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Badger – Tanglefoot – Hall and Woodhouse III

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery.

Beer: Tanglefoot

Brewery: Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England

Badger's Tanglefoot - Dorset, England - very smooth straw coloured ale sweet malt and caramel flavours notes of pear medium to mild bitterness creamy finish medium to low carbonation 5 abv 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth, straw coloured ale. Sweet malt and caramel flavours at the forefront, with notes of soft pear hiding at the back. A medium to mild hops bitterness throughout, leads to a creamy finish and after taste. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: Tanglefoot was a nice light ale. The blend of sweet and bitter was definitely appetising, but the overall body left a bit desired. Perhaps a touch more hops would have really set this one apart. But as it stands, still a really enjoyable, easy drinking ale. Maybe not one for those that stay away from the sweet stuff.



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Forester’s Pear Cider

Today I bring you a fairly generic, widely available pear cider, at a local boozery near you!

Cider: Forester’s Pear Cider

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Aston manor Foresters - smooth pear cider medium to sweet mild pear flavour not too artificial but refreshing medium carbonation - 4o5 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth pear cider, with a medium sweetness.  A mild pear flavour,  refreshing. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: This is a pretty decent perry. Not too sickly sweet like a lot of perries out there, but still quite sweet and slippery. Light pear flavour, not too artificial like some larger brands out there (you know the pear drop taste), which is refreshing. Worth a try.

Stella Artois Compendium

Today I bring you 2 beers and 2 ciders from the Stella Artois family. Started from a brewery dating back to 1366, “Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer for the Christmas holiday market. First sold in Canada, it was such a commercial success that it became available all year round, and, apart from the duration of the Second World War, has been produced ever since.”


Beer #1: Stella Artois

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois - apparently called wife beater in England - highly carbonated light flavour mildly bitter - not as good as the Canadian version - 6o75 [] 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth lager, with medium bitter hops notes, and little else. Medium to high carbonation (in this bottle) makes this lager very lively, but is also quite refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A fairly standard lager. Refreshing with a decent amount of bitterness, but no real outstanding qualities. In England this is apparently called ‘Wife Beater’.. not really sure why. In Canada it is sold at 5.2%, so it has more kick and is overall a better beer.


Beer #2: Stella Artois Black

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Black - Belgium - cold smooth ale very refreshing light hops flavour less bitter than normal but cleaner finish medium carbonation - 7o25 () 10

Impressions: This was an even smoother version of Stella. Very refreshing with a light bitter hops. Less in the way of bitterness than the original (above), but with a much cleaner body and finish. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.9%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This has a slightly higher ABV than above, but oppositely, is a much cleaner beer. Very smooth. Not much in the way of stand out flavours, but very refreshing. Pleasingly served very cold. Worth a try.


Cider #1: Cidre

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Cidre - Belgium - very smooth mild cider 4o5 abv mild semi sweet apples create a warm mouth feel medium carbonation - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: A very smooth, full bodied cider. Mild in strength, but a strong apple flavour throughout. Clean, semi sweet apples, with a warm mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was an enjoyable cider. Much better than I had anticipated from a large beer brewery! Slightly low on the ABV leaves a bit of punch to be desired, but it’s very smooth and easy drinking. Definitely worth a try.


Cider #2: Cidre Pear

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Pear Cidre - Belgium - very smooth pear cider not too sweet notes of vanilla nice sharpness medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: As above, a very smooth cider. Strong pear notes, but not too sweet. Notes of vanilla blend in the background. Medium to low carbonation mix with a slight sharpness, creating a tangy lively cider.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: Again, a surprise from the Belgians. I’m not usually a fan of ‘Perrys’ as they are often sickly sweet. This was a nice blend of warm, but also sharp, pear notes with an acceptable amount of sweetness. Again (as above), a higher ABV would have given the whole package a better kick, but as is, this is an easy drinking cider and would be perfect on a hot summer day.


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