Ladies and gentlemen (well, whoever is reading this), I have tasted the Brewer's Art Resurrection from a can.
Well, at least that's what the cans said.
No Idea Tavern in South Baltimore was the first to alert me (and others) to the arrival of their order of cans of the "new" elixir, brewed and canned under the supervision of BA brewer Steve Frazier at Sly Fox in Phoenixville, Pa. They started with a special on the beer last night, but I was unable to get there yesterday, so when they opened today at 5, I was there.
So, how is it? The title of this post says it.
It seems like a plainer, stripped-down version of Resurrection, as if someone had fermented it with a lager yeast instead of a Belgian yeast. The flavors of the malt and hops are there, but not that third dimension, that Belgian-styled funk.
To confirm our suspicions, fellow bar patron Mark King and I shared a 750ml bottle of the bottled Resurrection, brewed at the same brewery. It confirmed what we already knew: the bottle conditioning of the bottled beer produced a richer, fuller, and more developed and complex (Mark said "sweeter") beer than what was in the cans.
The folks who will be falling over themselves to drink this are likely the ones who know enough to pass similar judgment. I've seen similar effects with other beers that I have sampled in multiple forms--Guinness, Smithwick's, Boddington's (all nitro), Oskar Blues and Victory products. The cans somehow lack that certain something. But this was by far the biggest change I had seen, as if some major multinational brewing conglomerate had taken over. (I continue to allege that New Belgium's beers have been "dumbed down" from their original presentation in 22-ounce bombers to 12-ouncers; I have to give the benefit of the doubt to a ten-year gap in samples.)
Go on, folks. Try it for yourself. But if you're a Brewer's Art regular, don't get your hopes up.
(Thanks again, Mark, for sharing with me--and by extension, us.)