Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original 500ml $6.90
This old family brewery, currently managed by Georg Schneider VI, produces this benchmark, bottle conditioned Bavarian wheat beer. Our bottle poured medium amber coloured, displaying classic, aromatic clove-like and fruity aroma and flavour. Alas, the head collapsed and the beer lacked vivacity – indicating old stock near its use-by date.
North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale 355ml $10.90
From the North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, California, comes this 9.4 per cent alcohol, deep mahogany coloured ale, dedicated to famous piano playing monk, Brother Thelonious – depicted on the label with a keyboard halo. It’s luxuriously malty and syrup smooth – an opulence that easily carries the high alcohol.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2011
First published 27 July 2011 in The Canberra Times