Category Archives: Cream Ale

The Bruery x Funky Buddha ¡Guava Libre!

Brewery: The Bruery x Funky Buddha Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Cream Ale
Other Notes: This collaborative brew with our Floridian friends takes a page out of both of our books – a bold, experimental beer with culinary inspiration. Specifically, a Cuban guava pastry

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Cream Ale brewed with lactose with guava and vanilla added. This sensory getaway transports you to a corner bodega with our friends at Funky Buddha in South Florida to recreate the flavors you’d find in a “pastelito de guayaba.” Championing the big, bold flavors that both of our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, adding lactose and vanilla to impart sweet, custard-like ribbons, and guava for filling its conceptual authenticity. It’s a collaboration that’s equal parts inspiration and admiration.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch #430, bottled on 11th April 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: Very cloudy, dark orange murkiness with a one finger off white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Heavy vanilla, condensed milk, caramelising sugar and guava with perhaps hints of caramel.
Taste: Sweetish, toasted malts, vanilla, sugar, milk with hints of guava and other mixed tropical fruits.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Not entirely what I expected as there was a lot less fruit and/or guava than expected, whereas the vanilla, milk, lactose were really dominant and perhaps overly so in my opinion.

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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 beeradvocate.com rating: 2.55
My ratebeer.com 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.

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