Saturday, March 31

Beer Review: Fort George Brewing XVIth Chapel Roses on Roses

"Saints be praised! Due to the enormous amount of customers that requested the XVIth Chapel to be back on tap, the brewers at Fort George couldn’t help but comply. The XVIth Chapel is technically a double IPA fermented with a flamboyant strain of Belgian yeast.   The brewer’s skill is put to the test in order to finesse the bitter and aromatic hop profile with the fruity esters produced during the long fermentation cycle. With plenty of delicious Galena, Centennial, and Amarillo hops to balance out the spice of the farmhouse yeast, the XVIth is a perfect blend of bitter and sweet.  You will be on your knees praising the beer gods over this earthy double IPA.

XVIth Chapel: Roses on Roses
Take the XVIth Chapel, age it in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels, condition it on rose hips and more hops.  Available for a limited time in 22oz bottles.  Happy 5th anniversary!
Five years ago we opened a little brewpub in the downstairs corner of The Fort George Building in Historic Downtown Astoria. Today we take up nearly and entire city-block: , three buildings, two breweries, two bars, an event space, and a canning line with all run by almost 50 hard-working employees.
With a beer in the plans for almost as long as we’ve been operational, this is our expression of what a brewery can accomplish in five short but intense years.
May we still be pleasing your palate in another five."

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Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a nice mostly clear copper color. Big fingers of off-white foamy head which settles slowly to a mess of lace all about and some patchy bubbly islands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: (3.5)
- Roses are certainly present. A nice sweet floral aroma mixed with sweet caramel malts and grassy earthy hops. Light vanilla from the barrels, and esters galore. Certainly unique.

Taste: (3.5)
- Bitter mad hops and a floral punch from the roses. Not overly sweet really, just a nice biscuit malt with a strong tinge of alcohol. It is a super bitter beer with a bit of a rubbing alcohol flavor. Light caramel and vanilla with a clean earthy finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bitter drying. It's a chewy one with a dry finish from the bitter hops and rubbing alcohol. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated...

Overall: (3.5)
- I like where they were going with this. Perhaps an IIPA to sit on a little while? Eh maybe not, it is way too hoppy to let sit around. It's rose flavors are quite nice, and the subtle vanilla is nice. Only complaint is the rubbing alcohol flavors. It's a bit hot, and odd to believe that some kind of adjunct wasn't used. I could be wrong! Watch out, it's bitter!


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


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