Saturday, April 2, 2011
Karl Strauss 21st Anniversary Ale Brewed with Zinfandel Grape Juice
I received a bottle of Karl Strauss 21st Anniversary Ale Brewed with Zinfandel Grape Juice from Hoptopia in a beer trade. The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin bubbly off-white colored head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, candisugar, caramel, toasted toffee, and a hint of grape. The taste has a lot of biscuit-like properties with plenty of Belgian-yeast, pepper, candisugar, and caramel. The finish brings out a bubbly grape juice flavor with a dry and slightly tart after taste. The alcohol content is 10.2% ABV. While this was a solid Belgian-style beer on its own, the addition of the zinfandel grape juice to the beer really balanced out the sweetness by adding a sharp carbonation bite and a tarty finish.