Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saint-Martin Brune and Umami in beer?

Brunehaut Abbaye de Saint-Martin Brune

Ratebeer 3.45 85th percentile
Beer Advocate B

Taste +4

This is going to be good, my nose tells me so. Aromas of toffee malt, raisins, prunes and cinnamon effortlessly fly up into my nose. A mildly tart sip is nothing to be frightened of, but the big dark malts, prunes and raisins may challenge to palate. It feels almost oily and slippery in the mouth, yet there is some effervescence. No noticeable hops because this brew is heavy into the malts. Currently I am reading a copy of a special edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The article is discussing the flavour sensation of umami. Which is best described as meaty or savory; not a big flavour in vegetarian cooking. Anyways, this beer is very umami, rich and satisfying.

Aftertaste +2

It leaves a very juicy and full coating of rich prunes and raisins.

Alcohol Content +1 8%

Oddly you can't taste it.

Value +1

I love a beer that has a flavour profile that changes as it warms up.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I just sat in bed and nerded out while drinking good beer.

Overall 9/10

This is one big, rich and malty beer. Drink it if you can get it.

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