Thanks for the comments and the kind offer. I'd love to take it up. My address is 21 Daniell St, Newtown, Wellington. I feel guilty but have to say "yes" at the same time!! Am sure they'll be worth mentioning and I'll be sure to take notes while tasting. I must say that Jacob's partner was an excellent advocate for your beers and had a really good knowledge. She got ups from me.
I am trying to arrange a tasting of the 2007 Emerson's JP for a few beer friends. I have a bottle of each of the different yeasts and am going to match them against the original. Just waiting for the Maudite to become available in Welly. I could be having a couple of tasty tastings.
Hey Dave - Just opened the Original. Lovely. Segment from my post below. Its been taken me a while as I've been so busy. We seeing a new fruit beer any time soon?
"The Moa - well, have to thanks Dave for this as I may never have bought it for myself. I might now. There was a dull "pop" when opening the bottle but, boy, did it have life. Poured with a huge head (I love that); thick, tight and creamy bubbles a plenty. It was cloudy and had a slightly spicey nose with some yeastiness. The taste was juicy bitterness...with some of the front of your teeth acidity that makes you salavte. I thought there was a bit of pineapple...It was suggested I was wrong, but..."
Oh yes, I did have it over a weekend at Martinborough. It seemed a good accompaniment to a weekend of wine and food, snow and rain. I did have the St Joseph's for the tasting on Saturday, along with a few other interesting beers but decided against openning and wasting them at the end of the evening as we had more than had our fill. I made a huge feast of caramalised onion and goat cheese tarts, carbonade and scalloped potatos, dessert etc. We were full. I am quite looking forward to it though as with age, it seems to taste more delicious. Would love to try some of the barrel aged.
Hey Dave, Had the St Joseph's last night and really wish I had added it into the tasting the other week although maybe not so fair to put it up against the aged Emerson's.
The one that it reminded me the most of was the Unibrou yeast in terms of the head and vibrancy, though the alcohol content was more akin to Chimay. It was the dominant smell and taste initially, but after a bit of time out of the bottle the spices came through along with the hints of bitter orange that come out of a tasty belgium beer. It poured beautifully and left a lovely lace on the glass. I enjoy that visual aspect.
Just got back from OZ and found your beer delivery! Am quite looking forward to it. Love the cork and wire seal in the small bottles. Hope to see you at Beervana. I am stewarding (hopefully) and the vollie coordinator so will be at all sessions.
Hi Dave - Back from OZ again...Not much going on in their craft beer world to speak of, although we did have a good session at the Wig and Pen in Canberra.
While we were in Melbourne, however, we found a beer called Deus Brut des Flandres. It is a beligium beer (I think), brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (who make Kwak) and made in the champagne style in champagne. I wondered if you had heard of it.
I thought it might be of interest after our conversations at Beervana when you were talking about the challenges of entering Moa into the correct style category. I personally wasn't aware that there were any beers out there brewed in the same style.
I found it a little strong and sour when we tasted it. Possibly aged, or it hadn't travelled well. It did have the similar, tight bubbled carbonation of the Moa which is obviously a feature of the the way the beer is made.
I still have a bottle of the Oak Aged Imperial Stout in the cellar. And, have shared the odd tasting with friends who are all looking forward to the commerical release. I'll have to go back through my notes and let you know my thoughts on the 5 Hops which was drunk a few weeks ago.