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……
Tonight we have St Feuillien Cuvee de Noel, from St Feuillien Brewery funnily enough, standing at 9%
Can straight away say that this has way more carbonation than the previous ones so far, which I am not too fond of, feels like its intruding on flavours. Though the light spice comes through and heres a new word for me on this blog, I find this drink herby. Not sure if want. But there is also some fruit notes to enjoy, not like plum but something else (after realising the cherry smell I got it). Also a little sour, along side some subtle subtle bittereness. The aroma has a wedge of clove, spice and a deviation of cherry. The finish is actually nice, the fruits dissipate and leave a nice bit of spice.
Here we have Ch’ti Blonde from Castelain standing at 6.4%
And no I didnt realise the bottle would be this size, was quite a nice suprise though. Plus cork style tops are fun to open
To sum up this beer would be simple, it is decent. At the start it was a little gassy but it mellowed a bit and became much nicer and more drinkable. The aroma is also several times better in a glass than the bottle I might add. To which the aroma is malty and lightly sweet, the taste matches, malty, slightly sweet and you can taste the alcohol without it breaking through too much. The finish is just a little watery but remains pleasant. Not the smoothest of drinks and the carbonation is noticeable, but remains the way I started this post. Decent.
This is gonna be hard.
This lil beauty is Dulle Teve (Mad bitch) from De dolle brewery standing at 10%. Refering to the start of this post, this will be hard because it is stupidly nice. It has a lot going for it, it gets many things just right. Strong, not too heavy, pleasant carbonation, inticing aroma, an array of flavours, yet balanced, silly name and it leaves you feeling satified. Also said it was hard because I’m having trouble describing it. Just want to drink it haha.
The aroma has fruit, but not berry or raisin like, more apple. A smiggen of citrus. Theres something else too, like a honey yeastiness. Meanwhile the taste is sweet, ever so slightly sour, sweet apple, yeasty and the alcohol is hidden very well. Pleasant texture, not super smooth, just enough carbonation. With a lingering finish, bittersweet with even some spice. (Even got a flatmate involved for this one)
Big yet mellow. Complex yet simple to enjoy. And a joy to talk/write about. A very very good beer.
(Now I have learnt that it can be kept for years without it changing too much, and then its starts to get a little bit sweeter. So really would like to buy two more, have one next year then another even later.)