A blog of two mates who like to drink and make beer. Find tasting notes, flavors of the month and other information of the latest home brews.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel (7.1%)
What an amazing beer to celebrate my booking of flights to Belgium and Germany. I pulled out the german beer stein i have and invited Stew over to try this beer. Just what i had hoped for when i picked it up a couple of weeks back. big malt hit with a nice spring of alcohol, but as smooth as you can get a beer like this. there was no lingering aftertaste, which made it very easy to drink, and the roundness of the taste across the whole palate was the perfect sensation after feeling good about taking a stab at this trip. I will definitely be going to this brewery when i am over in Germany, and hope they have it on tap. brown body with little head, it had the smell of caramel and alcohol, but mixed well. perfect for this autumn day where the temp didn't get above 20 degrees, and could think in 4 months time being in Europe at the start of their autumn enjoying these types of beers again. a perfect introduction to get me planning my brewery visits over there. and great to have stew enjoy it as much as i did as we chatted about plans for the future.
Will, let yas know if it tastes any better out of the tap over there. Sweet!
Beef: Likes: MALT (and dark malt at that), creamy texture, chocolate/caramel.
Dislikes: overuse of hops, overly complicated tasting beers/mixing styles of beer (ie Hahn Commemorative Ale).
Summer - Little Creatures Bright Ale, Boag's St George (with lolly banana), Faro
Winter - Guinness, Chocolate Stout/Porter (Rogue's/Holgate), Brewdog Tokyo
Early Spring/Late Autumn - Abbey Ales/Trappist, Scotch Ale (Moonshine)
Sessional Beers - Toohey's Old, Cooper's Pale
Favourite Beer Pubs/Stores - Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide (Australia). Brugs Beerjte, Brugge (Belgium). Kulminator, Antwerp (Belgium), Royston, Melbourne (Australia), Slowbeer (Richmond), City Beer Store (San Francisco), Bier Spezialtaten Laden (Berlin)
Favourite Beer Experiences/Events - St Patrick's Day (1999, 2008), Australia Day, Pix Patisserie (Portland, Oregon, 2009), Moo Brew Tour (Hobart, Tasmania, 2010), Belgian Beer Weekend (Brussels, 2010), My first day working in a brewery for Mountain Goat (Richmond, Victoria, March 2011), anytime trying out beers with friends.
Worst Beers: Foster's, 'Sex in a Canoe' Lagers (US, Mexico. Wherever)
Stass: Like all types of beer* (*there are a few exceptions). Sometimes it's an ale, sometimes a stout and sometimes it's a larger. Is willing to give anything a try and enjoys tasting something new.
A good beer to Stass is one that sets out with a clear goal in mind and achieves that. Whether that goal is to be a thirst quenching beer to be had around the barbecue with a few mates, or to explore the depth of flavours in a detailed scotch ale.
3 boutique beers Stass likes (but not limited to):
- Grand Ridge, Supershine (Victoria, Australia)
- Blond, Triple Karmeliet (Belgium)
- Moo Brew, Dark Ale (Tasmania, Australia)
3 everyday beers Stass likes at the moment:
- Little Creatures, Bright Ale (Western Australia)