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Lindemanns Gueuze Cuvée René

December 7, 2017 Leave a 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.)


Make Earth Great Again

December 7, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.6

Possibly another marketing gimmick beer from Brewdog, this one is a protest against global warming and the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, with all proceeds are donated the 10:10 Climate Action group as a result. Launched on the night I tried it in a Glasgow Brewdog bar last month, the beer adopts a popular Donald Trump campaign slogan and comes through as a 7.5% abv. farmhouse ale which I ordinarily wouldn’t have went for but it was launch night and I was in the bar so I thought I might as well give it a try. Since this one is only available as a limited release from the brewery, I can’t imagine this is one that I’ll get another chance to try but it turned out to be quite an interesting beer and one worth trying while you still can, particularly if you’re a saison fan.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a clear bodied beer,t his one was a light amber colour with a thin and foamy head on top that had a little more lacing on the sides of the glass but wasn’t too bad a start.
Aroma (6/10): Slightly funky with some lemon and faint tart coming through, the beer was fresh with a few good citrus notes towards the middle but nothing too strong really. Further on I detected some subtle coriander and spices with a few background hops as well.
Taste (7/10): Lemon and tart kick things off here, there was some fresh flavours to the beer as well as some funk and the odd pale malt nearer the middle. Again it wasn’t an overly strong offering but some nice spices and hops made an appearance towards the end to round things off.
Palate (4/5): Medium to light-medium bodied and well carbonated, the beer was relatively fresh and easy-going with some subtle funk and tart throughout. Overall it was quite lively on the palate with some sourness further on and a subtle kick from the alcohol that was enjoyable as well.

Overall (14/20): This one was a decent sour saison that was quite crisp and lively with a subtle hit of funk and tart but one that remained balanced and easy to drink. To be honest, the beer really isn’t anything special despite it being drinkable and easy-going but thankfully it’s a limited release from Brewdog and one that will probably not be around for too long.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2017
Type: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Keg (Schooner)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.50

Schwaben Bräu Volksfestbier

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.35

My second beer from the Dinkelacker-Schwaben brewery now, this one following on from their Wulle Biere Vollbier Hell that I tried back in April when I picked up a bottle in Berlin, although it wasn’t a beer that I thought very highly of so I was hopeful that this one would be better. The beer itself is one that is available in Aldi stores in the UK on occasion and is a beer that I was given as part of a birthday present recently so hopefully it’s a good one. Despite thinking it was another pale lager or helles offering from the brewery, this one is actually Märzen (or Oktoberfest) beer so it’s probably only available part of the year so it’s a good one to check off at least.

Appearance (3/5): A very clear but bright golden colour that is topped with a two or three centimetre tall head that was white and foamy but looked quite active and slowly receded to settle about a quarter-inch tall after a minute or so.
Aroma (5/10): Quite a light beer on the nose with a sticky sweetness and some basic malts coming through in the early going alongside the usual hay and grassy notes. There’s not a great deal going on but I got some basic lager malts and touches of cereal and grain further on, thankfully no skunk was showing at least.
Taste (4/10): Like the nose, this one was again quite a light beer with some grassy hops and basic malts alongside some skunk that was absent with the nose. It’s loaded with cereal and cheap adjuncts with some hay and the faintest of citrus touches towards the end.; poor stuff really.
Palate (2/5): Light to light-medium bodied and quite strongly carbonated with some gasses showing and a slight tang. It’s a grainy offering that is a little rough on the way down and it’s quite basic and bland too sadly; there’s not much going on at all.

Overall (9/20): Quite a disappointing beer and much like the first from the brewery that I tried early this year, this is another from Dinkelacker-Schwabe that I’ll definitely be avoiding in future. There was some basic malts and grassy flavours in the early going with the odd lager malt and some citrus but it wasn’t overly strong or varied with the taste getting quite boring towards the end; one to avoid I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Brewery: Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu
First Brewed: circa. 2006
Type: Märzen/Oktoberfest
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Scotland)
Price: Gift

Boku Beer Kimi Beer

November 2, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.8

My third Yo-Ho beer to be reviewed on this site now, this one being another random offering that I picked up in a Lawson’s Station in Tokyo towards the end of my time in Japan after I had spotted it in a number of their stores when travelling around the country. I wasn’t sure what yo expect from this one since the can was almost entirely in Japanese, I was only able to find out the alcohol content and the brewery name from the side of the can but decided to give it a go anyway. After some searching online, I discovered this one would be my first Japanese saison that I’d picked up in the country and one that followed on from the bottle of Saison Du Japon from Hitachino Nest that I reviewed here shortly before leaving for Japan as the second saison from the country that I’ll have tried. Apparently this particular offering is a beer that is only available in Lawson stores in Japan. something that could potentially explain the lack of English on the label but it’s definitely one that I’m glad I eventually picked up and tried.

Appearance (4/5): Fairly clear with a golden yellow body that was topped with a centimetre tall, foamy white head that had a few bubbles through it as well. There was good head retention with little movement or size reduction over the opening few minutes which meant this one got off to a good start.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some light tart and citrus notes, the beer had some funk coming through but was a little fresher than expected with some subtle zest and spice featuring. I managed to get some biscuit malt around the middle with the odd earthy aroma as well before some wheat and orange peel showed towards the end alongside a couple of floral hops.
Taste (7/10):
Quite similar to the nose with some light funk and lemon opening things alongside touches of orange peel and the odd spice from the nose. There was some tart towards the middle and again it was quite a fresh beer with some biscuit malts and earthy flavours balancing things out well. Nearer the end I got a few herbal flavours and several floral ones too without it being an overly strong tasting beer.
Palate (4/5):
Fresh with a light-medium body that was smooth throughout and quite dry at times with a subtle tang and some zesty, fresh bursts as well. It was crisp and lively with a good balance, it could perhaps have been slightly stronger but wasn’t weak by any means and there was a pleasantly refreshing feel to it as well.

Overall (16/20): Quite a fresh and balanced saison with some nice tart and funk coming through that meant it was miles better than I’d expected after finding out it was another Japanese brewed saison; mainly down to the fact the only other fitting that bill that I’ve tried was Hitachino Nest’s terrible Saison Du Japon offering. There was some nice citrus and zesty flavours early on with biscuit malts and earthy hops providing a nice balance along the way which meant it was an easy on to drink and one that I’d happily have again too.

Brewed In: Nagano, Japan
Brewery: Yo-Ho Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Full Name: Yo-Ho Boku Biiru Kimi Biiru ( For You & Me)
Type: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Can (350ml)
Purchased: Lawson’s Station (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Price: ¥288 (£1.91 approx.)

Osaka Dojima Beer

October 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.35

The final review from the beers that I managed to pick up when I was in Osaka earlier this month, this one being a beer that I actually picked up from a shop in the Shin-Osaka station when leaving the city for Tokyo and eventually trying it a couple of days later. The beer is one that I hadn’t seen elsewhere in Osaka at this point, however I eventually seen it for sake in a Tokyo bar towards the end of my stay in Japan but by that point I’d already tried the beer and knew it wasn’t one worth having again sadly.

Appearance (3/5): Cloudy amber with a few bubbles rising to the surface and a thin, bubbly white head on top that’s about half a centimetre tall but fades to a patchy surface lacing after about thirty seconds.
Aroma (5/10): Slightly hoppy with some biscuit notes and a light sweetness kicking things off, there was some faint citrus and spice as well but it was quite a light nose for the most part sadly. Some pale malts showed further on but there wasn’t much to go on really and it just seemed like quite a weak offering throughout.
Taste (5/10): Even lighter than it was with the nose, the beer opened with a bland biscuit taste that had a few pale malts further on but detecting much of anything proved a struggle. Around the middle some subtle citrus notes started to come through with touches of lemon strongest and some sweetness following it , some faint honey featured as well but it was definitely basic with some subtle tart seeing things out.
Palate (2/5): A very light and basic beer that was bland throughout and not really enjoyable at any point sadly. It was moderately carbonated with quite a light body that bordered on watery and thin, although it was at least smooth but that’s all that could be said for it really.

Overall (7/20): Quite a poor one and up there with the lightest, weakest and blandest Japanese beers that I’ve ever tried, this one was a terrible offering throughout and definitely one to avoid. It stated quite light and watery with a few pale malts and citrus flavours but there wasn’t much beyond that and it turned out to be quite a disappointing one that I’d avoid at all costs.

Brewed In: Osaka, Japan
Brewery: Osaka Kuni no Cho
Type: Kölsch
First Brewed: Brewery since 1996
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Pants (Shin-Osaka Station, Japan)
Price:‎ ¥493 (£3.26 approx.)

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October 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.5

Another review of a beer that I tried in Japan now, this one being the only non-Japanese beer that I tried in just over two weeks in the country and the only reason I ended up trying this one is because the bar at the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka only sold beers from around the world (mainly other Asian and Oceanic offerings). This one is a beer that I went for mainly because it would be the first from Tahiti that I will have tried and my thinking was that I’d probably never see it again or get another chance to try it; although I did end up seeing it in a couple of convenience stores later on into my trip but likely wouldn’t have tried it then since there was other Japanese beers on offer too. Brewed in the capital of Tahiti, Papeete since 1955 and using ingredients from Europe, the beer is probably the only one from Tahiti that I’m likely to try since I can’t imagine stumbling across many more from the French Polynesia area without travelling there either so in that sense this one is a good beer to try despite it not being a Japanese one.

Appearance (4/5): Clear, golden amber coloured and topped with a half centimetre tall, foamy white head that held well initially with some visible carbonation showing too.
Aroma (6/10): Light on the nose as expected, there was some corn and basic adjuncts coming through alongside touches of maize and subtle biscuit malts. I detected a few hints of sweetness and the odd grassy notes as well as some citrus seeing things out.
Taste (6/10): The taste matches the nose with this one, there’s some biscuit malts and light lager ones kicking things off alongside subtle citrus flavours then some hay and grassy hops a little further on. The taste is definitely a basic one but the subtle hop bitterness towards the end was quite good too.
Palate (4/5): Light bodied and quite thin but it was fresh with some light sweetness coming through as well. It’s definitely an easy and refreshing one to drink with a nice balance too and it was a lot better than I’d expected going in.

Overall (14/20): Quite an enjoyable beer that was basic but surprisingly fresh and drinkable, going down easily with little sign of any skunk or off-flavours. There was some subtle sweetness from the corn and touches of biscuit malt worked well with the usual grassy hops and hay flavours. It’s enjoyable for what it was and is definitely one of the better mass-market pale lagers out there, I’m glad I stumbled across this one.

Brewed In: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Brewery: Brasserie de Tahiti
First Brewed: 1955
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Umeda Sky Building, Osaka, Japan
Price: ¥500 (£3.31 approx.)

Kirin Classic Lager

October 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.75

My fourth beer to fall under the Kirin banner now and the third of which I managed to try on my recent trip to Japan, eventually picking this one up about a week into my trip when I bought a bottle from a shop in the Dotonbori area of Osaka. Following on from Kirin’s Tanrei Green Label and their Ichiban Shibori Stout, this one is the third of five new Kirin beers that I sampled whilst travelling round Japan but I can’t imagine it’s a brand I’ll have many more from after I finish adding the reviews of those that I’ve already tried, mainly because very few of their beers make it to the UK despite the brewery’s beers being amongst the most readily available in Japan. The beer is one that I spotted countless times on my trip and despite it being a beer I hadn’t tried previously, I was initially reluctant to pick it up thinking it would be too similar to their Kirin Ichiban offering I reviewed here about six years ago and have been avoiding ever since.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a clear and light beer with a golden amber colour that was fizzy looking and had a lot of bubbles rising to the surface. There was a centimetre tall, foamy white head that was wavy and held quite well over the opening minutes as well.
Aroma (5/10): There wasn’t a huge amount coming through with the nose of this one other than some corn and basic adjuncts, a few grassy hops appeared near the middle of proceedings with touches of hay as well. Towards the end I got some citrus showing with maize and subtle biscuit notes but it’s one that would be hard to tell apart from most other Japanese marco pale lagers really.
Taste (5/10):
Matching the nose and coming through with quite a light taste, this one started with a combination of pale malts and biscuit before touches of maize and corn adjuncts started to come through alongside some rice as well. The beer was basic but had some biscuit and the odd grassy hop further on but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for a standard pale lager I’m afraid.
Palate (2/5):
Quite a light bodied lager that bordered on thin and basic; there was some earthy hops in the early going to impart a subtle bitterness at least though. The beer was smooth for the most part and it was moderately carbonated as well but it didn’t seem overly crisp despite still being quite easy to drink.

Overall (11/20): Very much a basic pale lager with the usual corn and maize adjuncts coming through with touches of maize and rice not far behind. There was a faint sweetness to this one at points and I managed to get some hay and grassy hops further on but there wasn’t a whole lot to this beer and it’s one that I could have lived without trying.

Brewed In: Tokyo, Japan
Brewery: Kirin Brewery Company
First Brewed: 1888
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan
Price: ¥280 (£1.86)