Coopers – Vintage Ale 2018

Brewery: Coopers Brewery in Adelaide, SA  Style: Vintage Ale/English Strong Ale  ABV: 7%  RateBeer: 77/100  Pour: Murky brown colour with a small head   Quite sharp with flavour. Very malty and peppery in finish. Would be interesting to see how this beer settles flavour wise if left cellared for a few years. I’d suspect it will be smoother and more rich. But I’m not one to let a beer sit that long … Continue reading Coopers – Vintage Ale 2018

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Piraat 

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, Oost-Vlaanderen Belgium  Style: Belgian Strong Golden Ale ABV: 10.5% IBUs: 23 Rate Beer: 93/100 Pour: Tangerine gold in colour with a big fluffy head.  Straight up, that typical Belgian smell of sugar bananas. Big bold flavours on first sip dominated by sweetness and smooth alcohol. I seriously look forward to the day I go spend a few days in Belgium. … Continue reading Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Piraat 

Westvleteren Trappist – Westvleteren XII 

Brewery: Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus in Westvleteren, Belgium Style: Abbey Strong Ale/Quad ABV: 10.2% Rate Beer: 100/100 Pour: Dark Ruby toffee colour with good head on pour that lasts for quite some time.  Rated the best beer in the world and brewed by Belgium monks, I’ll admit I was nervous to pop the top off this one. What if it didn’t live up to the hype? … Continue reading Westvleteren Trappist – Westvleteren XII 

Yeastie Boys – Rex Attitude

Brewery: Yeastie Boys in Wellington, New Zealand Style: Peat Smoked Golden Strong Ale ABV: 7% IBUs: 35 Rate Beer: 49/100 Pour:  Deep urine yellow colour with no head First smell is a smoky scent reminiscent of a barrel aged whisky. That burnt wood also comes in the flavour of the beer pushing the usual thought of golden ales right out. Allow it some time to breathe … Continue reading Yeastie Boys – Rex Attitude

Stone Brewing Co – Arrogant Bastard Ale

Brewery: Stone Brewing Company in San Diego, California USA Style: Strong Ale ABV: 7.2% Rate Beer: 99/100 Pour: Deep brown/reddish colour with a settled head that lingers This bastard is a big bold beer full of hops and flavours and has a slightly peppered smoked finish on the palette. This beer is full of itself. It looks down on you and is condescending towards you. You feel intimidated and that’s the … Continue reading Stone Brewing Co – Arrogant Bastard Ale