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2016 My Ten Most Memorable Beers

Obviously this post is a bit late… So, 2016 came and went, I mean its already mid-January 2017! Over 2016, I managed to try many many great beers, especially with a long trip to Europe over the summer which included Belgium and Denmark. This list of most memorable beers is not a list of beers that I rated most highly throughout this time, but simply, just as it says, most memorable to me. It includes all the beers that I’ve tried, including at tastings (usually at least 100ml), beer festivals or whatnot, and it does not matter whether I have reviewed them here or not. There is also no limit per brewery or per style, and is just listed in alphabetical order.

  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston | Belgium | Lambic (Gueuze)
  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken | Belgium | Lambic (Fruit)
  • Cantillon Carignan | Belgium | Lambic (Fruit)
  • Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise | Belgium | Lambic (Fruit)
  • De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Port Charlotte (peated) BA | Netherlands | Imperial Stout
  • Hill Farmstead Arthur | USA | Saison
  • Mikkeller Spontantripleblueberry | Denmark | Lambic (Fruit)
  • Põhjala x To Øl Cellar Series Taanilinn Cognac BA | Estonia | Imperial Stout
  • Sante Adairius West Ashley | USA | Wild Ale
  • Tilquin Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² À l’ancienne | Belgium | Lambic (Gueuze)

Interestingly, despite the IPA and Imperial IPA likely easily being my two most drank styles over the year (including a special fresh IPA tasting in Hong Kong that included a whole bunch of Treehouse, Trillium, Alchemist and Monkish beers), none of them made this list that is dominated by eight sour beers and two Imperial Stouts.

I have reviewed all the beers on this list except Hill Farmstead Arthur, which I had at our 2016 Hill Farmstead Christmas party tasting (post to come – ‘I think…’) at Club Qing. But at a tasting that also included Anna, Convivial Suaréz (Grassroots), Dorothy, Earl, Edith, Everett, Fear and Trembling, Florence, Genealogy, and Twilight of the Idols; Arthur ended up being my favourite. Brief TN – sour, tart, funk, lemon, straw and peach.

Anyway, feel free comment on what was your most memorable beers of 2016, and carry on drinking! You can always check out what I am drinking in 2017 on this blog, Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, Untapped and Instagram. Cheers!

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De Molen Blood Orange IPA

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Rye Beer
Other Notes: Pale Ale-ish (Fruit Rye IPA-ish). Malts – Pils, Crystal and Rye. Hops – Apollo, Simcoe and Cascade. Dry Hopped – Cascade, Citra and Mosaic. Other – blood orange zest.

Brewer Description: (from website) 160 Kilos of blood oranges were butchered for the bloodthirstiness of a new creation in the brew house. Blood Orange IPA. Dryhopped with Citra, Cascade and Mosaic.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.66
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle, self described as a pale ale-ish, fruit rye ipa-ish beer, bottled on 10th March 2016, poured into a small water glass (all they had at the hotel).
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy copper orange colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and lacing.
Aroma: Sharp orange peel, pine and a hint of tropical pineapple.
Taste: Orange, orange peel, caramel malt and a touch of pine.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Easy to drink, but I’m not getting as much blood orange as I would have liked. Only noticed after drinking and looking carefully at the bottle that the ingredients appear to state that only the zest of the blood orange was used.

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De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Port Charlotte (peated) BA

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 11%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Smoked Imperial Stout-ish. Malts – Pils, Caramel, Chocolate, Roasted and Brown. Hops – Saaz and Columbus.

Brewer Description: (from website) We were looking forward to this beer… and it turned out we were right to. With 11% ABV it’s a strong beer for beer lovers that enjoy their peated flavors. The original bitter coffee and chocolate flavors of Hel & Verdoemenis (translates as Hell & Damnation) are enriched with the peat, woody, roasty tastes of the exceptional Port Charlotte barrels. The beer aged in these barrels for over 6 months.

About Port Charlotte – Two miles south of Bruichladdich (Scotland), lies the village of Port Charlotte and ruins of Lochindaal Distillery, that ran spirit for 100 years between 1829 and 1929. The heavily peated Port Charlotte single malts of Bruichladdich are a tribute to the men who once worked this great, now silent, distillery. The spirit is matured in wooden barrels of the original old stone warehouses in Port Charlotte.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.59
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: On tap at Brouwcafe de Molen, into a De Molen snifter glass.
Appearance: It was black in colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: Whisky, chocolate, coffee, wood and liquorice.
Taste: Peat, whisky, coffee, chocolate and oak.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Brilliant! The base H&V was already very good. I thought that barrel aging it in peaty Port Charlotte barrels was even better as the nice peat and whisky notes make for a great sipper.

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De Molen Hoger & Lager

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 5.4%
Style: American Pale Lager / IPL

Brewer Description: (from De Molen taplist) Hoppy lager.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.73
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: On tap at Brouwcafe de Molen, into a De Molen tasting glass.
Appearance: It was a clear golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and excellent lacing.
Aroma: Honey, flowery, juicy fruits, mango, peach, lemon and grass.
Taste: Sweet and bitter, lemon, grapefruit and grass with a hint of mango.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice crisp and refreshing hoppy lager.

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De Molen Knippen & Scheren

Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 9.5%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: 56 IBUs. Malts – Pils and Caramel. Hops – bittering (Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe and Saaz), dry hop (Citra and Mosaic).

Brewer Description: (from De Molen Facebook post) Beer is like evolution: small mistakes lead to improved versions of already advanced life forms. So, when our bearded brewer “decided” to dry-hop one of our beers against its will… we got a wonderful interesting dry-hopped Belgian style triple. Perfect to warm your winter evenings!

We called the newly born Knippen & Scheren (Cut & Shave) because the brewer is obviously too hairy but it also means in Dutch that you’re going to tell someone how to do things the right way.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 12 fl oz pour on draft at The Roundhouse Chicken + Beer into a pint glass.
Appearance: It was a slightly hazy deep golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.
Aroma: A mix of citrus orange and tropical peach and mango with a hint of caramel.
Taste: Caramel malts, some pine and citrus grapefruit to start before a hit of butterscotch and honey towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to low carbonation.
Overall: The description says that this is a Tripel, but it definitely feels more like a Double IPA and even the bottle has the words Imperial IPA-ish on it. It’s a decent DIPA, and I would drink this again.

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