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When Lars Bender (anyone did know him before?) scored the 2:1 against Denmark I opened Malmgårdin Dinkel and thanked the football god for his good will.
As I haven't had a good Danish beer in my stash (are there any?) I took the next one from somewhere in the north. To my surprise it was one brewed with spelt. As far as I know there are not that many beers around brewed with Triticum aestivum subsp. spelta.
I didn’t remember having a spelt beer before though I imagined it being like a wheat beer. To my surprise it wasn’t. It was refreshing and fruity while keeping a good mouth-fullness. The spelt changed the malty pattern slightly to a rougher taste, perhaps a little more metallic and salty.
Its one of those beers which I have to taste a second time.
It’s UEFA EM 2012. I mostly follow the Germans team. Whenever Germany scores a goal I open a bottle of beer. When Podolski (he had is 100th international match on that day) scored the first goal against Denmark I opened of Stallhagen. It’s a Stallhagen III which I bought in Finland some month ago. Its best before date was still valid and though it went into the glass fast.
It was refreshing from the beginning. Had a light caramel malty fruity flavor with a sweet watery, but not too watery first nip. Its middle part was kind of sour and still refreshing. The beer finished with a light bitter note and dryness.
I had some better one from Sallhagen before but this one will not find its way into my beer stash a second time.
"So G'sell so" schallt es jede halbe Stunde abends in den kleinen gemütlichen Gassen Nördlingens. Um diesen Wächterruf rankt sich ein Mythos. Auf der Offiziellen Webseite Nördlingens steht die Geschichte geschrieben.
In dieser Geschichte spielt auch eine Sau, ein Schwein, eine Rolle. Es liegt also auf der Hand, daß eine Nördlinger Brauerei sein Bier nach einem Schwein benennt.
Der Dunkle unfiltrierte Bock hat eine kräftige Malz- & Karamell-Note wobei der Alkohol gut zu spüren ist. Die Süße bleibt eine zeit lang bestehen um sich mit etwas Bittere zu mischen.
Ein gelungener Bock.
In a glass, poured from a bottle in Brussels Main Square
Apparently Gueuze is a popular Belgian beer. I can somehow understand enough people like it: if you get past the “interesting” smell and taste, you somehow start liking that beer. It smells disgusting, but then again not. It tastes beyond weird, but you somehow enjoy it. Go figure.
In detail, it smells like horse stables; straw, wood and indeed: manure. When you get over the smell and actually taste the beer, it’s rather sweet and sparkly. The smell of manure and stables stays on, but you can also taste that artificial sweeteners have been used. A quick look into the ingredients list on the bottle confirmed that.
This must be one of the beers you will learn to love – or just leave it after having the first glass. I haven’t decided which will apply to me, yet.
A long time ago I put the Black Isle brewery onto Lautering.net. A friend of mine added their beers. When I walked through a Finish supermarket I noticed some of their beers. I took their Yellow Hammer Summer Ale together with some others for my stash.
It didn't stay long in my stash. Actually for only three hours. The label on the backside of the bottle states „Save the planet – drink organic“ . I guess they are right. But statements alone don't make good beers. Let's check if it lauters.
Poured from a bottle into a glass the white coarse foam stayed on top of the near amber coloured liquid for some time. I could already smell the floral, fruity, citric flavour. From that I could derive its bitter taste. Sticking my nose onto the glass I didn't find that much more flavours.
The taste has proven my nose to be right. All over it is bitter, bitter and more bitter. The bitterness stays for a long time. There is also lemon cake (as my wife put it) and the mouth feel is like coffee. The body was a little too week where carbonation was within range.
When I looked at the supermarkets bill I noticed 5,89 € for this pint. For that price I wouldn't buy another one. You have to know that this price included the Finish alcohol tax. Not taking the price into account this is still a decent beer.