Friday, February 25, 2011

Ackels Forte 8.0

Ackels Forte 8.0 (8%): a strong lager from France. An extra strong lager from Alsace (near the German border).I cannot recall why I bought this ... oh yeah I remember now: I manage a beer blog and constantly need to find new brews.

  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Smells ...nothing I guess.
  • Weird licorice flavor with hints of ... rotten veggies.
  • Gave me a headache.
  • Forget about the buzz, I could barely take a couple of sips.

Verdict: Really bad, of course you should avoid this.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Email Contact

Wanna request beer reviews? Or give suggestions? You can now contact Phil directly by email: .

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Phil's Beer Bar has moved!

Phil's Beer Bar has moved to . The shorter URL is easier to remember and the .info extension is perfect since we're an informational blog. PBB has grown tremendously since its inception and now competes with the biggest beer websites/blogs for both mainstream and specialty brew searches. The audience is truly global (I believe all countries in the world are represented) and THAT makes me happy since it might help people to discover and read about beers they've never heard before. Anyways, stayed tuned ...more reviews are coming soon.



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Grain D'Orge Cuvée 1898

Grain D'Orge Cuvée 1898 (8.5%): a strong ale from France. This is a Bière de Garde (keeping ale) from northern France.

  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Smells bitter.
  • Superb contrast between the very dry taste and the sweet fruity aftertaste (hints of papaya, pineapple, honey, pear).
  • Mega buzz.

Verdict: one of the best brews I've tried so far.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dagsbier Blonde Pur Malt

Dagsbier Blonde Pur Malt (4.2%): a lager from Germany. I bought this at a metro station in Paris.

  • Pours a light golden liquid with generous foam.
  • Smells grainy.
  • Tastes like bitter water.
  • Curiously buzz wasn't that weak.

Verdict: an inoffensive watery brew.

Grade: C-

Monday, February 14, 2011

Grimbergen Blanche

Grimbergen Blanche (6%): a strong white ale from Belgium. Grimbergen is a popular Belgian ale brand and naturally it offers a white. This is the strongest white I've had so far by the way.

  • Pours a very troubled gold liquid.
  • Smells citrusy.
  • Awesome complex acid flavor with hints of citrus, peach, almonds, caramel.
  • Good buzz.
  • Very nice bottle.

Verdict: a world class white!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

George Killian's Bière Rousse

George Killian's Bière Rousse (6.5%): a strong amber ale from France. George Killian's Bière Rousse is the French version of George Killian's Irish Red. Contrary to the US version, GK Biere Rousse is still produced as an ale.

  •  Pours a beautiful orange liquid.
  • Smells like bitter chocolate.
  • Smokey flavor with hints of chocolate, quinine, biscuit.
  • Aftertaste is quite bitter, I can feel the quinine mostly.
  • Highly drinkable.
  • Good buzz.

An interesting brew with lots of character.

Grade: A-

Friday, February 11, 2011


Estribos (5.9%): a beer mixed drink from France. This is a so-called Tequila flavored malt beverage made for the Carrefour hypermarket chain. By the way I got this as a gift, er ... thanks dad!

  • Pours a weird orange-greenish liquid.
  • Tastes like ... chemical orange/kiwi fruity beer, yup that's a pretty accurate description..
  • Weird smoky yet metallic aftertaste.
  • The can is nice?

Hm ... you'd better stay away from this.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Saint Landelin La Divine

Saint Landelin La Divine (8.5%): a strong ale from France. This is a "Bière de Garde" (beer of keeping) from Northern France.

  • Pours a medium golden liquid.
  • Smells fruity.
  • Awesome complex acid fruity flavor with hints of apples,pears and caramel.
  • Good Buzz.
  • Easy to drink despite high ABV.
  • Very nice bottle.

Verdict: a world class brew. I need more!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Schlappeseppel Pilsner

Schlappeseppel Pilsner (5.1%): a pilsner lager from Germany. I got this as a gift.

  • Pours a very light golden liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Light earthy flavor.Where are the hops?
  • Almost zero buzz.
  • Nice bottle?

Verdict: an inoffensive lager yet not worth it.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011


CH'TI Blanche (4.5%): a white beer from France. Brasserie Castelain is well-known for its CH'TI strong blond ale but also offers a white.

  •  Pours an hazy orange liquid.
  • Smells spicy, orange-like.
  • Flavor is quite bitter for a white with hints of caramel and citrus.
  • Weak buzz but hey ABV is 4.5%.
  • Classic bottle/label.

It's a fairly solid white, perhaps a tad too bitter for the style.