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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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Panaché Leaderprice

Panaché Leaderprice (1%): a beer-mixed drink from France. In France, a Panaché is simply sparkling lemonade with a tiny bit of basic lager. Many young teenagers have their first alcohol experience with such. Typically a Panaché has 1% ABV, the Leaderprice (a popular supermarket) one is no exception.


  • Weird detergent taste with some carbonation.
  • Unless you're 11, why would you buy this?

I had much better Panachés when I was a kiddo. Nuff said.


Grade:F





Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tripel Karmeliet

Tripel Karmeliet (8.4%): a Tripel Ale from Belgium. From the producers of "Kwak", Karmeliet is a strong ale in a funky bottle.

  • Exquisite bitter sweet flavor with hints of dry fruits, nuts, peach. Truly awesome.
  • Mega buzz.
  • Nice kitsch bottle.

 One of the best brews I've ever tried, I need more!

Grade:A+






















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Friday, September 24, 2010

Adelscott

Adelscott (6.4%): a strong smoked lager from France. According to the brewer (Fischer), this beer is made with whiskey malt. A major success, it is now exported to many countries.

  • Oh my, this is carbonated gasoline with hints of rotten salmon. Yes you heard it right.
  • Even the sort of Amber color doesn't look right.

Needless to say I won't ever buy this again.

Grade:F



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pelforth Brune

Pelforth Brune (6.7%): an English brown ale from France. Pelforth is a popular brand of specialty beers in Europe. "Pelforth" is the anglicized contraction of Pelican (the beer's original name) and Forte (French for strong).

  • Agreeable dark chocolate aroma and flavor that's reminiscent of porters with hints of caramel.
  • Agreeable flavor yup, but could be more intense.
  • Good buzz.
  • Color is very "Coke-like".
  • The can is a piece of art.

 I like this one, they just need to make it a bit heavier.

Grade:B+



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Affligem Blond

Affligem Blond (6.7%): a strong ale from Belgium. Another well known Abbey beer, oddly I tried this at a cheap restaurant in 'La Defense', Paris' main financial district.

  • Herbal aroma/flavor with hints of dry fruits and licorice.
  • Good Buzz.


Verdict: a solid brew with lots of character.

Grade:B+



Sunday, September 19, 2010

BUD LIGHT

Bud Light (4.2%): a light lager from the US. I must admit I'm not a Budweiser basher, in fact I think the standard Bud and Bud Light Lime are quite decent. So what about the good ol' Bud Light?

  • "Artificial" flavor, very little hops, mostly adjuncts.
  • As always with Budweiser: won't give you a headache.

If I was stranded on a desert island, yea I would drink this. But .... most of us live near supermarkets, liquor stores and the likes, you get the idea ....

Grade:D+






















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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Westmalle Trappist Tripel (9.5%): a Tripel ale from Belgium. This is a well-known Trappist beer from Belgium.

  • Sexy bottle! I really don't wanna trash it.
  • Lots of bitter hops with hints of licorice and seltzers.
  • Mega buzz.
  • Well-balanced for such high ABV.

Not my favorite Trappist, but a very solid brew nonetheless.

Grade: B+



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

FELDSCHLÖSSCHEN Premium

Feldschlösschen Premium (5%): a pale lager from Switzerland. Welcome back to Europe.

  • Nice bitter sweet nutty flavor.
  • Uncharacteristically for a lager, it has a spicy curry-like aftertaste.
  • Good buzz considering ABV.

This was a good find. Definitely worth trying.

Grade:A



Sunday, September 12, 2010

Jumping Cow Amber Ale

Jumping Cow Amber Ale (5.4%): Steinhaus Brewing Co. Delivers yet another tasty beverage from the same family of beers as the Mission St. Ale's & Lagers...I actually got one of these in my bag by accident when the cashier was bagging my Mission St. IPA, I guess the labels look very similar. At first I was pissed cuz that Mission St is the goods, but then I popped her open after a nice freezer break...to my surprise this beer wasnt half bad!?...Afterwards, I realized that its brewed by the same company as Mission St. so go figure. It seems like they make great beer all around. Im actually not the biggest fan of Amber's but this particular Ale was just right.

Final Thoughts:
  • A little more bitter then normal for a Amber Ale
  • Decent percentage
  • Refreshing
  • No funky aftertaste
  • Would buy again


Grade: B+



Friday, September 10, 2010

Foster's Premium Ale

Foster's Premium Ale (5.5%): an ESB (extra special/strong bitter) ale from Australia. In the beer world, you should always be careful when you see this catchy word: "premium". Foster's is known around the world for its big $ss blue can lager, but people tend to forget the brewery also offers Ales.

  • Bitter flavor with hints of plumbs and seltzers. Decent.
  • Unpleasant metallic aftertaste.
  • Foster's cans are awesome, including this one.


The aftertaste is a big turnoff. Below average.

Grade:C-



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MOLSON CANADIAN

Molson Canadian (5%): an adjunct lager from Canada. My favorite Molson beer by far. I drank this many times in Boston,MA and I had the chance to "try" it again in Toronto this summer.

  • Pleasant sweet flavor with hints of caramel, think of a more balanced Budweiser.
  • Color is very pale!
  • Light and refreshing.

Verdict: a solid North American style lager.

Grade:B+





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Sunday, September 5, 2010

ALEXANDER KEITH's IPA

Alexander Keith's IPA (5%): an IPA from Canada. Straight outta Nova Scotia, Alexander Keith is a popular brewery in Canada; I tried their IPA while visiting Toronto.

  • Smooth sweet flavor with hints of dry fruits and plumbs.
  • Slightly spicy aftertaste.
  • Good buzz.

Many people online say this isn't a true IPA because it's not bitter enough. Who cares? Snatch this if you can.

Grade:A



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NATURAL ICE

Natural Ice (5.9%): an adjunct lager from the US. Ice beer is soooo 90's. That's what beer snobs typically say. What's ice beer anyway? Supposedly freezing is involved in the fermentation progress to achieve purity and higher ABV.

  • Bum beer taste with hints of veggies.
  • Horrible metallic aftertaste.
  • Fortunately, it didn't give me a headache.

Def not worth it.

Grade:D-