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Tasting impressions #33: Light Blonde

November 27, 2012 Comments off

This dinner ale went down to 1010 OG indicating ~2.9 per cent abv.

Aroma is slightly grassy with those typical European hop notes, and slightly fruity. Obviously mouthfeel is light and a bit watery but also quite round. Taste is dry and crisp, neutral, almost pilsner/lager-like except with that roundness. Was worried about the yeast (S-33) but in the end it dropped quite well although the last two inches from the bottle look like a hefeweizen in the glass – together with a slight citrus note. Excellent drink after a run or the gym.

Edit: I am drinking a very chilled glass of this beer now and have to say that it is very crisp and clean tasting. Using Safbrew S-33 yeast seems to be a very good way to brew a lager-like ale and not having to go through all the hassle of fermenting temperature controls and long lagering times of the real thing.

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Tasting impressions #32: Brown Ale 1050

November 16, 2012 Comments off

This bitter brown ale went down to 1010 FG, ~5.3 per cent abv and does look more like a bitter.

Dry and bitter, bog standard really, just the way I like my beers – starts with a firm bitterness, ends with one too, not much aroma to talk of. 58 IBU’s on paper and I can believe it, with none of that aroma silliness.

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First tasting impressions #26: Faux Bruin

November 3, 2012 Comments off

Initial proper sample. Almost black with the darkest ruby red tinted hue on the edges, ample head and carbonation. Soft, with alcohol warmth, very balanced, very “Belgian” a la mode Moinette Bruin or Chimay Blue – right up there to my estimation. I find it easier to cock up a 3.8 per cent abv bitter than any Belgian style beer – such an easy beer style to brew! The small amount of black malt and dark sugar in the recipe seems to keep the yeast character – spiciness – in check.

Will do the final tasting review at Christmas when the beer will have had more than four months in the bottle.

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