Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery is coming to Beer League for a tap takeover - on draft we'll have Late Night Karate Kicks, Half Wit Wheat, and the collaboration porter made with The OG: St. Louis Women's Craft Beer Collective. We've got some info about the beers we're trying this week when Chareville visits and we're ready to try... maybe... some of the beer The OG brewed with Charleville.
And The OG is gonna be in the house talking about what it was like making this beer with Charleville and kinda what they do in general. Besides being awesome. We all know they do that.
Because Beer League at The Waiting Room doesn't want you to leave hungry, there will be some vittles. Because The Waiting Room Bar & Venue doesn't want you to leave empty handed, Charleville will be throwing about some schwag for you. Aw, yis.
We'll see you on Thursday, fire blazin' out back.
Half Wit Wheat
A cross between an American Wheat and a Belgian Wit, this refreshing ale is made with white wheat, ground corriander, and fresh whole oranges! Simply delicious served with a slice of orange.
HIGH – 3.94 / 5
Slightly hazy orange color. A few visible bubbles. Descent off-white head with poor retention and minimal lace.
Fresh citrus aroma, primarily orange.
Flavor of sweet orange with a grapefruit bitterness. Wheat malt character. Belgian yeast. Smooth and satisfying.
Lighter end of medium body. Smooth texture throughout. Good carbonation.
Solid wit. Well balanced, tasty and easy to drink.
LOW – 2.75 / 5
Poured this witbier from a bottle into a pint glass. The Witbier poured a hazy yellowish straw color. It produced a thin white head and it had poor head retention. The aroma of the witbier contained soft wheat, citrus, and some spicy coriander.
This beer tasted light in body, somewhat crisp wheat taste. There was an immediate citrus test, some spicy hints of coriander- The finish is dry. Good Session beer, good summer ale. Overall in terms of a Witbier...only average.
Late Night Karate Kicks
Late Night Karate Kicks
HIGH – 4.11 / 5
First full review. Saw all the less than great reviews and felt the need to interject.
L: Deep rich brown to black. Thin to no head
S: Burnt black coffee (in a good way), caramelized sugar, hint of vanilla and maple
T: Rich dark roasted coffee with a well balanced sweetness up front. Finishes a bit dry with a slightly bitter coffee flavor that lingers.
F: Thin for a coffee stout with moderate carbonation
O: Compared to other Charleville offerings this is great. It's not the best coffee stout you'll ever have but far from the worst. Very underrated and a pleasant surprise IMHO. Compares well to Schlafly's Coffee stout but I would actually give this the edge. Doesn't hold a candle to other STL Coffee stouts like Perennial's Sump or 2nd Shift's Coffee LSD, but for the price it's a solid offering.
LOW – 2.33 / 5
Pours dark, completely opaque. Small khaki color head disappears quickly. No lacing.
Aroma is black coffee.
Taste is black coffee that's been left on the heat too long.
Medium body with medium carbonation. Acrid and bitter. Burnt.
A tremendously disappointing beer as I love coffee stouts. Over the top coffee and not even good coffee. Mouth feel is particularly bad. Drink bad doctor's office coffee instead of this and you'll be happier.