Garage Project La Calavera Catrina

Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
La Calavera Catrina, The Elegant Skull. The little sister to our original dead head is as blonde as Day of the Dead is dark, but don’t be fooled, she’s no lightweight. Brewed with maize, an ingredient you’d normally associate with much blander lager offerings, Catrina is fired up with an assertive chili heat from a generous addition of Habaneros, and spiked with rose water and yes - watermelon. The result is cheeky, complex and fiery - what more could you want in the Lady of Death? The elegant skull helps us remember that "Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. This was the driving force behind brewing this beer, come celebrate and rejoice in cycle of life and death with us.

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Skarecrow (751) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2017
330ml can Golden pour with slight head. Aroma is vegetable, grainy and slight fruit note. Mild bitterness - vegetable/corn, grassy, cereal and slight chilli but nothing mind blowing. Also maybe a touch oxidized (BB 14/10/17) ? Alright.

Samtzu (450) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2017
330ml can. Strong spice aroma. The spice from this beer is overpowering considering the other ingredients are very weak. One of the few beers I was unable to finish.

LesArgen (360) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2017
It’s sweet, it’s high alcohol, it’s decidedly odd, but I’m enjoying it more and more as I get towards the bottom. There’s pine, resin, spice and a little tomato in this one. The vegetable flavours are more prominent in the mouth, including capsicum, paprika, nougat and grapefruit. Just a bit of everything.

Idiosynkrasie (7539) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2017
650ml bottle. Minimally milky, yellow-ish golden colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Fruity, floral, herbal and backgroundish spicy aroma, notes of melon, sweet-ish red berries, cautious hints of rose petals, a honey touch, still slightly cryptic hints of chili tickle the nose. Taste is sweet-ish malty, hints of honey and corn, some melon, floral and citrusy overtones, accumulating peppery chili spiciness; creamy texture, smooth, soft and minimally sticky palate. Nice composition, sweet-ish but still refreshing due to its fruitiness, maybe the Habanero dosis doesn’t find everyone’s liking.

GarageBrewer80 (540) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2017
Burk ifrån SB. Klar, gyllengul med stor, fluffig skumkrona. Doft av citrus, ananas, ljud knäck och mjölkchoklad. Lätt söt och chilistark kropp. Smak av chili, mjölkchoklad, ananas och ljus karamellmalt. Stark eftersmak av chili.

GoufCustom (2007) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2017

330 ml can bought at IC Beer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Straw golden yellow colour with very faint trace of yeast haze; Half finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing with active slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant malt, with strong rose water, perfume, corn, sugar and light bread.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet Pils malt, with water melon, cooked chili pepper flesh, strong floral, molasses, spices, bread, lime, quite strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Medium body. Crisp and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Solid Pils maltyness in smooth background. Strong undertone of water melon with spicy bitter hoppiness. Fleshy chili pepper with testable residual heat to the tongue. Strong floral with tasty strong sweetness. Strong lime zest to round. Nice!

Hoppiness: Faint grass in nose. Strong floral, spices, lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet-bitter malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Spicy sweet and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: I was fearing this one would be the straight chilli beer with dead heat, turns out the Habanero heat comes as a note, while cooked sweet chili flesh is the focus. There’s lots of cosmetics in aroma and taste, in truth it’s a nicely sweet, malty, perfumely and spicy beer cocktail. It may be weird, but I find it interesting and pleasant to drink. Well worth a try!

danjs5 (241) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2017
UPDATED: APR 22, 2017 Pours a pale yellow with yeasty aromas. Full of sweet and savory flavours including grass and fructose. A growing savory chili taste lasts long after finish. Corn beer provides some interest. Starchy and earthy. Subtle yet strong. Innovative and a bit quirky. Great can artwork but expensive.

esp0r (2921) - NORWAY - MAR 15, 2017
Bottle enjoyed at home
Copper hazy, big white frothy head. Smell of light yeast esters, hints of spices, hay and light malts. Moderate sweet, a real buttkick of chili and habanero, hints of smoke, the rest fades away behind the chili. Very cool stuff, and the artwork on the can is real art

tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 27, 2017
Fans of quirky beer will rejoice. Watermelon is dominant in this otherwise lightweight lager. The habaneros were well hidden until the glass was nearly empty, when my lips started tingling. The rosewater came out right at the end too. Quite refreshing and original

colui72 (1033) - HONG KONG - FEB 1, 2017
Clear golden, soapy head and sticky lacing. Aroma of lager hops and malts. Although it’s basically a corn beer (ingredient that makes me hate all macro lagers), the maize here plays a good role, associated with the Habanero chilies. It’s good if you are hungry, as it gets savoury, the chilies add flavour rather than heat (but they can be felt, without being too aggressive). Crisp and easy to drink. Not bad.

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