David Sapsis

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Beer & Cider Judge

Dave has been brewing beer since 1983 and judging since 1985. He holds the BJCP rank of Grand Master II, and has served in the program as Exam Assistant Director, Exam Director, and Western Representative on the BJCP Board of Directors.  Early in his brewing, while at the University of California pursuing a degree in Forestry, he met a young woman who worked in a world-class yeast lab (the Professor of the lab recently won a Nobel Prize), who helped him build a diverse yeast bank. He married her.  

In addition to brewing beers regularly and evaluating beers wherever he goes, Dave likes to cook and dabbles in charcuterie and motorcycle racing. In his day job, he works as a wildland fire scientist for the State of California.

 

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My reviews

La Fin du Monde

La Fin du Monde, Unibroue
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue is being judged as BJCP category 26C, Belgian Tripel. The beer is presented in a tulip glass at 48°F, showing a light amber color around 7 SRM, a distinct thick haze, and a lovely creamy foam stand that lasts minutes.

The aroma is biscuity-dry with obvious... Read More

Strawgator

Strawgator, Abita Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

My assistant declares "Strawberry Doppelbock and I do a doubletake.  I can't off-hand recall having a  fruited Dppel, so something new.The beer is served in a narrow taper tall glass at 33oF., and judged as BJCP category 29 A, Fruit Beer. 

The beer casts a medium amber color with a faint... Read More

Terrible

Terrible, Unibroue
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Terrible by Unibroue is being judged as BJCP category26E, Belgian Dark Strong Ale. The beer is presented in a tulip glass after a big full and splashy pour, at 44°F. The beer casts a dark brown color with some obvious haze but not opaque; the foam is creamy and fine but lasts only  about 2... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Bravus Oatmeal Stout (Non-Alcoholic) by Bravus Brewing Co. was judged as a non-alcoholic rendition of BJCP category 16B, Oatmeal Stout. The beer is served in a half-pint stout glass after a full pour from 6 inches.

The beverage shows a very pretty burgundy-brown color with nice clarity... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bravus Raspberry Gose (Non-Alcoholic) by Bravus Brewing Co. was judged as and NA interpretation of BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer. Served in a traditional straight-sided cylinder glass with moderately aggressive pour at 42 degrees. 

The beer presents with a deep yellow color with a hint of... Read More

Pommeau

2 Towns Ciderhouse Pommeau, 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pommeau by 2 Towns Ciderhouse was judged outside the BJCP cider guidelines, which don't recognize sweet dessert wines made from apples. Served in a small brandy snifter at 54oF/12oC. Deep golden color with haze. Completely still. Legs on glass looks viscous. 

The nose is redolent with... Read More

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