Views From The Bar

Views From The Bar

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TravALEloguing and blogging about the beer scene in the UK and Belgium. You can also find me at https://untappd.com/user/Views_From_The_Bar
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Name: Petrus Speciale Brewery: Bavik-De Brabandere, Harelbeke, Belgium ABV: 5% Style: Amber/Speciale - Fruity Belgian yeast esters and caramel and nutty malt dominate; there's a little spice and herbal hops in there, before a touch of bitter and dry. One-dimensional, not especially exciting. [5] #belgianbeer

Name: Petrus Speciale Brewery: Bavik-De Brabandere, Harelbeke, Belgium ABV: 5% Style: Amber/Speciale - Fruity Belgian yeast esters and caramel and nutty malt dominate; there's a little spice and herbal hops in there, before a touch of bitter and dry. One-dimensional, not especially exciting. [5] #belgianbeer

De Struise's tap selection on 23 October, 2014.  What a list!  #belgianbeer

De Struise's tap selection on 23 October, What a list!

Name: Cornet Brewery: De Hoorn, Steenhuffel, Belgium ABV: 8.5% Style: Blond - OK enough blond. More going on than most but hope the smoked character would be more pronounced. The aroma contains a burned wood whiff [plus metallic notes] but this all but fades away in the taste which has an over-riding sweetness and lacks depth. [6.5] #belgianbeer

Name: Cornet Brewery: De Hoorn, Steenhuffel, Belgium ABV: 8.5% Style: Blond - OK enough blond. More going on than most but hope the smoked character would be more pronounced. The aroma contains a burned wood whiff [plus metallic notes] but this all but fades away in the taste which has an over-riding sweetness and lacks depth. [6.5] #belgianbeer

Name: Mochaccino Stout Brewery: Pilot, Edinburgh, Scotland ABV: 5.5% Style: Stout - Glorious diary cream velvet texture as counterpoint to a robust, freshly ground coffee tasting stout. Pilot are making fine beers and hopefully their name will become well known too! This brewery is one to watch. [8.5] #scottishbeer #craftbeer

Name: Mochaccino Stout Brewery: Pilot, Edinburgh, Scotland ABV: 5.5% Style: Stout - Glorious diary cream velvet texture as counterpoint to a robust, freshly ground coffee tasting stout. Pilot are making fine beers and hopefully their name will become well known too! This brewery is one to watch. [8.5] #scottishbeer #craftbeer

Name: Issac Brewery: Baladin, Piozzo, Italy ABV: 5% Style: Witbier - Engaging interpretation of a classic wit. Orange, coriander and dry wheat are all there along with tell-tale sweet, fruity Belgian yeast esters. Crisp throughout, with grass, hay, tasty light toasted malt and a dry finish. Hey, what's not to like? Better than quite a few Belgian-made wits. [8] #birraartigianale #italiancraftbeer

Name: Issac Brewery: Baladin, Piozzo, Italy ABV: 5% Style: Witbier - Engaging interpretation of a classic wit. Orange, coriander and dry wheat are all there along with tell-tale sweet, fruity Belgian yeast esters. Crisp throughout, with grass, hay, tasty light toasted malt and a dry finish. Hey, what's not to like? Better than quite a few Belgian-made wits. [8] #birraartigianale #italiancraftbeer

Name: Chocolate Hazelnut Porter Brewery: Heretic, California, US ABV: 7% Style: Porter - If you want hazelnut then it's in this bottle by the truckload! Huge, creamy [vanilla?] hazelnut dominates the aroma and taste, ably supported by a choc and coffee base along with echoes of grassy hop and dabs of brown sugar. It's light bodied and the prickly carbonation lifts what bitterness exists before the drying finish. After all that, this comes across as a well made one-trick pony. [7.5]…

Name: Chocolate Hazelnut Porter Brewery: Heretic, California, US ABV: 7% Style: Porter - If you want hazelnut then it's in this bottle by the truckload! Huge, creamy [vanilla?] hazelnut dominates the aroma and taste, ably supported by a choc and coffee base along with echoes of grassy hop and dabs of brown sugar. It's light bodied and the prickly carbonation lifts what bitterness exists before the drying finish. After all that, this comes across as a well made one-trick pony. [7.5]…

Name: Calypso Dry Hopped Brewery: Siren, Finchampstead, England ABV: 4% Style: Berliner Weisse - Pleasant enough lighter sour-edged wheat driven session sup with a hop tang but a bit too much residual sweetness for my liking. [6] #craftbeer #sirenbeer

Name: Calypso Dry Hopped Brewery: Siren, Finchampstead, England ABV: Style: Berliner Weisse - Pleasant enough lighter sour-edged wheat driven session sup with a hop tang but a bit too much residual sweetness for my liking.

Not confined only to beer but beer would be a perfect sup for this 'challenge'. #beerhumour #beerfun

Not confined only to beer but beer would be a perfect sup for this 'challenge'.

Name: Common Grounds Brewery: Magic Rock, Huddersfield, England ABV: 5.4% Style: Triple Coffee Porter - This offers no big surprises about what it is, a heavily roasted, pungent, almost espresso coffee laden brew.  It's by Magic Rock which means there's no surprise that it's this good. [8.5] #craftbeer #magicrock

Name: Common Grounds Brewery: Magic Rock, Huddersfield, England ABV: 5.4% Style: Triple Coffee Porter - This offers no big surprises about what it is, a heavily roasted, pungent, almost espresso coffee laden brew. It's by Magic Rock which means there's no surprise that it's this good. [8.5] #craftbeer #magicrock

Name: Black Brewery: Hop Studio and Beers 52 collaboration, England ABV: 5.2% Style: Black IPA - After this initial bottled batch Black has been released under the name Obsidian. This is one of those finely balanced roast, sweet nutty, toffee malt vs bountiful, tropical fruit hop and bitterness - great malt 'n hop interplay. Seriously enjoyable and hope just as good under its new name. [8.5] #craftbeer #blackipa

Name: Black Brewery: Hop Studio and Beers 52 collaboration, England ABV: 5.2% Style: Black IPA - After this initial bottled batch Black has been released under the name Obsidian. This is one of those finely balanced roast, sweet nutty, toffee malt vs bountiful, tropical fruit hop and bitterness - great malt 'n hop interplay. Seriously enjoyable and hope just as good under its new name. [8.5] #craftbeer #blackipa

Name: Garden of Eden Brewery: To Øl, Copenhagen, Denmark ABV: 6.4% Style: IPA - Lots of hop fruit flavours magnified by the addition of mango, passion fruit, guava, papaya and apricot. Great if you want something akin to an IPA tropical fruit cocktail. [8] #craftbeer #ipa

Name: Garden of Eden Brewery: To Øl, Copenhagen, Denmark ABV: 6.4% Style: IPA - Lots of hop fruit flavours magnified by the addition of mango, passion fruit, guava, papaya and apricot. Great if you want something akin to an IPA tropical fruit cocktail. [8] #craftbeer #ipa

Name: Tripel Karmeliet Brewery: Bosteels, Buggenhout, Belgium ABV: 8.4% Style: Tripel - Have a soft spot for this one because it was only the third Belgian beer I tried. It still stands out above many tripels with a satisfyingly long dry, bitter finish. Belgian yeast is present throughout with herbal, floral hop delivering hints of orange, after an initial banana, citrus, malt aroma. Really enjoyable. [8] #belgianbeer #tripel

Name: Tripel Karmeliet Brewery: Bosteels, Buggenhout, Belgium ABV: 8.4% Style: Tripel - Have a soft spot for this one because it was only the third Belgian beer I tried. It still stands out above many tripels with a satisfyingly long dry, bitter finish. Belgian yeast is present throughout with herbal, floral hop delivering hints of orange, after an initial banana, citrus, malt aroma. Really enjoyable. [8] #belgianbeer #tripel

Name: Grottenbier Brewery: St Bernardus, Watou, Belgium ABV: 6.5% Style: Dubbel - Evocative of the classic abbey/Trappist dubbel aroma and taste template - plum, figs, dates and raisin yeast fruit esters, mid-toasted caramel malts, demerara sugar, a subtle mocha hit and grassy, earty hop. Not as well-known as some dubbels though it should be. [8] #belgianbeer #dubbel

Name: Grottenbier Brewery: St Bernardus, Watou, Belgium ABV: 6.5% Style: Dubbel - Evocative of the classic abbey/Trappist dubbel aroma and taste template - plum, figs, dates and raisin yeast fruit esters, mid-toasted caramel malts, demerara sugar, a subtle mocha hit and grassy, earty hop. Not as well-known as some dubbels though it should be. [8] #belgianbeer #dubbel

Name: Iris Brewery: Cantillon, Brussels, Belgium ABV: 5% Style: Wild ale - Should be known as a lambic but in Belgium, for a beer to be legally a lambic, wheat must make up 35% of the malt bill. With Iris Cantillon have broken with convention and made a 100% barley malt 'lambic'. Iris is a lemon zesty, apple fresh, tart, balsamic, oaken, spritzy sup. All Cantillon is magical. [9] #belgianbeer #sourbeer

Name: Iris Brewery: Cantillon, Brussels, Belgium ABV: 5% Style: Wild ale - Should be known as a lambic but in Belgium, for a beer to be legally a lambic, wheat must make up 35% of the malt bill. With Iris Cantillon have broken with convention and made a 100% barley malt 'lambic'. Iris is a lemon zesty, apple fresh, tart, balsamic, oaken, spritzy sup. All Cantillon is magical. [9] #belgianbeer #sourbeer

Name: Longer White Cloud Brewery: Tempest, Tweedbank, Scotland ABV: 10.2% Style: Imperial pale ale - Bit boozy, a tad over-sweet, yet packed with bowls of melon, orange,  kiwi and pineapple. Lightly roasted malt and spicing [star anise?] provide the under-study before the plunge into the dry, bitter finish that's over-shadowed by the sweetness coming back. Not bad though prefer the lower ABV Long White Cloud. [6.5] #craftbeer #paleale

Name: Longer White Cloud Brewery: Tempest, Tweedbank, Scotland ABV: 10.2% Style: Imperial pale ale - Bit boozy, a tad over-sweet, yet packed with bowls of melon, orange, kiwi and pineapple. Lightly roasted malt and spicing [star anise?] provide the under-study before the plunge into the dry, bitter finish that's over-shadowed by the sweetness coming back. Not bad though prefer the lower ABV Long White Cloud. [6.5] #craftbeer #paleale