Best beers of September

Another month has gone by and another load of beer was had. I’ve turned down my spending on beer so there will be less BrewDog, Flying Dog, Struise and other beers like that. Of course, I couldn’t stop all together so there’s a lot from De Molen, and other more local breweries.

Wake up Dead – Left Hand Brewery
A thick stout with loads of fruity flavours in it. One day, I’ll brew stuff like this but before that, this is a very good alternative. € 6.99 for a big bottle isn’t bad either.

Citra Single Hop IPA – De Molen
Light tropical fruits on a malt base, that’s what this one does for me. Mango, passion fruit, pineapple. Good stuff!

Cascade Single Hop IPA – De Molen
A more herbal variety of the previous one with lemon and lemongrass, more barley flavours. Sharp and crisp.

Super-charged Saison – De Molen & Hopping Frog
My first saison I think. A farmhouse ale if you ever try it. Seriously thinking about getting a case for bottle conditioning for a few years. Stunning beer.

Spanning & Sensatie – De Molen
Not exactly the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, but still a damn good beer like that. The pepper and chocolate work very, very well with the dark roasted malts.

I come bearing gifts.

White Label Barley Wine – Emelisse
Very fudgy with apples and cinnamon flavours. Malty as a base flavour. Very good stuff.

Never Mind the Anabolics – BrewDog
The one BrewDog beer I actually liked this month. I tried some Abstrakts that weren’t my cup of tea. This one though, although I’m not sure if it works, tasted rather fine.

Willy – De Prael
De Prael’s quadrupel. I always think of quadrupel as Belgian style Barley Wines. Very good and tasty. Thick flavours.

Skuumkoppe – Texelse Brouwerij
Their staple beer. And I see why. Quite some flavour, absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Columbus – Brouwerij ‘t IJ
I think this holds the middle between quadrupel and saison, which is a good middle to hold.

So again, I managed to get through all my craft brews in the shed, apart from what I made myself. Those will be had the coming weeks I think, so I got back to brewing some more. There’s still a few beers that caught my fancy over at Drinks & Gifts, but those might have to wait a bit. 75cl of a 10%+ beer with the mrs. being 9 months pregnant is not the best of ideas. Something with driving to the hospital and such.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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