Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, at the Greenwich Union, London.
Amber, nectar coloured body with a fine, almost creamy head, that faded away before really appreciating it. Good malty notes on the nose. Well round flavour, that covers all the bases. Good, medium and well balance palate. Despite SilkT's comments this was the best on the day for me (a different session mind).
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 Another offering from Meantime, the adventurous but not always successful microbrewery in Greenwich. The Union of the title refers to a 'fusion of lager and dark beer made from two-row barley malt and Cascade hops.' Or, in other words, an attempt on a pre-Pilsner dark lager, the rare Vienna-style that is perhaps best exemplified by Mexico's Negra Modelo. The result is a stale beer aroma with a hint of sour fruit, then a mouthful of thin homebrew with a rancid Tate & Lyle mucus. This is a terrible beer. It is an insult to put it in a bottle and expect people to pay for and drink it. I'm all for breweries experimenting, and for British brewers to reach for the complexity of some of the continental beers, but failures should be fed to the pigs and not released to the public. If Union was one of the ten green bottles on the wall it should be the first to fall. Picket any shop selling this abomination and demand something interesting - demand chocolate mice, softer loo paper, and good looking students to pack your shopping - but do not put this vile object in your shopping trolley unless you are a masochist.
Re-rate. Union bar, Greenwich. Fly's friend Doug says that the kolsch has more flavour than this. bob says it is a perfect beer for someone who doesn't want a lager and doesn't want an ale. Nice ruby colour. This time round it tastes like an Alt, but without the long bitter finish. Hummm.