Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thirsty Dog Cerberus

Thirsty Dog brewery, from Akron, OH, is a new discovery for me. Besides coming out of the Midwest, it is a Ohio brewery (in which isn't many that I know of).  Thirsty Dog brewery has won many awards both at Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup

The Cerberus, in which the bottle tells the tale of it as being:
"The three headed Hellhound of Greek Mythology, that stood at the gates of Hades, lends his name and three heads to this elegant, full-bodied Belgian Trippel Ale. A deceptive golden color and wonderful malty palate bring bold complexity to the big brew."

On the web page it describes it as:

"This beer is made with one grain and 4 Belgian yeasts, a deceptive golden color, and a malty palate lend complexity to this Belgian Trippel Ale."
They also write on the web page that it comes in 1/2 and 1/6 barrels, but not bottles (which I bought).  The beer itself is 10% ABV, with 31 IBU. It was served in a pint glass at 50°F.

Appearance: Pours a golden light hazy orange color with little to no head that ends with a thin sparse lace on the top of the beer.  Carbonation rising from the side and bottom of the glass.

Aroma:  A faint very sweet candy lemon smell with caramel malt.  I have some spiciness on the nose that comes either from the yeast or from the alcohol, I can't tell.  The hops are noticeable, but very faint.

Taste:  On the tip of the tongue, very hot from the alcohol, with very noticeable fruity esters of lemon, passion fruit, and papaya.  As it goes across the palate, sweet caramel light maltscomes out with some sweet bread flavors.

Mouthfeel:  Very thin and hot on the mouth and tongue that has a dry finish. Medium to high carbonation.

Overall:  Alcohol is very noticeable and makes a nice warm drink for the cold winter months.  This is not a session beer by any means.  It is drinkable, but needs some polishing.

I feel that I need to search out some more of Thirsty Dog to see what else they have to offer.

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