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Zinnebir (372 of 1001)

January 15, 2018 1 comment

Rating: 3.75

The first of two beers that I picked up from Brasserie de la Senne recently, both from a new bottle shop fairly close to my flat with the first of the two being a beer that features on the 1001 beers list as well. Originally brewed back in 2002 when the brewery was still known as Sint-Pieters before being renamed in 2005, this was one of the first beers that the brewery produced and still appears to be one of their most popular too with demand regularly outstripping capacity so I’m glad this is one that I’ve finally been able to track down and try.

Appearance (4/5): A pale, almost apricot amber colour that was quite hazy and topped with a half centimetre tall head that was foamy white and looked quite fluffy.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with quite a lot of Belgian yeast, the beer seemed lively with some citrus notes initially and touches of spice in there too; some coriander and cloves both featuring. The beer was fresh with some orange peel and pale malts around the middle before some bread malts, nutmeg and a slightly warming aroma seen things out.
Taste (7/10): Fruity with some nice pale malts kicking things off, there was some orange zest and lemon alongside some pale bread malts and apples. The beer had quite a lot of Belgian yeast coming through and this helped add to some spice with coriander, cloves and a little nutmeg all carrying over from the nose before a candy sweetness seen things out nicely.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and quite fluffy beer on the palate, this one was strongly carbonated and sharp with a fresh and lively feel that had a faint touch of warming alcohol towards the end and some hop bitterness in there too.

Overall (15/20): Very much a Belgian style beer that opened with a lot of yeast and some subtle spices with the odd hop showing as well. It was  afresh beer that had plenty orange zest and lemon coming through alongside some background fruits that included apples, grape and some pears, all working well together and going down nicely.

Brewed In: Brussels, Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie de la Senne
First Brewed: 2002
Type: Belgian Pale Ale
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Wee Beer Shop (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA (371 of 1001)

December 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.65

A final review of from the Japanese beers that I picked in Tokyo at the start of October, just before heading home from Japan and another that features in the 1001 beers list; likely my last review of a Japanese beer from the list for a while now that I’m back in the UK again. After reviewing this one, I’ll be left with only another six Japanese beers from the 1001 beers list to try but one of those appears to no longer be in production so I’m not sure how likely it is that I’ll ever get to try that one sadly. This particular offering is a beer from the Sankt Gallen brewery, the parent company of which used to run a bar in the Roppongi district of Tokyo before opening this brewery in 1997 near Yokohama; initially brewing a golden ale, a pale ale and a porter before expanding in the years to follow

Appearance (4/5): A nice, bright amber colour that had a slightly hazy body topped with a centimetre and a half tall head that was white and foamy with a few bubbles through it and had good initial retention as well; there was a little lacing left on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (6/10): Relatively light on the nose without being an overly weak offering, this one opened with some initial hop bitterness and a few touches of pine before some nice grassy notes started to come through along with some citrus further on. It was a fresh beer with some bread malts and a couple of floral touches towards the end but it could have been a bit stronger.
Taste (7/10): The taste follows on well from the nose with some nice pine and citrus hops coming through early on, with some grassy hops taking more of a backseat this time around. There was some floral touches towards the middle and the beer seemed more resinous tasting than the nose smelt but it was definitely a fresh offering that had some nice orange and grapefruit flavours nearer the end before some biscuit malts and an earthy bitterness seen things out nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite fresh, the beer started a little lighter on the nose that expected but there was more of a strong, resinous feel to it come the taste and there was plenty of bitterness too. I got a slight citrus tang around the middle and it was well-carbonated, coming through as a lively, balanced beer; if only it had been a little stronger initially.

Overall (15/20): Not a bad beer to finish my run of Japanese beer reviews, this one was quite a fresh and lively offering that had some nice pine and citrus hops with plenty bitterness but my biggest complaint was definitely how light it started on the nose. Initially opening with a pine and grassy hop aroma, the beer was quite light and there wasn’t a whole lot going on until the taste with more of a floral bitterness and some bread malts a little further on. It was an interesting offering and one that I’d glad I managed to pick up in the end but I’m not sure it’s one that I’d put in the 1001 beers list given how many excellent American style IPA’s are out there.

Brewed In: Atsugi-sh, Kanagawa, Japan
Brewery: Sankt Gallen Brewery
First Brewed: 2008
Full Name: Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA Extra Pale Ale
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Liquors Hasegawa (Tokyo Station, Tokyo)
Price: ¥518 (£3.43 approx.)

Petrus Oud Bruin (370 of 1001)

December 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.5

Following on from the recent Lindemanns Gueuze Cuvée René review that I added here, it’s about time for another Belgian beer and this time the beer is one that features on the original 1001 beers list rather than the updated version of the list, my 370th such beer. A sour ale, or Flanders Oud Bruin if you want to get specific, is my second from the De Brabandere brewery and again falls under the Petrus banner. The beer follows on from the review of their Petrus Aged Pale that also features on the 1001 beers list and is an offering that I only tried for the first time back in January of this year. I was quite a big fan of their Aged Pale and I’m hoping that this one proves to be another enjoyable offering from the brewery since it is the last of the two Petrus beers on the 1001 beers list that I have to try. A blend of the brewery’s Petrus Aged Pale (33%) and a young brown beer (67%) that is aged for two years in oak barrels, this one is often referred to as the Burgundy of Flanders and is one that I’m definitely looking forward to now.

Appearance (4/5): Very dark ruby in colour with a hint of black, the beer had an opaque body and a half centimetre head that was tan brown and quite foamy before eventually breaking up a little after a minute or so.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fruity nose initially with some tart up front and a nice backing of cherries and plum in the early going. The beer was slightly sour on the nose as expected given the style but I couldn’t help being a touch surprised based solely on the dark appearance of the beer. There was some nice juicy notes around the middle with a touch of acidity, some red grapes and a slightly boozy aroma further on despite it only being a 5.5% abv. offering. Towards the end some caramel sweetness and further red berries seen things out nicely.
Taste (7/10): Quite a sour start to the taste with some tart and acidity initially that were both on par with the nose but seemed to come through a little earlier this time around. There was some sweetness not far behind with some grapes and berries showing alongside a few caramel malts and the odd earthy flavour. Towards the end there was a further acidity to the beer and it had nice complexity too and it matched the nose closely as well.
Palate (3/5): Sour and quite a tarty beer with some acidity at the start and a further helping towards the end of the beer, with some sweetness sandwiched in the middle. The beer was a lively and well-carbonated offering with quite an enjoyable balance that made it an easy one to drink without it being a standout offering.

Overall (14/20): Quite a pleasant and lively beer with some nice tart and sourness showing despite it being quite a dark looking beer and there was some earthy malts in there too. It was a balanced offering that had nice complexity to it and a nice combination of summer fruits and berries that complimented the caramel malts well. It probably wasn’t as enjoyable an offering as the brewery’s Petrus Aged Pale and I doubt it’s a beer that I’d rush back to but I enjoyed it while I was drinking it and don’t have many complaints about the beer really.

Brewed In: Harelbeke, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewery: De Brabandere
First Brewed: 1993
Also Known As: Petrus Roodbruin / Petrus Old Dark
Type: Flanders Oud Bruin (Sour Ale)
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

Harvestmoon Schwarz (369 of 1001)

December 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.6

One of my last few Japanese beers for a while now, this one being another offering that features in the 1001 beers list and is a bottle that I managed to pick up on my last day in Japan when I spotted it after two plus weeks of looking, finding it in a Liquors Hasegawa store in Tokyo Station before heading back to the airport for my flight home. The bottle I picked up appears to be a 2014 release from the brewery, one from a year that also seen the beer win a silver medal at the Monde Selection awards and this one also marks the fifteenth Japanese beer from the 1001 list that I’ll have reviewed here with the majority being beers that I tried in Japan and leaves another seven to go, although I do have a bottle of one of those still waiting to be tried soon.

Appearance (4/5): Pitch black and opaque looking, this one was very dark with a thin head that sat about half a centimetre tall and was a light beige colour, fading to a thin lacing after a minute or so with some break up around the edges too.
Aroma (6/10): Quite an unexpected nose from this one, there was a lot of roasted malts and dark notes in the early going with far more smoke than anticipated too. Further on there was a coffee bitterness that had a subtle sweetness sitting behind it and some dark, rich smells before a hint of caramel featured towards the end and some grains rounded things off.
Taste (7/10): Caramel malts and a nice sweetness kick things off with the taste, there was a lot of roasted malts and grains not too far behind though with most of them carrying over from the nose. It was again quite a rich beer with some chocolate and earthy flavours around the middle then some of the smoke from the nose making itself known. Towards the end some wood flavours and a little cocoa featured with further sweetness from some vanilla pods seeing things out alongside hints of coffee bitterness.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, bordering on full at times with a thick feel and plenty of smoke featuring through. This one was a dark and rich offering that was dry towards the end and had plenty of bitterness, mainly from the coffee and roasted malts but it was balanced with some sweetness in there as well thankfully and wasn’t too hard to drink.

Overall (14/20): This one turned out to be quite an interesting offering with nice variety to the beer and a good balance too that helped make it relatively easy to drink. It seemed like it was a stronger offering than the 4.5% abv. on the bottle but this was mainly down to the complexity of the beer rather than any strong alcohol flavours but it was quite a dark and smoky beer too. Further on and some nice sweetness helped to balance things out with the beer, some chocolate flavours featuring to help out but it was the vanilla pods that contributed most in this respect and kept things interesting through; a solid effort and one worth looking out for if you’re in Japan but probably not a beer that I’d go searching for again.

Brewed In: Maihama, Chiba, Japan
Brewery: Roti’s House Harvestmoon Brewery
First Brewed: 2000
Type: Schwarzbier
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Liquors Hasegawa (Tokyo Station, Tokyo)
Price: ¥518 (£3.43 approx.)

Lindemanns Gueuze Cuvée René

December 7, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.8

My third Lindemans beer now, this one follows on from the Framboise and Kriek offerings that I’ve tried in the past and is my first new beer from the brewery since trying the Framboise back in 2015. This one is a beer that features on the updated version of the 1001 beers list and is quite a highly rated beer online where it sits as the 25th highest rated gueuze on the BeerAdvocate website. I managed to find a bottle of this one in one of Brewdog’s Glasgow bars recently, having previously spotted it on the menu of other bars in the past but it’s never been available when I’ve asked for a bottle until now.

Appearance (4/5): Fairly bright looking with some cloudy touches through the body and a white head on top that was more of a thin lacing around the sides but about what I’d expect from the style.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with plenty of tart and funky notes, the beer is fresh and lively with some nice lemon zest and subtle spices, citrus definitely being the strongest on the nose initially. It was quite an easy-going beer on the nose with some apples and pears coming through around the middle and some acidity rounding things off.
Taste (7/10): Following on well from the nose, the beer opens with plenty of tart and citrus flavours, some orange accompanying the lemon this time around with a few pale malts towards the middle. It wasn’t the most complex tasting beer but some grapes and pears made themselves known further on with some subtle spices and herbal touches adding to freshness of the beer.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and quite crisp with a fresh feel to it throughout thanks to the citrus tang and lively carbonation levels. It was a balanced and easy to drink beer that had plenty tart initially with some funky flavours throughout as well.

Overall (16/20): Quite a fresh and crisp beer from the start, it was lively with some nice tart and funky flavours kicking things off alongside plenty of citrus and a few subtle spices. Further on there was some lighter fruits with apples, grapes and pears all featuring at points before some acidity seen things out. It was a balanced and easy-going offering that I enjoyed and would definitely have again.

Brewed In: St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Lindemans
First Brewed: circa. 2000
Type: Lambic – Gueuze
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (375ml)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow, ScotlandGueuze Cuvée René
Price: £5.00 (approx.)

Angry Boy Brown Ale (368 of 1001)

November 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.6

Following quickly on from their Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale, this one was the third beer from Baird that I managed to try from them in Japan and the second of the day; it was also my second keg offering from them after previously enjoying their Rising Sun Pale Ale in Tokyo a couple of days previously. Like the review of the Rising Sun Pale Ale, this one is another beer from the brewery that features on the 1001 beers list and is actually one I found in a bar in York a few years ago but never got round to ordering at the time so I was definitely keen to try it in Japan if I managed to find it anywhere. After reviewing this particular Japanese beer from the 1001 list, I am now left with eight more to check off and given this was the last Baird offering for me to try I decided to pay their Harajuku taproom in Tokyo a visit towards the end of my holiday in order to tick it off. Originally beginning life as a seasonal offering and a 6.2% abv. beer back in 2001, this one is now a regular in the Baird line up and the version I tried came in slightly stronger at 7% abv. as well.

Appearance (4/5): Caramel amber and quite clear with a one and a half centimetre tall, foamy head that is an off-white colour and holds with good retention over the opening minutes with some nice lacing on the sides and quite a thick look to it.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a light aroma here, there was some caramel and a slightly nutty smell with a couple of roasted malts and grains following on behind. The beer seemed fresh on the nose with a few subtle hops further on and grassy touches nearer the end without it ever really being as strong as I’d have liked.
Taste (7/10): Light, almost roasted malts and nut flavours kick things off with the taste before some subtle hops and citrus start to come through towards the middle. The beer was again fresh with a grassy hop taste further on and faint caramel that carried over from the nose featuring towards the end without it being as sweet as the nose, it was at least slightly stronger though.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite a clean beer on the palate, this one had some subtle hop bitterness coming through and it was moderately carbonated and easy to drink but also a little basic at times.

Overall (14/20): Quite a pleasant offering from Baird, albeit one that came through slightly lighter than expected but at least it was fresh and had some bitterness showing too. The beer was easy to drink and balanced with some subtle hops showing without being overly pronounced and overall the beer was quite a clean, sessionable offering that was well worth trying too.

Brewed In: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Brewery: Baird Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2001
Type: Brown Ale
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Keg (250ml)
Purchased: Baird Tap Room Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
Price: ¥600 (£3.97 approx.)

Tokyo Black Porter (367 of 1001)

November 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.2

Another Japanese offering from the 1001 beers list, this one being fifth from the Yo-Ho brewery and one that follows from their Yona Yona Ale as the second of their beers from the list that I’ll have tried. This one is an American style porter that will be my first dark beer from the Nagano based brewery and it is one that I spotted in a number of stores throughout Japan but waited until nearer the end of my trip to finally pick up a can in a Bic Camera store when I was back in Tokyo. As the final of Yo-Ho’s beers to feature on the 1001 beers list, this is also the last of their beers that I’m likely to review here for some time since I’ve yet to see anything from them available in the UK sadly but at least I got to try it and check it off for myself.

Appearance (5/5): Very dark mahogany to black in colour with a larger than expected head starting about two centimetres tall ans sitting a beige colour in the glass. Retention wasn’t too bad from the beer either, there wasn’t much initial movement and it looked quite a thick head with some light residue on the sides of the glass as I worked my way down the beer.
Aroma (8/10): A pleasantly strong aroma started things here with a nice combination of roasted malts and chocolate that made the beer one of the stronger Japanese beers on the nose that I’ve reviewed here recently. There was some liquorice and touches of vanilla a little further on with a subtle malt bitterness and some lactose with the odd creamy note following on behind. Towards the end some faint caramel and a touch of spice came through to see things out; this one was enjoyable and exactly what I was after on the nose going in.
Taste (8/10):
Roasted malts and a solid sweetness that featured some vanilla and butterscotch kicked things off with the taste here, both coming through stronger and earlier than they did with the nose before some creamy flavours and touches of lactose followed them up. Around the middle some coffee flavours showed themselves alongside a faint hint of milk chocolate and an earthy malt sweetness as well as some caramel further on that made for quite an enjoyable but varied tasting beer.
Palate (4/5):
Somewhere around medium bodied, perhaps very slightly lighter than expected for the style but it was quite a sweet and creamy offering with a nice balance as well. It had light-medium carbonation levels and was very easy to drink with the vanilla, chocolate and caramel all adding to the sweetness with any of them overdoing it; it was also quite a clean beer with a subtle dryness right at the end.

Overall (16/20): Quite an enjoyable porter and definitely one of the better dark beers that I’ve tried from Japan, this one coming through with quite a sweet but balanced taste than had a great combination of caramel malts and milk chocolate flavours as well as some earthy malts and vanilla in there. The beer was exactly what I was expecting from the style and it went down smoothly too, it’s definitely one I’d have again if I could find it outside of Japan.

Brewed In: Nagano, Japan
Brewery: Yo-Ho Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2005
Type: American Porter
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Can (350ml)
Purchased: Bic Camera (Akihabara, Tokyo)
Price: ¥288 (£1.91 approx.)