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Garrick van Buren

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Beer Judge

Garrick is a National Judge as ranked by the BJCP and a Certified Cicerone®. He started training his beer palate and vocabulary in 2012. You can find him in his suburban Minneapolis garage brewing a long-forgotten historical beer style or another medal-winning Belgian-style beer. 
 

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My articles

A must have for every brewer, the hydrometer measures the gravity of beer. (Photo by Daniel Spiess)
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My reviews

White Cap

Hinterland Beer White Cap IPA
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The White Cap is in the nascent White IPA style, a merging of the American IPA and the Belgian Wit styles, though this example is of "Session" strength.

White Cap's aroma and flavor both provide huge citrus notes of orange and grapefruit along with apricot and blueberry, hints of clove... Read More

Wisconsin Belgian Red

Wisconsin Belgian Red
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The brilliantly clear strawberry body and dense beige head emit an aroma reminiscent of cherry cola; rich cherries, caramel, and whispers of breadcrust. Sweet cherries also dominate the flavor with support by a light, candy-like tartness and sprinkles of melanoidins. The goaty, earthy notes... Read More

Hinterland Grand Cru

Hinterland Beer Grand Cru
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Hinterland Grand Cru is a very fun beer. It amplifies the caramel notes you'd expect in a Belgian Strong into something bigger, bolder and more complex. The low, dense, persistent, beige head is supported by a brilliantly clear copper body. The aroma offers a complex blend of caramel, honey,... Read More

Rodenbach Classic

Rodenbach Classic by Brouwerij Rodenbach
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The aroma from this clear, brown beer with a dense tan head is a complex mix of black cherries, oranges, malt vinegar, and hints of wood. The flavor is an evenly balanced delicate blend of sweet malt, black cherries, orange, and a light acetic sourness. The 5% ABV, medium body, light carbonation... Read More

Luna Coffee Stout

Hinterland Beer Luna Coffee Stout
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer has an opaque, dark brown body with bright, sparkling ruby gem highlights capped with a dense, persistent beige head of tiny bubbles. Its aroma is filled with freshly percolated coffee, dark chocolate, and brown malt followed by very light notes of red apple flesh and orange slices.... Read More

Palm

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The brilliantly clear amber body and the slowly dissipating ivory head delivers an aroma of biscuits, caramel, toast, and honey. The esters dominant in other Belgian styles are not present here. The flavor is a delicate, complex, well-balanced blend of bread crust, honey and floral hops with... Read More

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