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Farm House is a Dutch beer. Would you know this from its name? Quite simply, no. I like a name that states clearly what you’re getting. Table Beer, for example, is a great name for a table beer (see the review). This is a Dutch beer so the name should be Dutch – surely? I have no problem with it being called Farm House – but it should be in its native language.
Rant over (for now). Onto the actual beer.
Unsurprisingly, Farm House is a lively one (it is Dutch after all). We have come to expect no less from our friends across the Channel when they are brewing craft styley. However, once the fizz has settled, there’s not too much going on with the nose. This may be what you’d expect with a saison, but when it’s packing a punch in the alcohol department, like Farm House is, you may be forgiven for expecting a little more from the nose.
The thing is, this lack of ‘something’ carries through into the drinking. It definitely is like a Farm House (as the English name tells us) but there’s nothing at all unique or even special about this beer. It’s not particularly well brewed, and this leaves an almost dirty water taste. While this description may be doing Farm House a disservice, I can’t think of a better way to describe it.
It’s not unpleasant and it’s easy to drink one after the other. But it’s not a great saison.
Rant over. Full stop.
Sammy’s Rating: 50%
Saison is also traditionally known as farmhouse ale. Legend has it that farmers sometimes turned to brewing during the winter to keep the money coming in. Now because they would then resume their farming duties when the fair weather returned they would then not have time to brew so they used the extra beer that had been brewed the previous winter for personal consumption. So we have a pretty clever name here, I suppose. What is also clever about this beer is the way it disguises the fact that it’s 6% by not tasting strong at all. However, this is sadly where the cleverness ends for this Dutch brew.
See, as well as an incredibly faint orange nose, Farmhouse also has a very thin body. Not necessarily a bad thing but unfortunately it kind of is when the taste isn’t bringing much to the table either. The taste when sipping is pleasant enough don’t get me wrong but there really is nothing to write home about and is lacking any kind of get up and go. Once the sip is done it is usually time for the aftertaste, usually. Unfortunately Farmhouse isn’t just lacking here too, it just doesn’t bother with an aftertaste at all!! It really is quite bizarre.
I’m sure if this saison was passed to you on a sizzling summers day by a chum it would be drunk without much thought and probably enjoyed to a point. However, tasting like it does and being the strength it is you wouldn’t be enjoying yourself for too long, trust me.
Jymi’s Rating: 53%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 51.5%
MOB review next weekend: SLEEPING LEMONS by THE WILD BEER CO.
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So, on the face of it, Clockwork Tangerine does as it promises. The can, well, it’s orange, like a tangerine. And the beer, that too is orange like a tangerine. Then, when you pour the beer into the glass, guess what? Yep, it smells of tangerine. And so it appears as if this is one hell of a well marketed beer, name included.
Sadly, oh so sadly, the drinking just doesn’t come together. There’s bitterness for sure. not sour, definitely sharp bitterness. And there’s a hint of early sweetness, all of which sounds so promising. But CT is lack lustre. It’s neither here nor there. And we have all come to expect so much more from Brewdog. To put it bluntly, there are so many more beers I’d rather have than this.
To sum up, it’s ok. But I don’t feel there’s a place for it in my drinking repertoire. However, it appears the masses out there disagree with me because we all know the success of the beer. Oh well, they can’t help it that they’re wrong on this occasion!
Sammy’s Rating: 62%
In keeping with the MOB SQUAD style of review I’m going with 5 words, but with a wee bit of elaboration.
Tangerine – Without doubt Clockwork Tangerine brings Tangerine to the party when it comes to the nose of this beer.
Sweet – The initial sip is quite sweet but does not hang around for very long at all.
Bitter – Once the sweetness has almost instantly gone it is replaced by a bitterness. But I wanted more bitter tones.
Nice – This is a pleasant enough drop that I would happily drink if offered.
Disappointing – I have come to expect more from BrewDog over the years so can’t help but feel I was left wanting more here.
On a side note I feel that BD’s new packaging angle cannot go without comment…
When I first saw this new design online I honestly thought it was a classic BrewDog marketing ploy to get people talking. I honestly thought it was THAT bad. On closer inspection once I got my hands on a can of Punk I think it was, the design grew on me slightly as the sides of the tin are pretty cool and a nod to the old design at least. However over all, I’m really not that much of a fan of the ‘Dogs new clothing.
Clockwork Tangerine specifically I really like the colours used but the fact the word CLOCKWORK doesn’t fit on to one line winds me up beyond belief. Do better.
Jymi’s Rating: 63%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 62.5%
MOB review next weekend: FARMHOUSE by BROUWERIJ KEES
I love the idea of a mad goose. Let’s be honest, geese are scary enough as is, but a mad one, well, that would be off the charts scary.
So, when you name a beer Mad Goose, you reckon it would be pretty off the charts. You know, like out there off the charts.
Trouble is, when you unleash this Mad Goose, it’s actually quite tame. Now, let us be clear, there ain’t nothing wrong with tameness. So many beers are perfectly good and happy in their tameness. But when you’re promised madness, you want madness.
MG isn’t bad. It’s just not amazing. It’s certainly not mad. For me, this is one I’d be happy to have if offered it again, but wouldn’t go out of my way to have.
Sammy’s Rating: 73%
Mad Goose is just a sensational name for a brew!! It really is!
Pint of Mad Goose Ralph my man..
Already started pouring when I saw you walk through the door Jymi boy…
Whether this beer is good or not it will never detract as to how good this name is. It’s not clever, it’s not fancy, it is brilliant.
Right, the illustration of our Mad Goose aside, the packaging has left me wanting a little. It’s not rubbish but it could certainly do with a little tidying up. Big fan of the Purity logo however.
To the main event…
Mad Goose Pale Ale is a great beer there is no doubt. This brew opens up with a slightly uninspiring nose but once sipped that worry falls right away. There is a lovely and smooth mouthfeel to MG, I almost want to say it’s soapy?! But honestly not in a bad way, if that is possible. There is plenty of flavour up front but it is the aftertaste that takes centre stage. Slowly slowly Mad Goose creeps to a fantastic bitter finish. Cracker.
This nutter of a bird is a great beer and I strongly urge those who spot to grab one… when in season of course.
Jymi’s Rating: 82%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 77.5%
MOB review next weekend: CLOCKWORK TANGERINE byBREWDOG
And it will be the 4th outing for the now internationally known MOB SQUAD
BREWER: Brasserie Goudale, Hauts-de-France, France
STYLE: Biere de Garde
VESSEL: 75cl brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 2nd May 2020
La Goudale have gone down the traditional route with their styling. It works a treat. Absolutely fantastic packaging in a great sharing (or solo, if you’re feeling selfish) bottle. You have to love the champagne style cork, which adds massively to the sense of occasion with this beer. Its French style, aligned with an old wine bottle, is hugely successful. What we have here is La Goudale’s blonde bier. And that’s exactly what it smells like. Not always the most pleasantly aroma’ed beers, this is ok for a blonde. It doesn’t have too much depth on the nose, but there’s enough there to pique your interest. The sweet slightly orangey flavour is prevalent up front with La Goudale. It hits the taste buds straight away. They’re short lived and leave the palate quite cleansed. I have to be careful as I am not the biggest blonde (beer of course) fan. But I like this. It sits well and is very refreshing. La Goudale’s sense of occasion carries all the way through their product. Go an get your hands on one to share, or if you so wish, enjoy alone. Remember though – once opened you need to consume in one sitting. I’m sure you’ll be able to manage it…
Sammy’s Rating: 78%
I dunno, maybe it was the backdrop? Or maybe it was the fact I was sat sipping in the early evening French sun with my fellow beer reviewer Sammy. Or maybe it was because La Goudale Blonde is a simply sensational beer. OR MAYBE it was all of the above combined.
From start to finish this beer is just oozing greatness. The look and size of the bottle just suggests sitting back for a 30 min chinwag. And the beer itself, well, it’s pretty sweet, in both taste and quality. The sweetness level is just ok for me as I’m not really a fan of sweet beer. There is a lovely honey orange thing floating around. Combine this with an ultra smooth texture and a clearly high end brewing process and you end up with something pretty spectacular.
Something else that struck me with this beer is how mellow it is. Not so much in the way it drinks (though it is very mellow) but more in the way it makes you feel. Because of the strength we have going on here and the fact this is totally hidden in the taste, by the time the bottle is done you feel like you’ve been on a weekend’s caravaning trip to Rhyl with Robert Nesta Marley. And believe me, that is a nice feeling to have.
Jymi’s Rating: 87%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 82.5%
MOB review next weekend: MAD GOOSE by PURITY BREWING CO.
TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL THE MOB SQUAD LET US KNOW THEIR THOUGHTS ON CLOCKWORK TANGERINE BY BREWDOG. WHY NOT PICK UP A TIN AND GET INVOLVED TOO?