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To Øl Nelson Survin

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 9%
Style: Euro Sour Ale
Other Notes: Sour mashed Double India Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Continuing the sour fling – this is our sour DIPA boasting with Nelson Sauvin hops. Crazy tropical sour notes, all in one beer. We call it Sourvin…

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd June 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A murky cloudy orange brown colour with a one finger beige head that had decent retention and some lacing.
Aroma: White wine, grape, apple, lemon and orange.
Taste: Sour, tart, pineapple, apricot, white wine, grapes, apple cider vinegar, grapefruit zest and some light funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation with some alcohol coming through.
Overall: This didn’t really come together for me. The sourness just felt like it was missing something and there was just a bit too much alcohol showing for the style… although granted, it is 9% ABV.

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To Øl Berry White

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 5%
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: White Ale brewed with blueberries and blackberries. Brewed and bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We did our best to create a tempting, romantic white ale brewed with blackberries and blueberries. It’ll make you feel this way, like a first morning dew on a brand new day.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd February 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark reddish purple colour with a two finger pink head that had good retention and left great lacing.
Aroma: Mixed berries juice. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and grape.
Taste: Lightly tart, with blackberries, blueberries, grape and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Very juicy and nice to drink. Not much of the White Ale base really seems to come through, if at all. But that doesn’t take away from it, and its refreshing, fruity character.

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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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To Øl Sur Simcoe

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 4.5%
Style: Euro Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour Simcoe Session Pale Ale. Seducingly subtle savoury pale ale brewed for everyone with a cling for sour beers.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 8th February 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Sour, mango, passionfruit, white grape and grapefruit with some light funk and grass.
Taste: Sour white/green grapes with a touch of grapefruit and lemon. Reminds me of a sour version of those muscat gummy candies.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing and easy to drink. I preferred this over the Sur Amarillo. I’m just a sucker for those muscat gummy candies.

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To Øl Sur Amarillo

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Euro Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Please welcome Sur Amarillo – a sour Pale Ale brewed with wheat and dry hopped over and over with Amarillo hop to give a flowerful tart Imperial Pale Ale.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 15th June 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark copper orange colour with a big three finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Sour and very fruit forward with lemon, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, passionfruit, lychee, peach and a touch of pepper spice.
Taste: Fruity, sour and tart throughout. A good mix of citrus and tropical with orange, lemon, mango, pineapple, lychee, peach and apricot. There’s a light citrus rind bitterness mixed in there with caramel and a spice pepper finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation and dry on the finish.
Overall: Enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink despite it being 7.5% abv.

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