Abundance by Renaissance brewing

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Abundance by Renaissance brewing is a 7.6% ABV Baltic Porter brewed with cherries.

Label:
A hybrid of English Porter and Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Porters are full bodied and smooth, with rich malt flavours. Abundance is brewed with cherries and this helps accentuate the sweetness of the eleven different malts that we used in the mash. The result is a robust, dark beer with exceptional smoothness, less burnt characters than traditional porters and a mellow cherry finish. Abundance is a perfect pairing for a kiwi barbecue, with an iron curtain influence: venin rye bread

==Introduction==

A Baltic porter from Marlborough New Zealand. I cannot recall if I ever had had a New Zealand beer before, but what this says it has to offer, I was definitely intrigued with the find. I honestly chose this on a whim since I was doing other beer purchases online and I needed to get another beer to finish my order. This one intrigued me since not only was it a regular porter, but a Baltic one at that. The addition of cherries, well, that just added to how much I wanted to try it. I cannot recall if this will be my first review for a New Zealand beer, but this is a new review here on the site for Renaissance brewing. Cheers!

Aromas:
Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, chocolate milk shake, milk chocolate, dark cherries, cherry cordials, marshmallow hints, soy sauce, molasses, anise, mint chocolate, brown sugar, Dr. Pepper Cherry hints, vanilla, caramel flan hints, rye bread, pecan pie hints, hazelnut, soy sauce and dark fruit raisins.

Flavors:
Dark Chocolate, chocolate milk shake, bakers chocolate, coffee, cherry cordials, dark fruit raisins, dark cherry, currants, black berries, mild rye bead, marshmallow, mild roasty hints, milk sugar, soy sauce hints, mocha hints, pecan pie, dulce de leche caramel, hazelnut nectar, vanilla, Dr. Pepper Cherry hints, anise, Irish cream and mint chocolate cake.

Aftertaste:
Mild Roasty coffee, milk sugar, rye bread, dark fruit, dark cherry yogurt hints and dark chocolate. No alcohol in the taste, medium to full body dark crimson body, easy to drink, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall:
I could find myself drinking this all day. So much rich flavors and yet so damn smooth. For those that don’t want a super boozy chocolate cherry beer, this fits the bill right here. Lots of flavor complexity with rich sweetness and not overwhelming booziness. Yeah I think I really like this one a lot that I will definitely pick this one up again. Not just worth one try, but several. Especially since all the other great cherry chocolate beers are sometimes harder to find.

Anime Corner:
Asmodeus (Lust) from Seven Deadly Sins was used in this pairing to represent Abundance. Abundance in the sense that this is liquid pleasure to your taste buds. It’s a guilty pleasure. A cherry chocolate and dark fruit guilty pleasure of a beer. This Asmodeus isn’t evil, she only is by name and association with sin. She is very sweet and very approachable and as you can see, there is an Abundance of her to go around. So give her a try, you may like this devil’s water.

Sources:
http://enjelia.deviantart.com/art/7-Deadly-Sins-Asmodeus-394843440

The Sinner Series Lust by Amager Bryghus of Kastrup Denmark

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The Sinner Series Lust by Amager Bryghus of Kastrup Denmark is a 9.2% ABV Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Label:
Danish: Denne stærke belgiske ale er så sødmefuld, at vi ikke er bange for at kalde den for rendyrket begær på flaske. Under brygningen blev stemningen så løssluppen, at brygger Jacob og brygger Morten brød ud i store mængder spontane kindkys til hinanden. Hvis ikke Thomas Schön var dukket uanmeldt op, var det sikkert ikke stoppet ved kindkyssene. Denne øl er så vellystig, at vi ikke garanterer for følgerne, hvis du serverer den for kæresten i stearinlysenes skær: det kan meget vel ende i en langvarig forsørgerpligt. Vi har brygget en øl med de mest sensuelle sukre, vi kunne finde i Netto og så har vi krydret den med velrenommerede afrodisiaka som spansk flue, østers og pulveriseret hjortepenis. Eller osse er vi bare fulde af løgn…
Vi er ikke stolte over at være syndere, men i det mindste er vi åbne omkring det…

English: This strong Belgian ale is so rich, so sweet and so luscious, that we wouldn’t hesitate calling it pure lust in a bottle. During the making of this beer the general mood in the brewhouse turned somewhat sensual if not downright erotic! And everybody involved in the brewing spontaneously engaged in heavy cheek kissing. If it wasn’t for the unexpected ring of the doorbell things could have gone even further… This beer is so lustful that we cannot vouch for the consequences if you serve this to your girlfriend over a candlelight dinner. This may very well result in a lifelong payment of child support. We have brewed a beer with the most sensual of sugars we could find at our local grocery store.

We were tempted to spice it up with well-renowned aphrodisiacs like Spanish fly or oysters, but frankly we didn’t see the need for it.
We’re not proud to be sinners, but at least we’re open about it…
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Anime meets beer, is exactly what I thought when I saw this label. This was a controversial label as some European countries like Sweden consider this too sexy too sell. Either way, it made it here to the Western Hemisphere and is one I had my eyes on for a long time. So I picked this one up and definitely wanted to bring it forward. There is something about the beer label I will also mention that I noticed later on in this review but first thing is first, the review of this decadent beers please!

Aromas:
Dark fruit, raisins, figs, prunes, cherries currants, brown sugar, espresso, dark and milk chocolate, biscuit bread, dulce de leche caramel, biscuit bread, toffee, rye, honey and butterscotch.

Flavors:
Coffee, Dark fruits like figs currants, raisins, prunes, cherries, blueberries, black berries, dates, hints of hazelnut, praline pecans, port wine, lavender flowers, oats, honey, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, rye, biscuit bread, earthy notes, dark and milk chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, honey, brown sugar, toasted bread with jelly, leathery notes, tobacco, clove and hints of banana .

Aftertaste:
A variety of dark fruits still linger for a long time like cherries, raisins, blue berries, black berries, honey, rye, caramel, candi sugars, chocolate, earthy notes, toasted rye bread and grape jelly. No alcohol in the taste, sipping beer with smooth quality which is dangerous for the ABV. Good thing it is only a small 500ml bottle. It also has a syrupy and velvet mouth feel.

Overall:
Perfect beer if you love sweet dark fruit Belgian beers. This is almost like reminds me of La Corriveau by Le Bilboquet but more fruitier and well, it is a Belgian beer so more of a Dark Belgian style. There is this New Belgium Fat Tire base that reminds me of the malty caramel beer but if you took that beer and did not filter it and make it stronger with a ton of complex flavors and syrupy. You would come close to what this beer is. It also has some English Old Ale meets Belgian dark aspects too. Hard to describe. It is damn good, and I am not just referring about the sexy label, no, this is pretty fucking good and highly recommended.

Anime Corner:
Lust from Full Metal Alchemist was not only the best pairing for the beer, she was the star of the label. I am not sure if Amager got the inspiration, but this was way too perfect. I was kind of surprised that I did not catch this earlier but it make so much sense to use Lust from FMA on this. She is one seductive woman who searches to find weak-minded alchemist and turn them into victims. This beers sweet and complex flavors compliment her power and her seductive ways. The strength of the alcohol makes her very dangerous for those that try to court her too fast, trust me, if you take this beer and you don’t take your time, you will be sorry. Lust is that kind of character.