I have almost finished my challenge, in fact it will be finished on 20th December. That will mean that I will have tried 500 different beers in 353 days (taking into account that I didn’t start until 2nd January).
With it being the festive season, various beer shops have been offering beer advent calendars. I got mine from Veux-tu une bière? Who were happy to customise it to not include anything that I have already tasted this year. This means that I have under my tree a new beer for each day up to Christmas Eve. Needless to say, as I would with a traditional sweat filled advent calendar I will be finishing it early.
Oh the joy of waking up, grabbing out a surprise beer and dreaming of it all day in work until I get home to drink it!
Nos. 467 – 469 + 471
At the time of writing it is 5th December and I have tasted the first five of these beers, however I’m only going to write about four of them for the minute as I am currently enjoying my Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix.
No. 467 – Vrooden Dunkel
I’ve seen Vrooden beers around a lot lately but have never been tempted to try one. I regret that. Their Dunkel is a really good brown ale. The aroma is a little grainy and hoppy, while also carrying a little hint of caramel. It is very smooth in the mouth. A very nicely balanced brown ale, bordering on red. It’s got a little hoppy hit but tastes a little creamy. It’s a great beer that I would recommend to newcomers to brown ales. 7/11.
No. 468 – Shelton Saison Sure Houblonnée
One of the reasons I got the advent calendar was to get beers I would not choose by myself. This is one of those beers. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t necessarily like sour beers so finding an accessible sour beer is always good. This is quite a good beer all in all. It is sour, with strong hints of grapefruit and a tropical lilt to it. It is in no way overwhelming however and was easy enough to drink. It felt a little closer to an IPA with accented sourness rather than a sour beer (if that makes sense). 5/11.
No. 469 – Malstrom IXPL des Prairies
This is an odd beer. I would have expected it to taste less bitter than an IPA and lighter than a decent lager. It tastes like a particularly bitter IPA and the cumulative effect of drinking it made if feel like a double IPA. Nice if you like hops and hoppy bitterness. 4/11.
No. 471 – L’Espace Public Kolschlaga
I’ve had a few beers at L’Espace Public (I like that bar a lot) but have not written any of them up yet, thanks to a mixture of laziness and badly typed notes. They were all pretty good though. This one is also fine. Funnily enough it tastes more how I would have imagined Malstrom’s India Extra Pale Lager to taste. It’s quite light, tastes of grain and cereal, and has a very subtle hoppy undertone to it which is quite good. It doesn’t have much life and has a medium texture, definitely not a light beer. I’d drink it again – maybe in Summer. 4/11.
So that’s 4 beers down from my advent calendar, another update on that in a few days.