Category Archives: 2 – Maybe (wouldn’t buy, but will drink)

Beerbliotek Nah… Just Had Some Ice Cream

Brewery: Beerbliotek
Country: Sweden
ABV: 3.5%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: 330ml of 2800L. Blueberry & Lactose Berliner

Brewer Description: (from can) In this Berliner, which is our eighth in this series, we mixed a blend of Blueberries, Lactose and Vanilla to create a wonderfully colourful, semi-sour, low ABV beer. Perfect for winter, as it will remind you of summer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 20th December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice clear ruby red colour with a purplish hue and a one finger pink head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Berry fruit, vanilla, ice cream and yoghurt.
Taste: It was like watered down mixed berry juice with hints of vanilla, lactose and yoghurt. The taste disappears to nothing quite fast.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Tastes too watered down for me to enjoy it fully and on top of that, the taste disappears really fast from your mouth and just leaves you with nothingness.

Garage Project Touch Wood

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 9%
Style: Belgian Tripel
Other Notes: Elderflower & honey Tripel

Brewer Description: (from inner paper wrap) According to folklore, the Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a tree imbued with a deep magic. It was said to ward off evil and even that couples who drank an ale infused with the Elderflower would marry within the year. In Denmark a female wood spirit called Hylde-Moer was said to inhabit the tree – woe betide anyone who took from the elder without its permission. The origins of the term ‘touch wood’ come from this desire to placate these woodland spirits. Here, malted barley and wheat infused with Elderflower sugar syrup, fresh Elferflowers and honey create a beer alive with the verdant joy of Spring. You need a bit of good luck to pull off a beer like this – so ‘touch wood’ (and be very careful who you drink it with)!

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.26
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 650ml paper wrapped, stickered and string tied bottle. Bottle 1131/8500. Only when you unwrap the bottle do you see a best before date, which was 15th December 2016. It is very annoying when BB or bottled on dates are hidden like this, and I am perfectly fine with reviewing this beer even though its past BB date, because of this. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Honey, pear, flowers (which I will assume is elderflower since I do not know what that smells like), apple skin and light pepper.
Taste: Lightly sweet, honey, light caramel, pear, apple skin and flowery with some alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok, but not close to being among my favourite Tripels. I prefer fruity over flowery, and all good Tripels can hide their alcohol well, which was not the case here.

Reninge Bitter Blond à Lambiek

Brewery: Seizoensbrouwerij Vandewalle
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8%
Style: Euro Sour Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle paper wrap) High fermentation beer with a positive taste evolution because of the refermentation in the bottle. Handcraft beer based on natural ingredients: water, barley, malt, hop from Poperinge (40%), live yeast and lambic. This beer is brewed using three different flavours of bitter hop and has unmistakable fresh taste. After the main fermentation, this beer is blended with Lambic and matures for eight months in the bottle. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Preserve this beer upright in a cool and dark place, preferably with a steady temperature of 4-6°C. Pour out slowly in a dry and neat glass.

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

Intro: A 375ml paper wrapped, corked and caged bottle, bottled on 11th November 2013 and a statement that says it preserves up to 4 years after bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku.
Appearance: A hazy copper orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart citrus tangerine, funk, earthiness, oak and a herbal element.
Taste: There’s a light sweetness, followed by some bitter orange rind, sour lemon juice and a mix of dusty, funky and herbal elements.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok with interesting sweet, bitter and sour, but I wasn’t too fond of the herbal aspects that were there.

Hanssens Oudbeitje

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

Brewer Description: (from bottle) (translated from Dutch) Pure Lambic, with fresh strawberries, 100% natural product.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.8

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a notched Lotnr of H (not sure what this means). Then there are two dates. The first I translated from Dutch to: “to consume preferably before” 7th August 2027. The second I translated from French to: “best before” 7th August 2034. Not sure why there are two different dates for different languages. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden orange colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Oak, vinegar, acidity, strawberry and funky.
Taste: Sour, tart and acidic with notes of vinegar and berries.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with extremely low to no carbonation and quite a harsh acidic feel.
Overall: For me, this could use more carbonation. In addition, I wasn’t really getting much strawberries in the flavour, and any berry flavour I did get was quite light. The main thing though was the quite harsh acidity as each swallow felt a light burn on my throat.

Samuel Adams (Barrel Room Collection) New World Tripel

Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: Belgian Tripel
Other Notes: A Golden Tripel with notes of spice and tropical fruit

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This Tripel was born from the Old World Belgian technique of barrel aging and the New World of craft brewing innovation. With its pale golden color and uniquely refreshing taste, this big flavorful, and complex brew has a subtle herbal hop character combined with the tropical fruit and spice notes of its special Belgian yeast. One of our brewers’ favorite places to experiment is in the barrel room at our Boston Brewery. It’s here that each of our Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection brews was born.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 1pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 1st February 2018. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A clear dark copper orange colour with a slightly less than two finger off white head that had great retention, eventually settling down to a nice creamy layer, while leaving great curtain like lacing.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, banana, clove, honey and pear with hints of spice.
Taste: Some light banana and clove at the beginning, followed by spice, candi sugar, orange and pineapple with quite a strong hit of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: It looks great, and smells nice, but the strong alcohol on the finish was quite harsh in my opinion.

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