Ancient Fire is the name of my brand of homemade wines, meads, ciders & beers. Under that name I also write articles on my projects, wines from around the world, food & pairing, the wine business, wineries, travel and all things I enjoy in this life. -- Jason
Friday, November 11, 2011
Rouge Pub – San Francisco
I know Rogue is from Oregon and not San Francisco or even
California, but I am rarely able to get their beers on tap so I had to make a
stop. You can find the Rogue Pub on Union Street in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
My nose was pretty stuffed up when I arrived as the cool
weather in SF was wreaking havoc on my sinuses, so my tasting notes are
somewhat incomplete. I do what I can, and somebody HAS to taste all the beers
in the world so I persist!
I took to the sampler again, actually two this time! Any
four Rogue ales from the tap for $8. A good deal by me.
Golden ale brewed with Chamomile.
Golden color and hazy. Short white head. Chamomile influence
is subtle, but having made a wine with it recently I was able to pick it out.
Nice and smooth, with a moderately bitter finish. Minimal hop in both the nose
and mouth. This didn’t kill it for me, but there was nothing wrong with it.
Gold/orange color, slight haze. Light, sweet malts, gentle
dried fruit essence in the mouth. Moderate bitterness with malty, bready finish.
This is a full bodied beer with pleasant flavors and serious drinkability.
Buckman Village Brewery Black Saison
Molasses in the nose and mouth. Also a bit of coffee and brown spices. Medium brown color and clear. Very light in body.
Brutal “Bitter” IPA
Huge nose full of hops. Citrus, resin and floral aromas are
wrapped together. Medium bodied and moderately bitter with long hop laden finish.
I didn’t feel that the word “brutal” in the name fit my impression of the beer,
but then again I like hoppy beers!
Barrel Aged Dead Guy
Barrel Aged Maibock
Considerable differences from the traditional version. Lots
of fruit, a bit sour and more orange in the color. Even more enjoyable in my
opinion than the classic.
Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Lots of hazelnut in the mouth. Starts out a bit sweet, but
finishes dry. Low carbonation. The nut flavors swim along the finish which is
Dark, dark brown and opaque. Smooth and slightly sweet.
Nicely balanced with a long clean finish.
Tons of chocolate in the nose. Dark, dark brown and opaque. Sweet
malts with balanced bitterness. Long chocolate and coffee finish. Very smooth
The barrel aged Dead Guy was my favorite of the lighter
beers and the Double Chocolate Stout was inspiring to me for what it helped me
understand about what we can do with this style at home. We know we need to
work on our chocolate stout and this is pretty good example to work from.
The Rogue Brewery is on my list of places to visit when I am
in OR for #WBC12 next August. It is a bit of a ride but that’s what the extra
days are for!