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FIX Hellas

Hello fellow travellers,

Today I bring you another in my Greek series of beers. Another lager that helped me cope with the gorgeous sunshine and warm summer breeze blowing across the picturesque island of Santorini. Again, purchased from a little market north of the beaches at a very reasonable price, probably around $1 euro.

Beer: FIX Hellas

Brewery: FIX, Athens, Greece

Fix Hellas - Athens, Greece - very smooth lager low bitterness very refreshing not much body but perfect for a hot day semi sweet notes of honey medium low carbonation -  5 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A very smooth lager with low bitterness. Not much body, but very refreshing. Semi sweet notes of honey and vanilla in the background. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a very enjoyable beer. At first it seemed like a fairly average lager, but then semi sweets notes started to break out in the background bringing a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Nothing remarkable mind you, but perfect for a hot Greek summer holiday.

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Check out my original Santorini post here:

and the follow up:

Brut Chaumet – Sparkling Perry

Hello all,

Today I bring you a sparkling perry (Pear Cider: from LIDL. I can’t recall how much it was, but it must have been sub £2.

Cider: Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England

Med high carb sweet but not sickly slippery on the tongue alkali light pear 5o5 abv

Impressions: This has medium to high carbonation, keeping the cider lively. Sweet, but not very sweet, like many perries. Slippery on the tongue, it slides down quite easily. Light pear/apple notes with a light finish.

ABV: 5.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was surprisingly good. Most perries to me are overpowering in either their sweetness or their pear flavour. This was a very light, refreshing drink. For the price, a bargain for a bit of fun. This would be perfect on a hot summer day, at a BBQ, with a few bottles keeping cold on ice.

LIVE UPDATE: LIDL Chianti D.O.C.G. 2011

Today I bring you a Chianti from LIDL’s own wine range. We were using it to cook a Vegetarian Chilli for Mother’s Day and thankfully we live by the well accepted old adage ‘You must drink the wine you cook with, or the food will taste spoilt’. I’m sure Confucius or someone said that… It’s a well accepted concept. From the picture below, you can see this was consumed at the recommended 18*C. Purchased for ~£5 (can’t recall exact price).

This Chianti D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantitafrom 2011 won a Bronze award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and is made of Sangiovese grapes.

Wine: Chianti D.O.C.G. 2011

Vineyard: Unknown (LIDL), Italy

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Impressions: This is a very smooth dark red wine. Very dry (not as dry as the Baturrica Gran Reserva) with a sharp, pungent, tannin body, that does leave your tongue dry. Medium to low body on this wine, with little in the way of berry or fruit notes. An alcohol ‘wisp’ after taste sometimes resides on the tongue.

ABV: 13%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a nice, easy drinking wine. Little in the way of memorable notes, or stand-out features, but as a cheap easy drinking wine I can’t complain. Not as nice as the Baturrica Gran Reserva, which I will probably buy again, but I wouldn’t shy away from this wine. Worth a punt at this price.
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