Category Archives: 1 – Poor (never again)

To Øl Vanilje Mælk

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 10.5%
Style: Stout – Milk Imperial
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Vanilla Milk Stout.

My rating: 1
My rating: 2.58
My rating: 2.4

Intro: A 375ml bottle, with a best before date of 9th January 2028. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a nice one finger brown head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, burnt vanilla, burnt sugar, with maybe notes of dark fruit, but really I think these burnt notes are hiding a lot.
Taste: Light roast, cocoa, followed by a whole lot of nutmeg, and something I don’t know how to describe, although I’m tempted to say metallic ashy gasoline.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I like To Øl, but this really didn’t work for me. A vanilla milk stout sounds amazing, but here, the vanilla in the aroma was burnt, and it wasn’t in the flavour, or otherwise morphed into something quite unpleasant with all that nutmeg or even the ‘metallic ashy gasoline’…


Omnipollo Antropomorf

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 0.3%
Style: Low / No Alcohol Beer
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from can) Double dry-hopped double vanilla double mango smoothie pale ale.

My rating: 1
My rating: 2.9
My rating: 2.5

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 8th August 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A not very appetising murky dark orange brownish green colour with a one finger white head that dissipated immediately to nothing and left only very sparse lacing. Lots of little black sediment floaties too.
Aroma: Vanilla, milky smoothie, and mango, with a touch of mandarin.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, milky, vanilla, soda, fruity, mango, mandarin, although a little watery.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I must admit I felt a little cheated when I found out this was a low alcohol beer with only 0.3% ABV, especially since this was like really expensive soda. The pour and look was absolutely terrible as it just looked really unappetising. The aroma was like a nice smoothie, but then taste went back to something poor again, as other than the vanilla, the fruit flavours were really light/watery, and just didn’t work for me.

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.