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Foster’s Gold

Hello all,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous beer, Foster’s. However, this is not their usual offering of bland, unpalatable lager, this is their ‘premium version’. Spoiler: also bland and only slightly palatable.

Beer: Foster’s Gold

Brewery: Royal (Heineken, UK)

Fosters Gold - Australia - smooth lager with a creamy light bitterness weak bread flavour refreshing medium carbonation - 4o8 abv - 6() 10
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Impressions: This was a smooth light lager. A very light bitterness with a creamy, ‘off-corn’ bread flavour. Not as strong as the usual weird Foster’s flavour. Medium carbonation, and refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6 / 10 (Low Average)

 

Verdict: Better than the standard Foster’s. That isn’t saying much really considering the original Foster’s is one of the few beers I actively avoid. This isn’t a much better option, especially considering the raise in price. Avoid.

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Belle-Vue Gueuze

Goedendag beer drinkers,

 

Today I bring you a beer that just does not sit well with me, which seems to be the trend with many other beer drinkers. That said, the extreme sweetness of the beer seems to appeal to the women in my office.

‘Gueuze’, a type of Belgian lager that blends 1 and 2 year old Lambic beers. A Lambic itself is a type of beer that is brewed using wild yeast, rather than brewers yeast, which creates an unmistakably distinct flavour.

Beer: Belle-Vue Gueuze

Brewery: Belle-Vue (InBev), Belgium

Belle-Vue - Belgium - smooth very odd lager notes of cherry and corn sweet medium carbonation tastes like pez and Flintstones vitamins - 5o5 abv - 5o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth lager with an immense amount of weirdness. Strong, very sweet cherry flavours permeate the beer, blended with an unmistakable fresh corn. Low bitterness. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.5%

Score: 5.5 / 10 (Below Average)

Verdict: I did not like this beer. It’s not terribly bad, but it just doesn’t have the qualities I look for in a beer. Ridiculously sweet in an obnoxious way, it’s like a blend between PEZ candy, Flintstones Vitamins, and Beer. Unfortunately it’s more the first two and less the latter. Not for me, and definitely an acquired taste.

Blackthorn Cider

Hello cider drinkers,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous cider widely available in any supermarket. There are two versions of this, the more palatable 4.7% (this) and the higher strength 6% version typical geared toward students.

Cider: Blackthorn

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Shepton Mallet, England

Blackthorn Cider - medium carbonated sweet cider mild apple flavour low abv 4o7 - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a semi-sweet apple cider. Altogether mild in apple flavour with little in the way of additional notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: As with many mass market ciders, this is very drinkable. It does nothing to excite, but also nothing to offend. It’s cheap, refreshing, and can do the job. Much better alternatives out there.

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Amber Harvest – Strong Dry Cider

Hello fans of the cider,

Today I bring you a widely available, mass produced cider that is available in 3L bottles. Yes I know, that screams quality.

Cider: Amber Harvest

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Amber Harvest Strong Dry Cider - England - smooth Apple cider 5 abv however weak taste watery medium carbonation light on the tongue not Sharp - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth apple cider. Quite mild in all of its characteristics: mild apple flavour, mildly sharp, and mildly enjoyable. It is not strong and dry, it is more of a middle ground between dry and sweet. Semi-sweet then. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: This is not one that I would go out of my way for. All in all not an unpleasant experience by any means, and even enjoyable when served really cold. That said, it has no remarkable qualities and is really only fit for one purpose, mass consumption. Avoid unless you’re short on coin, and even then a pack of Strongbow won’t cost you much more.

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Blue Moon / Rickard’s White

Today I bring you  a tasty beer that has traversed the Atlantic and made it’s way to England. Back home we call it Rickard’s White, often sold in Pitchers, accompanied by orange slices.

But here in England we call it:

Beer: Blue Moon (Rickard’s White)

Brewery: Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada.

Blue Moon - England - Belgian style white very smooth fruity mellow vanilla under tones lightly carbonated 5o4 abv very easy drinking - 7 () 10 - B

Impressions: This is a smooth ‘Belgian style’ white/wheat beer. Fruity citrus notes are hidden in the mellow hops bitterness followed by vanilla under tones. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.4%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: A decent replication of the authentic European wheat beers. Good strength to the beer gives it a decent bite and the flavours blend well. After taste isn’t great (not bad), which lowered the score as the beer could be smoother. Overall a good effort, a decent choice over generic lagers and beers, and definitely worth a try.

BREW DOG – a post Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery

(^Their words) Today I bring you my first taste of the highly acclaimed Brew Dog Brewery. A brewery that attempts to set itself as far away from contemporary breweries. From producing the some of the highest ABV beers in the world (The End of History, 55%), to uniquely flavoured beers well outside the norm.

http://www.brewdog.com/

Beer #1: Punk IPA

Brewery: Brew Dog, Scotland

Ipa 5-6 abv very smooth floral earthy citrus medium bitter sweet peach apricot 8 () 10.jpg.jpg

Impressions: This India pale ale is very smooth with strong flavours abound. Strong floral, earthy notes blend with bitter citrus hops. An overall medium bitterness covers the soft, sweet peach / apricot notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.6%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: This is a very unique beer. Very complex with many layers of flavour. This may be off putting to some, however, as a beer to be sipped, not glugged, it’s a beer to truly appreciate. Slightly too floral for my tastes, but I can appreciate how all the flavours work together. Definitely worth a try.

JAPAN – Watashi wa bīru ga daisukidesu 私はビールが大好きです

Konichiwa!

Today I bring you two imports from the land of the rising sun.

Beer #1: Asahi Black

Brewery: Asahi, Japan

Asahi Black 5 abv Japan smooth dark lager soft chocolate malty notes refreshing light bitterness pedestrian 6 () 10.jpg

Impressions: This was a very smooth dark lager with mild, soft chocolate malt notes. Very refreshing for a darker beer, but almost too light in taste and body. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: For a lager, this brings it’s maltiness to the table, but beside that it’s a fairly standard beer. No real stand out features, but it’s easy drinking and non-offensive.

Beer #2: Sapporo Premium Lager

Brewery: Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo - Japan - smooth Japanese lager refreshing light hops taste slight bitterness notes of vanilla - 4o7 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This is also a smooth, refreshing lager. Very light hops / cereal bitterness with a very faint hint of vanilla in the background. Medium to high carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This, like the beer above, brings nothing remarkable to the table. It’s light, refreshing, and taste of good quality. But it borders on the bland and mundane, hence the average score.

Tre Birre per Favore – A Taste of Italy

Buongiorno Signore e Signori! So conditions haven’t really improved here in England. Traffic is jammed, roads are shut, and I couldn’t find my swimming trunks today. Darn. No work for Evan.

Anyway, as I’m sure the Brits would rather be anywhere other than here, I chose to bring you to the lovely shore of the Mediterranean. Italy.

Beer #1: Birra Morreti Original

Brewery: Birra Morreti, now Heineken, Italian Division, Italy

So you’ll have to take my word that this beer is actually Morreti! Unfortunately lighted taps don’t photograph well!

Impressions: This is a nice smooth lager. Very light and refreshing. Low bitterness with only a light hopping, creating light citrus notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This is a squarely average lager. Light and refreshing, with enough flavour to be enjoyable. Better options out there!

Beer #2: Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Brewery: Peroni Brewery, now owned by SABMiller, Rome, Italy

Impressions: Another smooth, refreshing lager. Light and crisp taste, medium to low bitterness. Medium carbonation (as you can see from the awful pour, resulting in a large head). Light cereal notes, and I strangely get a taste of olives. Not sure if that’s psychosomatic association with Italy. Hmm.

ABV: 5.1%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: I’m not sure why I enjoyed this more than Birra Morretti, but there’s just something to this beer. I’ve had it several times now, and it’s definitely a go to lager against the likes of Carlsberg (English version) or Carling. It’s smooth, light, refreshing, and goes down well. Nothing too unique about this beer, it’s just made well.

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