12 Jun 2011 - 5:56:36 PM
Rappi Bier Factory
Greg and Alice took me to Rappi Bier Factory (also in English) in nearby Rapperswil. They had three beers on tap, and the Big Blackbier I had from a bottle. Apparently their most popular beer is the Rappigold. The owner/brewer Steve tried a different yeast in the batch that was on tap, however, and it was, in a word, bad. Steve apologized for what he called the worst beer he'd ever brewed. Live and learn, I guess.
- XXA Xtra Bitter Strong Ale - 6.7% - Bit of a floral aroma. Sweet caramel kick to hop bite, finishes with good mellow maltiness. Kind of a strong amber.
- Big Blackbier - 8% - A strong stout (stout stout?). Good full alcohol and stout aroma. Flavors strong, too: alcohol, dark toastiness/smokiness. Not as heavy as it looks -- effervescence helps with that. Good hoppiness and a subtle sweetness, too.
- Rappigold - 4.8% - Hoppy honey lager. Watery and pretty sour. Hopefully Steve will go back to the original yeast in the next batch.
- Linth Maisbier - 4.4% - Corn beer. Bit of an eggy/corny aroma. Light, with a bubbly tang. Slight breadiness, and decent hoppiness. Corn taste builds up -- a lemon wedge would be useful here.
A glass of Rappigold at the Rappi Bier Factory -- Rapperswil, Switzerland
They had a glass for sale, too, but only with the spartan "Bier Factory" name it. The version with the color logo was from a smaller, more expensive production and not for sale. With a bit of sleight of hand, though, I was able to walk away with the fancier one. I drank a whole glass of the crappy Rappigold -- I think I deserved it...