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

Boon Faro

Brewery: Brouwerij Boon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Faro)

Brewer Description: (from website) Faro Boon is a beer of spontaneous fermentation for which “meertsbier” and old Lambic are blended together. The light brown colour and sour-sweet taste are attained by adding candy sugar before bottling.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 250ml bottle with a best before date of 23rd January 2019. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly but settles to a thin but replenishing layer. No lacing.
Aroma: Sweet-ish plum, apple juice, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar.
Taste: Sweet sweet apple, apple juice, brown sugar and maybe some herbal notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was overly sweet for me, even though it was easy to drink.

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Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 56 IBUs. Featured hops – Loral

Brewer Description: (from can) A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility fall to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing vanguards brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, brewed with a striking array of hops, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 18th May 2017, with an enjoy by date of 18th May 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lemon zest, floral tea, dank pine, herbal and a light spicy pepper feel.
Taste: Floral and herbal character is quite strong with lots of fruity lemon, lime and melon in the background. There is also some pine, honey and a light pepper bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is just ok for me as I’m not too fond of overly floral flavours and unfortunately for me, this IPA really has quite a bit. The citrus and melon combo was nice, but I just couldn’t get away from the floral.

Mikkeller IIPA Simcoe

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8.9%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single hop IIPA – Simcoe

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.47
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 15th November 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller tasting glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Candied pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine and caramel.
Taste: Sweet and only lightly bitter, caramel, citrus rind, honey, pine and surprisingly strong alcohol especially since it was well hidden with Citra and Mosaic.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aromas were pretty nice but the surprisingly strong alcohol in the taste was not pleasant on the palate. Not as good as Citra and Mosaic.

Mikkeller IIPA Cascade

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8.9%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single hop IIPA – Cascade.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 15th November 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller tasting glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger frothy white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange juice, honey, pine and caramel with hints of grapefruit.
Taste: Bittersweet orange juice, grapefruit, pine and caramel while at the same time, quite boozy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was one was not really for me. My least favourite of the four single hop IIPA’s that I tried. It was the clear booziness that took away from my fully appreciating this.

Three Floyds x Mikkeller x Warpigs Black Flame

Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co. x Mikkeller ApS x Warpigs Brewpub
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: American Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from website) The Black Flame (La Flama Negro). It burns bright for those who care to notice. It takes a true beer lover to stray from the norm and experience real flavor. If you can’t handle the black flame, you can’t handle adventure. Made in conjunction with Mikkeller.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.42
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 22oz bomber, I think bottled in 2015 (but nothing clearly marked on the bottle). Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It was black in colour with a dark brown hue on the sides and a one finger mocha head that had decent retention and left some nice small spotty lacing.
Aroma: Orange citrus fruitiness and milk chocolate with hints of roasty coffee and some kind of spiciness.
Taste: Milk chocolate and molasses sweetness, roasted coffee and orange citrus with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: You’d think that orange and chocolate flavours go well together, and it started off ok enough. But after a while, it just felt a bit too sweet and hard to finish. The orange was overpowering compared to the chocolate and I think it would have been better if it was the other way around. Just didn’t quite work for me.