If you know me or of me, you will know I like beer. Over the last few years I have been collecting photos of every new beer I have.
I now have over 2,000 individual beers photographed and have realised that many beers that I assumed I have photos of, I haven't.

This blog will be therefore be an account of my quest for new beers to photo and how I enjoyed them (or not).
My email is ralphgant@sky.com.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Grimbergen Beers

Since last Friday I had not been feeling too bad for a few days, Dot had been poorly for about a week but was getting better, then I think I got got what Dot had, a sort of ear nose and throat infection. So I am cabined up again. I did manage to buy some new beers during this period but have not tried any yet. So here is an old review of a favorite, in fact I think I will do all their beers I have had.


Grimbergen, Blond from Belgium

Grimbergen 8 Belgium

6.7%, golden colour with a thin head, sweet aroma and fruty malty taste, a really nice abbey beer, my favorite Grimbergen, even in cans.

Grimbergen, Cuvee Blanche from Belgium

Grimbergen, Cuvee Blanche, Belgium

6.0% cloudy yellowy white with a thin head, sweet citrus aroma, tastes a lot like Hoegaarden but better.

Grimbergen, Triple from Belgium

9.0% golden colour with a thin head, sweet malt aroma and fruity malty taste, very much like a strong version of Grimbergen Blond.

Grimbergen, Double from Belgium

Grimbergen, Double, Belgium

6.5% very deep amber/red colour with a good head, sweet caramely malt aroma but with a hint of citric acid, sweet malty fruity taste with a slight bitterness, very tasty and warming.

Grimbergen, Goud Doree from Belgium

8.0%, light gold colour with a good head, smelt and tasted much like a pilsner to me, I didn't like it as much as other Grimbergen's.
I changed the review of this beer and removed it from the "Beer I Would Not Buy Again" group, when I had one of these after two truly dreadful beers and it is not that bad.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Feeling Better

Well I did manage to have a few beers and a curry last night but as I am getting better, Dot is feeling worse and is today, not well at all. There seems to be a lot of winter bugs about this summer, not that it feels like summer.

Two new beers last night, one totally new to me, the other one just not had since before I started reviewing, both beers were remarkably similar, both from Yorkshire, both very drinkable and refreshing.

Wensleydale, Kit Calvert's, from England
Bought from the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, 4.4% pale amber colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma, refreshing bitter citrus hop taste.

Wensleydale, Kit Calvert's, England

Commercial description
This traditional style ale has its origins in the 1930s - the time when Kit Calvert’s vision and courage saved the Wensleydale Creamery from closure which then enabled us to make it the thriving business it is today. Just like the Creamery, we’ve brought this beer right up to date whilst preserving the style and flavour of beers of the time. It is a copper-red beer with a yeasty nose, biscuity malt and spicy hops. The finish is dry and bitter and of course delicious. We use only the finest ingredients including British yeast cultured in the brewery and no chemicals - some traditions never die. We’re proud of our beer dedicated to Kit Calvert - we rather think that Kit would be proud too.

Black Sheep, Monty Pythons Holy Grail, from England
4.7% gold colour with a thin head, citrus hop aroma, bitter fruity citrus hop taste.

Black Sheep, Monty Pythons Holy Grail, England

Commercial description
Another fine addition to the Black Sheep Brewery range of premium bottled ales, our Holy Grail Bitter was specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python. It has a distinctive taste with plenty of fruity hops, and is full flavoured with a dry and refreshing bitterness.