Friday, 23 October 2015

REVIEW: JAWS ATOMNAYA PRACHECHNAYA

Untappd: Tovarisch Badge


STATS
  • Country: Russia
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Serving Type: 500ml Bottle
  • Price: Expensive
The Russian craft beer scene is exploding, with most new breweries centered around Moscow. Jaws bucks that trend! Based in Zarechny, an old atomic town of 30,000 in the Ural Mountain Range, the brewery was launched in 2008 and has been at the forefront of pushing Russian perceptions of beer.

Atomnaya Prachechnaya translates as Nuclear Laundry, the brewery is based in the old laundry building in Zarechny. Sitting at 101 IBU's this beer is "for the majority of [Russian] people comparable to a nuclear explosion." I've been fortunate enough to try this beer once before at Tru Bru as part of a blind tasting. From memory it was my highest rating beer that night and I can't wait to try it again!

First things first; the pour. Jaws' IPA pours a deep orange, almost copper colour with a one and a half finger head of cream coloured foam. The foam is quite aerated and fades to a ring quite quickly, what foam there is does lace the glass well though. This beer is a little darker than many of my favourite IPA's, probably suggesting a slightly bigger malt body.

Onto the nose and it's evident that this is as resinous as I remember it being. Alongside the ample pine aromas there is plenty of citrus and some floral characteristics. The malts are biscuity and are evident although they definitely play second fiddle to the hops. It's a great smelling beer!

Just as I remembered Jaws' Nuclear Laundry packed a punch. The hops were pungent and bitter. Pine resin is very prominent to taste but as is the floral element, which is much more pronounced that the nose indicated. The malts provide nice balance to the cavalcade of hops that also includes some citrus and mango towards the end.

I haven't had many Russian beers, but I will say that I think it will be very hard for any other Russian brewed beer to top this! Jaws have produced a wonderful, medium bodied IPA, which is dangerously drinkable for 7.2%. It's certainly a worthy beer to unlock the Tovarisch badge, for drinking Russian beers. For those wondering Tovarisch is the Russian word for comrade - the reason the badge is named that should be relatively obvious. Until next time comrades...

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

REVIEW: GARAGE PROJECT BOSSA NOVA

Untappd: Drink Like a Kiwi (Level 23) Badge


STATS
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Style: Fruit Beer
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • Serving Type: 650ml Bottle
  • Price: Expensive
Garage Project are consistently producing some of the best Kiwi beers that make it to our shores. I was shocked to find out that this is the first of their beers that I'm reviewing in full - I drink their beers all the time! Anyway, Bossa Nova is their 2015 GABS beer, now released in bottle form.

I thought long and hard about what to classify this beer as. Garage Project on the bottle call it a "Brett fermented tropical fruit salad IPA". So it's got sour elements, fruity elements and hoppy elements. I settled on a fruit beer, which can be sour, fruity and/or hoppy, as it doesn't seem to fit nicely in any other broad style. Feel free to share your thoughts on this classification.

Bossa Nova pours a very interesting golden colour, which almost shines as the light catches it. The head is quite voluminous, but has medium sized air bubbles in it. The head is reasonably long lasting and laces the glass well, leaving a thick webbing of foam behind. It's a really nice looking beer, I can't wait to get into this!

Onto the nose and it's absolutely punches you in the face with tropical fruit aromas. All the usual suspects are there; mango, grapefruit, pineapple as well as a distinct lime aroma. The brett component isn't hugely evident, although as it warms you can certainly smell some.

Thankfully there is more brett to taste, although again it definitely plays second fiddle to the tropical fruit and lime flavours from the hops and added fruits. The other element that I hadn't noticed on the nose was a nice spicy quality, which permeated the whole beer. There is just a touch of bready malts there for balance.

Overall, I thought this was a wonderful beer. Until I read more about this beer I didn't realize quite how much fruit was added to this beer, alongside the Galaxy, El Dorado, Nelson Sauvin and Equinox hops. It really has given the beer a wonderful fruitiness, which isn't at all sweet. The brett brings a little tartness to the beer that isn't overly strong - maybe a good introductory sour beer? I'd love to drink this again on a hot afternoon!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Monday, 19 October 2015

UNTAPPD CATCHUP 27

Untappd Catchup

I had designs on getting back on top of my Untappd reviews, but one big day last weekend led to 5 Untappd badges in a single day and put paid to those hopes. So here we are with another Untappd Catchup, hopefully the last one for a while.

First up was BrewDog's India Pale Weizen which chalked up two badges; Heffenista (Level 8) and Better Together (Level 5). It's a beer that's previously featured in Untappd Catchup 19 - and is just as good as it was then. You get both the hops, that BrewDog are so famous for, and the wheat, which their collaborators Weihenstephaner are masters of.

Next up was another BrewDog beer, which also earned two badges. Pioneer from their IPA is Dead series, read more about that here, was the beer. It was my least favourite of the four, but was by no means bad. God Save the Queen (Level 28) and Hopped Up (Level 20) were the badges.

 

Highlander is one of the badges released recently. It's a badge for drinking Scottish beers and has great artwork, see below. It was another of BrewDog's IPA is Dead series, Ella that unlocked this badge. The Ella was an excellent example of a Single Hop IPA. It showcased one of Australia's favourite hops really well with tropical fruits, pine and spiciness all present. Will be interesting to see if it takes off around the world after this...

A mid-week trip to Ballarat meant one thing; having some Red Duck beers at the Mallow. Many of them were excellent; Valhalla Rising in particular stood out. However, only one of them unlocked Hopped Up (Level 21). Black Bengal was that beer, Red Duck's Black IPA. It's a nice well balanced Black IPA, which I think would be a good introductory Black IPA. It's neither too hoppy or too roasty and I think stout or IPA drinkers would be able to appreciate it.


It's been a little while since the Brewnettes Have More Fun badge made an appearance. (Level 5) of this badge, for drinking Brown Ales, was unlocked by Abbaye d'Aulne's Brune. It was far too sweet and this really ruined it for me, it was very cloying. There is only hints of dark fruit flavours as it warms, nowhere near enough for the style. I don't think I would drink this again.

Since I started writing this review I've already earned two more badges... I however will make sure I have reviews up for both by the end of the week! Depending on how my work week goes, I may also get up a review of the best Red Ale in the country. As usual send me an email, gus.norris7@gmail.com or tweet me @Beeroclockau with any questions or suggestions for new beers to try.

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

BEAR CLUB AUGUST 2015

Tru Bru Bear Club - August 2015


I know some others in the club weren't particularly pleased about the extend Tru Bru Bear Club lay-off, but it worked perfectly for me! I was back for over a month by the time the August pack was ready for collection.

This pack seemed very IPA hop heavy and also very New Zealand heavy. Not that either of those things are bad! I can't recall ever seeing a Bear Club pack with 6 Kiwi beers, from 6 different breweries no less! There's also a couple of Italian offerings to go along with the Aussie's. It's really great to be back amongst this, so I can't wait any later to get into it.

Modus Operandi is a Sydney-based brewery that I can't get enough of! Their stuff rarely makes it down to Melbourne so getting one of their beers in the Bear Club was a real treat. Lola was a lovely hoppy golden ale, which had nice fruity qualities to it. It was fantastically sessionable and one I hope I can get my hands on again for summer.

The first of the Kiwi offerings was 8 Wired's Daydream IPA. One of the 8 Wired brewers, Jason Bathgate, was burnt in a brewery accident a few weeks ago - alongside a brewer from Behemoth - we wish them a speedy recovery. This beer was relatively low on carbonation, but was a particularly tasty IPA

ANZUS IPA from Noisy Minor, need I say more! I love this IPA so much! It's eighth place finish in the latest Hottest 100 Beers is testament to it's popularity amongst the wider community, not just myself. Seriously it's a must try if you're an IPA lover.

As previously noted, in the latest Untappd Catchup, I sampled an Epic Hop Zombie on my birthday. This beer is still one of the absolute best IPA's on the market. It stacks up against the best that the U.S. produces! On tap it's even better! All IPA lovers have to try this beer!

A similarly big New Zealand Imperial IPA is Panhead's The Vandal. Panhead are one of the up and coming stars of the New Zealand craft beer scene. Like every time I have this beer, I really enjoyed it. This was full of citrus and pine and there is plenty of bitterness.

Birrificio del Ducato's Vieille Ville is (I believe) just the second Italian craft beer to feature in the Bear Club. It's a Saison that has quite nice funk and a little sweetness before Bretty tartness takes over. It provides a take on Saison that is rarely offered over here. It's one I'd happily try again on a hot Summer's day.

Hot Water is a brewery from New Zealand that exclusively cans and kegs their beer. Partywave was their GABS 2015 beer and it's a really nice one. It's an American IPA and naturally is packed full of hop bitterness with pine resin being the dominant flavour. There is also some citrus towards the backend. I hope they brew this again!

Panhead's second beer in this Tru Bru pack was Vindicator, an American Strong Ale. This beer was big on everything; malts, hops and ABV! The flavour was initially strong caramel malts before some grapefruit bitterness comes in from the hops. There's also some dark fruit flavours and a bit of pine. It's not normally my style, but this was wonderfully complex.

Yeastie Boys' Not Kettle Black was of my favourite beers at this years GABS. This beer started as a batch of their Pot Kettle Black (Black IPA) that got infected. Instead of just dumping it, some of this found it's way into Pinot Noir barrels and turned into this brilliant sour beer, with plenty of roastiness and hints of red wine acidity. It's nature as an accident means it's very unlikely to be repeated - if you find it; try it!

Black Dog's collaboration with Eel River from the United States resulted in one of the best Australian collaborations of the year! The EelDog Muscat Mongrel is a Barleywine aged in Muscat barrels. It's wonderfully complex with molasses, tropical fruit and dark fruit flavours finished offed by a touch of Muscat sweetness. It's a ripper! There are still bottles floating around so if you're into Barleywine's pick some up, I'm planning on aging a few.

I'm a huge Birra del Borgo fan and so was thrilled to try Maledetta, a Saison from them that I'd never had before. It was an interesting beer, with honey and caramel sweetness dominating early before citrus and spicy characteristics become more prominent. It was also lightly bretty, not sure if this was an infection or intentional but either way it worked well...


Just like the end of the last Bear Club pack; Mikes' Organic Black Doris Bam’ba’Lambic brings up the rear. It's quite rare for a beer to feature in multiple Bear Club packs; let alone back-to-back packs. It's got everything you'd hope for in a sour, Pinot Noir barrel aged, Imperial Porter. Roastiness, chocolate, tartness, plum, red wine notes. It's quite excellent and another brilliant GABS beer!

That's the Tru Bru Bear Club review for another month. Next month's is already in my fridge so you'll be seeing that in due course. I've got 5 or 6 beers in there as well that are waiting to be reviewed so keep your eyes peeled for plenty of new content soon. In the mean time keep in touch the usual ways; email, twitter or comment below. Cheers guys!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

REVIEW: FÖROYA ROCKALL

European Beer Challenge #52  Faroe Islands


STATS
  • Country: Faroe Islands
  • Style: English Brown Ale
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Bottle
  • Price: Inexpensive
Finally, here is that surprise that I've been promising you all for so long; European Beer Challenge beer #52! Föroya Bjór is one of only two breweries on the Faroe Islands - and finally I have been able to track one of their beers down!

I stumbled across this beer in the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. They had stocked it for their World Record attempt at stocking the most different bottled beers, which was successful in 2004. This brings us to the big caveat in this review - the beers best before date was over 8 years ago... Unsure when else I would see a Faroese beer I took the punt thinking; at least it's a brown ale not a lager, it might still be drinkable.

Still slightly unsure about the beers longevity I cracked the cap with some trepidation. Thankfully my first fear was ticked off straight away, the beer was still quite nicely carbed. Due to it's fast dissipating nature, you'll have to take my word on it but the head was creamy coloured and about a finger high, it settled to a thin rim within a minute of pouring. The colour of the beer was very reminiscent of coke, a transparent brown colour with mahogany notes when held to the light.

Onto the nose and there is no obvious signs of skunking, the guys at Delirium Cafe clearly looked after this well! Rockall has quite a sweet nose, which is predominantly made up of caramel malt aromas. There is also a hint of chocolate and some dark fruit flavours. I didn't get much in the way of hop aromas , but that is hardly surprising given it's age.

Rockall tastes like a like a mid-priced Brown Ale. The tastes mirrors the aroma with caramel malts the dominant feature. Once again there are some other malts, a bit of chocolate and a hint of roast, present. I still could taste a bit of cherry or raisins towards the backend as well as just a touch of acidity, possibly the only sign of the beers age. The body is a little thin and it's probably just a tad under carbonated.

All things considered I'm thrilled with the Föroya Bjór Rockall. Not only have I been able to tick off another country in my European Beer Challenge, but if it wasn't written on the bottle you'd have no idea it was over 8 years (3083 days) past it's best before date! This beer has held up remarkably well and I'm pretty sure would be the oldest beer I've ever sampled. I'd be pretty keen to try a fresh beer from the Faroe Islands - maybe one day... But for now the Faroe Islands are ticked off, just two countries to go! If anyone can help with Kazakhstan or Armenia please let me know!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

REVIEW: IPA IS DEAD (2015)

STATS
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Bottle
  • Price: Slightly Pricey 
BrewDog's IPA is Dead returns to Beer O'Clock Australia in 2015. This yearly release showcases some of the best hops hops on the planet. This year BrewDog is using Chinook (US), Pioneer (UK), Bavaria Mandarina (Germany) and Australia's own Ella. I can't say I'm overly familiar with the German or British hops so I'm really looking forward to this year's pack.

Like last year we are operating off a base beer that clocks in at 7.2% ABV, which I thought allowed the hops to shine through that little bit more than the previous incarnations. From last years pack, EXP 366 (now known as Equinox) has become quite a popular hop, who knows if Ella or Bavaria Mandarina will follow this year and become more popular outside of their home markets.

For the fourth year running I'm going to use this intro from the first IPA is Dead review that I wrote. "The experiment, as before, is simple: Four single hops start out with the same malts, the same ABV, the same IBUs, the same everything, except that each one is made with a different hop strain to showcase their individual character and talent."

As I do each year, I'm starting off with the American varietal. Chinook is one of the 4 "C" hops coming out of the U.S., alongside Cascade, Centennial and Colombus. I've tried alot of beer that utilize Chinook hops, but can't say that I could 100% identify them. So, this should be a good learning experience for me - thanks BrewDog!

The nose is packed full of pine and has an interesting spicy herbal characteristic. What this spiciness is I'm not sure, but it is quite unique. The flavour is much more straight forward, with pine being the main taste. There is a bit of grapefruit and mango, but pine is definitely the key element. Chinook tastes like a big American hops, as (sort of) expected.

Pioneer is a name that I've heard alot in beer circles. I can't recall having it in a beer, but it's probably widely used in English ales. I understand it's from Kent, where most of the English hops are from, but that it's a bit different from your average earthy UK hops.

The people who told me this wasn't like most English hops were spot on! The nose was quite interesting with plenty of citrus and these odd herbal qualities. Grapefruit was the main flavour and there was a resin flavour that wasn't pine. The herbal qualities are quite different to those in the Chinook, it's far less spicy and more like a garden herb - think Thyme (even though it's definitely not Thyme...).

Bavaria Mandarina seemed fitting considering I have Bavarian friends coming to visit this week. It's a German hop that I have absolutely no idea about! The German hops that I know about are mostly earthy and grassy. This is a daughter of Cascade however, so I highly doubt that this will be earthy and/or grassy...

My hunch was correct! The Bavaria Mandarina Single Hop smelt wonderful with citrus (and what I'm assuming is mandarin) dominating the nose. The flavour is similar with a fruity citrus (mandarin, orange, tangerine - something along those lines) the strongest flavour. There's a bit of tropical fruit as well an oily resinous quality, which doesn't seem to impart much flavour.

Australia's own Ella hops are quite distinctive. Initially called Stella, legal wranglings shortened the name to Ella shortly after it's release. It's a hop that showcases spicy and floral notes when used lightly and interestingly tropical fruit and pine notes when heavily utilized, which I'm guessing what BrewDog have done...

My assumption was right, this was a lovely IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavours, particularly apricot, and pine resin. Towards the end there is a hint to it's spicy side as well as hints grassiness. The bitterness came through really nicely in this example as well. It's a great example of a Single Hop IPA with Ella, for a local example try the Bridge Road Brewers one.

I was a little worried that I may have left these a little too long and that the hops may have faded, but there was still more than enough flavour and bitterness. I've mentioned a few times that I'm not huge on the new bottle artwork, and I'm still not, but they are slowly growing on me. My favourite this year was the Mandarina Bavaria, with the Pioneer bringing up the rear. If you're interested, find the links to the IPA is Dead reviews from 2012, 2013 and 2014 by clicking on the year. This year's pack was one of the best and I can't wait for next years!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

REVIEW: OMNIPOLLO NEBUCHADNEZZAR

Untappd: Swedish Brews Badge


STATS
  • Country: Sweden
  • Style: American Imperial IPA
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Bottle
  • Price: Expensive
Tonight's review is a beer that I've been wanting to try for years! It's brewed by Omnipollo from Sweden and is consistently ranked as one of the worlds best Imperial IPA's. It also (conveniently) earned the Swedish Brews badge on Untappd - funnily enough for drinking Swedish beers.

Omnipollo's Nebuchadnezzar is named after a historical King of Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar II, who reigned from around 605-562 BC. The name, I believe, is in reference to the beers commercial description which states that it's a "homebrew recipe that has been scaled up with no consideration to economies of scale." Nebuchadnezzar is not only widely credited with the building of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but also lost his mind for years and lived as a recluse in the wild before regaining his throne.

First things first, the colour of this beer is lovely. Nebuchadnezzar pours a hazy orange colour with a cream head a bit bigger than 3 fingers high. It's a little hazier than I prefer my Imperial IPA's to look, but I'm always able to look passed appearance if the beer tastes great. From what I've heard this will taste more than good enough for me to look passed this minor personal preference of mine.

Onto the nose and it was quite incredible! The hops are very aromatic, with tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and pine all very prominent. At 8.5% you'd expect some malt aromas and, while definitely in the background, there is a bit of caramel.

The taste followed on from the nose with many of the same elements represented. It starts off with plenty of citrus up front, with grapefruit followed by lemon zest. Fruitiness follows next with some mango, passionfruit and pineapple all easily recognizable. The caramel malts provide moderate sweetness, whilst balancing the bitterness from the hops.

Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo lived up to the insanity of the Babylonian King it was named after. The sheer amount of hops in this beer should mean it's not commercially viable - but the resulting beer is just so good that it works! The finish is perfectly dry and just makes you want more, which at 8.5% doesn't seem like a great idea... Omnipollo's stuff is becoming more readily available in Australia so keep your eyes peeled, I've had 4 of them so far and been impressed with all of them.

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

UNTAPPD CATCHUP 26

Untappd Catchup

This has been a long time coming, but it's time to get back on track with some (at least semi-) regular reviewing. In order to do that we have to tidy up the Untappd badges since I arrived back from Europe (purely for my OCD...).

Getting back from a European summer towards the end of Melbourne's winter was always going to lead to a few Heavyweight badges unlocked. The first was (Level 34) and unlocked by 21 Feet 7 Inches from Newstead Brewing Co., it was a nice Porter that I would happily have again.

Noisy Minor ANZUS IPA is, hands down, one Australia's best IPA's. Hence it was the perfect beer to have on International IPA Day, which this year fell on August 6th and thus earned the IPA Day (2015) badge. It's got great bitterness, a lightish body and is particularly drinkable.


One of the beers I saw a lot on social media while I was away was the new Pinedrops from Deschutes. It's an IPA which I immediately knew I would love and was very pleased to be able to find it when I got home. It lived up to it's name, being packed with pine resin; but didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped it would. In any case it unlocked 2 badges - Land of the Free (Level 37) and Hopped Up (Level 17).

Next up was a beer that unlocked the next level of Hopped Up (Level 18). It also unlocked the infinitely confusing New Brew Thursday (Level 15). That beer was Heelch O' Hops from Anderson Valley, a brewery that provided the Gose I reviewed recently. I had this off tap from Tru Bru and thought at first the hops were brilliant, but the malt bill was a little bit too sweet for me by the end of drinking.

I couldn't quite believe that the wedding I went to in Ballarat was the first time I'd used the word wedding on Untappd! In any case, a post-wedding Coopers Original at Craig's Royal Hotel is the beer that finally unlocked Here Comes the Brew. I actually quite enjoy a Coopers and on tap and this was no exception, while we watched the footy and sank many more Coopers. Also congratulations to Hamish and Jade are in order, it was a lovely day.


Abbey Collaby is the now yearly offering concocted by Moon Dog, Matilda Bay and Carlton United. I'm pretty sure that this is the fifth year they've been doing it and this years offering was an Imperial IPA clocking in at 10.3%. It had quite nice tropical fruit notes, particularly pineapple, despite me waiting longer than I should've to consume it. In any case Sky's the Limit (Level 11) is why we are talking about it.

Two badges were unlocked by the same beer at the Palace Hotel in South Melbourme, while watching quite possibly the best sports story of the year (Dan Menzel's return from almost 4 years out with injury, and playing unbelievably well!). The beer was Cavalier's Imperial Stout, one of Australia's best Imperial Stouts and, even better, it was served on handpump! Heavyweight (Level 35) and Imperial Czar (Level 2) were the badges.

Better Together levels are coming along much quicker than I thought they would. (Level 4) was unlocked by one of my favourite IPA's of the year - Amager and Surly's collaborative effort Todd - The Axe Man. This beer was incredible! A very light malt base with citrus and tropical fruit flavours (think Mango, Pineapple, Passionfruit etc.) packed above it. It's a must try for IPA lovers.


Another beer that notched up two different badges was the excellent Awakening Pils from Epic in New Zealand. This was a quintessential example of a New World Pilsner with the hops providing an unexpected amount of citrus and fruitiness. The badges were pretty obvious, Drink Like A Kiwi (Level 22) & Crisp as Day (Level 14). This beer is one I'd highly recommend everyone trying.

Pucker Up (Level 23) also belonged to a Kiwi beer, clearly I missed them while I was away... The beer was 8 Wired's GABS offering, Hippy Berliner, which has since been bottled and released in livery fitting the hippy theme. It's much hoppier than I recalled from my GABS sample, but was still lightly sour and light bodied. This would be a brilliant summer refresher beer!


Hopped Up (Level 19), the third level of this badge unlocked in this Catchup, came courteous of Stone Brewing Company's 19th Anniversary Beer; Thunderstruck IPA. If this beer sounds familiar, it could be because I reviewed it barely 2 weeks ago. You can read that review here, if that's too hard for you it's big on tropical fruit flavours, fills out the 8.7% body well and is absolutely worth your money! Buy it if you come across it!

The Public Brewery, which I visited earlier this year, provided the beer that unlocked Summer Fun (Level 3) - a badge for drinking beers with the word "Summer" in the name. Their Summer Ale was the beer and while not particularly good, it was a more than serviceable Pale Ale in the garden on a nice warm afternoon. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I would drink it if given it.

I was tossing up what beer I wanted to have first on my birthday. I knew it had to be hoppy and after much deliberation came up with Epic's Hop Zombie. It's a brilliant Imperial IPA! I won't link you to my previous review of this beer from 2012, it wasn't particularly good, but you can go searching if you truly are desperate. In any case Birthday Brew (Level 3) was unlocked by a cracking beer!


Prancing Pony India Red Ale is one of the best Australian beers. I absolutely love this beer, and it's very hard to find it outside of South Australia - one of a few reasons I don't mind the odd road trip to Adelaide for work. I picked up a couple more of these just last week in fact, at the new brewery site (which is a huge improvement on the old one!). I cracked into one of these last Friday, whilst recovering from a large pre-Grand Final Day public holiday and it earned Paint the Town Red (Level 3). You can read my review of this beer from February here.

Vieille Ville from Birrificio del Ducato was the final beer in this Untappd Catchup. It earned two badges, The Gondolier (Level 10) and Trip to the Farm (Level 11). Vieille Ville translates from French (note: not Italian) to Old Town, not sure of the significance but I remembered it from my holiday. In any case, it's a wonderful sour Saison, which seems like a contradiction in terms but really works well.


So now that we are up to date I can get into a few more regular reviews hopefully. There's still that big surprise I've been alluding to for a few months as well as a few beers lined up for full reviews and a Bear Club roundup. As usual suggestions for beers, general questions etc - email: gus.norris7@gmail.com , twitter: @Beeroclockau or just comment below.

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

REVIEW: THE KIMMIE, THE YINK AND THE HOLY GOSE

Great Beer Styles #14


STATS
  • Country: United States
  • Style: Gose
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Serving Type: 355ml Can
  • Price: Slightly Pricey
Here for you today we have one of my favourite styles; Gose. The style is making a comeback after nearly dying out forever in the 1960's. After it's revival in the 80's, more Gose is now made outside of German than within.

So what is Gose; it's a German sour style of beer made with at least 50% wheat initially from a small town called Goslar, before being popularized in the more substantial city of Leipzig. Interestingly Gose is not compliant with the Reinheitsgebot, due to the added salt and coriander, but is allowed as a regional speciality. Today's offering is from Anderson Valley Brewing Company in California.

The beer pours a lovely translucent golden colour with a brilliant white head, There was plenty of carbonation rising to the head, which fueled the excellent head retention. The beer lightly laced the glass, although it wasn't particularly obvious. It's a nice looking beer, although from my understanding of the style, a Gose should be cloudier.

Onto the nose and this is more in-line with what I was expecting. It's got a slightly sourdough flavour at first along with some citrus, coriander and salt. As the beer warms the saltiness becomes more and more prominent. The beer smells wonderful, although it's not a particularly strong - something that may appeal to people not familiar with Gose as it can be a bit of a shock to the system.

Anderson Valley's Gose has great flavour to it. There is the sourdough flavour that the nose indicated which is quite salty. There's some unexpected, albeit light, tropical fruit flavours accompanying a distinct lemon flavour. It's not massively sour, but there is enough lacto for people who are looking for it. Like all other Gose I've had; this one finished lovely and dry. It's a very tasty beer!

The Kimmie, the Yink and the Holy Gose Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a serious mouthful to say. The beer is a lovely example of a traditional style of beer. The Australian craft scene is slowly catching onto the Gose trend, with both Feral and Nomad releasing good ones recently. I will try and get a review up of the Nomad in due course. In the meantime, go out and try this one if you are interested in what a salty beer tastes like, it's better than it sounds!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!