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Old 28-12-2016, 07:35 PM   #1
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This is just a thread for me to keep my reviews of homebrew in one place.
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@BeerCat very kindly sent me a couple of beers to try, a stout and a Belgian quad. My review of the stout follows:

Appearance
Looks delicious, black with creamy tan head.

Aroma
Coffee and chocolate, fruity, slight acidity. Very appealing.

Flavour
Good roastiness, sweet chocolate with a nice dry coffee finish. Some light yeasty esters but clean flavours.

Overall Impression
A very nice stout, well balanced bitterness from the roast malts and hops make it a lovely session beer. Carbonation is perfect, plenty of life but still nice and smooth. No obvious off flavours or aromas. Great job mate, I hope you have some of these left for the Jan competition (actually I don't because it's better than my stout ).
Thanks for letting me try this, looking forward to the quad

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Copy of post from another thread. This is a brett saison courtesy of Hoddy, thanks for letting me try it, tasting notes follow:

Appearance
Hazy orange, fluffy white head with excellent retention.

Aroma
Sweet pineapple and citrus fruits with prominent leathery brett funk. Very nice.

Flavour
Surprising sweet fruitiness initially but a long dry finish which is very well balanced. The earthy dry brett flavours are very noticeable but not overpowering. Slight hint of peppery spice.

Overall Impression
This is very good indeed, I could drink this all night. The yeasty flavours work very well with your hop choice, brett with tropical fruity hops is a match made in heaven. Tbh I probably wouldn't have known this was a saison blend, it's a little too sweet and hop forward, but that's not a criticism because I think it is fantastic as it is. To me it's more like a bretted IPA (one of my favourite styles).
I think you've got the balance spot on, it's very drinkable and I'd be extremely happy if I'd brewed it

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This is the second beer kindly sent by @BeerCat, a Belgian Quad weighing in at a rather hefty 10.8% Tasting notes follow...

Appearance
Lovely deep red colour, very good head retention.

Aroma
Very fruity, some spicy phenols, hint of dark malts.

Flavour
Huge rich flavours, sweet and fruity, complex maltiness with a dry finish and a big alcohol hit. Almonds and a little anise. I'm guessing WLP540/Wyeast 1762? Highly carbed but very smooth.

Overall Impression
Absolutely massive flavours, this is definitely a sipper. Quite a lot of sweetness initially (curious what your FG was) but well balanced with the hop bitterness. It tastes like it has a fairly complex malt bill, but this is very well brewed with no obvious off flavours or faults. Very enjoyable indeed, thanks for letting me try this. It reminds me a lot of my Rochefort clone attempt, what recipe did you use for this?

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Thanks Steve. Most appreaciated. The recipe was the one i found here based on Troi Pistoles. I think i made a few small changes and roasted up the crystal a bit more. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=26717 . Not much like it though and if i remember correctly that was only 9%.

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15l batch

OG 1102
FG 1020
IBU 12
SRM 45

3.275kg maris otter
220g carafa3
220g crystal 40 roasted in oven for 1hour @125c then fine crushed
70g biscuit malt
40g roast barley
1.5kg light liquid malt extract @30
320g dark candi sugar @10
450g golden syrup @10

22g fuggles @90
10g Fuggles @15
5g Saaz @5
0.2g star anise @15
0.2g star anise @5
7g dried orange peel @5

Yeast WLP570
Mashed 67c

Racked to secondary after 2 weeks, left for 2 more weks bottled annd conditioned for 3months
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This is my review of the rather monstrous 12.86% King Kong quadrupel kindly sent by @dad_of_jon

Appearance
Very dark reddish brown, small creamy head which lasted well.

Aroma
Surprisingly mild aroma, a little bit of roasted malt and dark fruits with a hint of spice.

Flavour
Mouthfeel is quite full bodied and rich. Huge flavours, as you'd expect from such a big beer. Roasty, fruity, big alcohol kick with a dry/bitter finish.

Overall Impression
A bit more roasted flavours than I'd normally expect of the style, if not for the light spiciness this could almost pass as an imperial stout (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). The fact that it is quite dry, with a FG of 1.010 (which is impressive considering the 1.108 OG), means that it is surprisingly easy to drink. The alcohol, while definitely noticeable isn't too much, the malt flavours balance it out nicely. Good job DOJ, thanks for letting me try this and I'm looking forward to the dubbel

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This is my review of the rather monstrous 12.86% King Kong quadrupel kindly sent by @dad_of_jon

Appearance
Very dark reddish brown, small creamy head which lasted well.

Aroma
Surprisingly mild aroma, a little bit of roasted malt and dark fruits with a hint of spice.

Flavour
Mouthfeel is quite full bodied and rich. Huge flavours, as you'd expect from such a big beer. Roasty, fruity, big alcohol kick with a dry/bitter finish.

Overall Impression
A bit more roasted flavours than I'd normally expect of the style, if not for the light spiciness this could almost pass as an imperial stout (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). The fact that it is quite dry, with a FG of 1.010 (which is impressive considering the 1.108 OG), means that it is surprisingly easy to drink. The alcohol, while definitely noticeable isn't too much, the malt flavours balance it out nicely. Good job DOJ, thanks for letting me try this and I'm looking forward to the dubbel

Hi Steve, i'm well jeal as I can't have one till Friday

it's in between styles tbh as it's 'little' brother ris-ky business is a hybrid too. candi sugar and belgian yeast to a base ris recipe. can't say i'll ever do it again because 12.86% is a bit over the top and it was at the very limit of my equipment for a 20ish litre batch. The yeast is good for 14% can't argue with MJ about that.

I do enjoy a bottle though and if I behave i should have enough for a year or two!
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This is the second of the Belgian beers @dad_of_jon very kindly sent, Downtown Dubbel weighing in at a more sessionable 6.43%.

Appearance
Very dark brown, almost black. Poured with huge head which faded to a light creaminess.

Aroma
Very rich and fruity with some delicious spicy phenols, some roastiness.

Flavour
Quite heavy on the roasted malts which gives this a kind of "Belgian stout" flavour (if there's such a thing) when combined with the peppery/anise spices. Much less estery than I expected from the aroma. Quite a nice dry finish with perfect carbonation. Served at 10°c but the flavours came through much better as it warmed.

Overall Impression
This is a very enjoyable beer, I could happily drink a few of these of an evening. The yeast flavours are quite clean, but the lightly spiced flavour is really nice. Perhaps a little too roasty for the style, which is a very un-Belgian thing to say, but still very nice indeed. Pleasant light mouthfeel helps with the drinkability. Overall a great beer I'd be more than happy to brew

Ps. Apologies but I've still not got anything sent in return, I've had a pretty hectic couple of weeks but I'll hopefully get something sent soon. I have a quad and a biere de garde which should be drinkable by now.

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I think for DoJ that's practically a shandy
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