Well, the dog ate my notes...really!...but this brew is easy to remember. Once again, we review a Dutch beer, Christoffel Robertus. There are lagers in this world, and then there are lagers. There is an amber lager made in very small batches that I like by Wagner Valley of Lodi, NY - see my review of last June - and then there is stuff like Miller. It is like comparing a puddle of mud to champagne. Sure, they are both wet, but I would rather drink the champagne. So it is with Robertus. In a blind test it tastes very ale-like to me, malty, dark red color, a very dense and thick and cloudy beer. Absolutely no hint of lager to my palatte, Robertus is a cousin to the American amber lager, but the fermentation process provides a spectacular polish and taste to this beer. With their blond reviewed 2 months ago, Christoffel may make my favorite beers in the world. Well, I like this one better than the blond, so maybe it is my favorite.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."