Category Archives: 2 – Maybe (likely wouldn’t buy, might drink)

BIIR White IPA

Brewery: BIIR
Country: Spain
ABV: 6.8%
Style: IPA – White
Other Notes: Version 2.0

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A precise & unique craft ale combining the best of two brewing cultures: the tradition of the Belgian Witbier and the innovation of the American IPA.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of 16th September 2022. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a big three finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Wheat, hay, citrusy, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, orange marmalade, with light peppery notes.
Taste: Light to moderately bitter, lemon zest, orange, coriander, grass, hay, but felt a little watered down.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: The aroma was enjoyable, but the taste doesn’t really work for me as it wasn’t better than the average Belgian Wit, nor was it better than the average IPA. It just seemed a Iittle watered down to me.

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Siren Pombango

Brewery: Siren Craft Brew
Country: England
ABV: 8.8%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Barrel aged grapefruit & mango sour

Brewer Description: (from can) A rare treat from our barrel store, only previously available at very special events! Pombango is a bourbon barrel aged Pompelmocello, blended with mango purée and fresh Pompelmocello. The resulting beer is cocktail-esque, vibrant with tropical fruits and refreshing sourness.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 19th August 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A nice clear dark copper orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet-ish, dark fruit, raisin, brandy, bourbon, oak, with notes of mango and even lighter notes of grapefruit peel.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, sweet and sour, dark fruit, raisin, grapes, brandy, bourbon, oak, mango, grapefruit, a little syrupy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I’m a little unsure about this one as I’m on and off with each sip. I think in the end, it has this sweet syrupy note, like raisins doused in sugar syrup, that I found to be too much, probably from the barrel. Maybe if it was more sour, I would have enjoyed it more.

Trillium Double Apricot Stonington

Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Farmhouse Saison – Fruit
Other Notes: New England Wild Saison with apricot aged in oak barrels. Hops – US Goldings. Malts – Valley Pilsner, Valley Danko Rye and Valley Wheat. Adjuncts – Apricots

Brewer Description: (from website) The base beer for Double Apricot Stonington was brewed with 100% Valley Malt and fermented by our native New England mixed culture which was collected from grape skins at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT where JC & Esther Tetreault were married. This New England Saison is aged in French oak Chardonnay casks for sixteen months to layer in a bright vinous character before being blended back into stainless to carry out a secondary fermentation on 4.5 pounds of apricots per gallon for three months.

Out of the bottle, Double Apricot Stonington pours a hazy orange color, immediately announcing itself by swirling a bevy of stone fruit aromatics with undertones of bright white wine, lightly toasted oak and a mild funk. The amplified quantity of fruit used intensifies flavors of apricot nectar, yellow peach, overripe pineapple and tart, freshly squeezed orange that meld together and crash over the palate in bold waves. Balanced by a light biscuity malt backbone, Double Apricot Stonington is splendidly sour with a crisp, semisweet finish accentuated by an elegant floral note and bellini-like effervescence.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled on 1st November 2018. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange juice orange colour, with a very thin off white head that disappeared almost immediately, and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, intense apricot, with notes of peach and oak.
Taste: Sharp, intense sour, tart, apricot, with a hint of oak and white wine.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: While the flavour wasn’t bad, it could not hide the balance which was off, as the sourness was just too sharp and intense that it distracts from, and hides the other flavours. It also felt rather uncomfortable at times, and just wasn’t easy to drink.

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bruichladdich BA Brett

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 11%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout-ish

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bruichladdich BA, brett yeast (give it some time please).

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.7

Intro: A 330ml black waxed bottle, bottled on 28th January 2016, with a best before date of 28th January 2041. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Aroma is quite complex, whisky, dark fruit, brett, dark malt, light roast, chocolate, oak, boozy.
Taste: Light roast, earthy, dark malt, chocolate, whisky, herbal, slightly sour, medicinal.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I don’t know. The aroma was quite complex but it was on and off. Every time I took a whiff, it changed a bit. But the taste really didn’t work for me. It didn’t really come together. I tried the Bruichladdich (peated) BA after this, and that was enjoyable. The brett just didn’t do anything for me here.

Flying Monkeys Acadian Groove

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Canadian Maple Porter

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sugar Season – Acadian Groove emerges from the changing tempo of Spring in rural Ontario. Here, we go with the flow of 3000 tapped trees and jam with the full-flavored dark syrup that Breedon’s Maple Farm sweetly pulls from the soul of that sappy stream. That syrup lends our Imperial Maple Porter its caramelized sweet taste that’s unique to the land of the Flying Monkeys.

Imperial Maple Porter – Tantalizing aromas of maple and sweet roasted malts are more than Canadian kitsch in our maple beer: they are a remembrance of the rural rhythms our lives in Ontario. Layered with the plump, creamy flavour and aroma of split vanilla pods with undercurrents of light coffee and chocolate, the warmth of this 10% ABV beer embraces the promise of spring.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle with the bottled on date smudged out, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than two years. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A dark amber brown colour with a slightly less than one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dark malt, doughy, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, brown sugar.
Taste: Sweet dark malt, maple syrup, doughy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, slight bitterness, with notes of nuts.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: On the whole it was too sweet and doughy for my liking. It wasn’t as balanced as it could have been and I was hoping for more roast, chocolate and bitterness.