From Aardmonnik to Zatec Xantho

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Colour: Amber ale with white head
Aroma: It reminded me of wheatcookies for babies, spicey, sweet, loads of               caramel.
Taste: Caramel, cinnamon, spices, sweet, hint of sour perhaps.
Finish: Slightly bitter. Not heavy but not too light either.

Overall: This is a nice surprise. Being a winter beer it was to be expected that it would have a seasonal touch and so it does. The cinnamon and caramel make it a nice bitter for nights spend in front of a crackling fire. It might be a sweet beer but it’s not full on lemonade. It has a nice bitterness and a lovely 6,9%.



Did You know?

New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys brewers put a code on their Digital IPA. If you scan the code with your phone you’ll receive the recipe for the beer enabling you to brew it yourself!

Emelisse TIPA

Colour: Amber brownish with a creamy white head. A very hazy beer.
Aroma: Honey sweet with notes of tropical fruit.
Taste: I expected it to be more bitter but it’s bitter nonetheless, fruity,                      hoppy, spiced.
Finish: Bitter, quite bitter, not that bitter, but quite bitter.

Overall: I expected it to be more bitter. This beer reminds me of the Jopen                Mooie Nel IPA which also features some honey notes. On the                      whole it is a bitter sweet beer which falls to the stomache like a                    brick.

Emelisse Crème Brûlée Stout


Colour: Black with a beige head. Low carbonation.
Aroma: sweet, soft, vanilla, actual crème brûlée.
Taste: oily mouthfeel, vanilla, caramel, creamy.
Finish: Soft bitter finish with the lingering taste of vanilla.

Overall: Wow! When I first saw this beer I didn’t expect it to really resemble crème brûlée. After tasting it I can say that it actually does taste like the desert itself. It is a heavy beer so drink it slow.

Emelisse Black IPA

Colour: Pitch black with a thin white head.
Aroma: Tropical fruits, citrus, slighlty malty.
Taste: Liquorice followed by malty notes.
Finish: A proper bitter finish with liquorice at the back of the tongue.

Overall: It reminds me more of a stout than an IPA. The aroma’s do resemble an IPA yet the palate is more roasted malts. A very suprising beer though. A nice variation on the amber fruity IPA’s.

DID YOU KNOW?: Family matters

Hop comes from the same family as weed. They are both members of the Cannabaceae family. 

Hop itself is a bine. Bines are known to tangle themselves around others plants or objects. The fun thing is almost all of the hop plants tangle themselves clockwise!


The Tripel Karmeliet beer has a bell shaped glass and if you flick the glass it resonates like a tuning fork. 
Also the Tripel Karmeliet contains three different types of grain: barley, wheat and oats. 

Isn’t that extraordinary! 

Twenty Things Worth Knowing About Beer

by The Oatmeal