BrewDog Born To Die 27.11.15

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: 100 IBUs. Malts – Extra Pale, Marris Otter and Pale. Hops – Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imagine knowing how long you have to live. What would you do? Spend some time alone gathering your thoughts, before bowing out quietly, into the night? Or would you spend every last minute rocking out, burning your way through your last days on earth, then go out with a bang?

This savage IPA was born to die. Its mayfly existence has a solitary purpose – to be a kick-ass celebration of the power of hops. Born To Die is bitter as hell, super dry, and at its best as soon as you pick it up. If our existence truly is but a brief crack of light between two immensities of darkness, you should spend it drinking beer as awesome as this.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.62
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 660ml bottle born to die on 27th November 2015 and hence poured into a Duvel tulip glass and drank on such day.
Appearance: It poured an extremely clear golden colour with a frothy one finger white head. Retention is not so good but there is some minimal stringy and dotty lacing.
Aroma: Strong tropical aromas of pineapple and mango with hints of citrus lemon, orange and pine at the finish.
Taste: Starts out with some lemon, grapefruit and pine bitterness but the finish was sweet honey with hints of bready and caramel malts. It was perhaps a bit too sweet for me at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: Maybe my expectation was too high to begin with? But actually, it poured fantastically clear and the aromas were stunning. But tasting was where it started to go down. It just wasn’t as bitter as I hoped for a DIPA and the finish was just overly sweet for my liking.

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Mikkeller Nuclear Hop Assault

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from Mikkeller blog) A tribute to the metal band Nuclear Assault, this Double IPA is bright and crisp with a combination of citrus, peach and fresh cut grass on the nose. The flavors combine tons of lemon and grapefruit peel from the hybrid hops and is rounded out by sweet caramel notes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 200ml pour on draft at Mikkeller Bangkok into a mini stemmed wine glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head with good retention that leaves fluffy sticky lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple, grapefruit and piney with hints of breadiness.
Taste: Citrusy and bitter with citrus peel, grapefruit and a hint of lemon and grass. Biscuit like towards the end with lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
Overall: A great DIPA with nice bitterness. Another that I would pick up bottles of if I could.

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Mikkeller Spontancassis

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Barrel aged in oak barrels. Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij.

Brewer Description: (from Mikkeller webshop) In the spontan series we present Spontancassis – this time, forming an alliance with cassis (black currant) that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.22
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 200ml pour on draft at Mikkeller Bangkok into a mini stemmed wine glass.
Appearance: A deep dark-ish purple colour with a reddish hue and a thin half centimetre purplish pink head with minimal lacing.
Aroma: Light funk with leathery brett. Dark fruit, blackcurrant, sour berry, grape and vinegary tartness.
Taste: Tart, sour berries, blackcurrant and grape with barnyard funk. Hints of oak and sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
Overall: A solid fruit lambic that I would revisit again if I can find a bottle version. Very easy to drink.

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Mikkeller x Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS x Grassroots Brewing
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) India Pale Ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.26
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 200ml pour on draft at Mikkeller Bangkok into a mini stemmed wine glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a two finger white head with decent retention and nice clingy lacing.
Aroma: Brett funkiness with a mix of tropical pineapple, mango and citrus lemon, grapefruit aromas.
Taste: Fruity much like the aroma with mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit, whereas the brett here brings a tart and leathery element.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: This was very nice and balanced and very easy to drink. If I could get my hands on some bottles, I would definitely pick up a few.

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mathilda Soleil

Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Country: Germany
ABV: 7%
Style: German Weizenbock
Other Notes: 2015 Limited Edition available from mid-March 2015.

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) “Mathilda Soleil” – the unique special edition, named after our strong-minded head of the brewery, Mathilde Schneider (in 1907 she presented Bavaria’s first wheat doppelbock). Her pioneering spirit is our claim today – thanks to this new, specially cultivated hops, this special and limited wheat beer edition brings a sparkling and unique treat. It is spicy and nutty with a sunny and refreshing note of apples, pears and quince and still has a dry and drinkable finish – it is the perfect drink for sunny afternoons just by itself or to paired with lightly spicy or with nutty dishes. Cheers, Mathilda!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.23
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 1st February 2017.
Appearance: Poured a cloudy dark golden straw colour with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet banana, clove, brown sugar and light caramel.
Taste: Starts with banana and clove followed by citrus, floral, apple, pear elements and light spice.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied, zesty, lively carbonation.
Overall: Another first for me with my first Weizenbock. The flavours were great and the zesty and lively carbonation were spot on. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again.

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