Here is the final beer of this years advent calendar
Which I will be drinking at a party later
Last night I had Kasteel Winter standing at 11%
This was everything I had hoped it would be. Really delicious.
Could not stop smelling this drink. Notes of coffee and toffee mixed together, with alcohol, chocolate and a candy like wiff right at the end, then toffee makes a last hurrar. The taste is very similar, complex and balanced. Love the chocolate, its not a milk chocolate either, a little nutty too, the coffee is very well done while the toffee takes a step back but remains present. The texture is smooth and very drinkable
The beer: Double Perle. The People: Weird Beard Brewery. The standing: 8.6%
For a while I avoided Milk stouts as the first one I had a few years back was horrible, but this is the third one this year and they have been much nicer.
This one is also a coffee milk stout so it also has a bonus to it. I dont drink coffee but I do like coffee beers. And this one is no exception.
The aroma is what you would expect, chocolately, dark fruits though a gentle note and coffee, good coffee at that. The taste is the same but with a little milky taste, with spice, roasted coffee and has enough going on while maintaining balance. The texture is really pleasant, quite medium body, not oily and leaves the same aftertaste as the main taste to be honest. You will never forget what your drinking the whole time.
Here tonight tongiht we have Kostritzer Schwarzbier from Kostritzer standing at 4.8%
Can already say that this reminds me of many other dark german beers, Krombacher Dark comes to mind, though it is not as carbonated as this Schwarzbier, so its comes across a little bit more lager like than I would like. having said that I am constantly reminded every sip that this is a very well balanced drink. Not too sweet, bitter, sharp or clingy.
Nice and roasty too. And the bottle is a goodah goodah size. I would have this every now and again but could not drink over a whole night
Even if the bottle has a picture of ITSELF on the back label…. selfie whore XD
This afternoon we Have 10 by Fort Lapin standing at 10%
I remember picking this as the O in Fort reminded me of Navi from Legend of Zelda. ‘Hey Listen!’
Sorry had to be done.
Will admit that while the alcohol strength is there, feels more like a 7%, its not that it is a dominant aroma and taste, it just has nothing much else to work with. For a quadruple beer it is quite uncomplex. The texture is also quite thin and just smooth enough. Very low carbonation with no head whatsoever.
The aromas is does have are alcohol, liquorice, mild mild spice and a little sweetness. The taste is similar with a touch of raisin. With a light bitter finish with the alcohol hanging around for a bit.
It is a decent drink but does not fit in its so called quadruple style
Tonight we have Anspach and Hobday The Smoked Brown from Southwark brewery standing at 6%
Now here is a strange turn off events. I have walked past this brewery as I have recently started going to Archery. This beer was ordered back in november when I had no idea I would start archery or be anywhere near there. Mind blown.
The aroma has smoky wood notes, caramel is the slightest with a smidgen of charcoal likeness. While the taste is smoky. Okay its also got a dark fruit going on, roastyness and smokyness. Just enough carbonation. The finish is not that harsh though, pleasantly bitter enough.
I dont find it anywhere near as smoky as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, a favourite beer, but Anspach and Hobday has its own charms.
Will have one from the brewery bar itself next time I am near it
Will admit that I recognise the bow on the bottle neck, same as my current favourite for this years advent calendar, the third bottle Mad bitch.
Welcome back De Dolle Brewery with Stille Nacht standing at 12%. My word that strength is well hidden, it goes down very easily and leaves you wanting more. Will also note that this drink got better over time, did not like it everywhere near as much as compared to now.
Aromas are sweet, quite sugary, alcohol, spices for sure with another note I cant describe well, sort of leather like. Taste on the other hand is very balanced, a light sugar taste with an orangey citrus, with raisins and prunes, yet how the hell 12% is hidden so well is beyond me. Very low carbonation, medium body, seriously drinkable and has next to no clingy aftertaste, very clean so it leaves you craving more. Just one more sip sir.
Not as complex as the Mad bitch but Stille natch is up there in the big leagues. Really nice.
One of the most eycatching label designs I’ve seen in a while now
Here we have Antigoon from Troubadour/The three Musketeers standing at 7%.
The taste is blonde, boring and borderline lager like. With a bit of spice at the end. The aroma is yeasty, slightly bitter and citrus sharp.
Has a clean dry finish with nothing lingering around. Quite a high carbonation.
I seriously cant find anything else to say about this drink. Will not be getting this again.