Ales Agullons Runa

Ales Agullons, Mediona, Alt Penedés, Spain
Runa
Brown Ale
5% ABV
?? oz. bottle into pint glass

When offered a guided tour of Barcelona at a recent math conference, I went off by myself instead. I wandered aimlessly through the Barrio Gótico for close to three hours, and in the process I discovered little bits of the Spanish microbrewery scene.

A large-windowed storefront caught my eye because instead of  ,,Cervezeria,” which is the denotation of any standard bar selling Estrella Damm Lager, it was called  ,,Cervezeteca”.

The store sold beer for drinking on premise and to take-away. Besides a very small bar with four rotating (German) beers on tap, they had standing room around four large beer barrels, and one table with chairs in a cubby-like room towards the back. Two Spanish women stood at the bar getting just a little more trashed than they realized on beers from the Scottish brewery Brewdog. A middle-aged painter just off work ordered a large Dunkel from the tap. Two scruffy young men speaking English occupied one of the barrels, while another scruffy guy lounged alone in a window nook.

I started browsing the shelves of their bottle collection. The large selection of German and Belgian beers was not surprising for a high-end beer store on the continent, but the random assortment of American microbrews certainly was. I’ve never been able to convince a European that the US actually has good beer, since the face of American beer in Europe is primarily Bud and Miller. This Cerevezeteca had an interesting sample of American microbrews, influenced mostly by what is available for export: the whole line of Flying Dog, three beers by Anchor, and a large selection of Great Divide. I don’t have anything against these beers, but they were clearly not the beers I wanted to try in Spain.

I asked in extremely limited, halting Spanish if they had any Spanish beers available. In full, flowing, florid Spanish, the bartender described four or five beers to me. I understood not a word except the style of the last beer, Brown Ale, so that is what I ordered.

The beer had almost a stout-like dryness, and more carbacious burntness than I’d expected judging its color alone. It had great body, no head, and was forwardly hoppy. Overall, quite enjoyable, but not the undiscovered pearl I’d hoped for. It would pair well with another odd find of my afternoon’s wanderings: a bitter, biting, almost beer-like, very soft, unpasteurized Spanish sheeps cheese.

It was a good thing I downed the whole large bottle by myself. It gave me the buzz I needed to face a banquet full of mathematicians and learn about string theory over tapas.

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~ by nininja on July 20, 2010.

7 Responses to “Ales Agullons Runa”

  1. Location location location!
    ˙llǝʍ lɐuɐq op uǝʌǝ ʇ,uop ʎǝɥʇ ˙ƃuıɥʇǝɯos ɹo ʎʇıɹɔoıpǝɯ ɟo ǝʇsɐʇ pɹıǝʍ ǝɯos–sɹǝǝq ɔıʇɐɥdɯǝ ǝɹoɯ ɹıǝɥʇ ʎɐʍ ǝɯɐs ǝɥʇ uı ƃuoɹʍ ǝɹɐ sɹǝǝq “ʇsǝplıɯ”/ʇsǝpuɐlq ɹıǝɥʇ uǝʌǝ ˙ƃuıʎɟsıʇɐsun ʎlpunoɟoɹd sı ɔqɐ ˙ǝɹǝɥ pɹoɔǝɹ uo oƃ oʇ ǝʌɐɥ ʇsnɾ

    • Two things:
      1. What font allows you to write upside-down?
      2. I disagree. I think ABC is rad. I had a Sacred Cow IPA there on Monday that was totally satisfying. We’ll do a post about ABC in the future. Have you already forgotten the “Chips and Salsa” beer from Corner Brewery?

  2. ˙ısdʎ uı ɹǝʇʇǝq ʇsnɾ ǝɹɐ sƃuıɥʇ ˙ƃuıɥʇʎuɐ sɐ ɥɔnɯ sɐ ǝɔɐds lɐıɔos ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ op oʇ ǝʌɐɥ ʎɐɯ sıɥʇ ¿lɐɔıƃollı ˙s,ɔqɐ oʇ ou ˙ɹǝǝq s,ʎɹǝʍǝɹq ɹǝuɹoɔ oʇ sǝʎ ¿ƃuıʞuıɥʇ uʍop-ǝpısdn

    [ǝsnqɐ ǝpoɔıun sı sıɥʇ]

    • I’m no champion of logic (especially in gustatory experiences), but since Corner Brewery is the production + bottling location for ABC’s beers, it seems peculiar that you have such different evaluations of the “same” beers. Sure, Corner brewing has a wider latitude for experimentation and arguably a more relaxed atmosphere, but I don’t quite get what about the “social space” renders ABC beers “profoundly unsatisfying”.

      At any rate, this doesn’t have much bearing on the Ales Agullons Runa review. Or does it?

  3. ˙ʇou ʎlʇuǝɹɐddɐ ¿ǝʇıɹʇıuıopıɯɐ ˙ɯoɹɟ sǝɯoɔ ʇı ʇnoqɐ ʇuıod ǝɥʇ ǝɹǝɥʍ s,ʇɐɥʇ ˙oʇsǝɟıuɐɯ ɹnoʎ uı oʇ pǝʇuıod noʎ ƃuıɥʇǝɯos puɐ ‘ǝɹǝɥ ʇɹɐd ƃıq ɐ sı ǝıƃuıɥʇ oɹıʌuǝ lɐıɔos ǝɥʇ ˙ʇuǝʇxǝ ɹǝssǝl ɐ oʇ sǝop ʇı ɹo ‘ɯǝlqoɹd ǝɯɐs ǝɥʇ ǝʌɐɥ ʇou sǝop ɹǝuɹoɔ ¿ǝqʎɐɯ ʇsnp ˙ʞɔns ɥʇıʍ ɹǝǝq ɥɔɐǝ sʇɔǝɟuı ʇɐɥʇ sɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ-sʞuɐʇ-sʇɐʌ ɹǝddoɔ ɹıǝɥʇ ɟo ɯoʇʇoq ǝɥʇ ʇɐ ƃuıʞɹnl ƃuıɥʇǝɯos s,ǝɹǝɥʇ ǝʞıl sǝʇsɐʇ ʇı ɔqɐ ʇɐ ‘ǝɯ ɹoɟ ˙ǝʇǝlǝp/ǝʌoɯ oʇ ǝǝɹɟ lǝǝɟ ˙sƃuolǝq ʇı ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ ʇ,uop ˙ǝɹǝɥ ƃuolǝq ʇ,usǝop sıɥʇ :ʇɥƃıɹ ǝɹ,noʎ

  4. ˙sƃuıɥʇ˙˙˙uo ǝʎǝ uɐ dǝǝʞ oʇ pǝǝu noʎ uǝɥʍ ɹǝʇʇǝq sʞɹoʍ ɹǝuɹoɔ ˙ʞɔnʎ uı pǝɹǝʌoɔ sǝsɐɔɹıɐʇs dǝǝʇs ǝʞıl ʇou op sʇuǝɹɐd ˙ʎɐʍɐ ɹɐɟ ɯoɹɟ ǝlqısıʌ ǝɹɐ uǝɹplıɥɔ ǝɹǝɥʍ ǝɔɐds ƃıq ɐ ǝʞıl sʇuǝɹɐd ˙*ƃuıʎɟsıʇɐsun ʎlpunoɟoɹd* ʇou sı ǝɹǝɥʇ ɹǝǝq ƃuıʞuıɹp snɥʇ puɐ *ǝɔɐds lɐıɔos* ɹǝʇʇǝq ɐ sɹǝɟɟo ɹǝuɹoɔ ˙llnɟ 3/1 s ǝɔɐld ǝɥʇ ɹo ƃuıʎɐld sı ɔısnɯ uǝɥʍ ʇuɐsɐǝldun ǝɹɐ sɔıʇsnoɔɐ ǝɥʇ puɐ ‘ʍoɹɹɐu puɐ ʞɹɐp=ɔqɐ “˙sǝɔuǝıɹǝdxǝ pǝʇɔǝdxǝun puɐ ‘ʎʇıunɯɯoɔ ‘unɟ :ƃuıʞuıɹp ɟo sʇɹɐd ʇuɐʇɹodɯı ʇsoɯ ǝɥʇ ǝʇɐuıɯılǝ” oʇ “‘ɹǝǝq ƃuıɯnsuoɔ ɟo ǝɔuǝıɹǝdxǝ ǝɥʇ ǝɹouƃı” oʇ ǝlqɐun sı ɹǝɯnsuoɔ sıɥʇ “˙puoq lɐıɔos ƃuıɹnpuǝ ɹǝɥʇo ɹo dıɥspuǝıɹɟ ɐ ʇɔnɹʇsuoɔ ʎɐɯ noʎ ɥɔıɥʍ ʇsuıɐƃɐ doɹpʞɔɐq ǝlqɐʇɹoɟɯoɔ ɐ ǝpıʌoɹd” ʇou sǝop uoıʇdɯnsuoɔ ʍǝɹqoɹɔıɯ ɹoɟ ǝɔɐld ɐ sɐ ɔqɐ puɐ–ǝɯ ɹoɟ ǝsɐɔ ǝɥʇ–ǝsɐɔ ǝɥʇ sı ǝʇonb noʎ ʇɐɥʍ :ʎʇıʌıʇɔǝɾqns ɥʇıʍ uıɐƃɐ ˙ƃuıʞɐɯ ǝɹǝʍ noʎ sʇuıod ǝɥʇ ǝʞıl ʎllɐǝɹ ı ǝsnɐɔǝq ʇı ƃuısn ɯ,ı ʇnq ‘ʍou ʇı ʎɹʇ ll,ı ˙ʇuıod ǝɥʇ s,ʇɐɥʇ ǝqʎɐɯ ¿ʇɔǝdsns ɹo ʎʇʇnu punos ɹǝʇıɹʍ ǝɥʇ ǝʞɐɯ ʇı sǝop ˙ƃuıʇsǝɹǝʇuı puɐ ‘ʇıɔıldɯı ʎlʇɹɐd sı sıɥʇ ˙ǝɔıoɥɔ lɐɔıxǝl ǝqʎɐɯ ɹo ‘ƃuısɐɹɥd ǝɥʇ ƃuınbıʇıɹɔ ʎq ǝpɐɯ uoıuıdo ǝɥʇ ƃuıuıɯɹǝpun uo sǝılǝɹ ssǝuǝʌıʇɔǝɟɟǝ sʇı ɟo ʇɹɐd ˙ǝɹǝɥʍǝslǝ ǝsn noʎ ǝɔıʌǝp lɐɔıɹoʇǝɥɹ ɐ sı (uʍop ǝpısdn) ǝʇoɹʍ ı ʇɐɥʍ ƃuıʇonb ǝɹ,noʎ

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