Friday, 31 January 2020

Northern Monk / Wylam Dancing In The Mooblight

IIPA - Imperial Hazy / NEIPA #1:
  • Name: Northern Monk / Wylam Dancing In The Mooblight, 8.2%, England
  • Appearance: Light orange, very hazy. Some off-white head, more later.
  • Aroma: Lots of fruits, grapefruit, some hops and a bit dank.
  • Taste: Lots of fruit, juicy, tropical. Some dankness. Very light bitterness. Maybe not fresh?
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 440 ml can, CHF 4.50
  • Score: 3.3 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20)
  • Info: 31/1-2020, BB: 11/3-2020

Brewski Triple Berry Pie

  • Name: Brewski Triple Berry Pie, 4%, Sweden
  • Appearance: Dark purple, good amount of purple head.
  • Aroma: Huge amount of blueberries and other berries, clear vanilla.
  • Taste: Lots of berries, blueberries, quite tart.
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 4.58
  • Score: 3.0 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 12/20)
  • Info: 31/1-2020, BB: 24/9-2021

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Northern Monk New World IPA

IPA #150:
  • Name: Northern Monk New World IPA, 6.2%, England
  • Appearance: Pale orange, slightly hazy. Small off-white head.
  • Aroma: Light fruits, tropical fruits, light hops.
  • Taste: Light fruits, exotic fruits, some hops. Light bitterness.
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 4.50
  • Score: 3.4 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20)
  • Info: 25/1-2020, BB: 1/5-2020

Rieder-Bier Amber Perle

New CH brewery:
  • Name: Rieder-Bier Amber Perle, 5.3%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Dark red, clear. Some fizzy, light red head.
  • Aroma: Pale malt, quite a bit of caramel. Some red fruits?
  • Taste: Pale malt, caramel sweetness. Borderline too sweet. Smooth and easy-drinking.
  • Bought: Courtepin butcher's shop, 330 ml, CHF 2.50
  • Score: 3.2 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20)
  • Info: 25/1-2020, BB: 26/3-2020

Friday, 24 January 2020

Officina della Birra Alchimie 019.01

Specialty Grain-Rye/Roggenbier #2:
  • Name: Officina della Birra Alchimie 019.01, 3.8%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Pale yellow golden, slight haze. Nice amount of white head.
  • Aroma: Light fruits, some rye.
  • Taste: Citrus fruits, good amount of rye. Refreshing.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml, CHF 5.00
  • Score: 3.1 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20)
  • Info: 24/1-2020, BB: 30/6-2021

Barfuss Pale Moon

  • Name: Barfuss Pale Moon, 4.3%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Light orange golden, clear. Nice, off-white head.
  • Aroma: Light fruits, slight hops, hint of pale malts?
  • Taste: Very pale malt, some hops, but a bit watery. Very light bitterness.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml, CHF 4.40
  • Score: 3.0 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 12/20)
  • Info: 24/1-2020, BB: 12/4-2020

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Northern Monk Festive Faith

Pale Ale - Australia / NZ #3:
  • Name: Northern Monk Festive Faith, 5.4%, England
  • Appearance: Yellow, very hazy. Tiny, white head.
  • Aroma: Light fruits, nice grapefruit. Some hops, but not much.
  • Taste: Fruits, tropical fruits, light hops, juicy. Slight sweetness. Some funk.
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 440 ml can, CHF 4.50
  • Score: 3.4 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20)
  • Info: 18/1-2020, BB: 19/5-2020

Le Fou du Roi Le Guet Apens

  • Name: Le Fou du Roi Le Guet Apens, 9.5%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Burnt orange, quite hazy. Some off-white head.
  • Aroma: Fruits, ripe fruits, spices.
  • Taste: Good light fruits, some sweetness, light yeast. Spices. Good stuff.
  • Bought: Halle aux Boissons (Matran), 330 ml, CHF 4.40
  • Score: 3.7 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 16/20)
  • Info: 18/1-2020, BB: 1/6-2021

Friday, 17 January 2020

Sottobisio Stout

  • Name: Sottobisio Stout, 5.5%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Very dark brown, near black. Small, tan head.
  • Aroma: Roasted, dark malt, some dark chocolate and smoke.
  • Taste: Dark malt, heavily roasted. Dark chocolate. Good smoke.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml, CHF 5.90
  • Score: 3.6 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 15/20)
  • Info: 17/1-2020, BB: 30/9-2020

Broken City 43 Días

  • Name: Broken City 43 Días, 4.8%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Golden, very clear. Good amount of nice, creamy white head.
  • Aroma: Cereals, corn, very pale malt, light fruits.
  • Taste: Pale malt, corn, cereal, light fruits. Some sweetness.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 5.00
  • Score: 2.9 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 11/20)
  • Info: 17/1-2020, BB: 31/8-2020

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Kitchen Brew India Dark Ale

  • Name: Kitchen Brew India Dark Ale, 6.5%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Very dark brown, near black. Some tan head.
  • Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, dark chocolate. Slight hops.
  • Taste: Dark malt, roasted, some good hops. Dark chocolate. Some late bitterness.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml, CHF 5.20
  • Score: 3.6 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 15/20)
  • Info: 11/1-2020, BB: 31/3-2020

Broken City LVGA

Pale Ale #5:
  • Name: Broken City LVGA, 4.5%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Golden, crystal clear. Small, white head.
  • Aroma: Good fruits, medium malt. Slight hops.
  • Taste: Medium malt, good hops. Hint of fruits. Slight bitterness. Very smooth.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 4.50
  • Score: 3.4 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20)
  • Info: 11/1-2020, BB: 31/3-2020

Friday, 10 January 2020

Broken City Benches on Beaches

New CH brewery:
  • Name: Broken City Benches on Beaches, 6.0%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Golden yellow, very hazy. Nice, white head.
  • Aroma: Good fruits, grapefruit. Pale hops.
  • Taste: Lots of fruits, grapefruit, juicy. Light bitterness. Smooth.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 5.70
  • Score: 3.6 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 15/20)
  • Info: 10/1-2020, BB: 31/3-2020

7Peaks Éperon

  • Name: 7Peaks Éperon, 4.5%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Light orange golden, very hazy. Huge amount of creamy, off-white head. Over-carbonated, overflowing bottle.
  • Aroma: Light fruits, light hops.
  • Taste: Light fruits, decent hops. Some yeast, strange off-putting bitterness. Not great.
  • Bought: Craftbrew.ch, 330 ml, CHF 4.50
  • Score: 2.7 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 2/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 10/20)
  • Info: 10/1-2020, BB: 5/2-2020

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Broyarde la Buse

  • Name: Broyarde la Buse, 6%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Dark brown, clear. Some light tan head.
  • Aroma: Dark malt, caramel, toasted.
  • Taste: Dark malt, lightly roasted. Some caramel sweetness. Smooth.
  • Bought: Brewery, 330 ml, CHF 4.17
  • Score: 3.4 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20)
  • Info: 4/1-2020, BB: 28/3-2021

Brewski Blåbärsfeber

  • Name: Brewski Blåbärsfeber, 4.7%, Sweden
  • Appearance: Deep purple, unclear. Small, purple head.
  • Aroma: Lots of blueberries, tiny amount of tartness.
  • Taste: Good amount of blueberry, tartness. Decent.
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 4.58
  • Score: 3.3 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20)
  • Info: 4/1-2020, BB: 12/8-2021

Friday, 3 January 2020

Broyarde la Biervana

IPA #150:
  • Name: Broyarde la Biervana, 6%, Switzerland 
  • Appearance: Burnt orange, clear. Some light tan head.
  • Aroma: Medium malt, caramel sweetness. Low hops.
  • Taste: Medium malt, some hops, caramel sweetness. Low bitterness for an IPA.
  • Bought: Brewery, 330 ml, CHF 4.17
  • Score: 3.4 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20)
  • Info: 3/1-2020, BB: 2/11-2020

Brewski / 7venth Sun Seminole Adonis

  • Name: Brewski / 7venth Sun Seminole Adonis, 5.6%, Sweden
  • Appearance: Light orange, quite hazy. Small, fizzy head.
  • Aroma: Light fruits, slight lemon.
  • Taste: Tartness, light fruits, lemon. Refreshing, though a tad too lemony.
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 4.58
  • Score: 3.2 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20)
  • Info: 3/1-2020, BB: 16/9-2021

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Le Fou du Roi Stout Au Chocolat

Stout - Flavored #10:
  • Name: Le Fou du Roi Stout Au Chocolat, 7.5%, Switzerland
  • Appearance: Very dark brown, some dark tan head.
  • Aroma: Dark malt, dark chocolate, lightly roasted.
  • Taste: Dark malt, dark chocolate, burnt bitterness. Nice.
  • Bought: Halle aux Boissons (Matran), 330 ml, CHF 4.40
  • Score: 3.6 (Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 15/20)
  • Info: 1/1-2020, BB: 1/2-2022

Brewski Blueberry Pie

  • Name: Brewski Blueberry Pie, 4%, Sweden
  • Appearance: Deep purple, clear. Small, purple head.
  • Aroma: Lots of blueberry, slight tartness.
  • Taste: Lots of blueberry, some blackcurrant. Quite tart. Lingering blueberry aftertaste.
  • Bought: qoqa.ch, 330 ml can, CHF 4.58
  • Score: 3.2 (Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20)
  • Info: 1/1-2020, BB: 1/10-2021

Beer Goals 2020

Here are my beer goals for 2020:
  • Get from 189 to 194 Ratebeer countries*
  • Rate a beer from the last three missing styles   [Current status: 2]
  • Reduce styles I have tried less than 5 beers from 28 to 12   [Current status: 20]
  • Reduce styles I have tried less than 10 beers from 43 to 25   [Current status: 38]
  • Get from 1349 to 1400 breweries   [Current status: 1354]
  • Get from 521 to 621 Swiss ratings   [Current status: 543]
  • Get from 184 to 210 Swiss breweries   [Current status: 187]
Some other minor country related goals:
  • Increase countries with 10+ ratings from 31 to 33
  • Increase countries with 5+ ratings from 44 to 46   [Current status: 45]
  • Increase countries with 2+ ratings from 95 to 97
* This would at time of writing get me into the Top-8.