So here we are at the final beer from me for this years glorious advent calendar. And what a creepy one it is. Here we have Padrino from Edge brewering standing at 6.9%. A strong and delicious porter. Even if it was after five doom bars, christmas dinner and a gin and tonic, this was still a very welcome drink. Was pleasantly suprised at the mellow coffee but robust chocolate aroma’s, with some hints of dark fruits. The taste invloves a mixture of vanilla, chocolate, maltiness, darker fruits and a lining of sweetness. Texture is super smooth and not clingy at all. While the aftertaste is sweet and rich, encouraging you to drink more. A nice beer of finish with.
Thank you one and all for visiting and seeing my daily rambles over beers. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and bring on the new year.
Here we have Achel from Trappist brewery (with a much longer name) standing at 9%. Its a Trappist, the hideous label says its a trappist. And its smells and tastes like a trappist. Was sipping this between games of Yahtzee and cards so this review wont be so in depth. Was pleasant but nothing new and did exactly what it said on the tin.
This afternoon here we have Special extra export stout from De dolle brewery standing at 9%. This is earlier than normal today as I’m going back up north for christmas later on. So I kinda had this with a late breakfast with waffles. The aroma is alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. When pouring it was very lively and frothy, but it mellowed out quickly and the head just disappeared. Thankfully the carbonation is present but not intrusive. The taste is actually red wine like, with chocolate, coffee, dark sugar, alcoholic strength, dark fruits, begins spicy then becomes bitter. Aftertaste carries on the bitterness but doesn’t go to overboard, I wouldn’t say this is smooth or clingy either. Pleasantly complex and balanced. Plus I’m interested in the refermented bit.
This is Monsieur Rock from Greenbrew brewery standing at 6.6%.
Even more so when I later found out that it was actually Meantime brewery. Who are kings of bland (purely in my opinion of course). Taste is lightly fruity with light spice and the rest gets blocked by the high carbonation. Aroma is yeast. Aftertaste isn’t to bad though, lightly bitter and clean. I’m done with this one 🙂
This one took me by suprise. This one is Blanche de Bruxelles from Lefebvre brewery standing at 4.5%. From pouring it, which is one of the palest beers I can think of ever having, I really expected to by smacked by a sour taste. Only to get an extremely mellow taste. To which I am having so much trouble trying to figure out just what I can taste. After a proper think I want to say it is appley, hints of orange and peach, but unbelievably lightly. The aroma is soapy with a smidgen of citrus.This is rare for me but the carbonation is fun, soft and completely unintrusive. The texture shares these qualities. The aftertaste is somehow not watery or unpleasant, it is a little sharp then very clean, lightly crisp even.
As uneventful as this is, I think I’m a little bit smitten with this lil white beer.
I remember getting this one just to torture myself I’m sure. Just on the off chance that I might have had a dodgy rye beer or two, but nope rye just doesn’t seem to be my kinda thing for beers. Thankfully another fear I had, the raspberry part, isn’t too sour. The aroma is raspberries, tarte raspberries, sour dough and yeast. The taste is rather tarte, short, punchy, a little watery and it does actually taste of raspberries, unlike many fruit beers of the past. I’m also glad that it doesnt make me think of juice but actually a beer, unlike many fruit beers of the past. Aftertaste is watery and clean. A very thin beer with very low carbonation. This has been Red raspberry rye from Buxton brewery standing at 4.9%. I will not be having it again.
Oh boy, so much beer over the last few days, time to chill out with another beer then.
Here we have 10 from XT Brewery standing at 4.5%. Theres no way around this, it is a good stout, but thats it. The texture is nice and oily smooth, very low carbonation and medium body actually. The aroma is a good level of coffee, roasted malts and a hint of powdery chocolate. The taste is the same but with added liquorice, toffee and a bitter punch as you put the glass down, which disappears quickly and leaves you with a slight watery aftertaste. Quite a balanced drink.
This is extreamly hard to review as I’ve just come back from a brazilian BBQ where I had enough meat to last for a week. Then followed by some awkward bar hopping. And I’m currently over hyped listening to my own random youtube music playlist.
So lets start from the beginning, here we have Petrus, from Brabandere brewery (which took ages to find out) standing at 8.5%. And yes, there are fookin’ flowers on the label! and I love it. Will admit that the image of said flowers made me expect a hibiscus flavour. Which it doesnt at all by the way. Lets rock with the real thoughts, the aroma is punchy cherry (also made me think of cranberry) and alcohol and a zing, good stuff. The head clings to the glass for the whole duration. The taste is cherry, sour yet has an edge of sweet and really has a chunk of red wine characteristics. After taste is quick, dry, still cherry once again and my word does it make you want more.
Me and red beers have a history. I’m always attracted to them but I’m always know that they will disappoint me. But this is finally an exception. There is zero complexity to this, but the unadulterated cherry, sour and sweet combo just gets me.
Here we have Jambe-de-bois from De la senne brewery standing at 8%. Think I’ve had a few Triple’s this time around. As you can see the colour is a murky blonde and keeps a decent head. Aroma wise it is yeasty, some malt, alcohol and a zest of a fruit, an orange after another whiff. Taste also has those characteristics but the fruitiness of it dies down and its becomes more bitter, which is actually quite nice. The aftertaste is equally building on the bitter side and leaves you wanting more. The glass is emptying quite faster than I realised, so its quite drinkable too.
Didn’t think too much of this when I started but its really grown on me. Tonight we have Pannepot from Struise Brewery standing at 10%. Its a little beast that gets under your skin. The inviting aroma of dates, dark fruits, alcohol, deep malts and to my suprise, spices. Yes it says on the bottle but how often is the blurp on a label actually true. The taste is liquoricey, slighty malty, darks fruits, there’s a sweetness mixed with a bitterness which is very pleasant, with a subtle sharpness to round things off. While the alcoholic strength is very well hidden somehow. I wouldnt call it oily in texture but certainly thick with low carbonation thats just right for this beer. The aftertaste is sharp and fruity with a real nice warming alcohol feeling.
This beer is a real treat. Very close in style to my absolute favourite beer as well. I seem to like bottle conditioned beers. Highly recommended.