Afanasy TverNovember 1, 2002 Tver, Russia
Imported by: ABC Service International
Afanasy beer, brewed in Tver, Russia since 1887, has a thermo-sign system: a heat sensitive paint on its label changes color as the beer’s temperature changes.
Alcohol by weight: 4.0
Unexpectedly flavorful at 60ºF, rather than the recomended 53.6ºF. It pours beautifully: great color, grand head, and pleasing sound. This beer proves very inviting on the nose. The warmer temperature brings out the rich malty character, and well-fitted hops, of this definitely Bavarian-style lager. The taste is clean and refreshingly honey-like on the palate. On swallowing, the beer settles nicely all the way down, with a smooth tail. I LIKE THIS BEER.
- Fred Eckhardt
The bottle is fascinating—low shouldered, faceted and heavy. Russian beer? I’m hoping for a taste of the famous peasant beer “kvass,” but this beer isn’t so dark—it’s a pale mahogany color. The nose is fruity, with hints of orange, plum and passion fruit. Moderate hops and caramelized malts are well balanced on a dry palate showing a quick flash of fruity sweetness in the center. The finish is quick and dry. Grain flavors linger. It would be nice with venison and sausages.
- Garrett Oliver
Dense, rocky, dark-cream head. The beer itself has an interesting mahogany-red color. Perhaps I am being suggestible to this color when I think I find cherries in the aroma. Perhaps cooked cherries, marinated in honey vodka and wrapped in a pancake? Suddenly the richness falls away, the sweetness vanishes and we are headed for a grainy, dry finish. Buckwheat pancakes—but very hoppy.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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