Review Date 6/18/2000
One of the nicest
things about the microbrewery revolution in America is the explosion in the
number and varieties of flavored beers on the market. This is largely inspired
by the Belgian habit of brewing lambics seasoned with cherries or raspberries,
but the practice has gone well beyond the use of fruits in the brewing process.
Today one can find beers made with coffee, chile peppers, oregano, basil,
ginger, ginseng, pumpkins, hazelnut, and even chickens (Sam Adams did this with
their Cock Ale, a revival of an old colonial recipe. Needless to say it was not
In this vein comes Dixie's White Moose, a white chocolate brew. I first sampled this beer at Oldenberg's Beer Camp about 5 years ago. At the time, I could only get a sip of it, as it was being rationed (it comes in 7 ounce bottles). It was a hard-to-find beer then, and still is today. The brew is made with natural and artificial flavors. I've been eyeing a four pack at a Connecticut retailer for at least a year but it looked old even when I first noticed it. Today I said what the hell, I need the bottle anyway for my collection and bought a single. I have no idea how old the beer is but it's still a treat, no defects attributable to age are present.
Light orange in color, the beer has minimal head formation, and a sweet nose reminiscent of cherry cordials. There is a soda pop like character to the beer, very sweet and cloying but it thins a little in the finish.
Chocolate and vanilla are the main characteristics here. Obviously, this would be a wonderful dessert beer, perhaps with tirimasu or a white chocolate mousse.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.