Friday, December 31, 2010

Hobgoblin

Hobgoblin (5.2%): a brown ale from the UK. This is a well known ale from England.

  • Pours a beautiful dark amber liquid.
  • Has a slight anise smell.
  • Awesome bitter flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel.
  • Good buzz.
  • Nice bottle as well.


Verdict: You can't go wrong with this.


Grade:A



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Guinness Draught

Guinness Draught (4.2%): an Irish Dry Stout. I'm not a big fan of Stouts but as you know I'm always willing to try new brews. The Draught version is basically Guinness in a can filled with nitrogen and carbon dioxide to replicate the bar experience.

  • Pours a black liquid (as expected!).
  • Smells like a construction site.
  • Tastes like coal and gasoline.
  • Horrible bum beer aftertaste.


Verdict: like I said I'm not a big fan of that style but THIS is truly awful.


Grade:F






















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Monday, December 27, 2010

Mélusine

Mélusine (6.5%): a strong ale from France. According to the legend: Mélusine was a beautiful half woman, half snake goddess, so is that a poisonous brew?

  • Pours a dark golden liquid.
  • Flavor is packed with hops! It's similar to an IPA in that regard. There are also hints of caramel and honey.
  • Good buzz.
  • Beautiful bottle.


Verdict: a solid ale.


Grade:B



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Chang Beer Export

Chang Beer Export (5%): a lager from Thailand. This is an all-malt Thai lager.

  • Pours a very light golden liquid.
  • Smells bitter.
  • The flavor is somewhat chemical with hints of hops and chestnuts.
  • So so aftertaste.
  • Beautiful label.


Verdict: An inoffensive lager ... just not worth it.

Grade:C-


























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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry XMAS from Phil's Beer Bar

Dear Readers,

Phil's Beer Bar wishes you all a Merry Xmas! ... if you're into darker ales, have a little Christmas brew.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Le Canardou Bière aux Châtaignes

Le Canardou Bière aux Châtaignes (4.8%): this is an organic ale from France. This one's interesting: 100% organic and ... chestnut flavored!

  • Pours a nice carroty/orange liquid.
  • Smells fuity.
  • Awesome bitter sweet flavor with hints of apricot, peach and chestnuty bitterness.
  • Mega buzz for ABV.
  • Original bottle: see those funny duckies?


Verdict: a delicious world-class ale. Much recommended.


Grade:A+



Monday, December 20, 2010

La Dame Blanche

La Dame Blanche (4%): a white organic ale from France. This is a white brew made with spelt (wild wheat). It's certified 100% organic by the French government.

  • Pours a pale golden liquid, it's quite clear for a white despite being unfiltered.
  • Smells slightly citrusy.
  • Flavor is quite light: some hints of lemon and hops.
  • Okay buzz.
  • Awesome label.


Verdict: it's alright, just too watered down.


Grade:C+



Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kasteel Bruin

Kasteel Bruin (11%): a quadrupel ale from Belgium. A Quad is a very dark Ale style from Belgium, I bought this because I was intrigued by the high ABV.

  • Pours a completely black liquid.
  • Smells like licorice.
  • As expected has a strong anise/licorice flavor and ... not much else.
  • Good buzz.
  • Highly drinkable for ABV.


It's an interesting brew (especially for its extreme color) but lacks complexity.


Grade:C+



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Engrain Petit Epeautre

Engrain Petit Epeautre (5%): an organic ale from France. From the makers of "Speltor" previously reviewed: meet Engrain Petit Epeautre, another Spelt (wild wheat) beer that's slightly stronger.


  • Pours a nice dark golden liquid.
  • Smells fruity.
  • Delicious taste with hints of nuts, apricot and peach.
  • Good buzz.
  • Boring bottle.


It's basically a more bitter version of Speltor = Awesome!


Grade:A



Monday, December 13, 2010

SPELTOR

Speltor (4.9%): an organic ale from France. This brew is made with spelt (wild wheat) hence the name. It's certified 100% organic by the French Government.

  • Pours a dark orange/gold liquid.
  • Smells fruity.
  • Nice fruity flavor with hints of apricot, caramel, anise but lacks hops! 
  •  Good buzz.


The lack of hops/bitterness is such a waste, could easily be a world class brew.


Grade:B-



Thursday, December 9, 2010

OB Lager Beer

OB Lager Beer (4.4%): an adjunct lager from South Korea. I found this brew in Paris' 4th Chinatown near Châtelet Les Halles.

  • Pours a very pale golden liquid.
  • Smells like fish.
  • Tastes like cheap ginger ale! ... must be the adjuncts.
  • Gave me a headache.
  • Bottle looks like a lame 90's Ice beer's?


Verdict: Yuckydie Yuck!


Grade:F






















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Monday, December 6, 2010

Binger Lammbräu Bioland Pilsener

Binger Lammbräu Bioland Pilsener (4.8%): a Pils lager from Germany. This lager is certified 100% organic by the German government.

  • Pours a medium golden liquid.
  • Smells slightly lemony.
  • Solid bitter/spicy flavor, you can definitely feel the hops.
  • Boring bottle?


A very solid lager, if all organic brews could be like this ...


Grade:B+



Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kasteel Tripel

Kasteel Tripel (11%): a strong tripel ale from Belgium. A well known tripel, found this at my local supermarket.

  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Smells like citrus.
  • Bitter sweet flavor with hints of orange, caramel, curry, dates.
  • Bad metallic after taste.


The aftertaste messes it up...sort of.


Grade:C+



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Moulin Des Moines Biere Sans Gluten

Moulin Des Moines Biere Sans Gluten (4.5%): an organic ale from France. I found this gluten-free brew at my local organic market.

  • Pours a dark golden liquid.
  • Smells foul!
  • Tastes like carbonated clay!
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: possibly the worst brew I've ever tried.


Grade:F



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens (8.5%): a strong pale ale from Belgium. A well-known strong ale among beer connoisseurs, thanks to a very original bottle.

  • Pours a nice medium golden liquid.
  • Agreeable bitter-sweet flavor with hints of caramel, prunes, curry. 
  • Good buzz.
  • The most beautiful beer bottle ever!


Verdict: an excellent choice if you're into strong ales.


Grade:A-






















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Friday, November 26, 2010

Zywiec Beer

Zywiec Beer (5.6%): a pale lager from Poland. Another one from this eastern Euro country.

  • Pours a very pale liquid, not a good start.
  • Flavor-wise: some bitterness, some ...metal.
  • Gave me a slight headache.


Verdict: not worth it.


Grade:D






















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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Abbaye de Lille Blonde

Abbaye de Lille Blonde (6.1%): a strong farmhouse ale from France. The cheap price (1.7 EUR for a 75 cl bottle) and commercial name (Lille is a fairly big city) = suspect!

  • Pours a pale yellowish liquid.
  • No smell.
  • Cheap sweet lemonade flavor. Yuck!
  • Bum beer aftertaste.
  • Gave me a headache.


Verdict: Avoid this!


Grade:F



Monday, November 22, 2010

La Nonnette

La Nonnette (5.6%): a dark ale from France. This dark ale is 100% organic.

  • Pours a black stout-like liquid.
  • No Smell.
  • Tastes like a car tire!
  • Aftertaste is rubber-like.


Verdict: GROSS !


Grade:F



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Flag Spéciale Bière De Luxe

Flag Spéciale Bière De Luxe (5.2%): a pale lager from Senegal. My first African brew!


  • Pours a yellow pee-like liquid. No smell.
  • Metallic taste with hints of vinegar.
  • Bum beer aftertaste.


Verdict: mediocre brew.


Grade:D-



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Steam Whistle Brewery

Here are a couple of pictures of the Steam Whistle Brewery I took during a recent trip to Toronto,Canada.












Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Félibrée

Félibrée (5%): a pale ale from France. Another French organic brew.

  • Pours a nice orange apple-cider like color.
  • Awesome complex flavor with hints of orange, apricots, anise, apple.
  • Good buzz for ABV.


Awesome brew, classic.


Grade:A



Monday, November 15, 2010

Korlène

Korlène (5.6%): an amber ale from France. I found this at an organic supermarket. The beer has the official French government organic certification.

  • Pours a very dark amber liquid (close to black).
  • Interesting flavor with hints of licorice, anise and cola.
  • Aftertaste is too earthy, almost garlicky!
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Typical craft beer bottle?


Not a world class brew but very unique and definitely solid.


Grade:B+



Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lech Premium

Lech Premium (5.2%): a pale lager from Poland. Another Polish brew...don't know what to expect.

  • Tastes like bitter ginger ale :(  (aka very thin beer).
  • Aftertaste is so so.
  • Pours a very pale liquid, doesn't look right.
  • Gave me a slight headache.
  • Stylish bottle.


Verdict: won't kill ya, just don't expect a memorable experience.


Grade:D






















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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fischer Réserve Ambrée

Fischer Réserve Ambrée (6.3%): a strong amber ale from France. Fischer is a well-known Alsatian brewery, yet I had never tried their brews.

  • Pours a nice dark amber liquid.
  • Flavor is very metallic.
  • Awful bum beer aftertaste.
  • Superb old school bottle.


Verdict: I love the bottle but the content is close to disgusting.


Grade:D-



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TYSKIE GRONIE

Tyskie Gronie (5.6%): a pale lager from Poland. Poland has had a long beer tradition, so it's about time I try a Polish brew! In case you were wondering: Tyskie means "German", as in German (pils) style beer.

  • Light head with some hops. 
  • Slight metallic aftertaste.
  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: drinkable but boring euro lager.


Grade:C






















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Monday, November 8, 2010

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb (5.5%): a white beer from Germany. This is a well known white, had to try it.

  • The flava is yuckie: raw eggs, rotten veggies...
  • Smells very metallic.
  • The orange-like color doesn't look right.


I don't care what the beer snobs say, that thing is nasty!


Grade:F



Saturday, November 6, 2010

ANGKOR

Angkor (5%): a pale adjunct lager from Cambodia. Cambodia isn't exactly a huge player on the beer market, so I had to get this!

  • Bitter sweet flavor with a decent combination of sweet malt and bitter selterzs. 
  • Refreshing, easy to drink.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Awesome bottle.

Solid brew from a little known country.


Grade:B-






















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Thursday, November 4, 2010

CARREFOUR PRESTIGE BLANCHE

Carrefour Prestige Blanche (4.5%): a white beer from Belgium. This one was brewed in Belgium for Carrefour, the French hypermarket chain.


  • Bitter flavor with hints of seltzers and plums.
  • Pours a nice cloudy golden liquid.
  • Refreshing, easy to drink.
  • Can is a tad too jiggy?


A bit too bitter but definitely solid.


Grade:B



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tsingtao Pure Draft

Tsingtao Pure Draft (4.3%): a pale lager from China. This is a premium version of the world famous Chinese brew.

  • Very nice flavor with hints of orange, honey and some hops.
  • Easy to drink and refreshing.
  • Well balanced.
  • Beautiful bottle.


Another pleasant surprise. Best Asian brew I've had so far.


Grade:A



Monday, November 1, 2010

Martens Bière D'Abbaye

Martens Bière D'Abbaye (6.2%): a strong ale from Belgium. I saw this plastic bottle at my local supermarket and saw "Abbey beer" on it. I had to get it.

  • Nice bitter sweet flavor. I can feel hints of orange, caramel and dry fruits.
  • Pleasant amber color.
  • Good buzz.
  • Easy to drink.
  • The plastic bottle thing is kinda disturbing lol, but it's convenient no doubt.


I was really surprised. Delicious!


Grade:A



Sunday, October 31, 2010

La Gâtine Blanche

La Gâtine Blanche (4.8%): a white beer from France. This is another brew I bought at the medieval village of Provins (east of Paris).

  • Bitter flavor with hints of dry fruits. A bit surprising for a white but fairly pleasant.
  • Appearance is fairly cloudy.
  • Decent buzz for ABV.


An interesting white. Pleasant but lacks complexity.


Grade:B



Saturday, October 30, 2010

WALDSTEIN 1516

Waldstein 1516 (4.6%): a lager from Germany. I found this at my local Dia supermaket, the 50 cl can only cost 42 Euro cents.

  • Slightly spicy curry-like flavor with some hops.
  • Aftertaste is so so.
  • Pours an orange/golden liquid.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Ugly can.


A solid and economical lager.


Grade:B



Thursday, October 28, 2010

La Gâtine Ambrée

La Gâtine Ambrée (7.5%): a strong amber ale from France. I bought this rare brew at the medieval village of Provins (East of Paris).

  • Awesome carrot juice color!
  • Nice bitter sweet flavor, the brew is packed with hops that's for sure. I can feel nuts, licorice, prunes, dates and caramel.
  • Mega buzz.


Another good find, classic!


Grade:A



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Maredsous 10 Tripel

Maredsous 10 Tripel (10%): a strong Abbey Ale from Belgium. I found this at my local supermarket and decided to give it a try. When I got home I realized the ABV was 10%, you already know I like to take risks.

  • Pleasant apple cider-like flavor with hints of hints of licorice and anise.
  • Nice quasi-amber color.
  • Well balanced.
  • Intense buzz (obviously!).
  • (Too?) easy to drink.
  • Beautiful bottle.


For a 10% brew it's incredibly smooth. A good find.


Grade:A-



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blanche de Quenast / Blanche de Bruxelles

Blanche de Quenast / Blanche de Bruxelles(4.5%): a white beer from Belgium. I found Blanche de Quenast at Dia supermarket, a hard discounter and was really surprised to see Ales at the beer section! Note that I only paid 2.99 EUR for this 6 pack. It's also sold as 'Blanche de Bruxelles'.

  • Typical white beer appearance (cloudy).
  • Aroma is slightly citrusy.
  • The flavor is awesome! Acid and fruity at the same time with hints of apple, citrus and honey.
  • Aftertaste is reminiscent of dry fruits.
  • Very refreshing and easy to drink, good buzz.
  • The Blanche de Quenast bottle is quite basic; Blanche de Bruxelles features a Manneken Pis (not sure if it's a good symbol for beer).


This one's a gem. Grab this if you can.


Grade:A+



Blanche de Quenast

Blanche de Bruxelles

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pelforth Blonde

Pelforth Blonde (5.8%): an Ale from France. Most Ale drinkers in France are familiar with Pelforth Brune which is really dark in color, but many forget Pelforth offers a lighter Blond version.

  • Awesome bittersweet flavor, I can feel hints of nuts, curry, caramel, apples.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • As always with Pelforth, very nice can.


Yummy brew, I need more!

Grade:A



Thursday, October 21, 2010

KennebunkPort Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale

KennebunkPort Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale (4.7%): Im usually not one for the flavored ales, they always seem kinda gimmicky to me, but this time I decided to delve into the world of flavored beer just for a couple pints since I do dig dishes made with pumpkin so I figured fuck it, why not. Now this particular ale is far from mind blowing, but it did surprise me quite a bit. I expected the pumpkin flavor to be fairly subtle maybe more in the finish but this ale actually had quite a robust flavor profile. You can immediately taste a bit of spices and the pumpkin come right through, and it finished reasonably well for a lighter beer. The alcohol % is a tad disappointing on this one, but the flavor seems to make up for it.

Final Notes:
  • This beer was a great introduction to tasting my first ale produced from Portland Maine.
  • Seasonal Beer, not normally brewed year round.
  • Great flavor profile.
  • Could use a little more kick % wise but the spices and flavors of this ale make up for it.

Grade: B



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stockholm Fine Festival Beer

Stockholm Fine Festival Beer (5.3%): a lager from Sweden. Got this from IKEA, ... so... is this a "fine" brew?

  • Flavor-wise, imagine vinegar, gasoline and sour candies all combined. YUCK!
  • Gave me a headache.
  • Not even brewed in Stockholm.
  • Nice can?


Verdict: avoid this!


Grade:F



Saturday, October 16, 2010

SAIGON EXPORT

Saigon Export (4.9%): an adjunct lager from Vietnam. Tried this at a Vietnamese restaurant in the French capital.

  • Very pleasant caramel/malty flavor.
  • Well balanced, especially for an Asian brew.
  • Boring bottle?


Verdict: a solid little lager.

Grade:B+



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

COLOMBA

Colomba (5%): a white beer from Corsica, France. A Witbier from a very unusual place (Corsica, sunny island located southeast of France). The brewer (Pietra) uses wheat and local herbs from the 'maquis' (Corsican wild forest).

  • Pleasant citrus/lime flavor with a tiny bit of peach.
  • Good buzz.
  • That bottle is classic ...


Verdict: a very solid white.


Grade:B+



Saturday, October 9, 2010

LEFFE 9

Leffe 9 (9%): a strong ale from Belgium. Leffe as you may know is a popular brand of strong ales, anyways I really dislike the Blond version (mainly for its yucky vinegar-gasoline flavor) and I was curious to see if the 9% version would fare any better.

  • Smoked vinegar/gasoline aroma and flavor .... same as Leffe Blond but smokier!
  • Gave me a headache.

I regret buying this, nuff said.


Grade:F



Thursday, October 7, 2010

JENLAIN BLONDE

Jenlain Blonde (7.5%): a keeping beer (strong ale) from France. Not as well known as Jelain Ambrée, Jenlain Blonde is (obviously) lighter color-wise.

  • Veggie-like flavor with hints of licorice and anise. Not exactly conventional but not disgusting either.
  • Giga buzz, my cat was scared lol.


A decent strong ale, the buzz was really intense.

Grade:B-



Monday, October 4, 2010

Blanche de Namur

Blanche de Namur (4.5%): a white beer from Belgium. From Brasserie Du Bocq, Blanche de Namur is a fairly obscure "witbier" as the purists like to say.

  • Very distinctive licorice/lemon flavor, maybe a tad too "raw" for me.
  • Easy to drink.
  • Buzz is okay for ABV.

Not my favorite white, but quite original and definitely solid.

Grade:B



Sunday, October 3, 2010

1664

1664 (5.5%): a pale lager from France. One of the most popular beers in France, 1664 is a product of Alsatian giant Kronenbourg.


  • Tastes like liquid cheerios, .... which is not necessarily a bad thing but ....obviously flavor could be better.
  • Well-balanced, I guess.
  • Buzz is okay.

Drinkable but boring beer.

Grade:C



Saturday, October 2, 2010

LA MADELON BIERE BLONDE

La Madelon Bière Blonde (5.5%): an Ale from France. This is a rare brew from the Vosges (mountain region in France).

  • Awesome fruity flavor with hints of dry fruits, peach and apricot.
  • Good buzz considering the ABV.
  • Cool bottle, I really like the old school label with the waitress (if that's what she is ^^).

Yummy beer, rare but classic.

Grade:A



Friday, October 1, 2010

1664 GOLD

1664 Gold (6.1%): a strong lager from France. This is supposedly a "premium" version of Kronenbourg's popular 1664 brand.

  • Basic strong lager flavor with hints of veggies and ... slight metallic aftertaste. I'm not too impressed.
  • Aesthetically, the bottle is simple but effective.


This one's alright, inoffensive but not really worth it.


Grade:C



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ottweiler Pils

Ottweiler Pils (4.6%): a Pilsener lager from Germany. I see a lot of empty Ottweiler Pils cans in the streets, why is that? Well it's quite simple: it's dirt cheap. 40 euro cents will buy you a 50 cl (approx 16oz) can in Paris. So hm...is it drinkable?

  • Color is quite pale. No-nonsense bitter flavor with hints of nuts...but too diluted.
  • No headache! As a matter of fact, this brew is quite balanced.

A very economical beer. Not bad for the price.

Grade:B-



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gordon Finest Gold

Gordon Finest Gold (10%): a strong lager from Belgium. 10% ! That's a scary number when it comes to beer. The Anthony Martin company markets strong Scottish style beers in Belgium; I recently acquired a Finest Gold can at a local supermarket. Let's see if I managed to drink this.

  • Strong licorice-like flavor with hints of cinnamon, decent considering the ABV.
  • Mega buzz (obv!).

I wouldn't drink this everyday (flavor is too metallic), but if you need to get crazy drunk this one will do.

Grade:C






















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