Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Brewing Report: Widmer Reserve Prickly Pear

It almost seems cruel to review this beer because it was a limited production brew from the spring,but it is so delicious. My husband and I tasted Widmer Brothers Reserve Prickly Pear Braggot at a craft brewing tasting at the Aquarium and just couldn't get enough. It is sweet, smooth and has a slight malt taste. The high alchohol contenet makes it more of a sipping beer than a chugging beer. This beer represents the reason we go to beer tasting events. There is no way we could put in the time to search out all the different beers we could possibly like. Through tasting events, we have really developed an appreciation for different types of beer and found some incredible gems.

After enjoying this beer so much, we decided to secure the winter reserve offering as well. Turns out it was a bourbon ale. I also liked Widmer Brothers Reserve Barrel Aged Brrbon. The aging process gave it is a nice oak flavor, but not too strong. The balance was still more heavy on the whiskey flavoring side than the traditional beer side, but it worked out well. This beer you should still be able to find in stores if you are so inclined.

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