Kurt Kendall’s 7-20-4 Torpedo & La Binchoise Reserve Speciale from Ales Unlimited

While driving my new 2012 Lexus RX in San Francisco yesterday, I happened upon a little corner store with a Chimay Sign outside, amongst a slew of other Belgian Ale signs. I immediately pulled over realized I had stumbled into the best Belgium Ale Store in the city!

Ales Unlimited, located at 2398 Webster Street in San Francisco, has an enormous selection of rare Belgian Beers. The owner is extremely friendly and knowledgeable of all the beers in the store, an unbelievable feat in itself. I picked up about 10 bottles of new Belgians I had never had before, along with some Strawberry and Black Pepper Chocolate.

Today I decided to pair a new cigar with a new Belgium Christmas Ale, the La Binchoise Reserve Speciale.

La Binchoise pored a hazy copper colored beer with a foamy rock white head that left a thin layer of foamy lace around the glass. The beer had flavors of caramel, malt, yeast and golden fruits, which included an orange zest. The mouthfeel was slick and thin and went down extremely easy.

The La Binchoise Reserve Speciale was a great Christmas Ale, which paired amazingly well with my cigar. Overall I would give this Belgian Beer an “A” rating, which is quite impressive considering I don’t usually like Christmas Ales that much.

Kurt Kendall has recently released a new line of cigars leveraging an old cigar brand from Pre-Embargo times in the US, with a funny name, the “7-20-4”.

The Kurt Kendall 7-20-4 Torpedo has pre-light flavors of earth and maple syrup from the wrapper, combined with coffee and chocolate from the blend

The first third of the cigar exhibited flavors of cedar wood, coffee, chocolate and cream. At the end of the first third it added flavors of pepper and sweet oak.

Toward the middle of the cigar, core flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and pepper were present, with waves of cream splashing on the palate. In between the waves of cream a long finish of salty spice was apparent. These alternating waves of creaminess and saltiness continued throughout the cigars finish, with it’s wonderful core flavors underneath.

The Kurt Kendall 7-20-4 Torpedo was a wonderful winter cigar, which paired amazingly well with my La Binchoise Reserve Speciale Christmas Ale. I would rate the cigar at 92-93 points.

Published in: Cigar Reviews and Recommendations | on September 6th, 2011 | Comments Off on Kurt Kendall’s 7-20-4 Torpedo & La Binchoise Reserve Speciale from Ales Unlimited

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