8 Degrees Howling Gale

 

Thick head just off white. Very clingy. 

I get a clean almost soapiness to the head. Smells bitter with faint hops. 

Tastes rather like a nice old cheese to begin. Almost like an old sock. But that soon disappears to a rounded flat scale average pale ale. Nothing huge nothing bad. Just average. 

La Goudale

 

Nice big bottle from Aldi. Looked like a German wheat beer which is what me drew me in. But it’s a French abbey beer. 

Pours deep golden with a short lived head. 

I get a simple wheaty fragrant hop overtone. No fruits. Perhaps some biscuitness. Smells super sour. 

Have to say, it’s a strong kick of continental beer. Much like the Belgium triple beers. There is the nice touch of honey at the end. I don’t tend to like honey’d beer but this is an exception. 

It’s nice. It’s quite strong, 6% and I’m liking these beers with a kick to them. 

Fairly decent price at Aldi at £2.39 a bottle. I may well be heading back tomorrow to get some more. 

Au Yeah! Tyris

 

Great name for a beer. Love it. 

Pours quite pale, slightly cloudy. Very slight carbonation with a short lived head. 

I don’t get much on the nose. Slight malts. Not a lot else. Bit disappointing. 

Slight sweetness. Tiny kick of spice right at the end which makes you want another gulp. That’s clever. 

It’s not massive on flavour and it’s taken me half the bottle to finish this review. Trying to find what tastes lurk beneath. 

Yeah. It’s okay but nowt to write home about. 

La Virgen Jamonera

 

Was sent these beers by an import company to review. The choices were a beer for Serrano ham, or a salt water beer enjoyed with anchovies.

Tough choice, but went for the ham. I enjoy dried dry cured ham as much as beer (almost).

2016-10-23-20-42-38The beer is called “La Virgen Jamonera”.

Its not a clear beer, and has a deep golden colouring. and upon opening you are presented with what appears to be quite a flat beer. Barely any carbonation kick back.

The aroma is the downside, could put you off. Its quite musty, sweet. Some people might give it a miss and pour it away, however I am a lover of smelly cheeses, so the odour of something doesn’t usually put me off.

Its a nice surprise when your smell and taste senses are not on a level which each other. Fairly smooth and yet salty, with the ever so common caramel sweetness, but slightly watery. At first, I was rather unimpressed at the blandness of it. However, with a slice of ham, it all makes clear.

2016-10-23-20-43-17When drinking a beer to accompany your food, you don’t want your beer to take over the tastes. So a salty, smokey beer goes pretty much hand in hand with the ham, and the salty ham encourages you to gulp more of the beer.

Have to say, it was quite enjoyable drinking beer and rolling up slices of ham.

Whether I would buy it for everyday drinking is a slightly different matter. I don’t tend to eat food with my beers, and it might just be a bit “boring” for that situation. However, the next time we have a dinner party at Tate Davies Mansions, then just maybe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The importer is bascofinefoods.com

Two cocks 1643 musket

 

My wife liked the look of this due to the feather sticking out of the label. So she bought me one home from the garden centre.

Virtually no head on it and a very dark body. For a pale ale anyway.

Had a whiff and smells very bitter. Had a clue it wasn’t going to be nice. Can’t describe the odour. It’s almost like a mouldy clementine.

Very sour bitter taste. Not enjoyable whatsoever. Disappointing. Won’t be buying that if I see it. And will give the wife a sample so she doesn’t too.

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