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