Monday, May 31, 2010

3 BRASSEURS WHITE

3 Brasseurs White(4.8%): this is a white beer from Northern France. Seems like everybody's trying to make white beer these days, that includes French Restaurant/microbrewery chain Les 3 Brasseurs.

  • Slight fruity flavor with hints of citrus and peach
  • Fairly weak buzz (well it's white beer ^^)
  • Refreshing


Not bad at all.

Grade: B+























For more info you can check out :

http://www.les3brasseurs.com/ (France)

or

http://www.les3brasseurs.ca/ (Canada)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

3 BRASSEURS BLONDE

3 Brasseurs Blonde (5.2%): this is an ale from Northern France. 3 Brasseurs is restaurant chain/microbrewery from Northern France. They also have 6 locations in the Montreal area, and one in downtown Toronto (I tried the St Catherine st and Brossard locations).

  • sweet fruity flavor with a slight hint of citrus
  • refreshing
  • highly drinkable


Nothing extraordinary but a good beer nonetheless.

Grade:B



















For more info you can check out :

http://www.les3brasseurs.com/ (France)

or

http://www.les3brasseurs.ca/ (Canada)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Chimay Tripel (White 8.0%)

Chimay Tripel (White 8.0%): this is a Tripel beer (strong pale ale) from Belgium. Another excellent Trappist beer.

  • Hoppy, dry taste with a hint of dry fruits.
  • Great drinkability
  • Very smooth and balanced for 8% ABV.


Not as good as Chimay Blue but still an excellent choice.


Grade:A-







You can check out this fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114191088615184

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue 9.0%)

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue 9.0%): this is a strong dark ale from Belgium. A well known trappist beer I had to review.

  • nice amber/dark color
  • at 9%, incredibly smooth and balanced
  • will give you a mega buzz
  • delicious fruity flavor (think dry raisins, dates)


Delicious, a true classic, nuff said.

Grade:A





You can check out this fan page for more info:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chimay-Brewery/112151498796074

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Wine Beer Spirits and Liqueurs

I've acquired this awesome book a few weeks ago. A great guide to alcohol-based drinks including beer.

You can buy at it at amazon.com and many other on-line retailers:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Encyclopedia-Wine-Spirits-Liqueurs/dp/1840380853

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

S. Hemisphere Harvest

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest (6.7%): OK, So I believe this has become my favorite new installment from Sierra Nevada. Sadly, its only available in 32oz bottles and only for a limited time. This stuff has a perfect balance of hops to alcohol. Its full-bodied yet extremely refreshing with a slight citrus taste in the finish thanks to the tasty hops that they contract from New Zealand (the southern hemisphere). Their Spring is at opposite times as ours so Sierra Nevada is afforded the opportunity to get some amazing tasting hops from across the globe shipped directly to the brewery within days of harvest so that all of the important oils from the hops can still be injected into this tasty brew. I really wish they would bottle this in sixers year round, amazingly good.

Final Notes:
  • Great percentile
  • Really tasty choice of hops
  • Finish is similar to Blue Moon containing familiar citrus notes, but this beer is far superior
  • After 32oz's you will be a happy customer

Grade: A+



Eichhof Lemon

Eichhof Lemon (5%): this is a beer mixed drink from Switzerland. Is that a kiddie drink ? A copy of Bud Light Lime? Corona? What were they thinking?

  • Lemon vinegar anyone?
  • Anyone?
  • Hey it's carbonated lemon vinegar! Anyone?

Needless to say: stay away from this!

Grade:F



Olde English 800 - 40 oz. (8.0%)

OE is a classic malt liquor. Years ago this was my preferred 40, until I moved and OE was no longer accessible to me (stupid QC). Anyway, last week I went on a trip to Canada's capital and lo and behold what did I find at the local Beer Store? Yup, good 'ol O-muthafuckin-E!!!

You know I had to pick some up, so I grabbed two of those dogs, waited for my hard on to expire, then I jumped in the ride and headed back home. And if this chick was at my place that day, there would have been hot 40 sex all over the place:





















I had one of the 40's already, and it didn't disappoint. Let's face it - malt liquor is not a finesse beer, something you have with a nice meal or anything like that, but it's good for just getting wasted and/or with a bag of Doritos, watching the game. After all, isn't that what guys do? Yes, it's a guy thing.

Over the years I've sampled different brews and I'm now so used to enjoying a nice lager with a meal, so when I cracked open the OE, at first I didn't like the taste. It took me a few minutes to get used to it, then all the memories came back and I started to enjoy it. I'm a big guy and yet this 40 kicked my fuckin ass up and down, left and right. I wasn't totaled beyond belief, but I was feeling really, really, GOOD. Basically, if you had of showed up at my door at that moment, I would have given you a high-five.

So there you have it. OE is the shit. The king of 40's. Fawtys. If you want to have a 'guy' brew, then grab one asap.

  • Taste takes a bit to get used to.
  • Smooth taste for a 40.
  • Will kick your ass if you're not ready.
  • Good with Doritos and sports.


Grade: A

JADE Biere Biologique

Jade Biere Biologique (4.5%): This is an organic Belgian Pale ale from Northern France. My first attempt at trying an organic brew (it's supposed to be packed with essential minerals and vitamins). Brewed by Brasserie Castelin, makers of Ch'Ti previously reviewed.

  • Tastes like ... bitter water , and ..... the bitterness is very slight.
  • No buzz.
  • Cold water is always refreshing.


You get the point, it tastes like water even at 4.5%, I take that the malt is underdeveloped and barely roasted with minimal use of hops. Coors Light has a powerful flavor in comparison.

Grade: D+




Monday, May 24, 2010

CARREFOUR PRESTIGE 7.0%

Carrefour Prestige (7.0%): This is a strong lager from Germany. It's brewed by Karlsberg Brauerei, a brewery based in Homburg, Germany for the international hypermarket chain Carrefour. It's the strong version of Carrefour Prestige previously reviewed.

  • Very balanced for a strong lager.
  • Excellent complex bitter sweet flavor with hints of iron, caramel and cane sugar.
  • Will give you a good buzz with great drinkability.
  • The Black/golden can is so classic.


One of the best strong lagers I've ever tried, if you happen to be at Carrefour, snatch this!

Grade:A



Sunday, May 23, 2010

CALANDA EDELBRAU

Calanda Edelbrau (5.2%): an ale from Switzerland. I'll be brief.

  • Tasted quite bitter with no distinct flavor.
  • Refreshing.
  • Hm don't know what else to say...

Not a bad beer, just plain boring.

Grade:C



1664 Blanc

1664 Blanc (5%): a white beer from France. French white beers are not that common, so I had to review this.

  • Yummy citrus/Peach flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
  • Will give you a good buzz for a white beer.
  • Maybe a bit too sweet.
  • Superb blue bottle (hard to see with that picture).

I'm really feeling this, the fruity flavor is a bit overpowering but still an excellent choice.

Grade:A-



Saturday, May 22, 2010

INSIDE PHIL's BEER BAR

I've acquired a large number of brewskies recently, this is gonna take a while to review ... stay tuned!

Eichhof Klosterbrau Edeltrüb

Eichhof Klosterbrau Edeltrüb (4.8%): this is an altbier (a neo German-style ale) from Switzerland.

  • Interesting bitter sweet flavor with a hint of plumb.
  • Refreshing
  • Fairly weak buzz

All in all a good beer that could even be better if it was stronger.

Grade:B+




Friday, May 21, 2010

AMSTERDAM MAXIMATOR

Amsterdam Maximator (11.6%): this is a strong lager from the Netherlands. Possibly the worst beer ever, it's a favorite among homeless people.

  • Heavy rotten taste, doesn't even taste like a strong lager more like a fortified vinegar.
  • Will give you a bad headache.
  • Will give you a bad stomachache.


Avoid this at all cost.

Grade:F






For more info, please check this fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/116-AMSTERDAM-Maximator/27073309014

Thursday, May 20, 2010

KRONENBOURG ROUGE

Kronenbourg Rouge (7.2%): a strong lager from France. Kronenbourg is the best selling beer brand in France but I know very few people who would admit drinking their products. So you may have noticed I'm a big fan of strong beers/malt liquor, so when I saw this at the supermarket, I was like "why not"?

  • Tastes like vinegar and rotten veggies (yes!!)
  • Want me to repeat the above?
  • Gave me a bad headache


The beer is extra cheap but there's way better options in France within that segment (especially Carrefour branded lagers). Avoid at all cost.

Grade:F



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CH'TI BLONDE

Ch'ti Blonde (6.4%): This a keeping style beer from Northern France. One of the best beers I've tried in a while.

  • Crazy Delicious ! Superb bitter sweet aroma/flavor with hints of nuts, banana, caramel.
  • Super Super Smooth and it's 6.4% !
  • The can is nice.


If you're on vacation in France (or Belgium), snatch this! You won't regret it.

Grade: A





Check out this fan page (in French only):

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=65035823377

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A HALF METER OF BEER

You may have seen those wooden cases of beer (mostly around Xmas time). I finally got one, it says "Bier im Halbmeterpack", German for "a pack of half a meter of beer". The "pack" is from Switzerland and is comprised of Swiss and German beers, with the exception of a Belgian-produced Fosters! Stay tuned for the reviews.

TWITTER & FACEBOOK BOXES

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I have just added Facebook and Twitter boxes, so feel free to "like" and "follow" us.

Thanks !

Saturday, May 15, 2010

PHIL's BEER BAR now on Facebook

Dear Readers,

You can now follow us on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PHILs-BEER-BAR/124351970925280

Thanks !


AMSTEL LIGHT

Amstel Light (3.5%): This is a light lager from the Netherlands.

  • Had a strong seltzer taste with a hint of bitterness
  • Refreshing
  • Highly Drinkable

It seems I have a thing for the seltzer flavor, but overall I think it's one of the best light lagers I've ever tried.

Grade: B+


























Check out the "One Dam Good Beer" ad:



and fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/AmstelLight

BROOKLYN LAGER

Brooklyn Lager (5.2%): This is an amber lager from the US. I tried this one in Denmark (oddly?), I liked it a lot.

  • Rich complex nutty/mocha flavor
  • Highly drinkable

Very hard to find but a true classic.

Grade: A



Sunday, May 9, 2010

MICHELOB ULTRA

Michelob Ultra (4.2%): This is a light lager from the US. A favorite among yuppies and health conscious individuals.

  • Tastes like bitter seltzer water.
  • poor drinkability for a light beer.

There are way better options among light lagers. Not worth it.

Grade: D


















Check out this TV commercial featuring Lance Armstrong (yuppie attack !!!!)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mission St. Pale Ale

Stienhaus Brewing Co. Mission St. Pale Ale (4.6%): Yep, another one from Mission St...I gotta say though, the Pale is a massive improvement in comparison to their Blonde Ale. The hops and yeast flavors are very similar to their IPA but with a slightly more crisp refreshing finish. Even though this beer lacks in percentage, i still would buy this again since its flavor is so good. This beer has a great balance of alcohol to hops/yeast/spices.

Final Notes:
  • Nice finish
  • Choice of hops is similar to their IPA
  • Not too light, not too heavy - good balance
  • Average percentile
  • Would buy again

Grade: A



Mission St. Blonde Ale

Stienhaus Brewing Co. Mission St. Blonde Ale (4.4%): This is probably my least favorite from the Mission St. beers. Its just too light for my taste. I prefer to have at least a little reassurance that theres some tasty hops in there and this beer doesn't pull through very well in that regard. Not much else to say, just an average beer.

Final Notes:
  • Light beer
  • Drinkable but nothing special
  • Could def use a heavier dose of hops
  • Average - to low percentile

Grade: C+



Fat Weasel Ale

Stienhaus Brewing Co. Fat Weasel Ale (7.1%): Dont let the wack yet humorous label fool you, this beer is better then it looks. This ale is crafted in Paso Robles, CA. from the same brewery as the Mission St. line which was a surprise to me, and after knowing that Id definitely say that the Mission St. stuff is much better. Thats not to say this beer isnt worth the ducats but its certainly not a mind blowing ale either. Really, the only thing that makes this beer attractive to me is the high percentage since it certainly lacks a good dose of flavorful hops.

Final Notes:
  • Good summer beer
  • Good for a quick buzz
  • Alcohol taste lingers in finish
  • Could use more hops
  • Def NOT my first choice for a higher content beer

Grade: C



Thursday, May 6, 2010

EYE OF THE HAWK

Mendocino Brewing Companies Eye Of The Hawk (8.1%): Its Eye Of The Hawk son!!! You aint know about this yet?!?!?!...lol. Naw but this select ale brewed in Mendocino, CA. is kinda like comparing a benze to a bucket if you like malt liquor. This stuff is amazing because it contains such a high percentile that you'd think it would taste like gasoline however it maintains a very drinkable and complex flavoring thanks to its generous amounts of Pale and Caramel malt and MBC's special proprietary yeast strain. If you wanna get funked up in style without the paper bag - Eye Of The Hawk should be your go-to malt.

Final Notes:
  • Malt liquor for grown folks
  • Flavor is similar to pale ale but has a malty finish
  • Exceptionally high %

Grade: A



LEFFE BLONDE

Leffe Blonde (6.6%) : This is a strong pale ale from Belgium. One of the most popular specialty beers in Europe, I had to try it.

  • Weird spicy taste with a hint of weak toilet detergent (yup!)
  • Made me want to throw up

If you don't know, now you know.

Grade: F





Check out this fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Leffe/46117581568

For a sec I thought they were talking about linguistic tensions in Belgium, nah it's all about the wolves or is it? Great Ad:

Lindemans Faro Lambic

Lindemans Faro Lambic (4.2%): this is a Faro Lambic beer (malt + some kind of funky sugar basically) from Belgium. This was a gift (I should say this from the start lol).

  • Superb cork bottle
  • smells foul
  • tastes like vinegar
  • tastes like vinegar
  • tastes like vinegar


Hm ....stay away from this !

Grade: F



SAN MIGUEL PREMIUM LAGER

San Miguel Premium Lager (5%): this is an adjunct lager from Spain. Another beer from Southern Europe but a fairly good one.

  • Classic Spanish/Mexican citrus flavor
  • Easy to drink, smooth
  • Refreshing


Grade: B+





Check out this TV commercial, now you all know why Pau Gasol is so effective in the paint:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Black Toad Dark Ale

Black Toad Distinctive Dark Ale (5.3%): Im usually not a Porter or Stout guy, but I do like to mix it up on rare occasions so this particular american porter styled beer wasn't too bad at all....Not immensely impressive but still worth trying. For a Porter its definitely lighter tasting to me then Im used to yet it doesn't lack enough complexity to make it suck. Brewed in San Jose, CA.

Final Notes:
  • Nothing Crazy, but Id def consider buying again
  • Not too filling for a Porter
  • Slightly "nutty" taste similar to Newcastle
  • Average percentile

Grade: B-



Mission St. IPA

Mission St. IPA (6.1%): This is my newest favorite IPA next to probably Sierra Nevada's Torpedo (which I should prob drop some notes on very soon...so stay tuned for that). This ale comes from Paso Robles, CA. and it definitely lives up to its cities reputation for giving birth to amazing wines and top-notch brew. What I personally really find nice about this IPA is its unique hops flavoring....when the beer first touches your pallet you get notes of berry, but not to the extent where it feels like your drinking fruit-loops and beer (like some poorly crafted beers tend to do). The finish also doesn't linger in a negative way making this IPA stand out as a very drinkable, yet full-bodied beer.

Final Notes:
  • Good percentile to still make it worth your while
  • Really nice choice of hops
  • Full-bodied and very drinkable
  • Made in small batches

Grade: A



STEEL RESERVE

Steel Reserve (6.0-8.1%): This is a malt liquor from the US. Have you noticed everytime I review a bad beer I compare it to Steel Reserve? Well here's the review :

  • The name says it all: it tastes like steel, rusty steel that is.
  • Will give you a BAD BAD headache.
  • People might call you a bum if they see you drinking this.
  • The Bottle is mad nice, but who cares?

There are many Belgian (or even US/Canadian) strong beers with that alcohol content that are 100 times better. Avoid at all cost.

p.s: there's a diluted version with 6% APV (for a few markets where the sale of malt liquor is highly regulated), but I only tried the original with 8.1%.

Grade: F



























For more info you can check this fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steel-Reserve/26762002611

Monday, May 3, 2010

HAFFENREFFER PRIVATE STOCK

Haffenreffer Private Stock: (6.87%): A Malt liquor from the US. A Malt liquor of choice (top-fermented, which I should mention since it's not too common). It has been praised by Wilt Chamberlain (okay he was paid for that) and Notorious BIG.

  • Nice bitter-spicy flavor, served with Ice = delicious
  • Will gave you a good buzz
  • Highly drinkable


It's a bit hard to find, but if you do: snatch it because it's a gem.

Grade: A


























For more info, please check this cool page about the brewery:

http://www.falstaffbrewing.com/haffenreffer.htm

Sunday, May 2, 2010

SAM ADAMS LIGHT

Sam Adams Light (4%): This is a light lager from the US. Is this the best light beer ever? I believe so !

  • Full aroma/flavor for a light beer, it's close to the original (previously reviewed)
  • Refreshing


Obviously not as good as the original but you still get the exceptional mocha-like flavor .... with less calories.

Grade : A-



Saturday, May 1, 2010

CORONA

Corona (4.6%): This is an adjunct lager from Mexico. Again I'll be brief:

  • the taste is nice, raw and citrusy (is that a word?)
  • gave me a headache on several occasions
  • the aftertaste is so so
  • the bottle is classic (but that's not what really matters, right?)

So hm, I like the flavor a lot but I find the big C a bit hard to digest.

Grade: B-







































Proof that women can be cruel:



Also check out this fan page on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Corona-Extra/22173277614

ST OMER BIERRE BLONDE DE LUXE

St Omer Bierre Blonde de Luxe (5%): this is a pale lager from Northern France. I will be brief:

  • the can looks like doodoo
  • the flavor is very malty, yet lacks complexity
  • Highly drinkable
  • Refreshing
You can try it if you happen to be in France but overall nothing special.

Grade: C+