A Beer Judge’s Diary: the BJCP Test

Column update: Millie did pass, the second time… while keeping an eye out for online “quirks.”

By Ken Carman
By Ken Carman
  I’m Certified, my wife Millie is an Apprentice: a rank that will be disappearing soon. According to Mike Dixon on the Facebook BJCP judge page, probably April 1st. Millie just got confirmation: April 1st. We are both Legacy: having taken the old sit down test.
  Let’s start with “we all have our quirks.” One of Millie’s is from her mother: doing things late, or at the last moment. With her mother it’s a family joke, of sorts. Not Marilyn Jenny herself, no: everyone loves her. Nah, just Jenny last moment, or late-ism.
  The reason I’m telling you all this is she started studying, hoping to keep her BJCP status. Probably “started” 2 months ago: more I suspect. In school I was the B+ to C or D student. A’s for English, B’s History and everything else maybe a C, a few D’s. Yet when it comes to the online BJCP test this solid A student (Millie) has had a problem that makes the former high flying student fail the Legacy: twice, the online once. Continue reading “A Beer Judge’s Diary: the BJCP Test”

Beer Nut: Rochefort 10 is a ’10’ in My Book

Our own Maria Devan will be glad to see her rating confirmed here…

14576651-largeEven when you’re making a lot of new friends, you should never forget your old ones.

That’s a thought I had last week when I was savoring a Rochefort 10 for the first time in probably several years.

In this column, along with beer news and opinion, I sometimes write about a specific beer itself to let people know what to expect. These are often new brews, or ones that are at least new to my area.

But I sometimes forget that there are thousands of older beers I’ve never written about. Although I have been doing the column for 10 years, that’s still only a little more than 500 columns total. So there is no way to get to them all.

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Beer Profile: Rochefort 10

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Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

Beer-Profile1-258x300This pours murky and brown with a fat head of khaki creamy foam.

A nose of luscious caramel, touch of booze and a bit of raisin and fig. A bit of sweet chocolate on the nose and soft peat.

The taste is generous with malt sweetness. Luscious caramel, molasses, raisin, fig and and earthiness that isn’t any dark malt flavor like coffee or chocolate. It’s soft.

Mouthfeel is full but drinks lightly with plenty of carbonation to tickle. A mysterious drying. At some point in the beer the palate has become dry and you are left to wonder why. Sweetness from alcohol and a bit of alcohol dryness in the finish.

Wonderful.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.

Beer Profile: Halibut Point Hefeweizen

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Profiled by Maria Devan

Beer-Profile1-258x300 Pours a lovely turbid banana yellow with a graceful orange blush. Fat white head of foam that fell slowly and left lovely lace. Nose is crisp wheat on a light banana with plenty of citrus. Bright orange. There is some faint clove in the background and maybe a bit of grass.

Brewed by Baranof Brewing, Alaska. 3 reviews at BA in mid to high 3 range… which usually means about an 80 on a 100 scale. About mid 3’s on Rate Beer, which usually means just a little lower.

Taste is unique.

It has a creamy yet light mouthfeel of a traditional hefe but the flavor is citrusy with orange. I like it. Makes it drink lightly like a wheat beer or a pale ale. Crisp dry wheat cracker and a bit of clove and faint white pepper and spice in the finish. The hops are lightly on the back end, just enough to accent that fruity taste and leave this one dry and refreshing.

Vive la difference is what I say. This is a unique interpretation of a hefe that many will say does not have enough banana and clove. I think they simply chose to give the citrus a nice place on the palate and the flavor in the end has plenty of banana but also plenty of orange to really brighten it and make it lovely on that wheat malt. Drinks creamy like a hefe, but has a slightly different slant on the flavor. Another great beer from this brewer. Thank you Adam for the chance to try another beer from this up and coming brewer.

Serving type: bottle

3.9

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.