While you're reading this, me and Mr. Blog Named Brew are rocking out at the David Byrne/St. Vincent show at the Tower Theater. You all need to check out their new album -- it is AWESOME! Quirky, full of horns and just plain fun to listen to...
And what better beer to go with fun, quirky music than a big fruity quad. At 10.8% ABV, the Cosmic Monster from Spring House Brewing Company is not for the faint of heart. From Spring House's website, it is a rustic belgian style strong ale that is balanced with a generous addition of fresh fruit.
Interesting...back to back fruit beers for Marci. Where did the hops go?!?!
The Cosmic Monster is fermented with real pureed blackberries and then aged over fresh raspberries. It poured a deep mahogany color and had lots of berries in the nose. You can definitely smell the blackberries more so than the raspberries. The booze was not appratent and I imagine that you could get in a lot of trouble drinking this quad. The flavor was lots of fruit, malt and hops. Very well balanced and easy to drink. The mix of strong malts and fruit flavors also make it quite refreshing. Sort of the opposite reaction that quads usually have with me.
This is a great beer. Cheers!
|Photo #1 of Cosmic Monster|
|Photo #2. Better or worse?|