional IPA, Base Jumper (7.2/80). Despite the higher IBU rating, I actually could tolerate the bitterness of Base Jumper because it didn’t linger and build on the palate, but I would not have ordered a whole pint like Joe did. Scorched Earth also offered another beer with a crisp aftertaste—their sour Berliner Weisse, Der Sommer Besitzer (3.4/4), but we were more excited for their line of porters.


Dad and Joe were fans of Rugged Coalminer (5.9/35), a robust porter reminiscent of Guinness.  The menu described a “smooth caramel body softly [balancing] the chocolate coffee,” and I could not help but to expect something much more decadent, like KSBC’s fantastic PB Cup Porter. Although the coffee flavor is good, the caramel and chocolate flavors were masked by the smokiness of this porter. The Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Crypt Keeper (8.3/25) seemed to be more my speed. We were lucky enough to try two different versions of this Pumpkin brew. For the traditional draft, I didn’t taste any pumpkin, just pumpkin spices, to which Dad replied, “Pumpkin flavor is all spice anyway.” Dad and Joe enjoyed this porter, but preferred the Coalminer. The second version of the Crypt Keeper was cask-conditioned in a firkin (which allows secondary fermentation but without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure). For the Crypt Keeper firkin, extra molasses and pumpkin spices were added for the secondary fermentation process, which gave the beer a much more aggressive pumpkin flavor and aroma. I preferred the firkin to the traditional draft because of its bolder flavors.

Finally, I was most excited to try their saison, the French Merchant (5.5/25), and the wide variety of bold spices did not disappoint; however, my favorite Scorched Earth brew had to be their German-style Marzen brew, aptly called Oktoberfest (6/28). This amber lager was as pretty in color as it was delicious in taste. As this was one beer my dad, my brother, and I could all enjoy, one could say that Oktoberfest truly brings families together.

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Karl Strauss Brewing – A Great Universal City Pit Stop

Karl Strauss Universal

Karl Strauss Brewing

As a graduate student in Cincinnati, I do not often have the chance to travel. When a recent opportunity to go to Los Angeles presented itself, I jumped on it. Although the trip was very short, preventing much sightseeing, I managed to stumble upon a cute local brewery on the one free evening I had there. I was staying near the Universal Studios in Hollywood and walked over to the Universal CityWalk when the signs for Karl Strauss Brewing Company (KSBC) caught my eye. If there is one thing that grad students love (besides their research), it is beer. I had to try this place!

Karl Strauss Beers

As I learned from the bartender and confirmed by researching their website, the KSBC is a regional craft brewer with its main operations in San Diego. They have 7 brewery restaurants in California, and have won over fifty awards including WBC medals for two of their brews, the Red Trolley Ale (reviewed below) and Two Tortugas, along with being considered a top 3 up-and-coming craft brewer of the Western US. If the vibe of the well-appointed and modern, but not pretentious, restaurant had not already pulled me in, these accolades would have substantially piqued my interest. By this point, the bartender and I had become fast friends, and I ordered a flight of four craft beers of my choosing from the 14 on tap (including a number of limited releases). I was relieved to see that super hoppy or bitter beers did not dominate their draft list; the variety of malts and hops promised something for everyone. I had a hard time picking just four beers, but I arrived at this combination (here with their menu descriptions and ABV/SRM/IBU):

1) Endless Summer Light
A refreshingly light American Blonde Ale with clean malt flavors, subtle Cascade hop undertones, and a crisp finish (3.4%/4/15).

The Endless Summer Light seemed to me like the quintessential “girlie beer,” so I had to try it. It was very light in flavor; to this grad student/consummate beer drinker, this was a bit too similar to water. I would not hesitate in calling it the Bud Light of KSBC.

GOOD FOR: People who want to look like they’re drinking craft beer but actually just prefer to drink what they play beer pong with, people on diets, people who don’t usually like beer but want something with a low alcohol content

2) Red Trolley Ale
Brewed with half a ton of carmelized malts, our award-winning Irish red has rich toffee flavors, notes of dried fruit, and a slightly sweet finish (5.8%/30/17).

I had to taste the Red Trolley Ale when I saw the numerous awards it has received. I believe they were well-deserved. This spicy and bold, yet still light tasting, beer enticed me to have another full pint even after filling up with my flight and samples. It was definitely worth the trip.

GOOD FOR: Anyone with a passion for beer

3) Peanut Butter Cup Porter
This decadent twist on a robust porter packs rich layers of smooth peanut butter and dark chocolate flavors. The lingering, slightly dry finish is sure to keep you going back for the next sip (5.6%/56/30)

Being a peanut butter and chocolate addict, I wanted to see for myself if the Peanut Butter Cup Porter could live up to its name. This is a seasonal/limited brew that KSBC has been brewing since 2012 with has a reputation for selling out. With my sample, I could really see the wide appeal of this crowd-pleaser. It is a well-executed representation of the flavor and aroma of peanut butter and chocolate in a substantially heavy porter.

GOOD FOR: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lovers, dessert

4) Windansea Wheat
A centuries-old strain of German weissbier yeast gives our Bavarian-style Hefeweizen its trademark banana and clove flavors that linger through a refreshingly smooth finish (5.1%/3/12).

The description of the Windansea Wheat really set my expectations high. When I actually tasted the light wheat beer, I was left a bit disappointed. The aroma of bananas (another one of my favorite flavors) was very strong, but the flavor of the beer was lacking. If the discrepancies between these could be resolved, I think this beer would be a real winner in my book.

GOOD FOR: Blue Moon/Shocktop fans who prefer bananas to oranges


There was still so much unexplored territory at KSBC after my flight, so I had to try a few more samples. I was feeling particularly adventurous at this point, so I decided to taste their Tower 10 IPA (IBU of 70). Unsurprisingly, it was a bit too bitter for me, but for IPA fans, I would encourage you to try this or one of their two other IPAs: the Big Barrel Double IPA and the Tower 20 IIPA (IBU of 90 and 100, respectively). I also sampled their Fullsuit Belgian Brown Ale, a characteristically substantial and bold ale that I highly enjoyed. The only disappointment I had with this one was that it was too filling for me to get a pint. I ended up settling with one more pint of Red Trolley Ale, but my bartender gave me one last treat. He made me and a few other patrons a shot of the Wreck Alley Imperial Stout with a splash of vanilla vodka, which IMHO tasted exactly like an A&W root beer float. It would be sure to please anyone feeling nostalgic for childhood, or fans of unique, non-syrupy shots. What a fantastic way to end a night!

Special note for people trying to parent me: I did eat dinner while I was consuming this massive quantity of beer during my time at KSBC. It was a Wednesday night, so I had their Wednesday Meatloaf. The meatloaf itself was nothing special, but the gravy it was smothered in (made with Wreck Alley Imperial Stout) was fantastic and it paired well with the garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed zucchini. The zucchini was also finely cut lengthwise to resemble a kind of vegetable spaghetti, which was one of the more unique ways I’ve seen to prepare food in a while, and I’m sure it lessens cooking time.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Universal CityWalk
1000 Universal Studios Blvd
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 753-2739

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Beer Review: Founders Backwoods Bastard

Backwoods Bastard Pic

Backwoods Bastard Pic

Once a year, the seasons start to change from the therapeutic fall to the cold winter months that most of us dread.  This is the time of the year when I usually tap into my cellar for those solo sipper beers.  These are beers I pop open when I want to escape from reality and enjoy the quiet calmness tied to these months.  Yes, I have kids.  Founders Backwoods Bastard does that for me once a year for a very short time.   However, the wait is so worth it!  The artwork is subtle showing a bearded man from the backwoods holding a double bit axe as he roams through his claimed plot of land that sits deep in the forest.  It is not aggressive polished turd labeling because there is a story to be told.

The availability of Founders Backwoods Bastard is extremely limited to one month out of the year and only to selected areas.  KBS, Devil Dancer, and Harvest Ale are the only other limited release beers offered by Founders.  I am sure you have heard about or tracked down one or more of these.  They truly are worth the hype and Backwoods Bastard is worth more hype in my opinion.  It is highly rated yet lacks the hype of KBS.

Backwoods BastardFounders Description:

Style:  Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy  – Aged in bourbon barrels

Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice, and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

ABV: 10.2%
IBUs: 50


ratebeer:  100 /100
Beer Advocate:  97
Untappd:  4.20

 Mumbo Review:

Glass:  Snifter
Serving Temperature:  50 degrees

The beer pours a beautiful dark reddish brown with a finger sized tan head that dissipates rather quickly.  The bubbles from the carbonation leave within a few minutes of pouring into the snifter.

The aroma is quite complicated.  This complexity is consistent each year and really throws your nose for a loop.  It immediately releases vanilla and dark fruits from a distance.  After taking a strong whiff, the bourbon, oak, and sweet malts shine through.  The aromatics rival any of the top rated beers in the world.  You almost feel bad for drinking it because it smells that good.

The mouthfeel is a sweet medium body that almost disguises itself as thin from the sweetness.  Sticky with medium carbonation.  The bourbon finish lingers.

It is an intense beer full of sweetness and deep roasted chocolate thanks to the malts.  It reminds me of figs or dark fruits that have been soaked in a fine bourbon.  Backwoods Bastard is very malt forward and hides the bitterness from the hops behind complexity.  If you asked me to describe it in 5 phrases or words I’d say: Dark Fruit, Bourbon, Vanilla, Cocoa, and Caramel.  Founders has seriously done a perfect job with this beer.  It is like bourbon soaked fruits and candy.

I highly recommend trying Backwoods Bastard.  For the price of $14.99-$15.99, it is well worth the purchase.  Cellar a bottle or two and enjoy with the 2015 release.  Founders never fails to satisfy.


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Beer Review: Dogfish Head – Urkontinent (Mumbo Score: 93)

Dogfish Head - Urkontinent

Brewed by: Dogfish Head
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.10%

Dogfish Head description:
Urkontinent is a Belgian-style dubbel that begins with Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup.

Then we add unique ingredients from around the world: Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

The careful combination of all these ingredients creates a complex, dark Belgian-style ale with wonderful coffee and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. The roastiness of the malt and wattleseed melds with the fruity esters from the yeast, the floral notes from the rooibos, and the malty yet dry signature of a Belgian dubbel. Urkontinent is perfect to enjoy with friends as the weather begins to cool.

BeerMumbo Score: 93

This is definitely one of Dogfish Head’s most unique beers to date.  Ingredients that most of us have never heard of and probably googled just to find out what in the hell they were.  At least I did.  A wattlesead?  Green rooibos?  Are those herbs?  STDs?  I have no idea but they fit well into this beer.

It poured a dark amber color with a slight red tint to it.  Almost like a stout but not quite.  Aroma is malty and sweet.  You can really smell those chocolate malts. Taste has a heavy mouthfeel of flavor.  Coffee,  Chocolate,  Fruity, and Sweet.  It is a very unique blend to the palate.  I appreciate the complexity of this beer and that is also added into my rating.  It finishes smooth with a slight “hello” from the 8.10% that just went down my throat.  Well done on this one.


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Beer Review: Uncommon Brewers – Siamese Twin Ale (Mumbo Score: 95)

Siamese Twin Ale

Brewed by: Uncommon Brewers
Style: Spiced/Herbal
ABV: 8.50%

Uncommon Brewers description:
There’s a long tradition in Belgian brewing of using exotic spices to enhance a beer’s flavor. Although many have been tried, coriander is undoubtedly the king. In tribute to this heritage we present to you our Siamese Twin Ale.

It is a traditional Belgian-style Double seasoned with coriander and entirely uncommon Thai spices. At first surprising, the floral notes of lemongrass and sharper bite of kaffir lime blend with the deep malt of this double to produce a dangerously drinkable beer.

Served alongside a fiery curry or enjoyed on its own, the Twin brings a taste of the tropics to every occasion. And who doesn’t need a taste of the tropics every now and then?

BeerMumbo Score: 95

I decided to head out on a beer run and stumbled upon a single can of this at one of my local craft beer carry out connections.  I was not sure what to expect from this considering the odd concoction of ingredients.  I will say this beer is definitely uncommon.  It is uncommon in an excellent way.

First of all,  it comes canned which I an becoming very fond of.  Simple clean yet artsy can design which compliments what this beer is all about.  It poured a dark brownish red color with beautiful lacing.  I could immediately smell the unique aroma of this beer.  I would say a malty yet very sour earthy herbal aroma.  My excitement could be a little biased considering my love for sours and herbal flavors.  The lemongrass really shines though.  By far one of the best smelling brews I have ever stuck my nose in.  If you have ever smelled some of the Asian herbs such as Ginseng,  this reminds me of that smell with a hint of lemongrass and sour.  I was VERY very excited to try this after smelling it.

Initial taste is a malty body but it is quickly smothered with that awesome earthy herbal soured taste.  It is really hard to explain.  The lemongrass,  coriander, and lime really shine through in the middle of my swig.  It is followed by a pleasing warm alcohol burn (8.5% worth).  The combination of palate porn really does justice.  I am still trying to figure this beer out.  I have figured out that I really enjoyed it and appreciate the creativity behind it.  I can see how people would not like this beer if they did not approach it with an open mind and respect for the art of brewing beer.  Well done Uncommon Brewers!  Cheers!

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Beer Review: Southern Tier – 2XMAS (Mumbo Score: 90)

Southern Tier - 2XMAS

Brewed by: Southern Tier
Style: Herbed Spiced Beer
ABV: 7.70%

Swedish flags are a fairly common sight in our part of the country. Holiday parties often have warm concoctions of spices and booze at the ready to knock the ice off of toes while raising spirits. We were inspired by a “Glögg” party, deciding on the spot to brew a beer that pays tribute to this Nordic tradition. 2xMas Ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It’s a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glögg, we recommend serving this one chilled.

BeerMumbo Score: 90

Deep dark copper color with hint of dark mahogany.  Decent head with minimal lacing.  Xmas aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg, fig and just pure richness.  You can also get a faint alcohol entering your nose.  Deep flavor with some intense dark fruits and fig.  I get a small hint of the orange peels but I would say the spices and xmas gingerbreak characters overcome.  Finishes with a smack of alcohol.  This is a good Xmas beer just as expected from Southern Tier.

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Beer Review: Bell’s Brewery – Hell Hath No Fury Ale (Mumbo Score: 86)

Bell's Brewery - Hell Hath No Fury Ale

Brewed by: Bell’s Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 7.70%

Bell’s description:
Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts into a recipe more akin to a roasty stout, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale offers up warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate together with the fruity & clove-like aromas.

BeerMumbo Score: 86

Super dark brown color with a thin lace head on it and a moderate amount if bubbly.  Dark roasted aroma with some bread and deep fruits shoved into the mix.  I keep thinking raisins and rich malt.  Sweet rich fruity initial taste followed by a malty bread and finishes with a strong spicy alcohol punch mixed with carbonation.  I think this is a nice beer with a unique profile.

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Beer Review: Harpoon Brewery – Chocolate Stout Cellar Aged 3 Years (Mumbo Score: 91)

Harpoon Chocolate Stout

Brewed by: Harpoon Brewery
Style: American Stout
ABV: 5.90%

Harpoon description:
A chocolate stout is a beer with a noticeable dark chocolate flavor. This flavor is created from the use of darker, more aromatic malt that has been roasted or kilned until it acquires a chocolate color. Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate flavor, creating a rich, creamy ale. Enjoy!

BeerMumbo Score (Non Cellared): 88
BeerMumbo Score (Cellared): 91

This was already a good chocolate stout that was completely underrated. After placing this one in a cellar for 3 years the maltiness and bitterness had become submissive to the chocolate and creamy flavor. No BS…cellaring this beer doubled the taste. Smooth, chocolate, mild bitter as in a semi sweet bitterness aroma. Small sticky head when poured. The taste is an immediate rush of chocolate with pleasing stout backbone hinting of some bitterness. Brown sugar…slight brownie flavor will be developed after a few swigs. Buy it….cellar it…and enjoy.


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Beer Review: Six Point – Sweet Action (Mumbo Score: 95)

Six Point - Sweet Action

Brewed by: Six Point
Style: Cream Ale
ABV: 5.20%

Six Point description:
Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet, the bitterness of the sweetness, none has spoken it.  Sweet action is an idea; a concept. It is a simple representation of what makes beer great – the marriage of barley and hops in a harmonious balance of sweet and bitter!


BeerMumbo Score: 95

Great color of almost a copper orange that is fairly hazy.  You can immediately smell the floral hops which I am thinking is probably Simcoe.  This beer has a very unique combination of fruity floral taste with a malty finish.   the carbonation will grab your palate but a bold cream ale comes through.  Very cool!  I would explain the backend as sweet, floral, fruity with a slight breadiness.  Six Point has a one of a kind beer with this one and it is BeerMumbo Approved!

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Beer Review: Stone – Enjoy By 11-9-12 IPA (Mumbo Score: 99)

Stone - Enjoy by (11-9-12) IPA

Brewed by: Stone Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.40%

Stone description:
You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers- especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs- we’ve taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the bottle, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and beer fans. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Batch List:
Enjoy By 09-21-12
Enjoy By 11-09-12


BeerMumbo Score: 99

This is an Imperial IPA that should not have waited until 11-9-12.  Poured a nice golden color with beautiful aroma.  Citrus, Grapefruit, Pine, Resin with a little biscuit backbone.   The mouth feel is pure freshness with a light drinkable body.  The 9.4% is like a lion in a sheep wool.  You will drink this beer like its a Capri Sun and suddenly realize your lips are tingling and suddenly become happy about everything.  This beer is so good a political commercial wouldn’t even piss you off.  Stone does IPAs right and if it were up to me…they would have an “Enjoy By” for everyday of the year.   If you find one, buy it!  Why did this not get 100?  Well,  if they made it year round I would happily give it a 100.  Mumbo approved!

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Beer Review: Sierra Nevada – Torpedo Extra IPA (Mumbo Score: 100)

Sierra Nevada - Torpedo Extra IPA

BeerMumbo Score: 100

Brewed by:  Sierra Nevada
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.20%

First of all, when I drop a century rating on a beer, I mean it. This is by far one of the best IPAs made. Dark orange rust coloring with a moderate sticky head. Citrus…Pine…slight Grapefruit…Carmel Malt backbone and balls. Did I mention the perfect balance of bitterness with each swig? Well, now you know about the Torpedo beer porn and the BeerMumbo seal of approval.

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Founders Brewing Company – Breakfast Stout (Mumbo Score: 100)

Founders - Breakfast Stout

BeerMumbo Score: 100

Brewed by:  Founders Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.30%

You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever.


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Stone Brewing Co. – Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout (Mumbo Score: 96)

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

BeerMumbo Score: 96

Brewed by: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.6%

Of course, we had one helluva beer to recreate, so we naturally sought out the highest quality ingredients. Barley, hops, water, and yeast… no problem. But on the chocolate side, we went on the hunt for killer cacao and we found it thanks to SoCal chocolatier ChocoVivo. Owner Patricia Tsai stone-grinds the beans that she sources from a single organic farmer in Tabasco, MX. The beans are fermented for a very short period of time, resulting in less acidity that allows a truly wonderful roasty-toasty flavor to shine through. On the mint side, we used a blend of vibrant peppermint and chocolate mint organically grown on our very own Stone Farms, located just nine miles away from our brewery.

Delicious as it was turning out, we found that it was still lacking some of the minty cool freshness that was present in Ken’s beer. Admittedly, Ken’s delectable homebrew had been created with a chocolate mint extract, and we found that even though we tried to replicate that flavor with the cacao and fresh mint, the punch of cool mint just wasn’t coming through enough. So sayeth Brewmaster Mitch: “The problem with fresh mint is that it doesn’t come across like a mint extract, which is far more intense, and more familiar tasting. And even though it’s not our normal practice, we decided that replicating Ken’s beer was the priority, so we searched long and hard for the right 100% natural flavor to get as close to his homebrew as possible.” (Hence the “Ale brewed with cocoa and mint with natural flavors added” line on the bottle. Word.)



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Brasserie Cantillon – Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus (Mumbo Score: 94)

Brasserie Cantillon - Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

BeerMumbo Score: 94

Brewed by: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Fruit Lambic
ABV: 5.0%

“It has the colour of onion skin”, said a voice behind me. It was Raymond Coumans. He was admiring the colour of the raspberry lambic reflecting in the red copper of the buckets used to empty the barrels. At that time (1986), “Raspberry-Lambic” already was synonymous with a sweet, artificially flavoured beer. This is why we decided to distinguish our beer from the other raspberry beers. Raymond proposed to call it a rosé, dedicated not to Bacchus but to Gambrinus.

The process to make this beer is identical to the one to make Kriek. When young, the Rosé de Gambrinus will still present its full fruity taste. Later on, the lambic taste will become dominant at the expense of the fruit taste.