Here we are, the last day before Christmas and the final beer. The last beet is Beerfoot from Amundsen Bryggeri. A grapefruit saison at 4%, which is designed to invoke summer.
Living up to its style, you can smell and taste the grapefruit. There is a pleasant tang to it as well. Quite the quaffable one, this is.
With that, another year is finished. At least there wasn’t a tragic beer this run. A big thank you to everyone that visited the site and have a merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, have a nice couple of days!
This evening’s beer is Hobo Chic by the Dry & Bitter Brewing Company. A double India Pale Ale at a hefty 8%. Though in the description on the bottle, they call it an imperial IPA. This also uses two of the same hops that yesterday’s Thirsty Frontier (citra and simcoe) but to a very different effect.
When I first poured this beer, the smell was an extremely sweet pineapple smell. Now it’s been open for a little while, this has almost completely died away. That initial sweet smell made me think this would be light and fruity. The taste is actually very tart and sour hoppiness and hangs around for a while. It also has a chalky quality I’m not fond of. If you hold it up to the light, there is also a lot of sediment floating around (this can also be seen in the picture above). It’s not a bad beer, though I’m not sure if I would choose it again. I think some of it comes down to being fooled by the initial sweet smell (insert your favourite trap meme below).
I like this beer a lot. As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of Punk IPA, and this is quite close to that. Thirsty Frontier by To ∅l is tonight’s beer. A session IPA at 4.5%.
The smell is not just hints, but a lot of citrus. There is less citrus in the taste as it seems to be balanced out with the hops. To quote Ron Burgundy “This goes down smooth”. Recommended.
Whoops, made this while still playing VRchat and didnt take a photo before I louched it. Suprisingly I got another Jade in the calendar. Named Nouvelle-Orleans Verte standing at 68%. This one did not last long, I’m already down to like one gulp left in the glass. This one has a lot more going on than normal, a lot more complex but a little thinner, so a lot more drinkable. The aroma has something I cannot place, mix in with basil like anise, a spice mix like five spice. Taste is very refreshing, without a hint of mint, more clove like. With the strong anise and gentler wormwood, with a darker sugar like flavour too. Aftertaste is warming, spicy and clean. This one is very different to the other Jade absinthe’s and would have it again.
A suprise or maybe better wording just what I fancied tonight. A peridot appearance, leaning towards not being natural, with hardly any details from Provence distillery, named Absente 55 standing at 55%. Right before I added the water it had a real strong aroma of anise. Once louche was formed, good oil swirls but became a thin cloudiness, anise remained to be the only aroma. A hit and warmth of the alcohol is there thankfully, otherwise it is basically a very sweet anise water.
After some digging. It is known as a fake absinthe or not absinthe at all. Doesn’t use one of the main ingredients, Artemisia absinthium, which kinda makes an absinthe an actual absinthe. Interesting.
Today we have Charlie Don’t Surf by the Alphabet Brewing Co. A session IPA at 4%. I’m assuming the cat on the can is Charlie but who knows.
A light hoppy smell on this one. Hoppy taste as well. Leaves a long lasting sourness in the after taste as well.
A non bland session beer? That sound’s good to me. Here we have Endless Summer by the Black Iris Brewery. A session IPA at 4.5%.
The first taste really reminded me of a lighter version of Punk IPA, but that has quickly changed. There is light floral hints to the smell. The taste is difficult for me to pick out, but its both sharp and sour without being a distraction. As I get further into this, there is a hint of fruity/citrus. This is one I would be interested in trying in a session to see if the flavour alters any more.
I was hopeful for this one as the clerk in the shop explained when they got the delivery he instantly bought six cans.
TROPICAL STOUT! Add in some nice artwork on the can and you got me. Tonight’s beer is Cloudwater’s Tropical Stout at an impressive 8%.
After all the beers I had earlier that had a citrus smell to them, I was expecting the same from this one. Nope, it smells malty. It tastes like a stout and still no hint of the tropical namesake. Though for a stout, it is quite a clean drink with a pleasant aftertaste (assuming you like stouts).
Here we have La Pontissalienne, France, from distillery Guy standing at 56%. This one is super interesting. It is very gentle and much easier to drink than some I have had. But has a real herby alcohol kick at the end. And quite refreshing. Louched at its own pace, could see the oils mix and cloud as the water dripped in. Aroma is predominatly liquorice, with only hints of wormwood, and a sweet anise, this is impressively layered. Taste is sweet, big anise and mellow liquorice. Though the aftertaste strong, wormwood, liquorice remains, a real warmth, a tingle, then leaves your palate quite clean and cool. Leaving you wanting more. Nice one mate.
Didnt I have a Fontaine not long back? This one is French, named Blanche standing at 55%. So far the clear ones have performed well. And this is no exception. The louche occurs with very little water. For its thick texture to is not clingy at all. I’m having trouble with the aroma, my nose is broken tonight or it is very mellow. This is actually a well balance absinthe. You can taste the wormwood, anise, something lightly flowery in equal measure. Leaving the same aftertaste for a short time. Nearly didn’t mention that it is quite smooth as well