At first I was proud of how I pulled out the cork in one go and then stopped the overflow with the side of my thumb, then I saw the use by date was 2032….. oh this isn’t one of those added odd/champagne yeast beers that are sharp as hell is it?
Well take a guess.
The little number is called Oude Geuze Boon by Brouwerji F.Boon standing at 7% and it IS sour and sharp as smeg. Smelt the champagney, vinegary, yeast aroma that I knew was coming, oh dear.
First sip, ‘Yep that’s sharp’, mear seconds later the aftertaste kicks in, ‘O~kay! Really sharp and sour’. Not a fan. I still drank the rest and I will admit that I got more used to it, theres also critrus in there, though guessing mixed with vinegar.
Long story short, No thank you!
At first I really wasn’t fond of this, have had bad experiences with wheat beers before so I assumed the same, even after the first taste. But will admit that it had grown on me, I haven’t found myself trying to drink it quickly to get it over with. But it hasn’t won me over that much, probably won’t be getting another Mikkeller Weizenbock by De Proefbrouwerji that stands at 8.5%.
The colour is a real hazy brown. The smell is a stronger wheat smell mixed with strong hops and just a touch of yeast at the end, which is actually rather nice. The taste is much the same as the smell, whats to be expected. Though like I mentioned earlier, at first I found it bitter and too much wheat. Then it started to mellow and the other tastes of yeat, malt and hops came through and it became a nice lil drink.
Now this one will be simple, as it does exactly what it says on the tin… bottle.
Here we have Floris Passion by Brouwerji Huyghe standing at a smaller to my normal 3.6%.
There really not much to say to be honest. It smells like passion fruit, it tastes like it and the aftertaste is like it. On one hand I’m glad to come across a beer that does indeed taste like advertised, while on the other hand it is a shame that it doesnt taste like a beer. It is very flat, low carbonate, so it is more like a perry, hell its more like a juice drink. Don’t think I’ll be getting this again. Nice, but that’s it.
This, my predigree chum, is La Rulles Brune by Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles standing at only 6.5%, feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve had anything less than 8%.
And it’s okay.
Fine. This seems to be the last stout I have for this advent calendar, but unfortunately it is very mellow, in all senses. Which surprised me reguarding the colour being quite dark, thought it would have more going on. The smell first reminded me of a lot of average stouts I have had at several ale festivals. Strange thing to say but it is like the drink glides over the first half of your tongue and only then the taste appears, followed by a very simular, if not forgotful aftertaste. I guess an upside is that it is very very easy to drink. It is very light and smooth. Ever slightly more malty than what you would expect from a stout, otherwise not a lot else for me.
This is one of the best (nostaglic) bottle tops ever, was ace to open and the escaping pressure blew that welcoming stout aroma at me. This is Hercule stout, a belgian stout, by Ellezelloise standing at 9%.
Wouldn’t have said that it was THAT distinctive. It is certainly a nice nice stout with a chocolate, hoppy and malty aroma. Good chocolate, thats what the taste mainly reminds me of, while the level of bitterness to sweetness is very well balanced. With a slight dry finish.
Even though I’m not falling head over heels with it, I would never turn down another one.
This bottle, this bottle, look at the size of it, it is the only one that I planned to have on Chritmas day, the rest have been chosen at random by shoving my hand into a box.
Today we have Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Red by Brouwerji Het Anker standing at 10%. A strong alcohol and citrus smelling beer, very blonde in colour and this is the first bottle I’ve ever had to open like a champagne bottle, hold the cork and twist the bottle. Will also mention the second you let your guard down while pouring the head goes mentally huge.
The taste is balanced, spicy and yet I cannot differentiate many flavours. The sharpness in it has to be lemons, while the hoppiness and yeastiness helps the taste along. I wouldn’t have said there is much of an aftertaste, just a lil dry finish.
Pleasant yet I cant tell wether it has a dry finish or it is just me, being left with a dry throat. The story about being brewed every year from the 24th february raised an eyebrow, being that is my mums birthday an all. Though even with the huge size and strength I can’t see myself getting this again. A nice experience none the less.
Oh yeah, the second I opened the bottle and got that first bit of aroma I thought to myself, ‘This is why I’m doing this’.
Sweet, dark, malt, hint of coffee maybe, more likely liquorice and also real dark treacle smells filled my senses. The visual is what I imagined being nice, dark and heavy looking. While the taste is just a bit better than the smell. Smooth, I’ve learnt to use the word oily texture in drink and I must use it in this case, really nice. Pleasantly creamy, sweet during and aftertaste. In fact it is really sweet so I can see why some wouldn’t like it as much, but I have a sweet tooth and it is a welcome change to the pallet.
The 11% strength is hidden incredibly well, rather than taste the alcohol it gives you more of a warmth while drinking.
This near love letter of a review is for Kasteel Donker by Brouwerji van honsebrouck and I say good job, good job.
I want this again with chocolate buscuits.
The first wiff of this made me stop in my tracks, it did nothing for a few seconds, let me put my guard down then smacked me one. A 10.5% that acts like a 10.5%.
This lil brute is called Gulden draak by Van Steenberge. The smell got a lot nicer once it was in a glass. It sounds weird but there is a smell of another alcohol in this, not as strong as absinthe, there’s something between (later found out during the second fermentation wine yeast is added). Though there is another I still couldn’t place, fruits, yes fruits it is! (later read that plums and dried fruits are also described for aroma.) A very appealing dark red in colour. While the taste mimics the smell and it is so good. No really just finish reading this and get your mits on one of these.
Now of course after I finish it I find that it is recommended as a dessert beer and with dark chocolate… guess what beer im getting again
The sweet irony is the night before I had this bottle, myself and colin were out and he happened to have this on tap.
Plus my very first post was also a Windsor and Eton beer, though this one is nowhere near as exciting, exotic or tasty. This be Canberra standing at 4.0%. It has many notes that other beers have. Like caramel, slight treacle and malt aromas. Can’t say I noted any spice, though lil sweet toffee and treacle tastes appeared with a light bitter finish. Smooth certainly with a copper colour.
This one is the third and final of the queens jubilee special by the way, just a shame that the story behind this beer is far more intriguing than the taste.
Anchor steam beer by Anchor brewing company, a lil beer from san francisco standing at 4.9%.
One of the first lager like drinks so far I think. As much as I would love to say ‘how surprising!’ I can’t. Its what I expected and nothing new. Dont get me wrong it is perfectly drinkable with light light malt notes. Really cannot remember any sort of attractive/memorable aromas. It was just drank and them moved on to the next really.
Not as clear and clean as a lager, yet not as flavoursome as an ale, kinda struggling to find a place for this beer. Even with the apparant traditions going into making it.