Thursday, May 13, 2010

Seven beers worthy of the true connoisseur

Breckenridge Brewery Oatmeal Stout
This beer goes down smooth, but it's still thick and heavy like any good stout should be. Also has a burnt nutty flavor that's interesting on the tongue. Brewed in Denver, Colorado.

Chimay Premiere
This is one of only six Trappist beers in the world, brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium. This beer is probably a bit strong and unusual for the uninitiated beer snob to enjoy. The flavor and texture are quite unique with a little carbonation and a fruity, spiced flavor you'll not find anywhere else.

Gueuze Cantillon Lambic
This is quite the tart brew, with a texture, taste and feel almost that of an apple cider. You could serve this to folks who don't like beer and they'd never know it's a beer. Wine tasters could enjoy this brew quite easily. Goes down very smooth with no carbonation. Comes from Belgium.

Lindemans Kriek Lambic
This is another beer from Belgium, and like most lambics, it doesn't have a traditional beer flavor. This one sort of haste the taste and texture of a seltzer water with a touch of fruitiness. This particular lambic is made with cherries, and you can taste it.

Pilsner Urquell
You'll see a lot of beers called a pilsner, but this is the original, from Pilsen in the Czech Republic. Very smooth and light, but has a strong bitterness on the way down.

Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pale Ale
In my opinion this is the best beer on planet Earth because it does so many things perfectly. It has a fine, smooth texture that isn't overly strong. Has a little caramel sweetness to it. This brewery makes plenty of great brews, some of the best there are, but I didn't want them to take up too much space on this list. The Web site linked above is for the U.S. importer because the brewery itself does not have a Web presence, but I guess they don't need it because of the fantastic quality of their products. This drink is brewed in Tadcaster, England.

St. Georgen Brau Keller Beer
This fine beer comes from Buttenheim, Germany. This beer has a strong fruity, tart flavor to it, and it goes down quite smooth. This is a lighter beer (though not a "light" beer) and the cost is not cheap, but it's worth it.

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