Thursday, May 3, 2012

Double Down Thirstday

Today I have decided to review two very tasty adult beverages: the 120 Carmenere from Santa Rita, Chile and the White Rascal Belgian-style white ale from Avery Brewing (Boulder, CO).  Both were so good I couldn’t decide which to tell you about…. so I chose both.

$6.99 (Costco), Twist Off, Chile
The back of the bottle says:
“According to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long, hard battle during the fight for Chile’s independence, reached the lands belonging to Santa Rita.  On that fateful night in 1814, these forces of liberty found refuge in the estate cellars.  Today, within these same cellars, our award-winning 120 wines are crafted to honor their heroic character.
Our 120 Carmenere, the signature grape of Chile, has rich aromas of ripe, red fruit.  On the palate, lush fruit flavors and a touch of spice lead to an elegant finish.  A heavenly choice every time.”

First of all, any wine that can educate me on history wins in my book.  Secondly, this wine tastes expensive, like I thought it should have cost me at least $15 (that is expensive to me).  It has a bold flavor, but isn’t bitter, and has a really good aftertaste (or finish as they say?).  In addition, their website was really cool and made me want to go to Chile to visit the Santa Rita vineyards and to pay my respect to the 120 patriots of Chile. 

Next we have my first beer review.  This beer blew my mind, but then again I was extremely thirsty after a hard run and was craving beer. 
The website says:
“A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or “white” ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that’s yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshing fruity thirst quencher.”

This beer was soooo good!  I love most wheat beers, but this one had a more refreshing and spicy taste like they talk about.  I can definitely taste the hint of orange peel and like that I can taste it without polluting my beer with an actual piece of fruit.  Yum yum yum this beer makes me happy. 

One issue, I am really freaked out by the devil-creature on the label.  I don’t like it at all and had to pour my beer in a mug so that this devil creature wasn’t leering at me with every sip.


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