Beers of April

Once again, my list of beers from April. Some great ones, some good ones, and unfortunately some utter crap ones.

Thornbridge

I finally went for a few beers at the Thornbridge pub in Den Bosch and had a couple of their brews. Both were really good, but the Valravn really stands out. It combined the goodness of roasted malts and hops on a high level. Very recommended.

  • Thornbridge Valravn
  • Thornbridge Halcyon

Wild Beer Company

Ever since trying their Modus Operandi I liked this brewery. They dare to do things differently in such a way that their beers, while sometimes similar to others, are not really comparable. They have sour beers but accept that they are not Geuzes, so they make something of their own.
This month I tried the Wildebeest and Brett Brett Double IPA.

Both are great with the Brett Brett having a greater depth than I expect an IPA to have. The Wildebeest is a very well balanced chocolate/coffee/malt combination and awesome for it.

  • Wildebeest
  • Brett Brett Double IPA

Lowlander

  • Lowlander White Ale
  • Lowlander Poorter
  • Lowlander I.P.A

Traditional styles brewed with some botanicals. A nice initiative but so gently spices that I didn’t get many of the ‘added flavors’. So the White Ale is just that, as goes for the Poorter and the IPA.

Geuzes

  • Oude Geuze (2011-2012), Brouwerij Boon
  • Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne (2010-2011), Gueuzerie Tilquin
  • Oude Geuze Vat 77, Brouwerij Boon

All of them are good, but the Vat 77 stands out. Made in a vat that’s been in use for over a hundred years at the brewery, this one was really special and had just a tad more fruity flavors and acidity than the others.

I’d have to say the Oude Geuze Vat 77 by Brouwerij Boon is my favorite beer of the month. Well earned, by making something special.

Other good ones

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout, Anderson Valley Brewing Company

This one I had sitting around for a while but hadn’t gotten around to. It’s great. Highly recommended Oatmeal stout (like their Barney Flats) but matured in Wild Turkey barrels. It just adds a nice oaky sweetness without overpowering it. Awesome stuff, this.

The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale, Baird Brewing Company

A Japanese fruit beer with Mikan, which apparently is a Japanese citrus fruit, a sort of tangerine. I didn’t know when I bought it, and that might be a good thing since I normally avoid fruit beers. This one is very good though, although if you would have told me it was a regular IPA, I’d have believed you.

 

Some okay ones, that aren’t a waste of money but are also quite forgettable

  • Out of Office, Weird Beard Brew Co.
  • Grand Cru, Brasserie St-Feuillien
  • Othmar Rauchbier, Ootmarsummer Bierbrouwerij Heupink & Co
  • Broeder Jacob Bruin, Brouwerij Broeder Jacob
  • Hopbock, Brouwerij de Vriendschap
  • La Vache Folle: RyePA, Microbrasserie Charlevoix
  • Monteith’s Southern Pale Ale, Monteith’s Brewing Co.
  • Single-Wide I.P.A., Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Castaway IPA, Kona Brewing Company
  • Drunken Sailor, CREW Republic
  • Teikoku IPA, Baird Brewing Company
  • Wipers Times 14, Brouwerij Kazematten
  • Just Another IPA, Brouwerij Kees
  • Aooni, Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Lots of IPAs were had on the sunny days of April. Unfortunately, most IPAs are good but they just won’t top the awesome ones that are my benchmark. Punk IPA, Jaipur, Raging Bitch. They might get close but in the end you’re better of buying Punk since that’s always available, consistent and at least one Euro cheaper than the rest. We keep trying though.

Utter shit beers

Warsteiner Herb / Double Hopped

There’s no reason this exists. One of the big brewers that tries to get a share of the craft brewing hype. It’s just marginally better than their factory lager. Only an option if nothing else is available.

Dead Crow Rum Beer, Beverage Brands

I already had their Bourbon Beer, and it went down the sink after one sip. This is of a similar level. Only a teeny tiny bit less shit, but still highly undrinkable.

Homebrews

Not much useful stuff to say about homebrews, since you’re not going to have them anyway. These were given to me by a homebrewer who works at the customer I’m currently building a site for. Good stuff.

Hoppy B. – Biermug
An over the top and bone dry IPA. I was warned, but it wasn’t as bad as the warning made me expect.

Mister Bock – Biermug
A malty bock that isn’t as sweet as most bocks, which meant I liked it better.

SPA – Biermug
This session pale ale is based on BrewDog’s recipe for their Dead Pony Club and is a very close approximation of that. Good stuff.

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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3 Responses to Beers of April

  1. cowfish says:

    Dead Crow needs to get in the sea. Utter filth.

    As for the Warsteiner Double Hopped, I’ve got a bottle of Guinness Hop House 13 Lager that I suspect will, but hope won’t, be even worse. I’m waiting until I’m in a suitably happy mood before trying it…

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