So it seem’s we have another change to the schedule (what is going on this week?! Where is the Iceberg review we hear you cry! Total chaos)
50% of Muse on Booze have moved to Amsterdam (for the weekend) however so it does feel right that we’re reviewing a beer that is brewed in that wonderful city.
BREWER: Walhalla Brewery, North Holland
VESSEL: 33cl bottle
MOB RATING: 70.5%
There’s something about the packaging on Loki that’s very impressive but at the same time it feels a little amateurish. And amateurish is not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just in this case it doesn’t quite come together. It leads to Loki not being a beer that would draw your attention straight away. But we all know it’s the liquid itself that counts.
Once poured you are faced with a darker beer than you might have expected from the outset and the nose is one filled with choclatey notes backed by coffee. It really works with Loki and coupled with its dark look we could be in for a treat here…
…For a dark beer it is very light both on the palate and on the back of the throat. This leads to a pleasant drinking experience. What slightly lets down Loki is its lack of depth. The flavour flashes over the taste buds and is soon disappearing over the tang horizon without leaving a lasting memory of what has gone before.
All in all Loki is a decent beer. But it’s not a great beer.
Sammy’s Rating: 65%
Funny ol’ brew this.. both in sight, sniff and see… not sure that even makes sense.
Anyway, as I approached LOKI I thought “love this dude looking back at me with his massive square head”. But when I arrived at the bottle, pre pour, Jymi was disappointed…a gloss finish to the label wrecked it…like, really wrecked it.
So I got my pro sip Hat on and tried to work out what was happening with the inside of LOKI….
Poured mega dark and with a Tipp-ex head and looked amazing I have to say! Looked like a proper ol’ ale. Nose and initial sip were a hit.. But then it switched to a biscuit texture AS WELL as turning super silky when slipping down the ol’ throat. Cannot say I expected that.
Loki is a decent ale but is lacking a certain identity I have to say. It’s absolute winning angle is how smooth it is but other than that it does fall into the average bracket.
Good, but not great.
Jymi’s Rating: 76%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 70.5%
MOB review next weekend: ICEBERG by TITANIC BREWERY…
and we mean it this time!
THE KING OF SOHO IS COMING… YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWICE NOW