There two bottles today as I made a mistake when ordering it seems 🙂 Also hello from up north!
On the right we have Kringly Kris from Lervig brewery (that rings a bell actually) standing at 4.7%. Aroma is christmas pudding like, with raisins and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, some very light spices that are hard to place. Its also quite a dry beer with a clean finish
On the left we have Blonde de Noel from Caulier brewery standing at 10%. Now this one will be drunk later in the day after dinner. And i didnt realise that i would be elsewhere for the next few days. so this will be updated when I can get to a computer
Today I learnt that I cant count. I should have two bottles left after this one but I have three. Luckily two of them are christmassy ones so I can pretend that I planned to do two bottles for christmas day all along.
Now then, here we have Just another IPA from Kees brewery standing at 6.5%. Now the aroma in this one might have a hop that I dont recognise, I like it though. Theres also notes of roasted apples, yeast and a bitter nut. Taste is hoppy bitter thats just on the right level, honey, bread and quite malty. A very medium body, enough carbonation and leaves you with a bitter taste. Nice.
This is Dipa v9 from Cloudwater brewery standing at 9%. This neither hid the strength nor let it become too much. You could still smell and taste a bunch of flavours, and it didnt make you recoil after each drink. Speaking of aromas, there is a mix of citrus fruits and some hops. While the taste is fruity, lightly bitter maybe better to say lightly peppery, touch of sweetness at the end and a smack of alcohol thats just right. Id actually say the texture is just over a medium but not quite a heavy one. Carbonation is fine and plentiful. A very well put together beer that I would say try it if you can.
Also known as ‘Go to town and get me a barrel… bottle of chocolate!’
The aroma is red wine, grape, and chocolate mixed with cardboard. Taste is red wine, sweet like a brown sugar, a hint of bitter but cannot place what, coffee beans and a whole lot of chocolate. Aftertaste is dusty chocolate that fades into red wine finish. An oily texture thats not clingy, with low carbonation thats easy to drink. This has been Dubbel from Emelisse brewery standing at 7.5%. And I want another one.
Actually I just thought of something. At work we have these Cocoa nibs with a syrup on them. That are sweet, chocolatey and bitter. Rings any bells?
This is somehow completely tastes as you would expect but it makes up for it with ever other detail. Think more along the lines of Brewdog’s This.Is.Lager compared to supermarket deal time lager. This beer is named Fat earl from Lervig brewery standing at 4.5%. The aroma is light hops, sweet grassiness and a hint of spices. The taste is much the same only with a touch more malt and light bitterness. What made it for me was the super unintrusive carbonation, really made it pleasant to drink. Quite refreshing overall.
Today we have Suruga Bay From Baird brewery standing at 8.5%. I knew I had another one from Baird but didnt expect to pick it the next day. This beer is going down so fast. Its very tasty, leaves a super hoppy bitter aftertaste that demands you have another glug. Its somehow got a thickness to it that remains smooth. The aroma is super hops, fresh citrus, zest and a little malt. The taste is malty, fruity, hoppy and then bitter, in that order. The alcohol strength is very well hidden but you are aware of it. Quite a complex feat this beer is.
On the left we have Rising sun pale ale from Baird brewery standing at 5.5%. This is actually quite a heavy pale ale, which maybe why I am enjoying it so much. The aroma is bready, yeasty and hoppy. Taste is medium bitter, with only a hint of sweetness, a light citrus, hops and bread dough. Everything is light but well balanced. A nice medium carbonation is present too, which it really needs, i think if this was too smooth it would be forgotten quite easily. Aftertaste to very clean and dry. I really like this beer. Heavy and light in one.
On the right we have Blackhook from Redhook brewery standing at 5.2%. This one could be short and sweet. Its called porter and its not lying. It is the most blueprint standard porter you could ever imagine. So it is nice and well balanced. But also nothing amazing. But i would have another one as it is by no means bad at all. Aroma is dark dark fruits, coffee and dusty dark chocolate. Taste is the same. Medium body that it is not too oily. Gentle carbonation. With a nice chocolately finish that doesnt out stay its welcome.
Vichtennaar is its name, brewed by Verhaeghe, standing at 5.1%, quite the mouth full. This is a strange sour beer that only works in sips rather than gulps. Sips bring alcohol, sweet, sour, oak and fruits. Any more and the sour turns to a vinegar like taste. Which I looked up and it seems to be a thing that it should do. Some people like that I guess.
The primary aroma is actually more of a balsamic note, with some hard to find tart fruit, cherry and yeast hints in there somewhere. The texture is light, glides around, watery and also has very low carbonation. But I can say that this beer is somehow nice, complex and something I have never had before.
This is one of the most simple beers I have ever had, yet I can find no wrong with it. Here we have Witkap pater stimulo from Slaghmuylder brewery standing at 6%. There’s not much aroma to it. Just yeast and citrus. The taste is a little sweet, a little bitter, a little watery, a little yeasty with a dash of fruits. Texture is also watery and very low carbonation indeed. And yet I am enjoying this beer.
Its like water flavoured with beer but I mean that in a good way.
This lil monster caught me off guard. Upon first sip before I got to think of anything the strength hit me, wow, 9.5% huh. That strength belongs to Golden monkey from Victory brewery. I really like this beer while drinking it, it is strong while not as harsh as you would expect, spices kick in and it has a sweetness mixed in to balance it out. The aftertaste on the other hand it basically alcohol and medicine, but doesnt cling or hand around for long so its not bad. Aroma beyond the alcohol strength is yeast and a small small note of fruits. When I opened and poured this beer it had very active carbonation, but that seriously mellowed out after a few minutes, as I think a high carbonation would have been to busy with the rest this beer has to offer. Actually I’ll say something I have never said before for a beer, it has a salty taste to it. Really like how simple, fun and satisfying this beer is.