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Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Ale

Laverstoke Park Farms Real Ale

Laverstoke Park Farms Real Ale

The more I’m reading about Laverstoke Park Farm and their Organic Real Ale, the more I’m intrigued. This isn’t necessarily a brewery, but all the ingredients are from their organic farm. Interesting stuff. I believe this is only the second organic beer I’ve had.

Pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy ecru head. Crisp, clean flavors of caramel, grassy hops, even a bit of apple. Very earthy and, well, organic.

It doesn’t exactly have big, bold flavors, but it’s not bad. At 5% ABV, this would be a very nice lawn mower beer. Or a gateway into craft beer for the uninitiated.

Grade: C

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Boddington’s Pub Ale

Boddington's Pub Ale

A once thriving beer brought down after its purchase by InBev, Boddington’s Pub Ale is an English Bitter. The nitro can gives it an amazingly creamy and fluffy off white head. The color is nice, a crystal clear deep gold.

The flavor is, different. There are tastes recognizable from similarly canned Guinness. Some grassy grains come through, as well as an off putting metallic taste. Hops do provide a little bitterness.

It’s not getting any better as it warms, unfortunately. I’m glad this was a gift. To put it plainly, it just doesn’t taste good.

Grade: D

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Biere D’Abbye Lacu

Biere d'Abbaye Lacu

An Italian take on a classic Belgian style, the first thing you will notice about Lacu is its frothy, creamy, and unyielding head. This hazy golden ale’s aroma is full of lemon, orange, and yeast.

Sweet grapes, grassy malt, and a mix of lemon and orange. Hops provide just a touch of bitterness. The 6.3% ABV warms a bit, as well. I also like the champagne characteristics with its effervescence, slightly dry finish, and flavor.

Lacu is smooth, creamy, and exceptionally well balanced. It will also take forever to get through it because the glass is half full of foam after every pour.

Perhaps not mind-blowing, but my, is that tasty

Grade: A

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Duvel

The Belgians are certainly known for unique beers, a great brewing history, and Duvel is high on that list. Crisp and golden white a very aggressive white head, don’t let the appearance fool you into expecting something light and watery. The first thing I notice in the smell is apple and some hops bite. It’s full and dry on the tongue, with sour fruit at the back end. Very well balanced between malt and spicy hops, and there is a lot of both. I’m also getting a late alcohol warmth, and at 8.5% ABV, that is expected, but you’d never guess it’s that high.

Here is proof that a light colored, fizzy beer can have tons of flavor. This is one to seek out

Grade: A

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Kronenbourg 1664

There is a single reason I am trying Kronenbourg 1664. Motorhead. Here’s the commercial Kronenbourg had Motorhead do with a slowed down, acoustic version of Ace of Spades, one of the greatest metal songs.

Kronenbourg 1664

The beer itself starts off like you would expect from a French lager. Pale gold color, fluffy white head, just a hint of skunk familiar with green-bottled European lagers that you get here. The taste, however, is a bit surprising. There’s still that light sweet grain, but there’s some honey and a little bit of spice, too. Just a touch of clove, maybe. The mouth feel is fuller than similar beers. Really good lacing, too. I’m surprised I like this as much as I do. This would work well after mowing the lawn on a hot July day. Worth a try if you want something light, refreshing, and with at least a modicum more character than anything with “light” in the name.

Grade: B

P.S. Here is the full version of the slowed down Ace of Spades. Give me the original every time.

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Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Sawtooth ale pours a cloudy copper. It took me a bit to pick up on the flavors. I got the grain, a hint of caramel, and a little bit of hops. It has a late and dry, yet subtle, bitterness. No flavor was really prominent, but I’m OK with that. Everything was kind of middle of the road. Decent head and lacing, medium body, but not watery. Then I realized why I liked it; because it’s middle of the road. I think this beer has a great potential for mass appeal. It would be a great gateway beer and an all night beer. To use a cliche that I hate, it doesn’t try to do too much. It’s very drinkable. Try it!

Grade: B

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Black Sheep Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

I’m a huge Python fan, and not just of Holy Grail, so I had to try Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale! Pours a light golden color. Good head retention, with some lacing. At first, the taste of a slightly bitter grain, but after I swallowed, I noticed a distinct sweet fruitiness. Almost like sweet grapes. There’s a subtle bitterness and it’s just a little watery. Good, but not great. There’s nothing that really stands out about it, other than the title.

Grade: C

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