Friday, January 28, 2011

Crest Super Premium Lager

Crest Super Premium Lager (8.4%): a strong pale lager from the UK. I was intrigued by the shiny blue can,that's all I can say really.

  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Flavor is very light for a strong brew, it's basically like a light beer. I detect some hops, yup "some".
  • Weak buzz for ABV.
  • Beautiful can.


It's a strong lager with light beer properties, kind of useless.


Grade:C-



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spéciale Noël Grain d'Orge

Spéciale Noël Grain d'Orge (6.4%): a strong amber keeping ale from France. This is one of these so called Christmas beers.

  • Pours a beautiful medium amber liquid.
  • Smells bitter.
  • Interesting flavor: hints of orange, cinnamon, caramel.
  • Disgusting metallic/petrol like aftertaste.


If it wasn't for the decent flavor, I would have given an F.


Grade:D



Sunday, January 23, 2011

YEBISU PREMIUM

Yebisu Premium (5%): a lager from Japan. I found this all malt lager at my local supermarket (they had a Japan promo day).

  • Pours a fairly light golden liquid.
  • Very dry metallic taste with hints of seltzers.
  • Bad bad metallic bum beer aftertaste (was to be expected).
  • Nice bottle?

Verdict: mediocre.


Grade:D+



Friday, January 21, 2011

Ackels Pur Malt

Ackels Pur Malt (4.5%): a pale lager from Eastern France. Brewed in Alsace near the German border, Ackels Pur Malt is a regular strength pure malt lager.

  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Flavor is light with some bitterness and hints of anise.
  • Good buzz.
  • Refreshing and well-balanced.


An unspectacular but solid lager.


Grade:B-



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BAVARIA

Bavaria (5%): a lager from the Netherlands. While Bavaria is mostly known for its famous 8.6, the brewery also offers a regular strength lager. Time for the review.

  • Pours a light transparent golden liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Very light chemical taste, I don't really know how to describe it.
  • Bad bum beer aftertaste.
  • Gave me a slight headache.


Verdict: pretty bad.


Grade:D-



Saturday, January 15, 2011

3 MONTS

3 Monts (8.5%): a keeping beer (bière de garde)from Northern France. This is a well known strong pale ale from French Flanders.

  •  The cork cap has some kind of weird metal stabilizer.
  • Pours a pale golden liquid with a generous amount of foam.
  • Very dry flavor with hints of curry, carrots, nuts, anise.
  • Good buzz.
  • Beautiful bottle.


Verdict: a very solid brew.


Grade:B+



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Carrefour Bière Bio

Carrefour Bière Bio (6%): an organic strong amber ale from Northern France. This is a new beer offered by the French hypermarket chain Carrefour. Brewed in the mecca of French beer (Pas de Calais region, near the Belgium border), it's also sold as "Vieux Lille Ambrée".

  • Pours an orange-carrot amber liquid.
  • Smells fruity.
  • Awesome complex flavor with hints of orange, apricot, dry fruits, nuts, licorice, anise.
  • Aftertaste is very fruity and agreeable.
  • Good buzz.
  • Easy to drink and refreshing.
  • Bottle is a bit boring?


Verdict: this is a gem!


Grade:A+



Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Trappistes Rochefort 8

Trappistes Rochefort 8 (9.2%): a strong dark ale from Belgium. This is a fairly rare authentic Trappist product.

  • Pours a beautiful dark amber liquid.
  • Awesome fruity smell! 
  • The bitter-sweet flavor is so complex it's hard to describe; hints of : grapes, grapefruit, nuts, figs.
  • After taste is very delicate and fruity.
  • Mega Buzz! A strong but mellow buzz I shall say.
  • Classic bottle.


We need more beers like this!


Grade: A+






















Don't forget to check out this fan page:
http://users.telenet.be/gerritvdb/rochefort/English/RochefortIndex.htm

And this Michael Jackson's (aka The Beer Hunter) article on the St Remy Abbey, the producer of Trappistes Rochefort:
http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000019.html

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Åbro Arton56

Åbro Arton56 (5.2%): a pale lager from Sweden. I got this as a gift.

  • Pours a very light transparent golden liquid.
  • Smells like strong detergents.
  • Tastes like bitter caramel and kitchen detergent!
  • Truly undrinkable so can't say about buzz.
  • Nice bottle?


Avoid this !


Grade:F



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Boomerang Stronglime

Boomerang Stronglime (5.9%): a beer mixed drink from France. Boomerang was originally created by Canadian giant Labatt in the 1990's. In 2003, Boomerang was launched in France in a modified lemon-flavored version to compete against other "malternatives" such as Smirnoff Ice.

  • Pours a beautiful pale green liquid.
  • Tastes like bitter lemon and quinine.
  • Good buzz.
  • Nice Bottle.


A decent beer mixed drink.


Grade:B-



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

St. Bernardus Prior 8

St. Bernardus Prior 8 (8%): a strong dubbel (double) ale from Belgium. I found this at a "gourmet" market in downtown Paris, was intrigued by the bottle.

  • Pours a dark brown liquid. Generous foam.
  • Smells bitter.
  • Tastes like liquid rubber with hints of .... rotten veggies.
  • Bad rubber aftertaste.
  • The monk on the bottle looks perverted!


Verdict: This thing is awful! YUCK!


Grade:F



Monday, January 3, 2011

JUDAS

Judas (8.5%): a strong pale ale from Belgium. Most beer connoisseurs know Duvel (the Devil), now meet another strong pale ale named Judas (yea the controversial biblical person).

  • Pours a medium golden liquid with a generous foam.
  • Smells ... nothing !
  • Very malty flavor with hints of caramel and ...carrots! Where are the hops?
  • Weak buzz for ABV.
  • Beautiful bottle.


Verdict: drinkable but not worth it. Tastes very much like an average malt liquor.


Grade:C-



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year from Phil's Beer Bar!

Dear Readers,

Phil's Beer Bar wishes you a HAPPY NEW BEER ...hm YEAR!