Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal Saison

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 4.2%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Artisan ale aged in oak barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Vielle meaning “Old” is an artisanal barrel-aged Saison, lightly dry hopped.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.61
My rating: 3.5

Intro: A 375ml bottle bottled in April 2015 and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly but left some light lacing.
Aroma: Brett, barnyard funk, lemon, tart, oak and pepper spice.
Taste: Light, everything was light. Light sourness, light tart, light lemon, light pepper, light oak and light funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Despite everything in the taste being quite light, it was still nice and refreshing.



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Crooked Stave Progenitor

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 1. Dry hopped golden sour ale. 2. Ancestral form from which others are derived.

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.5
My rating: 4.4

Intro: A 375ml bottle bottled in May 2015 poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden colour with a big three finger white head and pretty good retention that leaves a nice ring of lacing.
Aroma: Sour, tart and very fruity with citrus grapefruit, lemon rind, orange followed by tropical mango, passion fruit and peach. There’s a hint of funk.
Taste: Like the aroma, its sour and tart. Orange and grapefruit dominate with a hint of lemon, mango and funk in the background.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Thoroughly enjoyable fruity and juicy sourness makes it very easy to drink.



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Plzeňský Prazdroj Pilsner Urquell

Brewery: Plzeňský Prazdroj
Country: Czech Republic
ABV: 4.4%
Style: Czech Pilsner
Other Notes: Brewed in Plzeň, Czech, the original pilsner

Brewer Description: (from can) The citizen’s brewery of Plzeň brewed the world’s first golden pilsner and never stopped. We make it in the same way, in the same place, with 100% of our ingredients from the same farming regions in Czech, as always.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.47
My rating: 3.4

Intro: A 500ml can canned on 2nd February 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured an extremely clear golden colour with a three finger white head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Grassy and honey aromas with a hint of grain and floral.
Taste: Sweet honey and grain with some biscuit, toast and grass plus a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice refreshing easy to drink Pilsner.



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Garage Project Baltic Porter

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 8%
Style: Baltic Porter
Other Notes: Brewed with a touch of smoked malt

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A beer needs to be dressed in the best. Poor Baltic Porter, favourite tipple of the Czars and one of our most popular dark beers, never had a stitch to wear. But now the face of Baltic is bear not bare, naked no longer thanks to the irreverent creative mischief of local gone global art collective & clothing brand ALC. With new threads and a quirky take on the traditional, Baltic is stepping out in fine style. Huge ups to ALC.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.75
My rating: 3.5

Intro: A 650ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd November 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a reddish hue and a big three finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Caramel, roasted malts, molasses, coke sweetness and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Caramel, dark fruit sweetness of plum and prunes, chocolate, molasses and some light char and smoke on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high prickly carbonation.
Overall: A pretty good Baltic Porter taste wise, but I felt that the body was too light and the carbonation slightly on the high side. Having said that, as it is, it does go down easy.



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Mikkeller Invasion Farmhouse IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Farmhouse India Pale Ale bottled with Brettanomyces.

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.65
My rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml caged and corked bottle from Batch #4, bottled in October 2015. Poured into a Mikkeller long stemmed tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head with good retention and left great lacing.
Aroma: Big juicy tropical mango and pineapple, citrus lemon, lemon peel, lime, orange, some brett and funk with a hint of black peppercorn and herbs.
Taste: Quite similar to the aromas with tropical mango and pineapple shouting out followed by lots of citrus lemon and orange, peel and rind. There’s some light farmhouse funk, hay and pepper spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Brilliant. Brett doesn’t always work, but it works so well in this Farmhouse IPA. Very nice tropical and citrus aromas and taste that worked well together and coupled with the light farmhouse funkiness was very balanced. The 8% abv just did not feel like it was there and I was drinking it like it was a sessionable beer. A must buy beer in my book.



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