Hmmmm. Here we have Blonde from Buxton brewery standing at 5%. It is exactly what you would expect from a blonde beer. Aroma is hops and yeast. Taste is hops, yeast, citrus and soap. But pleasantly bitter and easy to drink. Any aftertaste buggers off so fast.
A most boring beer for me. So here’s a strip from Sarah’s Scribbles/Sarah Andersen that I’ve been enjoying as of late
Tonight we have Rosee d’hibiscus from Dieu du Ciel brewery standing at 5.9%. Can say straight away that I like this one, the whole time drinking it has been pleasant. It is a short sharp gentle subtle clean cool beer. The aroma has a soft sharpness, floral and berry fruits. Taste is equally gently sharp, sweet, berry and hibiscus. It is very light in texture and very smooth, with a dry and acidic aftertaste. Its sooo good. Finally a light sharp beer I can recommend to people and cant wait to try it again in the future. Picture doesnt do the awesome shade of red this beer is though.
This one is a strange one, Babylone from Anders Brewery standing at 7%. It seems to be a project using older bread techniques mixed with new techniques (could be a little wrong though). But whatever project it was, it was a success. The aroma is spicy, fruity, yeasty with hints of dough. Taste is sweetly spicy, very bready, touch of darker fruits, hoppy with enough bitter to keep you interested. Very nicely complex and balanced. Texture is just lighter than medium, with low carbonation and a watery but cleansing. And you can feel the alcoholic strength at the end. Bravo beer, bravo brewery.
On the left we have Maredsous 8 by Duvel brewery standing at 8%. Had this last night at work party so only took some basic notes. Aroma was dark fruits, caramel and a chunk of malts. And taste was much the same with added alcohol strength. Its carbonation was quite high, the texture was medium, the strength was well hidden and the aftertaste didnt last long. (but that may have been due to champagne, vodka and oven proof rum)
On the right we have todays beer and my first can for the advent calendar. Northern monk brought to you from Northern star standing at 5.9%. This one will be quite easy as it is everything you would expect from a mocha porter. Dont get me wrong, it is nice, just not much to talk about with it. The aroma is coffee, sweet chocolate, cocoa and there is a creaminess to it. The taste is much the same but well balanced with a touch of nuttiness as well. Very smooth on the palate and not clingy. Aftertaste leaves you wanting more, as it should.
Oho~ glorious walrus! Now this is a tasty tasry beverage. Here tonight we have Norwegian Mauler from a collab between Lervig and Boxing cat Breweries standing at 7.9%. I definitely seem to have a thing for breakfast stouts.
The aroma is smoky chocolate, milky coffee, yet also black tea leaves, and you can smell how strong the alcohol is as well. Taste is dark malt, noticeable bitterness, dark chocolate, tea and oats. This is on silly levels of being balanced. How do I say it has a texture between medium and heavy, yet remains smooth leaning towards being oily? An awesome beer maybe? This beer really lets you know that it is there, but doesnt over cling or out stay its welcome, just hangs around long enough to leave you wanted more when it starts to drift away. Super soft carbonation and it is the first beer this advent calendar to make me basically write a love letter. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a current leader.
This beer is mad. Its a wheat beer that doesnt smell of hay. It just smacks you around with vanilla in every way it can. In its name, in the aroma, in the taste, etc. This beer is called Willy Vanilly from Alpine beer brewery standing at 5.5%. This was one of my joker cards, well beers, as I’m not a fan of american or wheat beers. But its fun if nothing else.
The aroma is mostly vanilla, grains and cardboard. Taste is very light on the wheat, very light on spice and just as the glass leaves your lips you get a whack of vanilla. Which you actually get used to pretty quickly (a pro or con depending on yours tastes), so you get a chance to discover other flavours, thought theres not many of them. Suprised by how uncloudy it is. The texture is somehow very low carbonation but it remains a little intrusive. With a clean crisp finish with no aftertaste to speak of. And yet, as I mentioned before, I still find this a fun drink. Hard to recommend as theres not much going on with it, but maybe worth a half pint to try it for yourself.
Cool, fancied something dark tonight and I got Stouterik from De La Senne brewery standing at 4.5%. Its driving me nuts trying to place the aroma. It is malty, something roasted, a hint of burnt coffee and closest I can say is earthy charcoal to what I cant place. The taste is a whole lot less bitter than I expected, which is super nice actually. Malty, roasty and ultra dark chocolate. With little carbonation getting in the way, a medium texture and a pleasant light bitter aftertaste. This is a really nice stout and I already have little left in my glass. Plenty of character with simplicity.
I havent seen so much dust on a bottle in ages, guessing this isnt a highly sought out beer then. Anyway, tonight we have Mars from Contreras brewery standing at 6.5%. Upon opening it was just a typical brown ale, only it got better as I carried on drinking it. On the nose it is pretty much just caramel and toffee. Taste also has caramel and toffee notes, only with a slightly metallic taste, combined with a sweet bread pudding. Texture is medium yet a little watery, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste.
I am not in love with this beer at all, feels like its falling on a hurdle at some point during a run. I may try it again one day as I think it is actually past its best.
Here today we have Coconut from Mongozo brewery standing at a sweet 3.6%. I had a coconut one a long time ago on one of the past advents, and it was basically coconut juice. Thankfully this one is a lot better and more beer like. The second you open the bottle you get a whack of coconut aroma which pleasantly maintains itself throughout drinking it. But it is hard toactually smell anything else. Taste is a mix of coconut milk and coconut water, pineapple and sugar. The carbonation and texture is light and easy to drink. The aftertaste only leaves a bit of pineapple and quickly dissapates. And that is it really, a pleasant beer that does exactly what you would expect and nothing more.
This is very hard to write about. It is disappearing to quickly. So while I can, this is Benno from Stift brewery standing at 6.9%. Aroma of traps, trappistness that is, malty, yeast but not bread like, burnt sugar, alcohol and off hay. Taste is very malty, sweet bread and light caramel. The 6.9% is not hidden in any way, its a nice smack of strength while drinking. The carbonation is just right and leaves you with a fizz during the aftertaste.
A beer to put hair on your chest and feel powerful. (Plus I’m sure I ordered this one as it is one letter off from being called Tenno, aka I am Warframe fanboy)
Ha just poured the last of it into the glass and noticed lumps. Hmmmm its bottle conditioned/fermented, dam you brain not reading the label properly 🙂