Now this one I cheated ever so slightly. Kasteel Donker was the best from last years advent calendar and became my favourite favourite beer. But I was to curious about the what the smeg the Rouge bit was about.
So here we have Kasteel Rouge by Castle brewery/Van honsebrouck brewery standing at 8%. Upon opening the aroma I expected was replaced by a wedge of cranberries being shoved up my nose. Same goes for the taste, I can barely get a hint of what the kasteel donker tastes like, in place of the cranberry kick. Its very much like drinking a ocean spray cranberry juice, with some other berries mixed in. Then with a little added medicine, like the syrupy cough medicine you can get. Quite strange. The texture is not oily, heavy or clingy, I found myself drinking it rather quickly though. The 8% is hidden completely as well, up to you if you like that kind of thing.
Strange, it was by no means a bad drink, just nothing in comparison to other Kasteel’s.
Side note, that design of coheed and cambria on the glass that you cant see very well, I did that.
Delicious beer is delicious. Here we have Gouden carolus classic from Het anker brewery standing at a lovely 8.5%.
At first the aroma reminded me of coffee, then I was like, no it doesn’t. It is more of a chocolate, perhaps even a chocolate cake kind of smell. With dark sugar and quite maltiness making an appearance. The taste is very simular to the aroma and really dwells well, it is very balanced and very tasty. There is some berry like notes to it as well. Has a low carbonation and for me that is so good. The texture is nice and smooth though not oily. The aftertaste is superb, a real sweet yet subtleness. It doesnt hang around your mouth as much as you would want it to, so you end up drinking more frequently, wish I had a second bottle.
So far this might be the leader of this year advent calendar. Complex, tasty, well balanced and addictive.
Hahahahahaaaa now I picked this one as I saw the picture of the fish and absolutely zero description. So tonight, I think, we have Frankisch Dunkles Lagerbier from Muhlenbrau Brewery standing at 4.8%.
Another awesome bottle top as well, love these even if they do spray a mist over you when you open them. I couldn’t place the main aroma (brain knew what it was but couldn’t get the words out) until I tasted it. Dark treacle! Is the main aroma and taste for me. Other aroma’s involved are malty and slightly bread like. Other tastes that occured to my brain are nuts, perhaps roasted nuts, with a slight slight sweetness. The texture is a first for me, it’s medium, it’s not heavy and clingy nor light and clean. I would even say that it is somehow not smooth either. Also note the completely different aftertaste at the back of the throat thats quite addictive.
I am thoughly intrigued of this one. Well done random fish, you have done me well.
Here we have Saison 1990 from Lefebvre brewery standing at 5.4%.
I could be evil from the get go and just say it’s a belgium beer that is rather boring. Its just a typical beer. Sorry, the aroma is zesty, yeasty and hoppy. The taste is also hoppy, slightly fruity with a sharpness at the end. Also a dry finish. Also somewhat watery, best word I could use tonight. A little too carbonated for my liking and it doesn’t hang around at all. Really thats all I can find yself to say about it.
Its time for a emergency stout me thinks
Here we have another one that I picked just because I couldnt read any of the description for it. Tonight we have Weissbier Dunkel from Andechs brewery standing at 5%.
The aroma is quite distant, it is quite mellow and takes a while to really take it in. The aroma of wheat, yeast and something else I’ve smelt before. The taste is quite heavy on the wheat and that same smell that I cant place is really in the taste as well. I personally find that the wheat and carbonation intrude too much to the experience. Texture wise it is not a heavy drink and does not stay around for long. Its just okay, just not something to my tastes.
Despite it being so okay, I learnt something new with this one. That strange taste I keep recognising, according to others, that was banana in the aroma and taste, at least I know now.
Okay okay im back from an ace night in nottingham where I must have had like 4 or 5 new beers as well.
To business! Here we have Rhub’ IPA (Indian Pale Ale) from a collaboration of Saint Germain/Page 24 and oh I don’t believe this…. and Nogne brewery, who made yesterdays amazing drink. Oh boy. Here goes nothing.
The aroma is classic indian pale ale with a pleasant tarte rhubarb, you really get both aroma’s equally but that is really all I can smell. The taste is just typical indian pale ale with a hint of rhubarb, thankfully like the aroma it is tarte rather than sour. The carbonation is low so it doesn’t intrude the faintness of the rhubarb and it leaves a clean finish. Deciding wether to be snide or not by mentioning you drink it and then its gone. Overall a very inoffensive drink but also quite boring and forgettable. The only real good thing I will say is that it is refreshing though.
Will also mention that the upon opening said bottle I got covered in a rhubarb mist, fact. It also makes me want to try sweeter version of this, maybe not as an ipa anymore either, but it would be interesting.
Tonight we have Pacific ale from Stone and Wood brewery standing at 4.4%
Now this beer is strange. The aroma is unbelievably loads of passion fruit like with slight pale ale notes. While the taste has nothing to do with passion fruit, am I going nuts? The colour, now theres something I haven’t talked about before, is a seriously pale yellow that at the wrong angles goes part clear. The texture is light as you would expect from the previous sentence, but has some carbonation to it. The taste is very much a pale ale with floral notes, not bitter at all but also not sweet in anyway.
Its a simple beer. Thats what I was trying to say. Not stunning but might be persuaded into having a few on a hot day. The idea is growing on me I admit.
Here we have Abt 12 from St. Bernardus brewery standing at 10%.
Right lets get stuck into this one. The aroma is quite fruity, quite hay like and very fermented. The taste is quite like a lot of drinks I have had before to be honest. I am having trouble pulling out a lot of the flavours. It is spicy, fruity, like dried plum and that fermented taste is the main act.
The texture is smooth, not silky smooth, quite thin though and not clingy really. The aftertaste is mainly a little bit of alcohol strenth at the back of the throat.
By no means a bad drink, just nothing new, nothing exciting for me would be putting in better.
The name is Celebrator. The maker is Ayinber. The percentage is 6.7%. And this is one confusing drink.
I wish I was joking when my first taste involved putting the bottle down walking off and then out loud saying with a raised eyebrow ‘SOYSAUCE!?’ or more that of a certain fermenting process. The aroma has quite a barley hit to it, would also say a somewhat bourbon hint as well. The actual taste is confusing still, even after I’ve had a while with it, its very complex would be the best word to describe this. Its malty, very barley wine like, is that banana at the back of the aftertaste, bourbon, slightly slighty smoky, (once someone mentioned raisins and vanilla I could recognise it), and more yet it somehow remains balanced. Bravo.
I learnt something new for this one though, this taste can also be described as biscuity.
I wasnt that into this beer while starting with it, but now that I realised, and enjoyed writing about, just how much is going on with this, I find myself quite intrigued by it. A real slow burner for me.
This is going to be one of the most simplest ones I have done. Old freddy walker here, from Moor beer company standing at 7.4%, is simple because the side of the bottle tells me everything. And I agree with everything. See black, yes I do. Smell treacle and rich fruit, yes I do. Taste rich chocolate and fruitcake, yes I, no wait what, theres plenty of burnt chocolate I give it that. Three out of five on the scale of bitter, nope its more like a one and a half out of five. Four out of five for sweet, nope again, it has sweetness like a maybe two point eight out of five.
Dont get me wrong, this is a delicious beer and I accept that having it bottle conditioned changes it slightly over time, and my own taste buds will differ from writer of said side of bottle blerb. You really do get hints of chistmas pudding in the aroma. as well as a serious smack of dark treacle in both aroma and taste. The strength is there but well hidden. I really expected it to be more clingy (how many times have I said that this advent calendar?) I find that it washes away quite quickly, only leaving you with a hint of aftertaste. But it does remain smooth and pleasant to drink.