Carla Jean Lauter

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Stoudts Brewing Company – Smooth Hoperator

My reasons for picking this beer were not because of the hops raining down on the label. Not because I was particularly craving a hoppy brew, nor because seeing anything from Stoudts brewery around here is rare enough to turn my head.

6pkbStoutsSmoothHoperator12To make a long story short, the label reminded me of a friend of mine. Smooth with the ladies, and always inspiring a little bit of chaos in his wake, he embodies the characteristics of Pan, a greek god playing on his pipes all day. Pan (or at least a goat in a suit) is featured on the label of this beer, and goes strikingly well with some of his profile pictures on facebook.
The beer itself is a very dark orange, a pleasant sight. The hops on the label made me think that it was an IPA, but there seems to be some debate about that over at BA. It does end in “or” like dopplebocks usually do (think Smuttonator), and has a color unlike an IPA. The head had a yellowish tinge as well, and the head sprang up surprisingly and almost overwhelmed my glass. The smell is a familiar one – and not overwhelmingly hoppy. Huh?
The taste is sweet and lightly malty, not a lot of hops going on. It has a sweetness, though, that you don’t usually get unless you’re sipping a barleywine.
I sipped some more.
Yes, there are nice malts, but they’re not nutty, more caramel. Its complex and really soft on the tongue – not a lot of bite from carbonation – and that makes it seem sweeter and heavier. I like this one but it is very difficult to compare to anything else I’ve ever consumed, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is not often that I pick something knowing nothing about it and end up really enjoying it.
Stoudt’s brews are hard to come by around here, so I hope I run into this (and others) again soon!

Stoudt’s Brewing Company – Triple

Pennyslyvanians really know how to brew beer. I have no idea why, but I’m continually impressed with what comes out of their state. I’ve never tried anything from Stoudt’s (and admittedly the name makes me always feel like I’ve typo’d the word stout). But I saw this at Oliver’s in Albany and decided to expand my tastings to american takes on Belgian styles, since I’ve seen and tasted some impressive brewings lately that rise above the typical “belgian style” ale. 

This one pours dark amber with little head. The smell is a sweet wheat and distinctively Belgian. The taste is a wonderful warmth and wheat. The smoothness and the almost syrupy consistency of this is a treat. I have to say that this is solid, inviting and delicious. I love the label, too, featuring jolly monks that look like they’re up to trouble. I would definitely get this again (though I’m not sure where to find it around here at all.)
Its been a while since I’ve reviewed anything Belgian-ish and I’m glad I did. This month I also have a few other Trippels in store, a witbier and a Belgian Winter coming up. Sounds like my fall is just beginning 🙂

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