Saturday, July 31, 2010

TRIPLE SECRET DES MOINES

Triple Secret des Moines (8%): a Tripel Abbey Ale from France. A fairly obscure beer.

  • Awesome dry taste with hints of grapes, dates and apples.
  • Mega buzz, I feel happy ahah.

Wow this one's a gem, I'm really feeling the complex flavor.

Grade:A+



Friday, July 30, 2010

JENLAIN AMBREE

Jenlain Ambrée (7.5%): an amber Bière de Garde (Keeping Beer) from Northern France. I had always been intrigued by the orange can, so I had to try this.

  • Extremely weird color, looks like carrot juice!
  • Interesting smoked flavor with hints of licorice.
  • Will give you a mega buzz.
  • Balanced but finish is a bit too metallic.

Not your average beer but far from perfect. Don't hesitate to try it though.

Grade:B-



Thursday, July 29, 2010

POLL: What is your favorite alcoholic beverage besides beer?

What is your favorite alcoholic beverage besides beer?
Hard liquor (vodka, rum, whisky)
Wine
Cider
  
pollcode.com free polls


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

BAVARIA 8.6 GOLD

Bavaria 8.6 Gold(6.5%): a strong lager from the Netherlands. Bavaria's new Marketing gimmick: a so called gold premium lager.

  • Strong metallic taste, awful.
  • Gave me a bad headache, despite only taking a few sips.
  • Again the can is cool?


Nasty!

Grade:F



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

BAVARIA 8.6 RED

Bavaria 8.6 Red (7.9%): a strong lager from the Netherlands. I must admit I'm a big fan of the original Bavaria 8.6 (yup I have no shame lol), so I had to try this darker variant.

  • Yuck! Is that carbonated vinegar?
  • Hm ... the can is cool?


Oh my this one's awful. Avoid at all cost.

Grade:F



Sunday, July 25, 2010

LA GOUDALE

La Goudale (7.2%): a keeping beer ("bière de garde" in French /a type of strong Ale) from Northern France. Goudale is frenglish for "Good Ale".

  • Decent licorice flavor with hints of dry fruits.
  • So so metallic aftertaste.
  • Good buzz.
  • Stylish can.

Decent. I would have rated higher had the aftertaste been more hm ... organic.

Grade:B-



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http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=134023749962663

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Boddingtons Pub Ale

So I'm browsing the beer section today, looking for something to satisfy my taste buds, when I see this thing called Boddingtons Pub Ale. Imported all the way from England, it says that it's specially made to preserve that "pub/tap" feel to it, something like that. Always looking for something new to try (I'm talking about beer you sick bastards), I decided to give it a shot. I bought a 4-pack of 440ml tall cans of the stuff:




















The 4 cans were in my fridge. Were. And guess what? They're all gone now. That's how much I enjoyed this nice ale, a smooth taste, very light on the palette, but a nice creamy head. They even provide instructions on the back to tell you how you should chill and serve it! I mean c'mon, it doesn't get better than that!

So I poured it into a tall glass, tilted of course, and watched as the whole thing was engulfed in a creamy-like concoction. After about a minute, that's when the head formed and the perfect looking glass was there in front of my eyes, so I quickly grabbed the glass, took in the scent and then my first sip.... Ahhh nice and smooth.

I highly recommend this if you prefer a light, smooth beer. When I say "light" I mean that it has a light taste but after drinking all four I'm feeling a nice buzz, so by no means is it a light beer a.k.a. pussy beer.

  • Light, smooth taste
  • Creamy head
  • Great beer experience

Grade: A

Friday, July 23, 2010

POLL: What is your favorite type of beer?




What is your favorite type of beer?
ALE (traditional top fermentation, example: Leffe, Chimay, etc... )
LAGER (modern bottom fermentation, example: Budweiser, Corona,etc...)
  
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p.s: I could have included more answers but they are really only two types of beer according to the manufacturing process.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

SMIRNOFF ICE

Smirnoff Ice (5%): a beer mixed drink from the UK. Smirnoff originated in Russia in the 1860's but it is now part of the UK-based Diageo group, the world's largest beer, wine and spirits company. Smirnoff Ice is often referred as an "alcopop", an informal term for a sweet beer mixed drink mostly consumed by teenagers. Those so-called alcopops became quite popular on the UK club scene and later on conquered the world. Smirnoff Ice contains fermented malt and a tiny bit of Smirnoff 21 vodka (except in the US, where the alcohol part is malt/adjuncts as the sale of distilled alcohol is highly regulated). There are many variants (fruit flavors mostly) but here I'm reviewing the original, 5% ABV. ABV varies from one country to another (in Canada a 7% version is also available).

  • Pleasant lime flavor with a slight hint of iron.
  • Not too sweet for a beer mixed drink.
  • Moderate buzz.

One of the best beer mixed drink on the market. A good alternative to conventional beer.

Grade: B+






For more info you can check this fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Smirnoff-Ice/106616269374714

Also check out this funny commercial:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NEW SHARE BUTTONS

I have just added social network buttons on the blog. So if you like a review or article please feel free to "share" it. Remember knowledge is key.

COOL EICHHOF BEERMATS

Some cool beermats from Swiss brewery Eichhof. As you can see I got 8 of them.




Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Poll: Do you like Malt Liquor?



Malt liquor was the sh%t in the 80's and 90's, now ... not so much. It's become a niche that caters to the nostalgics and hm ... impoverished segments of the population (you know I have to sound politically correct ^^). So do you still drink it? Yes? Maybe? No?

Poll: Do you like Malt Liquor?
I'm a huge fan, my fridge is full of Olde English.
Sort Of , occasionaly I'll drink a 40.
I don't really care for it.
Hell no, only bums drink this.
  
pollcode.com free polls

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

DIGGING IN THE CRATES

I felt the need to put my brews in a crate, hoping it would save some space. Can you spot the intruder?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Kronenbourg Sélection des Brasseurs

Kronenbourg Sélection des Brasseurs (5%): a lager from France. To my knowledge, SDB is the only pure malt beer from the Alsatian brewery.

  • Malty flavor with hints of hops and caramel, quite decent.
  • Fairly good buzz.
  • Refreshing.
  • Beautiful bottle.
  • Maybe a tad too diluted.

Decent brew from this infamous brand.

Grade: B-





For more info, you can check this fan page (in French only):

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000904305893

Friday, July 9, 2010

ASAHI SUPER DRY

Asahi Super Dry (5%): a rice lager from Japan. Asahi is the best-selling brewery in the country of the rising sun and Super Dry probably the most exported Japanese beer ever.

  • As advertised the taste is very dry with hints of iron and hops, not bad.
  • Will give you a good buzz.
  • Refreshing.
  • Elegant bottle?

Decent beer, don't hesitate to try it if you're in Japan or at a Japanese restaurant.

Grade:B





For more info you can check the following fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Asahi-Beer/112568265422362

And that (creepy) TV commercial:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

BITBURGER PREMIUM PILS

Bitburger Premium Pils (4.8%): a Pilsner lager from Germany. Germany doesn't have a mega beer brand like Heineken or Budweiser but most agree the country produces some of the finest brews on earth. The lack of brand recognition can be explained by the fact that Germans tend to favor local breweries (hence very few beers are distributed nationwide). One exception is Bitburger, a traditional Pilsner lager which is available across the country and abroad.

  • Awesome bitter sweet flavor with hints of peach and curry (uncharacteristically spicy for a lager).
  • Good buzz despite the fairly low ABV.
  • The Bottle/Label is kinda plain?

This is how a lager beer should be be. Classic.

Grade:A+





For more info you can check this fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Bitburger-brewery/109565552395990

and this ad:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

HARBOE BJORNE BEER 8.3%

Harboe Bjorne Beer 8.3%: a strong lager from Denmark, also called Bear Beer in English-speaking markets. This is one of the strongest versions of that popular Scandinavian brew.

  • basic malty taste, nothing special really.
  • weak buzz for such high ABV.
  • the bear is cool?

Conclusion: average brew.

Grade:C





For more info, you can check that page from the Danish Trade Council:

http://www.um.dk/publikationer/eksportraadgivning/focusdenmark/0603/0603/html/chapter15.htm

QUILMES

Quilmes (4.9%): an adjunct lager from Argentina. Argentina is definitely not a country known for its beers ... so how does Quilmes compare to its fellow Latin-American competitors?

  • tastes like liquid cheerios: yuck!
  • gave me a really bad headache.
  • the bottle/label suck!

Being a sponsor of the national soccer team isn't a proof of quality.This thing is bad, avoid at all cost.

Grade:F





Check out this cool TV commercial:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

3EME MI-TEMPS

3eme Mi-Temps(6%): a strong ale from Northern France. This one is somewhat rare, "3eme Mi-Temps" means third half-time, a popular rugby-soccer slang for post-game party.

  • Nice aroma/flavor with hints of dry fruits, citrus and seltzer.
  • Will give you a good buzz.
  • If you drink this, You'll be able to head-butt like Zidane (to be verified)


Nice one, I would give it a straight A if the seltzer flavor was milder.

Grade:A-



Friday, July 2, 2010

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Peroni Nastro Azzuro (5.1%): a pale lager from Italy. Italian beer isn't that common to say the least so I had to review this. Peroni is adored by yuppies in the US (sorry Goobs, lol).

  • Extremely pale color.
  • Taste is somewhat diluted with hints of hoppy bitterness and seltzer.
  • Beautiful bottle.


Nothing special, you can try it though it's far from toxic.

Grade:C





Check out this cool TV Commercial:



And this calendar:

http://www.calendarioperoni.com/calendario.html