Let’s have a little bit moor – @drinkmoorbeer: Hoppiness

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I love the smell of manure,
I love the smell of the poor,
I love the smell of Frank Muir.
So, come on let’s have a look at it,
come along now let’s have a sniff of it,
come along now let’s have a little bit moor…

 

As my new favourite beer shop in Yarnton Nurseries stocks a whole pile of exciting stuff, I find myself coming across loads of beers from brewer’s that I’ve been meaning to try for ages…

This one: Moor Beer: Hoppiness.  In a tin can.

Never fear the can.  If you do you’re a fool.  It’ll be fresher, not light struck and have more room for the artwork.  It also means that I don’t feel duty-bound to save yet another bottle.

We cleared out the shed on Tuesday.  I have three hundred or so empty bottles now.  Ulp!

From the can and into a glass Hoppiness is a nice colour and has a lovely sea-slick head.  Not vastly hoppy in the aroma, but solid enough for my liking – with bristly, prickly bits and some good old resinous dank.

Taste-wise, there’s a nice quenching bitterness, with a big old side order of hop and a non-intrusive warming alcohol.

I find that with English hoppy beers the hopping seems somehow more refined than the US Pales and IPAs; with the US beers seeming to be more “blaring” than the English ones; which I find on the whole to be more muted, but actually more complex and interesting for it…

The bitterness goes on throughout the swallow and is pervasive enough to make you want to crack open another can.

I liked it.

It’s not going to set your world aflame and send you running to tell all your friends about a new taste sensation, but it’ll satisfy and quench in more than equal measure…in fact it’s one of those few hoppy beers where you’ll be happy to have a fair few of…even if it’s 6.7%!

…and that’s the mark of very good beer indeed…

See here: http://moorbeer.co.uk/1472-2/

Duchesse De Bourgogne, Flanders Red Ale

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Acetic acid, well…let’s be truthful about it…vinegar.  Is that a taste that you’d normally associate with a decent beer?  No, neither would I.

However, Flanders Red Ale is a funny old beast, and Duchesse De Borgogne is to my mind one of the best examples of this style. I’ve always been told to think of Flanders Reds as more wine than beer, and I reckon that’s good advice to anyone who’s never yet had the pleasure of this style…

The pour results in a half-inch of head that soon collapses to a sparse covering atop a brilliant deep garnet clarity.  As you raise the glass to your lips you’re already starting to almost taste it as the aroma is quite potent: vinous old Cabernet, suffused with oaky notes, earthy maltiness and a faint tang of the finest red wine vinegar…then you’re into the ale itself: a velvety, yet refreshing, effervescence masks the relative thinness of body which brings an initially sharp acetic note that quickly smooths out to soothe your palate with thin, -but firmly evident- malt and that old familiar oaky red-wine backbone.

The finish is long lasting and leaves your thirst feeling quenched…but leaves you most definitely needing more…

I got my 250ml bottle from Beers of Europe http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk for £1.88