5:16 PM, Jun 28, 2004
tagged with dotw
I visited my sister in Cleveland, this past weekend, and got to see the city pretty well, as well as earn a blister or two. On my first night in town, Julia and I met some of her friends:
...at a bar in Lakewood, called the Winking Lizard
. The bar had an excellent selection of beers, both on tap, and in bottles. On our first sitdown, we decided on the featured beer of the week, Victory
's high-alcohol, Belgian-style tripel, Golden Monkey
. Because of its high content and bang for the buck, it comes in a small, fancy-looking glass.
It pours a deep golden color, like most tripels. Like most tripels, it looks dauntingly lower in quality than it really is. Maybe that's why they only charged us $3.50. From start to finish, it's a wonderful glass of beer, with more to discover in each sip.
Anyway, I switched to Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald Porter after that. Now that is another delicious beer.
Ratings (out of ten):
Flavor: 9 (As Belgian triples go, this stacks up well against ones actually made in Belgium.)
Body: 6 (The taste stays with you, but its alcohol content(9.5% by volume) really starts to show, when that happens.)
Aroma: 6 (I can say nothing about it, as I just don't remember it.)
Smoothness: 8 (While it does have a bite, it is still uncommonly smooth.)
Price: 8 (Maybe drinks are just cheaper in Cleveland. It only cost $3.50.)
Yep, they were showing a fishing show in the otherwise classy bar.