Monday, February 29, 2016

Portland Brewing Company - Raise the Roost Belgian-Style Red Ale

It's rustically delicious...
$2.99 for a bomber of tasty, locally-brewed beer? That's hard to beat. Portland Brewing Company certainly knows how to keep a cap on the prices, I'll give them that. They typically have something in the cold case that is affordable. If you happen to be on a tight beer budget, that means a lot. We're talking about being able to choose a palatable brew over some thin, corny, mega-corp swill. For some folks, a few bucks can mean the difference between a crafted beer and something that is really nothing more than an alcohol delivery system. I have seen bombers of Portland Brewing beers for under two bucks at WinCo. That's impossible to beat.

I recently picked up a bomber of Portland Brewing Company's Raise the Roost Belgian-style red ale. $2.99 for the 22 ounces. I can pick up two of these for the price of most other beers in the cold case. How is it, you ask? Let's find out.

Raise the Roost poured into my glass a clear, reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The head was creamy. clumpy and dissipated at a moderate rate. Webby lacing was left behind.

Aroma was Belgian yeast and bready malt. Hints of banana and clove. Notes of apple and pear.

Taste followed the nose. Subdued Belgian spice and yeast. The earthy malt flavor was prominent. No hint of alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, this is a great Belgian-style beer for the price. Seriously, you won't find a beer of this style at this price anywhere, so it's kind of in a league of its own. Very drinkable and worth buying again. I'm giving Raise the Roost a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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