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Argus Prestige 3.5  
Lidl Neckarsulm, Baden-Württemberg
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 2B). Can 33 cl - Batch L084412 2504XX (BBF 08/10/2018). AROMA: moderate malt aroma with slight caramelized and toasty notes. faint corn and diacetyl presence. APPEARANCE: dark gold color and translucent. médium white head with good retention. TASTE: medium malt flavor with a sweet profile. notes of toasty malt and a slight butterscotch. médium-low bitterness with a semi-sweet and bitter finish. PALATE: medium body with medium carbonation. creamy sensation from E405. OVERALL: a more robust standard lager with a creamy sensation from adjuncts.

Northern Monk / Striding Edge Patrons Projects 5.01 Light IPA 3.6  
Northern Monk Brew Co. Leeds, West Yorkshire
26th April 2017
Craft Islington bottle share. Thanks to Fergus for the can. Very hazy gold beer, tidy off white head. Palate is light and dry and has decent fine carbonation. Light malts, sweetish. Good lemon sherbet and spicy pine. Airy finish leaves a spicy lemon linger. Not bad for the abv.

Oxbow Bowie 3.4  
Oxbow Brewing Company Newcastle, Maine
Smoked lavender.
Maple sugar.
Pilsner malt.
Belgian yeast.
Steamed white rice.
I could live without this.
Fragrant; unremarkably floral with hints of just-lit cigarette ash and sauteed mushroom at finish.
It’s okay.

Charlevoix Sour French Kiss 3.5  
En fût. Verre de dégustation chez Birra (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de canneberges avec une pointe de framboises. Apparence: La couleur est rose avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de canneberges avec une pointe minérale. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de canneberges en arrière goût. (Rating #7734)

He’Brew Jewbelation Sweet Sixteen 3.5  
Shmaltz Brewing Company Clifton Park, New York
Small sticker on bottle says 14.5%, and not 16% that’s on the actual bottle. Poured a very large amount of mocha coloured head and has a pitch black appearance. The alcohol is immediately apparent in the smell. Has toasty and nutty malt aromas and notes of vanilla and barley. Flavours are dark roasted malts, strong coffee dark roast, sweets, toffee. Alcohol is very much in your face. Very strong and bitter mouthfeel, and has a warming sensation. Almost feels like having whisky. Lively carbonation. For having so many hop and malt varieties, kind of hard to distinguish them all. Has nice flavours but very high abv and it shows.

Krombacher Pils 3.4  
Krombacher Privatbrauerei Kreuztal Kreuztal-Krombach, North Rhine-Westphalia
Clear, golden colour with a short white head from the bottle. Light sweet malt aroma with a hint of floral hops. Similar taste with a dry aftertaste. Not much going on with this one but it is refreshingly clean tasting.

Sleeman Clear 1.5  
Pours a big fizzy/bubbly head and goes away pretty quick and leaves a small layer. Has a clear straw coloured appearance. Excessive carbonation. Has aromas of wheats and grains. Very grassy and earthy. Flavours are unfortunately quite bland, mainly just grainy malts, grass, corn, very light hops almost non-existant. Very faint sweetness. Has a prickly and heavily carbonated mouthfeel. Light bodied. Most Sleeman are enjoyable but this one’s a disappointment.

Buxton Sonrisa 3.5  
Buxton Buxton, Derbyshire
Pours almost clear light amber with low white head Aromas of grass, sweet fruits, pine, tea Taste has sour and slightly hoppy notes of lemon peel, citrus, grapes, grass, caramel, hints of pine

Reuben’s Gose 3.4  
Reuben’s Brews Seattle, Washington
26th April 2017
Craft Islington bottle share. Thanks to Cloineen. Light haze on this pale gold beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is light, dry and has reasonable fine carbonation. Light lemon and floralness. Touch of sherbet. Light finish. Tasty little number.

Le Trou du Diable Sang-d’Encre 3.8  
Le Trou du Diable Shawinigan, Quebec
Pours a fair amount of foamy "milkshake" looking head. Nice thick dirty lacing. Has an extremely dark brown appearance. Has bready and malty aromas. Milk, hints of smokiness and a bit of toffee. Flavours are on the dark side, as in dark chocolate, nuts, coffee and toasty and smoked flavours. Has a bit of a burnt roasted flavour. Some spices come out, hints of peppery type spices. Mouthfeel is mainly astringent and chalky, giving off a warming sensation. Average carbonation. Has a pretty good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Goes down fairly easy!

Buxton Sonrisa 3.4  
Buxton Buxton, Derbyshire
Pours hazy golden with a low white head. Aromas of light tropical fruit, minerals and light notes of rye bread. Taste is bready and lightly fruity with light sour notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry with moderate carbonation.

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down 3.4  
You typically can't go wrong with Ballast Point, and this is no exception. Rather sweet with pumpkin spices and toffee / caramel taste. Hops are there In the background. One note throughout. A decent pumpkin ale, but I'm not sure if it's worth the premium price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

McCoy Honey Pale Ale 3.1  
Groupe Geloso Laval, Quebec
Pours a huge foamy head and leaves dirty lacing. Pretty excessive carbonation. Has a pale golden appearance. Mild honey aromas as well as barley malts and light floral hops. Flavours are nice and mild floral and citrus hops with a bit of wheaty, malty smoothness. Honey hints are actually barely noticeable, could have more punch. Slick creamy mouthfeel. Still a really nice smooth and easy to drink pale ale with a slight hint of sweetness from the honey.

Good Chemistry Solar Impulse 3.8  
Good Chemistry Brewing Bristol, Gloucestershire
Bottle at home. Label states 5% ABV. Pours clear amber-brown with a thin, persistent white head. Good aroma of toffee, pine resin and floral notes with spicy hop. Taste is sweet to start with gentle bitterness to follow. Nutty and fruity with more spicy hop flavours. Smooth and easy-drinking, a nice hoppy beer that has good balance to it’s constituent parts.

Cuvée Boréale Bleuets Sauvages 3.3  
Brasseurs du Nord Blainville, Quebec
Pours a thick frothy purple head and has a very dark grape coloured appearance. Aromas of grainy malts, grapes and blueberries. Flavours are arguable blueberries but also a bit of grapes and some spices in the mix. Lively carbonation. Slight sweet bitterness. Sourness in the aftertaste. Watery mouthfeel. Light bodied. Good stuff. Also enjoyed a 6oz. sampler at Festibiere de Gatineau, which I think I preferred over the bottled version. Oh well. Still pretty darn good!


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