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05

Dec

Evil Twin brewing - Even More Jesus

Heavenly.

My first taste of Evil Twin and I’m very impressed.

Deep smooth chocolate. Roasted coffee, winter fruits. Highly evident of 12% alcohol. None of the flavours overpower the other. Just a brilliant beer.

Recommended

YM

22

Nov

Mikkeller Spontanframboos

Don’t let the name intimidate you. This beer is as welcoming as a sour beer gets.
To pour; the colour is a beautiful ‘off the charts’ raspberry.  Seriously, look at an old fashioned beer chart and show me anything close to that reddish pink.
I’m a big fan of the Gueuze style, once you get into them there really isn’t much else that hit the pallet in such a way. For people not very familiar with the style I’ll say two words. Flat and Sour. Doesn’t sound appealing? Well that’s only because you haven’t tried it yet!
 I visited the Cantillon brewery last year and it was a real treat to see that through the times the beer was still made the same way, almost completely by hand.  Cobwebbed cellars and old school brewers it was a recommended experience for anyone in that part of the world.  Mikkeller’s take on the sour beers, I have to say, is brilliant. You still get that classic tart and perhaps a tiny bit more carbonate than in a Cantillon spec  beer. It  isn’t as perfectly crafted but it’s a modern twist and more adventurous.
The raspberry flavour is very tasty. I can see myself working my way through the other variant of the Spontan range soon. Perhaps I’ll get started this coming Sunday during a barbeque.
Place: Mane Liquor                       Would I Recommend:  Mikkeller + Spontan = YES

YM

Mikkeller Spontanframboos

Don’t let the name intimidate you. This beer is as welcoming as a sour beer gets.

To pour; the colour is a beautiful ‘off the charts’ raspberry.  Seriously, look at an old fashioned beer chart and show me anything close to that reddish pink.

I’m a big fan of the Gueuze style, once you get into them there really isn’t much else that hit the pallet in such a way. For people not very familiar with the style I’ll say two words. Flat and Sour. Doesn’t sound appealing? Well that’s only because you haven’t tried it yet!

 I visited the Cantillon brewery last year and it was a real treat to see that through the times the beer was still made the same way, almost completely by hand.  Cobwebbed cellars and old school brewers it was a recommended experience for anyone in that part of the world.  Mikkeller’s take on the sour beers, I have to say, is brilliant. You still get that classic tart and perhaps a tiny bit more carbonate than in a Cantillon spec  beer. It  isn’t as perfectly crafted but it’s a modern twist and more adventurous.

The raspberry flavour is very tasty. I can see myself working my way through the other variant of the Spontan range soon. Perhaps I’ll get started this coming Sunday during a barbeque.

Place: Mane Liquor                       Would I Recommend:  Mikkeller + Spontan = YES

YM

19

Nov

Beavertown 8-Ball & Black Betty

8-Ball

Rye x 3. This is a peppery drink that conjures scenes from the good the bad and the ugly. The Rye makes this beer dry as the desert in that quenching sort of way. Just like a shot goes down your gullet while you stand at the bar of a saloon. Quenching. I think I finally get what people mean when they use resin to describe a beer, or perhaps I’ll need to have a few more of these to make sure.

Place: Mane Liquor Price: $9.99 Would I recommend it: If you like Rye and beer.

Black Betty

I’m not overly familiar with Black IPAs, but they do hit a certain spot on the pallet.

Decent hops – CHECK

Espresso flavour – CHECK

If I had to pick my favourite styles…I would be in trouble because there’s always a correct beer for the right occasion.  However IPA, gueze and stout do seem to be amongst my most frequented styles.  So having a beer that isn’t a stout nor an IPA but somewhere along the border of both is something I like, a lot. The Black Betty has a good body to it. Heavy like a Merlot, a drink to have without a meal or certainly not a large one. As summer has dawned on Perth and the temperature approached 40 degrees more days than it lingers around 20 degrees a Stout can be too much of a cold season beer, I might have to switch to black IPAs for a while, either that or have an exorbitant A/C bill.  

“I like the concept of roasty hoppiness” – RS

Place: Mane Liquor Price: $10.99 Would I recommend it: Yes I would.

YM

16

Jun

Feral Hop Hog IPA
When you get a Hop Hog on tap, it’s clear why this beer has won so many awards. There’s this vibrant freshness about the aroma, and the taste is full of fruity grassy hop flavours. Feral brewing is awesome.
JG

Feral Hop Hog IPA
When you get a Hop Hog on tap, it’s clear why this beer has won so many awards. There’s this vibrant freshness about the aroma, and the taste is full of fruity grassy hop flavours. Feral brewing is awesome.
JG

23

May

4 Pines Stout

I’m not sure what makes a beer certified for space, but this one claims to be. It pours a lovely rich black colour, with no head and just a slight lacing around the edge of the glass. There’s roasted cocoa and hints of caramel, but sadly the body is just slightly on the watery side. Thats really my only dislike about this otherwise very decent offering from 4 Pines brewing. Keep up the good work guys.

JG

21

May

Vale IPA

I feel like the guys over at Vale have taken a US IPA and thought, how best can we try and recreate as much of this flavour, and still appeal to the emerging craft beer market in Australia. Well guys, I applaud you for producing an IPA, although it lacks the oomph that is needed to really get me excited about a beer. It’s decent, with enough hops to make it drinkable, but it lacks the pull to make me want to go and get more. Unless you’re new to the craft beer scene, its not worth it.

JG