Another from the Pressure Drop brewery in London, Bosko, a retro IPA at 6.5%. Chosen because it reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld. My criteria for buying beer isn’t exactly complex.
It’s hard to notice unless you hold it up to the light, but there is a lot of stuff just floating in this one. Not much to the smell and the taste is mainly hops with a slightly sour after taste. The tasting notes on the bottle mention caramel, zest and pine but I’m noticing any of these.
Look at the pretty peridot, must not say Phosphophyllite, colour. I remember La fee from a previous bottle, from France, NV absinthe Verte standing at 40%. Didnt notice the lower alcohol percentage until typing began, noticed something was different. Overall it is much more mellow than previous endeavours. It kinda has a juice like aroma, sweetness and not much else. Texture is super thin, before and after louche, and leaves the lightest of tingles. Taste does leave you wanting more. Between the sweetness, mild anise and water like flavours. Visually pretty but not a good absinthe by a long shot.
In another first, this is being written from the pub. Today’s drink is passion fruit Seacider at 4%.
This is more like fruit juice than a cider. I would put it in a group with the Old Mout ciders. Very much the taste and smell of passion fruit. If you didn’t know this was alcoholic, it could be dangerous. Not that anyone would be dumb enough to get drunk on what they thought was fruit juice *cough Scott cough*.
La maison Fontaine. Verte. Absinthe. France. 55%. It what we have tonight. A beautiful colour with a beautiful display, even the water dripping from the sugar cube was creating wisps of pale white clouds. A strong, if domineering, scent of wormwood. Louched very quickly. Very fine/light texture, resulting to rather rapid amounts disappearing from the glass. Taste is quite mellow with warming herbs and wormwood. But nothing else too strong. A gentle drink that would be good to introduce people into the world of absinthe maybe.
Up today we have Mojo from Robinsons. A pale ale at 5.5%. There is a stick figure cartoon of a person describing the drink and says it “tastes tropically”. Don’t think I’ve had a tropical beer before.
The smell is remarkably sweet and slightly tropical, so the beer is living up to it’s description. It’s a clean taste and it doesn’t linger. Though no where near as tropical as the smell.
Finally got my mitts on this lovely absinthe glass. So it’s first tipple is from St George spirits, USA, Absinthe verte standing at 60%. This is my first olive coloured absinthe. Aroma is medium anise and candy like.
It louched and went super cloudy so fast. And this is going to sound daft but it is quite a thick texture, yet it doesnt leave any sort of trail on the glass. Samething with a thick mouthfeel then disappears completely. Taste wise it can be odd. Theres next to no anise punch, no wormwood or herby notes. Yet I don’t dislike it. The main flavour is wild honey and a single herb that I cannot place to be honest. An odd one for sure.
This snowy evening (well at least in north London) we have Safe Word from Weird Beard. It’s a chokeberry IPA 6.6% (I will admit I had to look up chokeberry as I had no idea about it).
Quite a clingy taste to this one, bitter, sour and quite hoppy. Not bad, but I won’t be raving about this one. There is a light citrus smell which is quickly becoming a theme for this year.
As we were in the same place recording the next installment of the Beercast, we decided to combine forces and drink our advent calendars drinks together. And talk some Doki Doki Literature Club. Enjoy.
Amidst the chaos
Yep, this was bought due to the bottle art. Beardo by Robinsons. An IPA at 6%. Not much to say about this one but hops, hops and hops. Both the smell and taste are hops. Leaves a surprising sour after taste as well. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.
Also, Bayonetta 3 is in production for the Switch. YAY!
Got super happy when I saw the word Jade and It lived up to my expectations. Jade 1901 standing at 68% has quite the hit of liquorice, creamy liquorice, anise, herbs and a powerful freshness I cant place. Zesty as well. Oh and got excited so I added the water before I took a photo, it louched really quickly too by the way, but it had a proper cool peridot clear colour to it previously. It also leaves thick oily trails on the glass, insane texture, smooth and robust, which leads to feeling indulgent. The ending it oddly satisfying too, clingy but does not out stay its welcome, leaving you with a spirity warmth. A very good absinthe that ticks all the boxes.