Tonight’s Tasting: CAO VR Moby and Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

DuvelBeen awhile since I’ve been beer shopping, and given the paucity of the selection  of beers in my beer fridge, it looked like I was going to have to review a Coors Light (I keep them around for the plebs) until I remembered “the drawer.”  The drawer is a crisper in my beer fridge where I keep the bottles that are too tall to go on a shelf.  Even then I was faced with just an Arrogant Bastard and a Duval.  Kind of burnt out on AB since helping to kill a three quart bottle at a recent party, so I had to go with the Duval.  Damn.  Forced to drink 750ml of one of my favorite beers, but I’ll take the bullet for you, my readers.

CAO ‘VR’ Moby (6.0" x 50)

I complimented the golden ale with a rich cigar with a maduro wrapper, the CAO VR.  CAO isn’t my go to brand like a Rocky Patel or Cohiba, but I respect CAO cigars as a very consistent smoke.  I’m a fan of the seemingly underrated Nicaraguan tobaccos, with some of my favorite cigars being Nicaraguan puros.  The VR uses filler tobacco from Nicaragua and Mexico, with a Brazilian wrapper. 

The first sensation is a slightly sweet smoke with almost no spice, growing more intense throughout the smoke.  I can’t quite put my finger on why I liked this cigar so much, because it wasn’t particularly complex, but I really enjoyed it.  Extremely smooth with zero harshness, and just enough intensity to keep it interesting.  Not a cigar to be savored because there just isn’t enough flavor, but a great choice for poker night or a round of golf.  An 8.8 on the Morris Scale as a poker cigar; an 8.3 standing on its own merits.

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

I’ve previously reviewed this beer here.  It remains one of my favorite ales, on par with a Chimay. 

P.S.  Here’s to you Patrick Swayze.  Rest in peace.

P.P.S.  Check out the new toy in the photo.  A sterling silver cigar holder with flask.  Sweet.

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