Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Top Beers of the Year 2011

The Wine Enthusiast Top Beers of the Year 2011

"The domestic craft beer boom is still in full swing, and there is a growing interest in imports. That’s what made the selection of our Top 25 Beers so difficult. The beers presented on the following pages are among the best-reviewed selections we tasted over the past 12 months, exhibiting extraordinary quality at prices that still represent affordable luxury. The list is all about balance—the balance of countries, brands, styles, prices and production sizes. This year’s Number One beer is a perfect balance of all the elements considered when compiling this list: high score, reasonable pricing, brand buzz, hot style and superb availability. In addition, however, you’ll discover a couple of high-scoring items here that might not be distributed to your area or are extremely limited in production; these are beer treasures that are definitely worth the hunt." -- The Wine Enthusiast

Here are the ones from the list that we stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

#1 is in stock now!
  • #1
    • 97

    Unibroue Don de Dieu

    1. Canada
    There’s a lot going on in this triple wheat ale, and it continues to evolve as it warms in the glass. The nose is heady and intense, as assertive aromas of orange, peach, white strawberry, yeast and spice mingle with hidden accents of barnyard and earth. The complexity continues in the mouth with a texture like liquid velvet: creamy but light and clean. The alcohol is remarkably balanced and the finish is dry and long, with an earthy spice flavor persisting throughout. — L.B.  (7/1/2011)  — 97

#2 Founders KBS  -- Seasonal -- not currently in stock
#3 Westmalle Tripel -- in stock now
#6 Stone Russian Imperial Stout -- Seasonal -- not currently in stock
#7 Rochefort 10 - in stock now
#9 New Belgium Ranger IPA - in stock now
#12 Samuel Smiths Pale Ale - in stock now
#16 Odell Friek - was just here and sold out now
#17 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - in stock now
#23 Goose Island Fleur - in stock now

click here to see the full list

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