This week's Sunday Night Suds returns with a look at Blue Moon's newest limited release, the Caramel Apple Spiced Ale.
Earlier this year, the Blue Moon division of Coors began to add smaller batches of limited seasonal releases to their mix box. The Brewmasters Sampler Winter Box contained three standard Blue Moon, three of the rather bland Pale Moon, three of the usual winter selection - Winter Moon Abbey Ale and three of a special limited edition - Spiced Amber Ale. The Brewmasters Summer Box continued this theme by again providing three standard Blue Moon, three Pale Moon (which I really should have given away), three of the wonderful Honey Moon Summer Ale and three of the limited edition Blue Moon Agave Blonde Ale.
Much like the other mix boxes, the fall edition of the Brewmasters Sampler includes three standard Blue Moon, three Pale Moon, three of the usual fall offering - Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale and three of the new limited edition - the Caramel Apple Spice Ale.
I got my first sample of the Caramel Apple Spiced Ale well before the harvest season. A quiet tzaddik who was visiting Camp M for the last shabbos brought me a bottle from the Autumn Sampler Box that he bought for himself. I was excited to see the Caramel Apple Spiced Ale as Mrs KB will tell you that I am a sucker for anything apple such as Apple Pie, Cinnamon Apple (Dunkin) Donuts, Apple Cider and even Smirnoff Twisted Green Apple. When R' Andrew S. brought the bottle to our Friday Night Oneg, I could not wait to open it and quickly poured it into four plastic cups so that we could all sample some.
The first taste of the brew was cinnamon and nutmeg. The spice was apparent when I brought the cup to my face and stayed with me throughout the first sips. I never really got a strong flavor of apple as the beer really was a nice soft ale with some hops, but mostly spice. Since I only consumed about four ounces of the brew and it was in a plastic cup, I can't say that I got enough of the beer to actually appreciate all the complex flavors, but I would want to sample more of it if there was a way that I did not have to purchase a box containing the awful Pale Moon.
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. For the experts take on the Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/83191 .
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