Oh boy, so much beer over the last few days, time to chill out with another beer then.
Here we have 10 from XT Brewery standing at 4.5%. Theres no way around this, it is a good stout, but thats it. The texture is nice and oily smooth, very low carbonation and medium body actually. The aroma is a good level of coffee, roasted malts and a hint of powdery chocolate. The taste is the same but with added liquorice, toffee and a bitter punch as you put the glass down, which disappears quickly and leaves you with a slight watery aftertaste. Quite a balanced drink.
So today we have Nest Beer from Hitachino. It’s an amber ale running at 6%. Not too much to say about this one, it’s a simple amber ale. Nothing distinctive in the taste. Not to say it’s bad, it is a pleasent drink, just nothing stand out. The flash on my camera hasn’t done the colour of it any favours either. In reality its not as dark as it looks.
Tonight we have Boston Beech from Freedom Brewery. It’s a red beer and i’m not too familiar with that type so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The label states “an American red beer with a roasted malt & cinder toffee aroma”.
I know I wouldn’t notice a roasted malt if it smacked me in the face but I really don’t notice a toffee in this. I wish I could place the taste as its quite nice. There is a lingering taste which leaves you wanting more.
This is extreamly hard to review as I’ve just come back from a brazilian BBQ where I had enough meat to last for a week. Then followed by some awkward bar hopping. And I’m currently over hyped listening to my own random youtube music playlist.
So lets start from the beginning, here we have Petrus, from Brabandere brewery (which took ages to find out) standing at 8.5%. And yes, there are fookin’ flowers on the label! and I love it. Will admit that the image of said flowers made me expect a hibiscus flavour. Which it doesnt at all by the way. Lets rock with the real thoughts, the aroma is punchy cherry (also made me think of cranberry) and alcohol and a zing, good stuff. The head clings to the glass for the whole duration. The taste is cherry, sour yet has an edge of sweet and really has a chunk of red wine characteristics. After taste is quick, dry, still cherry once again and my word does it make you want more.
Me and red beers have a history. I’m always attracted to them but I’m always know that they will disappoint me. But this is finally an exception. There is zero complexity to this, but the unadulterated cherry, sour and sweet combo just gets me.
Tonight’s tipple is the Peregrine Porter from Cotleigh Brewery at 5%. This is one tasty beverage! I know I like porters, which is why there are several in my advent calendar, but this one is nice. The normal flavours of coffee and chocolate are there but not over powering. There is also something else there but I can’t quite place it. The text on the bottle mentions nuts and liqourice so I’m guessing its the latter. Naturally, being a porter it feels a bit denser when compared to some of the other beers I’ve had recently. The taste lingers as well which is also quite nice. Overall, two thumbs up.
After yesterday’s mess I opened this over the sink.
Intergalactic Space Hopper from Hardknott at 5.2%. The label boasts “Hoppy enough to bounce you off planets”. Hang on a moment… Hardknott, I remember that name and the claim on their bottle from the 7th! Thankfully this is better than the last one. Look at the head in the photo. It didn’t disappear quickly either. The smell sure seems hoppy. What I wasn’t expecting was the taste. Tart, sharp, sour all at once and in quite a large volume. So much that I didn’t notice if it tasted of anything. This does drop over the course of the beer, leaving a noticable hoppy taste. It’s also one of the few beers I’ve had so far that I have noticed a real after taste and thats where the sourness comes back. Also, it is quite carbonatated as well. Overall, during the course of drinking, i’ve warmed up to this one and would quite happily have some more.
High levels of hopps and carbonation, I don’t think this is one for you Scott!
Here we have Jambe-de-bois from De la senne brewery standing at 8%. Think I’ve had a few Triple’s this time around. As you can see the colour is a murky blonde and keeps a decent head. Aroma wise it is yeasty, some malt, alcohol and a zest of a fruit, an orange after another whiff. Taste also has those characteristics but the fruitiness of it dies down and its becomes more bitter, which is actually quite nice. The aftertaste is equally building on the bitter side and leaves you wanting more. The glass is emptying quite faster than I realised, so its quite drinkable too.
You will notice how little beer there is in the glass. It’s not that I took the photo after trying some. Most of the beer ended up either on my jeans, the floor, the coffee table and my camera. I hate to think the damage that would have been done if the cap had come off in one go.
So here we have All Bretts Are Off from Siren Craft Brew. Labelled as an “English Bitter” (the quotation marks are even on the bottle) and made with twelve types of Brettanomyces.
The first thing I noticed was the smell. There is something in the smell that really reminds me of proper Cornish scrumpy cider. The look is amazingly opaque. The taste is a little like a copper bitter. Sadly i’ve pretty much drunk it all writing this description. If I had been able to salvage more, I might have had a better idea of the taste. Oh well, hopefully the next one doesn’t explode.
Didn’t think too much of this when I started but its really grown on me. Tonight we have Pannepot from Struise Brewery standing at 10%. Its a little beast that gets under your skin. The inviting aroma of dates, dark fruits, alcohol, deep malts and to my suprise, spices. Yes it says on the bottle but how often is the blurp on a label actually true. The taste is liquoricey, slighty malty, darks fruits, there’s a sweetness mixed with a bitterness which is very pleasant, with a subtle sharpness to round things off. While the alcoholic strength is very well hidden somehow. I wouldnt call it oily in texture but certainly thick with low carbonation thats just right for this beer. The aftertaste is sharp and fruity with a real nice warming alcohol feeling.
This beer is a real treat. Very close in style to my absolute favourite beer as well. I seem to like bottle conditioned beers. Highly recommended.
Thank god it’s a decent sized bottle as this is going fast.
Tonight we have Thornbridge’s Bayern. Based on a Baverian Pilsner, it has a waft of hopps to the smell. The hopps are also present in the taste (not too much though) along with something I can’t quite place. A little after taste which is pleasent. Somehow this beer just feels really refreshing, it’s not particularly heavy on the carbonation, which might help.
With this and the Bohemian Rhapsody, guess I will be looking into Pilsners a bit more.
And as Scott asked for cow action, here we are. Haven’t seen any near wind turbines yet so attached to ruins will have to do.