Posted 19 May 2004 - 08:19 AM
What flavored beers do you like, or don't like? Brooklyn Brewery's "Post Road" Pumpkin Ale with pumpkin-pie spices, the stuff coming out of Dogfish Head, and all the various Lambic fruitbeers and those beers with Honey added to the brewing process are some of those that comes to mind.
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Posted 19 May 2004 - 10:54 AM
Rauchbier (smoke flavored) too gets it's distinctive flavor from one of the basic ingredients, malt. Kriek (cherry) is flavored with fruit or syrup added during or after fermentation. There is the argument that that is an adjunct rather than an ingredient.
Flavoring, regardless of the source, can be acceptable whether it defines the style or is added just to be different. What I don't care for is when the beer no longer tastes like beer. Different beer styles can tolerate different levels of flavor additions. A strawberry flavored light lager or wheat beer can be a good summer thirst quencher but it shouldn't taste like Kool-Ade. Stout is hearty enough to enhance with coffee or chocolate.
Likes: Young's Double Chocolate, Liefmans Kriekbier (old bruin w/cherry), Dogfish Head Punkin, Alesmith Speedway Stout (coffee).
Too much of a good thing: Rogue Chocolate Stout (sorry Seb), Lindemans Kriek (lambic w/cherry).