Abandoned Building Odin

Abandoned Building Odin

So that cold I mentioned my wife was coming down with? Yeah, it’s strep throat. She woke up this morning in agony, but luckily got in to see the doctor first thing this morning to get diagnosed. She’s on antibiotics now and should only be contagious for the first 24 hours. For me, that just means: don’t catch it between now and bedtime!

On a completely unrelated note, the above picture is of George, a slightly psychotic cat that makes our home his own. My face is expressing a bit of terror, as he’s know to bite and scratch.

I’m building up my immunity with a bottle of Abandoned Building Odin. The beer is a 9.4% ABV belgian quadruple. The first thing that strikes me odd about this one is the color – a dark caramel, with more transparency than I expect from a quad. That is, it’s not uber dark and opaque. Flavor wise, it comes across as thinner than other quads I’ve recently had. However, I’m not considering that a bad thing; all too often quads are way to big and complex. This Abandoned Building Odin has a deep malty character. It’s dessert like, with caramel and brown sugar flavors. Some of the online reviews I read for this beer identified dark fruit flavors such as cherry. I don’t pick much of that up, except perhaps a hint on the finish.

One thing is for sure: if you’re looking for hops, this is not a beer (or style) for you. But, if you’re interested in big malty flavors, then check this one out.

-Lost

Westvleteren 12

westvleteren 12

Lordy, lordy, it’s been a long time since I blogged. I’d like to say I’m about to get back into it, but between work and the holidays, and exceptional laziness…I’m not going to make promises I can’t keep. Quite frankly, there has been little to write about in terms of what’s been going on with me. I get up STUPID early every day, as the dog’s arthritis is getting back and he wakes me up so he can get his medicine. Work then consumes 10-11 hours. Evenings end up being lazy and short; I often end up passed out before 9pm, courtesy waking up early.

However, I would be the worst beer blogger on the planet if I didn’t write about a beer I had a couple weeks ago.

You see, I drank my very last bottle of Westvleteren 12. If you’re a long time LIBA reader, you may remember that back in 2012 I managed to snag a pack of this coveted beer. After aging the bottle for over 3 years, I was giddy to try it.

Looking back at my September 2013 review of the beer, it appears that dark fruit flavors were highly dominant, including plum, grapes, red wine flavors. This time around, two years later, the beer had much less of the dark fruit, and took on an almost chocolaty character. That’s not to say there was no dark fruit, as there were notes of raisin and mild plum. There was absolutely no alcohol flavor. In the last two years of aging, this beer went from superb, to fall-out-of-your-chair good. The only thing I regret is not aging more bottles of it!

-Lost