Faro Boon. Boon Faro. One is the name of the drink. The other the name of the brewery. Standing at 5%.
This lil thing I expected to be super sour, from the aroma, visual and random guessing. But its actually tasty. And it has gone down quite fast.
The aroma is sweetly sour, slight malt and apple like. Wouldnt say that the taste is tarte though, more like crunchy apples sweetness. I actually like the sweetness of this drink. Very soft carbonation, perhaps too much and lends itself to being even more like apple juice. The aftertaste is very similar to the normal taste but does deteriorate and leave you wanting another sip. This is a remarkably simple drink, like apple juice, with no complex notes or taste. Cant imagine many people loving this drink to be honest. Glad I tried it though.
This morning we have Noire de Slack from 2 caps/Noyon brewery standing at 5.4%
Ryan had this drink with Cheesy chips, tarts and stollen.
First of all it was way more carbonated than what we just had, the thirteenth, which I found intrusive to the flavours, which were few and far between. And still havent been offered any stollen. Plus a very watery texture and finish. The only tastes I really get are malt, bitter burnt something and unadventure. Given its average percentage you can really smell the alcohol…. and burning
The aroma makes you think, this is going to be a bad drink, but its just okay, a bit different but completely uninteresting. You see the name and hope for the best. A stout.
Stop reading this post and start listening to clutch and red fang.
Here we have Black Jack Porter from Left hand brewery standing at 6.8%
Im here with ryan again tonight so we have crap to say about this beer. First thing we noticed was it said porter, yay, then we noticed american, boooooooo. But we’ll wait to actually taste it. Smell is gentle coffee, smidgen of choc, raisiny and standard porter aroma notes. Taste wise there is coffee, not really chocolate, the bottle says floral hops but I struggle to find it. Very low carbonation is pleasant, smooth enough for a porter not oily though. With a strange finish, like a new taste gets introduced but not sure what, but does not cling and become a bother.
The artwork on the bottle is better than the drink
Just another day at the office. Even though I dont drink coffee. Yet coffee beers I always like…
Whatever whatever, here we have Espresso from Dark star standing at 4.2%. I could keep this post short and simple by saying ‘yes, it does taste of nothing but coffee’ and end it there. But there is one or two other notes going on. The aroma really is espresso like, which is very nice, with a trace of odd chocolate. The taste is also coffee, quite bitter with no sweetness like a black coffee, while a hint of liquorice appears at the end with a introduction of vanilla. The bitterness remains in the aftertaste but does not build with drinking more. Plus it has low carbonation, not smooth, but makes it quite drinkable and once again reminds you of coffee.
Tonight sweethearts we have XXX from Three Tuns standing at 4.3%.
A very pale, clear blondey goldy beer. Havent had this kind of colour in a long time so looking forward to this. The aroma is lightly floral, lightly caramel, lightly hoppy, lightly earthy with slightly sharp notes. The carbonation is probably the strongest thing about this beer, but not intrusive and actually pleasant. A very clean drink, including the finish, the sharp bitterness does not linger. The taste is hoppy, floral, bitter and a little/lightly citrusy. And well balanced without any one flavour sticking out.
Lightly is the best way to describe this beer, yet balanced and simple. Just not too exciting.
Will admit to not realising this was a Kasteel beer. Even with the famililar logo on the very front of the bottle…
So yeah here we have Cuvee du Chateau from Kasteel standing at 11%.
For me, the taste is similar to Kasteel’s Donker but nowhere near to its epic level, but this does have its own pieces to talk about. The aroma has a strong alcohol to it, with dark sugar sweet notes and dark fruits like raisins. The texture is a little thin with low carbonation. The finish is very brief with a smidgen of alcohol on the tip of your tongue. The taste starts sweet then dissapates to let that alcohol strength through, with a taste of raisin, malts and even though its hidden there is the slightest of spice. Yet it is not that much of a warming drink.
Now this will sounds nuts, it finally clicked, but it also reminds me a bit of red wine.
This one will be simple.
This is Peche Lambic from Timmermans standing at 4%. This one was a joker per say, I try to get at least one fruit beer for each advent calendar and it was this one this time.
It said Peach on the bottle and peach it was. In smell and in taste. Not immensely I might add, its just there and with hardly anything else. A watery finish. Light, unclingy and flat, as in carbonation and taste. Even reminds me of flat Irn-bru….
Never again. Wasn’t even so bad its good kind of thing, just boring and barely passes any sort of grade.
This bottle top… this bottle top/cage decided to break the second I touched it. But like a genius I used the part that broke off to twist the rest open. And then on the last twist the cork flew off epicly and then the slow accent of overflow/gush occured so had to hold it over a bowl for a while. A good start then.
Without further delay here is Wit Goud (White Gold) from Hof ten Dormaal Brewery standing at 8%. Might also note a Witloofbier. The first try while it still had a load of carbonation stirring around was not great at all. And the orangey hazey colour reminded me of bad times/drinks. But once it had settled properly it is actually stupidly nice. Had to stop myself drinking the lot so I could at least write this first.
The aroma is very yeasty, borderline fermentation like, sour notes and quite earthy. Plus theres something else I cant place in both the aroma and taste. But for the parts I can explain, the taste is malty, a smidgen sour, fruity. The texture is actually quite smooth, clean and low in carbonation. With a short bitter finish that dissipates quickly. It is also just a little bit warming, but I wouldnt say due to spice, research will be done.
It ends up Witloof is a plant, keep in the dark so void of photosynthesis, which gives it that, pleasantly bitter, taste and aroma cant I didnt recognise.
This evening we have Black Ops from Salopian brewery standing at 7.4%
I nice drink that gives you exactly want you would expect. No nonense on the bottle, just five four worded lines of what is inside, nice and to the point. Which is exactly what the drink is, nice, to the point and then move on to the next one. It is not really that memorable though, for me at least. This is actually a pain to talk about. The more I think about this drink the more it proves how good it is. But, a big but, its very simple and doesnt spark anything stunning. Quite a confliction going on in my head right now.
The texture is smooth enough, low carbonation and not too clingy. The taste is bitter chocolate, cocoa, maybe even roasted cocoa, a little malty and quite hoppy actually. The aroma is very roasted cocoa, with a coffeeness, plus the malt and you smell the alcohol more than you taste it.
Wont mention the Pin Up Milk Stout that I had in a diner earlier this evening which I managed to turn into a chemistry experiment explosion. It just wouldnt stop over flowing out of the glass even though I only poured one inch of liquid into the glass……
Here we have Old dubh by Harviestoun standing at 8%
I have had a Harvieston before, it was actually last years finally (31st) bottle but due to reasons I couldnt blog it properly, well at all really
So this is a little bit of a tibute to it. plus it was picked tonight by a friend (named Ryan) over here tonight.
By the way his review is decent for a cask ale, compared to the rubbish that tries to sell itself based on being a cask flavour. But the cask flavour overpowers the other flavours it could possibly have. Wouldnt get again really
Its very dark, not that oily actually and really smells of whiskey barrels. Theres not much else to it really. Pleasant yes but for a so called reserve beer it nothing special. If anything the whiskey tastes completely kill any sort of enjoyable beer flavours. Even the aroma is the same story.
If you want to buy whiskey buy whiskey. If you want to buy dark beer buy dark beer.