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