Really like the label design on this Single wide IPA from Boulevard Brewing standing at 5.7%. This could be very short as its simply a nice IPA, India Pale Ale, that is exactly as you would hope/expect an IPA to be. Very drinkable too. Anyway, it has a frothy white head, has seriously just the right level of carbonation, ace floral and malty aroma which is shared in the taste, smooth, pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Overall a very well balanced ale. And to be honest one of the few american beers I’ve had that I would highly recommend
Tonight sweethearts we have Mosaic pale ale from Adnams brewery standing at a mild 4.1%. Honestly, it is exactly what you expect from a pale ale, only very mellow and lacking any punch. Its one of those up its own arse describing itself as bold, fruity and full of flavours…. well its not. The aroma had me troubled for ages, buts theres a piney hint and an even smaller hint of mango. Appears as slightly peachy amber colour with a thin head. Taste is lightly hoppy, mild citrus but nice bitterness. While the finish has trace hints of cloves and malt. Only just realised that the carbonation was so forgettable that my brain didnt even think to mention it here.
You know when you eat a haribo and your left with that aftertaste, this does the same, only it doesnt make me reach for another one.
So after a nice tasty pint of Gamma Ray at the (newly found by me) Duke’s Head beer house in Highgate Village, it was time to try these new beers pictured above.
First up was Brixton Brewery’s Electric IPA. As I got further through the bottle, the one stand out flavour was the hopps. But not in a bad way. While I found it to be the strongest flavour, it didn’t kill the taste. The bottle mentions strong floral aromas which I didn’t pick up on. But I do have a rubbish sense of smell.
Then on to Pressure Drop’s Alligator Tugboat, which has one of the best labels i’ve seen in a while. The clenched teech don’t quite come across in the above photo. I found this far harder to place any specific taste (I needed Scott for this one). It certainly had a darker and fuller taste than the Electric IPA. I toyed with the idea of coffee, but it didn’t seem right. Apart from not being able to identify any tastes, it was rather nice and packing a bit of a punch at 7.2%.
One of the most eycatching label designs I’ve seen in a while now
Here we have Antigoon from Troubadour/The three Musketeers standing at 7%.
The taste is blonde, boring and borderline lager like. With a bit of spice at the end. The aroma is yeasty, slightly bitter and citrus sharp.
Has a clean dry finish with nothing lingering around. Quite a high carbonation.
I seriously cant find anything else to say about this drink. Will not be getting this again.
Tonight sweethearts we have XXX from Three Tuns standing at 4.3%.
A very pale, clear blondey goldy beer. Havent had this kind of colour in a long time so looking forward to this. The aroma is lightly floral, lightly caramel, lightly hoppy, lightly earthy with slightly sharp notes. The carbonation is probably the strongest thing about this beer, but not intrusive and actually pleasant. A very clean drink, including the finish, the sharp bitterness does not linger. The taste is hoppy, floral, bitter and a little/lightly citrusy. And well balanced without any one flavour sticking out.
Lightly is the best way to describe this beer, yet balanced and simple. Just not too exciting.
This bottle top… this bottle top/cage decided to break the second I touched it. But like a genius I used the part that broke off to twist the rest open. And then on the last twist the cork flew off epicly and then the slow accent of overflow/gush occured so had to hold it over a bowl for a while. A good start then.
Without further delay here is Wit Goud (White Gold) from Hof ten Dormaal Brewery standing at 8%. Might also note a Witloofbier. The first try while it still had a load of carbonation stirring around was not great at all. And the orangey hazey colour reminded me of bad times/drinks. But once it had settled properly it is actually stupidly nice. Had to stop myself drinking the lot so I could at least write this first.
The aroma is very yeasty, borderline fermentation like, sour notes and quite earthy. Plus theres something else I cant place in both the aroma and taste. But for the parts I can explain, the taste is malty, a smidgen sour, fruity. The texture is actually quite smooth, clean and low in carbonation. With a short bitter finish that dissipates quickly. It is also just a little bit warming, but I wouldnt say due to spice, research will be done.
It ends up Witloof is a plant, keep in the dark so void of photosynthesis, which gives it that, pleasantly bitter, taste and aroma cant I didnt recognise.
Tonight we have St Feuillien Cuvee de Noel, from St Feuillien Brewery funnily enough, standing at 9%
Can straight away say that this has way more carbonation than the previous ones so far, which I am not too fond of, feels like its intruding on flavours. Though the light spice comes through and heres a new word for me on this blog, I find this drink herby. Not sure if want. But there is also some fruit notes to enjoy, not like plum but something else (after realising the cherry smell I got it). Also a little sour, along side some subtle subtle bittereness. The aroma has a wedge of clove, spice and a deviation of cherry. The finish is actually nice, the fruits dissipate and leave a nice bit of spice.
Here we have Ch’ti Blonde from Castelain standing at 6.4%
And no I didnt realise the bottle would be this size, was quite a nice suprise though. Plus cork style tops are fun to open
To sum up this beer would be simple, it is decent. At the start it was a little gassy but it mellowed a bit and became much nicer and more drinkable. The aroma is also several times better in a glass than the bottle I might add. To which the aroma is malty and lightly sweet, the taste matches, malty, slightly sweet and you can taste the alcohol without it breaking through too much. The finish is just a little watery but remains pleasant. Not the smoothest of drinks and the carbonation is noticeable, but remains the way I started this post. Decent.
This is gonna be hard.
This lil beauty is Dulle Teve (Mad bitch) from De dolle brewery standing at 10%. Refering to the start of this post, this will be hard because it is stupidly nice. It has a lot going for it, it gets many things just right. Strong, not too heavy, pleasant carbonation, inticing aroma, an array of flavours, yet balanced, silly name and it leaves you feeling satified. Also said it was hard because I’m having trouble describing it. Just want to drink it haha.
The aroma has fruit, but not berry or raisin like, more apple. A smiggen of citrus. Theres something else too, like a honey yeastiness. Meanwhile the taste is sweet, ever so slightly sour, sweet apple, yeasty and the alcohol is hidden very well. Pleasant texture, not super smooth, just enough carbonation. With a lingering finish, bittersweet with even some spice. (Even got a flatmate involved for this one)
Big yet mellow. Complex yet simple to enjoy. And a joy to talk/write about. A very very good beer.
(Now I have learnt that it can be kept for years without it changing too much, and then its starts to get a little bit sweeter. So really would like to buy two more, have one next year then another even later.)
Tonight we have Seef. Seriously that is all was on the site I bought it from and on the invoice haha. But it is brought to us from Antwerpse Brewery standing at 6.5%
I will admit that I have never had a bottle with intructions before. Had to pour two thirds of the glass, swirl the bottle somewhat and then finish pouring the last third. It went a lovely clear blonde to a murky hay blonde. Hope you like yeasty hay like drinks as that is what you get with this. With added sourness and a little lemony citrus like taste. A somewhat watery taste and finish as well. Smooth and clean finish too. The aroma is yeasty bread making, with sour notes. Guess the word floral should be in this post as well.
This is the style of drink where you take a big glup only to realise that you have hardly made a dent in it, it just wont go away. You can kind of guess that this isnt my kind of drink. If you have had a Hoegaarden then you have had this.