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Wild Beer Evolver IPA

Brewery: The Wild Beer Co.
Country: England
ABV: 5.8%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hops + Brettanomyces + Hops

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We believe exceptional brewing stems from imagination and passion, it’s not just a process. By embracing our love of wild yeast strains and not being confined by rules, tradition or ingredients, we can add a Wild 5th ingredient or process to our beers. We want to give you a truly memorable drinking experience, altering your perceptions and thrilling your taste buds. Drink Wildly Different.
The exploration of yeast strains and the different results we can achieve are beautifully exemplified in Evolver, a pale ale with a difference. 100% fermented with brettanomyces, a naturally occurring wild yeast. For the first 3 months the beer tastes the same as a fresh pale ale, then the differing flavour compounds start to shine through and after 6 months the brett really takes hold.
The brettanomyces yeast is particularly good at keeping hop flavours fresh for far longer than traditional brewing yeasts. The Evolver takes on a more complex character over time as the yeast and the hops combine to produce a new and exciting beer that will continue to evolve as the yeast slowly matures the beer.
This is a beer that can be drink fresh, as a normal pale ale should be, or left to evolve and mature into a unique and unusual beer.

My rating: 1
My rating: 2.91
My rating: 2.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 26th June 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma: Generally quite light, but what I do get is light funk and brett with some tropical peach and mango and maybe a touch of orange.
Taste: Funky, brett, light pepper spice, moderate bitterness, some lemon and hints of peach.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nope, I didn’t get this one. Aroma while too light, was nice, but everything else just didn’t really go with each other and just seemed out of sync.




Mikkeller Raspberries & Cream

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 5.2%
Style: Cream Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Ale brewed with raspberries.

My rating: 1
My rating: 2.55
My rating: 2.4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 20th April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A murky orange colour with a two finger off white head that had pretty good retention and left good lacing.
Aroma: Raspberries with a little dust.
Taste: Raspberries upfront but only for a second. There’s maybe some cream and vanilla mixed with some not so nice butter and a weird chemical like finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: I don’t know, something went wrong here. Aromas were fine, if a little dusty, but taste is where it all went wrong.




Hanssens Experimental Raspberry

Brewery: Hanssens Artisanaal
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.

My rating: 1
My rating: 3.02
My rating: 2.7

Intro: A 12.7 fl.oz. bottle bottled in April 2016 (notched in label) and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear cherry red colour with an orange pinkish hue, with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Raspberry, strawberry, berry gummy candies, grape jelly and some light funkiness.
Taste: Sour, extremely sour, overly and harsh acidity, vinegar, funkiness and light fruity raspberry that is largely hidden in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, no carbonation and a short but sharp harsh acidic burn.
Overall: It smells great but beer with no carbonation is not my thing. In addition, it was harsh and overly acidic such that it was almost undrinkable.




Yeastie Boys White Noise

Brewery: Yeastie Boys
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 4.4%
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Other Notes: Brewed for Yeastie Boys at Invercargill Brewery.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A delicate session-strength beer with hints of orange blossom, coconut, vanilla and a refreshingly clean finish.

My rating: 1
My rating: 2.7
My rating: 2.5

Intro: A 330ml bottle from batch 6 with a best before date of June 2016 and poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden straw colour with minimal white head with some stringy lacing.
Aroma: Light aromas of orange and peach with maybe a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Orange and floral tea with coconut in the background followed by some vanilla towards the end. However, the coconut mixed with the vanilla for some reason gave me a plastic-ey taste that wasn’t too pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: It was kind of fine until the vanilla came out. That mixed with the coconut really didn’t work here for me unfortunately.

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Mikkeller MAD4 Refshaleøen Sour

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Euro Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from website) Beer brewed with blackthorn berries.

My rating: 1
My rating: 2.62
My rating: 2.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 7th February 2016, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a rather unappealing murky light mud brown colour. Looks like a cloudy thick apple juice. There was a one finger frothy and thick off white head that settles down to a thin but puffy layer with some thick sticky lacing.
Aroma: Somewhat sour funkiness with a fruity element leaning towards apple juice and cider. There is also an acidic vinegary touch.
Taste: Tart and sour at the beginning but there is no distinct lasting flavour but some bitterness. Its like as soon you get the sourness, something just cancels out all taste and its weird. Hint of vinegar, blueberry and apple, but at the same time, not really.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.
Overall: Sour beers are good, but this was just a mess. The aromas were fine, but its taste and especially its appearance left something to be desired. I believe this was brewed once only, and that’s probably a good thing. Definitely not going for this again.




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