LEMON AND THYME SAISON

BREWER: Partizan Brewery, South East London

STYLE: Saison

ABV: 3.8%

VESSEL: 330ml bottle

TWITTER: @PartizanBrewing

INSTAGRAM: partizanbrewing

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Lemon and Thyme work really well together. They work so well together, in fact, that you can even get lemon thyme. I have to say, I’m a fan and I’m not alone in my fanness. There are many a culinary dish that I, and indeed others, like to cook with them. You could possibly even have enough concoctions to necessitate a cook book entitled “Lemon and Thyme: Recipes for this Timeless Combination”. I don’t have enough in depth knowledge to write such a book, but I can have a go at trying this beer.
On first meeting, the aroma is very light. It only just tickles the olfactory senses. It has a sweet note, but I don’t get much hint of lemon and thyme. It’s in the drinking that you pick up both lemon and thyme. It’s a little more heavy on the lemon side as opposed to the thyme but they’re both definitely there.
The thing is, considering the beer it named Lemon and Thyme Saison, I think it should pack more of a flavour punch in the direction of these ingredients. However, where I find this beer really wanting is in the brew. I don’t think that the hops used in this ale play a good enough support role to the lemon and thyme. They don’t let them shine through. The hops compete with them too much.
The end result is all a bit underwhelming. It’s not to say that this is a disaster of a beer because it’s just not. Lemon and Thyme Saison could be improved through better matching of the hops with the main players. If that happens, Lemon and Thyme Saison may well appear as an ingredient in the cook book previously mentioned.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 55%

 

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Other than yellow having 3.8% tattooed on their neck and the horribly smooth plactic nature of the label, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PACKAGING. There is just something about it that has a timeless yet conclusive message of all out love and adouration. Look at blue totally content with life as well as the current embrace. Look at yellow, eyes open, surprised and overjoyed and the current embrace, mind blasting everywhere with what the future could hold. I absolutely love it.

Love, excitement, contentment, settled yet dreaming all in one simple sketch.

Beer wise it’s always necessary to approach a saison, much like yellow, with open eyes. Especially one that names itself Lemon and Thyme Saison. With a Saison not traditionally packing a hit you have to be careful not to under grade it. Blah blah blah. The fact this Saison’s name is basically a description of what you’re gonna get puts pressure on this SE London brewer to deliver.

Once cracked and sniffed it was very clear that this was a lemon Saison from the very light citrus aroma drifting from the glass and up the snoz. Thyme wise though I was still waiting. As from nose alone I was not picking anything up from the herb world.

After the very first sip what struck me was how refreshing this was to taste as well as in the mouth. Light and cleary brewed well for sure. Flavorwise, though a Saison is never going to blow your mind apart (that’s not it’s purpose in beerlife) I do feel LATS was lacking a bit. Some nice subtle Lemon touches in cheeks and at last a hint of Thyme in the aftertaste but definitely left me wanting a bit more.

Overall a pleasent beer and a pleasent Saison that would certainly fly down on a warm weekend garthering of souls. But it’s nothing more than that.

Jymi’s Rating: 67%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 61%

 

MOB review next weekend: HOP ART by VANDESTREEK

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PINK 47

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 47%

KEY BOTANICAL: Almond, Cassia and Nutmeg

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes Premium Hibiscus Tonic and Strawberry Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Oriental Yuzu Tonic and Red Grapefruit Garnish 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Pink Lady

Pink Lady ingredients and method:

50ml Pink 47 Gin

1/2 Egg White

6.25ml Grenadine

12.5ml Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

 

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FUCK ART – WE’VE GOT ZESTAPPEAL

BREWER: To Øl, Copenhagen 

STYLE: Belgian Ale 

ABV: 6%

VESSEL: 50cl 

TWITTER: @toolbeer 

INSTAGRAM: toolbeer 

 

JYMI SAY’S…

B…limey, there are a lot of talking points with this one.

Here goes..

We’re going to have to start with the tin design aren’t we. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK?!?! (The Muse on Booze bleep out swearing sector (MOBBOSS)) said we are allowed to swear in this review due to the name of the beer itself. About time you ghastly brutes!

I mean, I’m kind of speechless. This is literally the worst looking can of beer I think I have ever seen! It’s scary. Creepy. Sinister. Just right flippin’ weird if you ask me. Odd looking elephants, mannequins and statues staring into your soul… It’s just not right.

But hang on… this get’s us to our next talking point.. the name. Well they’re not holding back over at To Øl now are they?!!

Is the name essentially saying, FUCK ART and it’s finer depths where you may understand and even admire such bizarre works that are displayed on this tin of ale. Just FUCK ART and have a drink of beer. Maybe, just maybe? But who cares…

Let’s get to our next and final talking point..

This is one of the best beers that I have ever tasted. There you go. I said it. Massive call yes but the quality of this brew is just immense. Seriously, the mouth feel alone suggests it has been passed through 70,000 glaciers made from the purest water that has ever been found. Words cannot get over just how natural and flawless the texture of this brew is. Actual flavour wise what we have is a pretty large presence of sweet mango but is balanced down with bitter and dulling tones.

Though you couldn’t pack away too many of these it does not take away from the fact that this is just one special ale and leads me on to our conclusion…

This beer from To Øl for me means taking the packaging into account when reviewing a beer is an absolute must. For if I didn’t do these little write ups each week there is a fairly good chance that I would never have tasted the absolute masterclass we have here from this Danish brewing giant. OK, it’s not that easy to get hold of but if I had found myself in a snazzy bottle shop I would have passed by this tin with a ‘what the flip is that’ attitude. Wrong I know, but true. Which would mean that I would have missed out on a simply incredible brew.

Jymi’s Rating: 83%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

There’s no way of denying it; this beer has a name that is meant to grab your attention (but you do have to scour the can to find it). It also has a can design that is…interesting, with images that could range in description from budget all the way through to scary. So it’s not surprising then, that I approached this beer with trepidation.
However, Fuck Art We’ve Got Zestappeal is a very well rounded beer. The sweet tropical come mango nose is incredibly light. If you like sweet smelling beers, then you’d be hard pushed to find a better one that this. It really is a tempter…
If grapefruit juice was a 10, then Fuck Art is scaled down to 6. This citrus peel flavour is a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness and, like the nose, is light. This leads to this brew being an easy beer to drink, which leaves a incredibly clean palate…perfect for going in for the next sip.
There’s no hiding from this being a very good beer indeed. It would be perfect for any special occasion, but could equally be enjoyed whenever you so wish.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 86%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 84.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: LEMON AND THYME SAISON by PARTIZAN BREWING

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BROCKMANS

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Juniper, Citrus and Berries

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Pink Grapefruit & Blueberry Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Merchant’s Heart Ginger Ale and Blackberry Garnish 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Bramble

Bramble ingredients and method:

50ml Brockmans Gin

12.5ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

12.5ml Creme de Mure

Place first three ingredients into an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over crushed ice into a rocks glass. Float the Creme de Mure on top with back of a spoon. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

 

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BANANA BREAD BEER

BREWER: Eagle Brewery, Bedfordshire 

STYLE: Fruit Ale 

ABV: 5.2%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @theeaglebrewery

INSTAGRAM: theeaglebrewery

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

In life, some flavour combinations come together and work. They just do. It’s the way that it is. I’m not referring to well-tested and well-known combos, such as salt and pepper or cheese and pickle, but rather the marriages that surprise us, like baked beans on toast with marmite or crisp sandwiches. We can’t escape the fact that a combo of banana and bread is itself a strange thing. But it seems to work. People like it, or even (dare I say it) love it. And that includes some people who don’t even like bananas on their own.
However, because banana and bread make a satisfyingly tasty baked loaf, it would never enter my mind to bring those flavours together with beer. But somewhere (possibly on a dark winter’s night) it did enter someone’s cognitive sphere and they must have thought that it was a good idea…
The thing is, it was a terrible idea. It’s up there with the worst culinary ideas ever. What were they thinking?
While Banana Bread Beer tastes exactly how it’s described, it tastes exactly how you would imagine: like bananas and bread…and beer…and that’s an awful thing. So awful, in fact, that I couldn’t even bring myself to drink it. No it’s worse than that, it actually brought out the gag reflex in me so that I nearly brought the Banana Bread Beer up and nearly had to taste it again having had my stomach acid added to it (which may well have improved the flavour).
This product is just terrible. Words can’t do justice to how bad it actually is. My advice? Avoid at all costs.

Sammy’s Rating: 3%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

As a very clever man once told me, certain things in this life are just funny. And other things are not. So, he told me, “if you’re ever trying to make people laugh, use the funny stuff”.

Pear, not funny.

Banana, very funny.

A bit like a Banana, Sammy is a funny ol’ fruit. Let me explain why…

 

I’d say 95% of the beers that we test we do so independently. The main reason being is that we don’t particularly like each other so tend to stay out of each other’s way. It’s also good not to influence each other whilst testing a brew. However, Banana Bread Beer was tested together as Sammy boy was attempting a BBQ in the sun for our two families. Now normally if we do end up testing together we keep our cards close to our chest until scoring and notes are complete. This was not the case with BBB though I have to admit.

See, the high drama that ensued after Sam had taken his first sip was something else. At first I wasn’t quite sure if he’d just instantly come down with a dreadful illness OR he didn’t particularly like the beer.

I’m still giggling now as I write this recalling Sammy standing over the sink asking himself if he was going chuff up or not.

It then became clear that he hadn’t just come down with a dreadful illness…

The broadcast began to the BBQ crew (whilst still hovering around the sink) that this was the worst beer that he had ever tasted.

The broadcast continued (accompanied by the odd spasm), Sam wasn’t sure he would be able to finish this beer…. Shortly followed by stating he may not even take another sip.

This went on for a while….

 

So, convinced Sammy was going to write a damming review of this brew, for once I waited to see what he was going to say before writing mine as was sure we were going to have the same opinion. I just wanted his account of what happened whilst testing this brew before I could put any sort of pen to paper (mainly because I was still laughing).

This extract from Sammy’s review is the closest he got to what really happened..

No it’s worse than that, it actually brought out the gag reflex in me so that I nearly brought the Banana Bread Beer up and nearly had to taste it again having had my stomach acid added to it (which may well have improved the flavour).

HAHAHAHAHA

To be fair, I haven’t got much to add. This is a truly shocking beer. I managed about half of it before I thought to myself, stuff this, and that tells you all you need to know really.

 

And I’ve just noticed Sam scored it 3% overall!!!

HAHAHAHAHA

I’m gone.

Jymi’s Rating: 16%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 9.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: FUCK ART by TO ØL

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LIMEHOUSE

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Angelica Root 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic and Orange Wheel Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Connoisseurs Tonic and Lemon Wheel Garnish  

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Clover Club 

Clover Club ingredients and method:

50ml Limehouse Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

25ml Raspberry Syrup

1 Egg White 

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with loads of ice. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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GO TO IPA

BREWER: Stone Brewing, Berlin

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 4.7%

VESSEL: 0.33L tin 

TWITTER: @StoneBrewing

INSTAGRAM: stonebrewing

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Go To IPA is setting it’s stall out with it’s name. It’s bold and makes a clear statement about how Stone Brewing want you to view this beer. They want it to be…well…your go to IPA. That could bring its challenges because, as we all know, it has entered a crowded market. And in that market, there are already many beers that one might consider their go to IPA.
Go To IPA is a bit of a mismatch. The nose is very light and sweet, and has hints of melon (as promised on the can). It’s not heavy and is definitely the aroma of the modern craft IPA. However, in the drinking it’s quite bitter and lacks in any distinguishable flavours. I’m not saying that it’s unpleasant, because it’s not, it just doesn’t have much character.
So that leaves us in quite a clear place. Go To IPA is a very palatable beer. Many would be happy to quaff it and wouldn’t be at all offended. The issue is though, I doubt that this will be anyone’s go to IPA. It’s in a crowded market and there are some super beers in that market.
Still…I wouldn’t say no to one if offered it.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 70%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Go To IPA is a curious name for a beer and I’m not sure what to make of it. Nor am I sure what the brewers Stone really mean by it.

My initial thoughts were that by naming your beer like this you are almost saying.. “if nothing else of note is available then you can rely on Go To IPA to not let you down. So it’s your go to beer without having to put too much thought into it.

I suppose the other definition could be that all other beers fall short of GTIPA so basically don’t bother with them and just drink this offering from Stone for the rest of eternity.

Well this get’s the noggin whirring I have to say. As each possible meaning for the name are inaccurate and therefore I conclude that Go To IPA is a terrible name for this beer as it doesn’t do it justice and over egg’s it all at the same time.

If let’s say this beer is being looked at as a beer that would not let you down if nothing else was available then although that statement is true this brew is far better than that. You would choose this IPA over many beers whether they we instantly available to you or not.

Conversely if we were looking at it as a beer that ends all other beers and this was your brew for life then that would be wrong. Even though if this was the only beer you could drink for the rest of your days you would be far from disappointed, you would still be missing out on some far superior beers that a knocking about around our globe.

Now you could mistake what I’ve said so far for me having the opinion that Go To IPA is a middle of the road beer. But it’s not. It’s way better than that.

This is a strong tasting hard hitting very hoppy IPA. Coming in at 4.7% I have to say it tastes stronger than that, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The tangy yet hoppy bite is very prominent up front and then softens to an a lemon vibe mid way before the hops then return for the long aftertaste.

An overall decent ale this that is without doubt worth a try.

Jymi’s Rating: 73%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 71.5% 

 

MOB review next weekend: BANANA BREAD BEER by EAGLE BREWERY

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