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

Timmermans Sloe Lambicus

Brewery: Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Country: Belgium
ABV: 3.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit Sweetened)
Other Notes: Canned Lambic, sweetened with sugar

Brewer Description: (from website) From its entrance in the glass, we already reveal the maturity of its basic fruit. Its dark ruby color announces many tasty satisfactions reminding that its base is the blackthorn, the fruit which exposes in maturity. Associated for the first time with a brewing fermentation, and married to a young lambic, thus acid, this beer ends in a rich taste browsing 3 delicious stages, from its introduction in mouth. It reveals successively its freshness by a powerful nose, a fruity flavor moderately spreaded with an acidity become modest and conjugated with a conclusion reminding its unpublished basic fruit.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.8

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 15th February 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A purplish ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, candy, dessert, blueberry, vanilla, berry soda.
Taste: Sweet, hard candy, blueberry, vanilla, blueberry milkshake, berry soda, jammy, syrupy, way too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, way too sweet such that it was uncomfortable.
Overall: Sweetened Lambic with sugar added, which is not my thing, as its generally too sweet for my palate, and this one was definitely way too sweet… so sweet that it was uncomfortable on my palate. Found out that sloe is blackthorn, but I haven’t tried the fruit before. In this case it seems to have resembled blueberry in aroma and taste. Very uncomplex for a fruit lambic, but it was the over sweetness that was the main downfall.

Gweilo Hopfensaft

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.9%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 25 IBUs. Limited Batch

Brewer Description: (from can) Hopfensaft NEIPA pays hommage to three German hops: Ariana, Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon. This medley of hops creates a juicy beer bursting with flavours of grapefruit, gooseberry, blackcurrant, orange, melon and vanilla. At 4.9%, it’s scarily sessionable!

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 3rd September 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A slightly murky dark orange colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Bready, citrus zest, grapefruit rind, melon and orange.
Taste: Bready malt base, melon, moderate bitterness, grapefruit zest and rind, citrus peel, orange, and tea.
Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aside from its hazy appearance, it doesn’t have the characteristics of a good NEIPA for me. There is fruit, but the juiciness seems restrained and the strong bready malt character takes over. I can only say that this one is not really for me.

BrewDog Tokyo*

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 16.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Intergalactic stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is a beer inspired by a 1980s space invaders game played in Japan’s capital. The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the pixelated arcade action have been painstakingly recreated in this bottle’s contents. We brew this complex Imperial Stout with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries, dry-hop it with a bucket-load of our favourite hops then carefully age it on French toasted oak chips. It’s all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must from time to time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

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

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 29th January 2026. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark malt, light char, oak, hints of dark fruit.
Taste: Sweet, caramel, syrupy, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, prunes, cranberry and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: As it warmed to a more Imperial Stout ‘ideal’ temperature, it actually became too sweet and syrupy for my liking. I actually enjoyed it more when the cold numbed and toned it down a bit. The combination of sweet and syrupy was just too much for me even just sipping, as there wasn’t enough roastiness to balance it.

La Trappe Isid’or

Brewery: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Other Notes: Trappist beer

Brewer Description: (from bottle) La Trappe Isid’or with it’s harmonious taste starts as a fruity flavour and then shifts to malty caramel; a perfect balance between complexity and simplicity.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of July 2020. Poured into a La Trappe goblet glass.
Appearance: A dark copper amber colour with a one finger beige head that had good retention and eventually settled to a nice thin replenishing layer while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, prunes, plum, fig, raisin, Belgian yeast, caramel and a touch herbal.
Taste: Sweet, dark fruit, plum, prunes, fig, raisin, followed by banana, clove, toffee and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Looks great and aroma was nice too. But it was sweet, too sweet for my liking. The sweetness was so strong that sipping it was the only way for me, and even that was too much at times.

Cascade Strawberry

Brewery: Cascade Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.1%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Northwest Sour Ale. Ale aged in oak barrels with strawberries and vanilla beans. 2015 project

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This NW sour ale is a blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with strawberries and vanilla beans.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.23
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy orange pinkish colour with a big two finger white head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, strawberry, jammy, oak, light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, strawberry, viney herbal notes, vinegar, oak, and maybe a splash of vanilla with light funk on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with strong prickly carbonation and acidic harshness.
Overall: Strawberry aroma come through nicely, but taste was quite vinegary and acidic which made it harsh and overpowers a lot of the fruit there might have been.