Friday, November 4th 2011
Boont Amber Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company)
Boont Amber is Anderson Valley's flagship brew. It was the second beer they put in cans and is their most popular brand. The name "Boont" comes from the language spoken in the area around Boonville, California - known as "Boontling". Boont actually means "Boonville" in "Boontling". "Bahl Hornin", which is printed on the top of each of Anderson Valley's cans means "good drinking" or "cheers"!
From the Anderson Valley site:
"From deep in the Anderson Valley comes the world-famous, award-winning, crowd-pleasing Boont Amber Ale. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been hand crafting this amazing ale for over twenty years, making Boont Amber Ale one of the most respected, enjoyed, and sought-after craft beers of all time.
Boont Amber Ale is an ode to balance, with a deep copper color offset by an off-white head. The slightly sweet malty backbone is balanced perfectly with a subtle hop bite and aroma, and a wonderfully fruity yeast profile."
Here we go...
Pour - fills the glass with a dark, mahogany amber to auburn color. Head is a third of an inch of off-white foam. Carbonation looks spot on and this is clean and clear. Can't ask for much more.
Aroma - bready, biscuity smells along with caramel malts, honey and light molasses. Raw sugars and some slight hints at pears or citrus. Some resemblance to hard cider in aroma.
Taste - sweet, malty, cirtrusy, crisp and delicious. Love this beer. Great malt profile with a not-too-sweet backing to what is a very well balanced hop flavor. Some nice grassy and citrusy notes play well with the brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Plenty of solid flavor in a style that sometimes gets overlooked by the beer geek in all of us. Throw a six-pack of Boont Amber cans in your fridge and see how long they last.
Overall - This is one very well put together amber ale. It has all the components fitting perfectly into place. Nice maltiness to go with the pronounced but still subtle hop flavors. A cold six-pack of this would not be more than welcome at most social, or anti-social, gatherings.
Note - When it comes to the origins of Boontling Wikipedia explains that, "the Anderson Valley, of which Boonville is the largest town, was an isolated farming, ranching, and logging community during the late 19th century. There are several differing versions as to the origin of Boontling. Some assert that the dialect was created by the women, children, and young men in the hop fields and sheep shearing sheds as a means of recreation, and that it spread through the community as the children continued using it when they grew up." You can buy your own Boontling dictionary on Amazon if you want to try your hand at an altogether unique dialect.
Posted by Russ
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