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
And so we enter Stage Two of the Midnight Advent Calendar. From here until Christmas Eve is all Christmas beers! We start with Brecon Cwrw-istmas. A pale chestnut hued yuletide ale at 4.2% by Brecon Brewing. It does live up to the description as I can taste the nuttiness. There is also a slight spice to the smell. The carbonation isn’t too much so its fairly easy to drink as well. The more I drink, the more I’m noticing the spice in the taste as well.
The twelfth day. Aka the day it went wrong. I’ve had Dark Star beers before. I liked them. I was really looking forward to see what they would do with a beer aged in whisky casks. Sadly, that dream has died a death on the A1 after being run over by a metaphorical 134 to Archway and subsequently been slowly flattened more and more by every passing car. With no one to help, the corpse drained of all life until it was more a faded husk. At least to the level of an average cinema employee. Friends and family, something horrific has happened. Well to be more precise, this beer happened. Now, I do believe that I got a dodgy bottle. The best before is still over half a month away. But there is no way any brewer in their right mind would put this out as it is in this glass.
So today’s beer is Critical Mass by Dark Star. Its smell is like medicine mixed with a little disinfectant. It has a taste of metal and rust that linger for way too long. I asked my flat mate if it was just me but he thought it was strange as well. I don’t blame the beer but something has gone wrong with this bottle at some point.
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.
Yep, chose this one for the name! Brr Grr by &Union, a English Pale Ale at 5.5%. There is very little to say about this. I have a blocked nose so I can’t smell anything. On the taste side, there isn’t much going on. There’s is a light sharpness to the aftertaste. Other than that, there really isn’t anything of note happening. It does have a cleanness to it. The label does recommend to have it with burgers which I could see.
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.
Today’s beer is No. Eight brought to you in a collaboration between Anspach & Hobday and Oddbins. It’s an oak smoked blonde at 4.2%. When the cap first came off, I was worried at was going to go everywhere as it was quite excited and threatened to overflow. Luckily it calmed down without me losing any beer. The small reminded me of the German smoked beer, not a surprise as they are both smoked, but far less pronounced. You can taste the smokeyness it but that’s about all. This didn’t start out noticeable but has become far more so as the drink goes on. Not much aftertaste but there is a noticeable sensation like your mouth is being dried out, which may or may not be desirable but that’s more down to personal taste.
Not a bad drink, just nothing stands out.
The Going Merry was a plastic model kit I got in Japan. You can tell I did it as the emblem on the main sail is really poorly done!
Today we have Atlantic White by Brains Craft Brewery. It’s a white IPA brewed from combining Belgian Wit beers and American IPA’s. I was initially surprised with this one as the smell is quite sweet.
The taste starts off light and becomes more pronounced with the aftertaste. It definitely has the hops of the mentioned IPA’s. One taste I wasn’t expecting was the coriander. It’s a light easy drink that doesn’t show its 6% content.
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.