GYLE 59 IPA

BREWER: Gyle 59, Dorset

STYLE: IPA 

ABV: 5.3%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle 

TWITTER: @Gyle59brew

INSTAGRAM: gyle59

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I’m really loving how different this beer is from packaging to taste and nose to look in glass. It’s not weird different. It’s not controversial different. It’s not trying too hard different. But it is… different.

The packaging is fantastic. It’s neither breathtaking nor thought provoking. It’s not daring or unconventional and there isn’t a skull in sight (this isn’t a dig at Beavertown, I tried to give Gamma Ray 33 points for packaging I seem to remember). But it is striking. The subtle Gyle 59 circles logo, shape of bottle and gorgeous green label make this brew a real sight for sore eyes.

In the glass this IPA hardly looks like a beer at all but more like a high end freshly squeezed apple juice.

Texture wise this brew is again not really like a beer but more like chilled quality still water. The mouth feel is absolutely exceptional.

Now the taste of this ale is a really tricky one. I like it, in fact I really like it, but it is very bitter. And I mean VERY BITTER!! To be totally honest there is tonnes of flavour coming out of Gyle 59’s IPA but picking out what that flavour was proved impossible for me as I couldn’t get beyond the cheek splitting bitterness. But as I said, I really like it.

This IPA is a total move away from the norm without being out there. Gyle 59 have dared to be different and my has it worked out.

Beaver cocked.

Jymi’s Rating: 77%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

A lot of thought has gone into Gyle 59’s IPA. Before even chilling the bottle, you can’t help but notice the detailed information on the bottle. What this says very clearly, is this company care about their beers. This in turn, builds hope because companies that care about their beers, usually brew good uns.
It is notable that Gyle 59’s IPA is bottle conditioned. On opening, you’re hit with the most earthy, sweet and hoppy aroma. And the colour as you pour it is mid-amber. But the biggest give away to the quality of the beer is the cloudiness.
This IPA is great to drink. The lack of carbonation is a welcome break (a little like the service station) from the norm. The liveliness of the flavour, which is sharp upfront, followed by long bitterness, changes with each sip. You’d expect nothing less from such a well thought out product. This is genuinely a revelation to drink and it’s refreshingly different.
For something a little different in a bottle, this is well worth getting your hands on. Gyle 59 are clearly proud of their products, and so they should be. The quality of this brew and this product shines through.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 85%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81% 

 

MOB review next weekend: KNIGHT OF THE GARTER by WINDSOR & ETON BREWERY

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ON NOVEMBER 8th THE PIONEERING MEMBERS OF MOB SQUAD WILL BE LETTING YOU KNOW THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE BEER THAT SAMMY AND JYMI WILL ALSO BE REVIEWING

 

 

 

VOE

BREWER: Swannay Brewery, Orkney

STYLE: Stout

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @SwannayBrewery

INSTAGRAM: swannaybrewery

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Surely everyone loves some bright colours? And if you don’t, then go and have a quiet word with yourself and try to understand why you should like them. It’s plain to see the team at Swannay Brewery like them – and rightly so. They’ve made them stand out on Voe and it really works.
But then you open the can and pour it out and you are faced with a stout. Which begs the question, do bright colours belong on a stout can?
To begin with, I find it slightly misleading…
But then I get into the drinking and realise that it does work. These bright colours do belong with this stout.
Voe has bags of flavour. It’s on the sweeter side for a stout and that makes it different. It’s slightly nutty and has a light burnt coffee taste. Overall, it gives a light warming feeling.
Usually, stout is an autumnal/wintery beverage for me. Voe, though, could work anytime of the year. And that means its bright colours are well-earned. Good job Swannay Brewery – you’ve brought some colour to stout!

 

Sammy’s Rating: 78%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Stout, in a bright multicoloured tin, really?

Well yeah, really, it’s happening in front of your very eyes so you better believe it.

I love it!!

But not all will. I guarantee if our pal Ralph the landlord was gifted a tray of these to trial on his local customers he would in fact chuck the whole tray in the canal (followed by some cash in sealed weighted bags that he was trying to hide from the tax man and retrieve at a later date).

This packaging really won’t be for the traditionalists and many will say it’s just the craft beer lot being zany but for me it’s good to see the breaking of a mould. It’s so different that you could understand folk idling by thinking that this wasn’t a stout at all. It’s only when you read the small words printed on the label, Smooth Oat Stout, that you realise what you’re in for.

And what you’re in for is very good indeed!

Voe brings you a very smooth, very light and very tasty drinking experience. This is yet another surprise to be fair as the nose is of deep cherry chocolate. The initial taste could probably be described as thin but this is fine because it is followed by a creamy delight and then a faint smoky aftertaste.

This is a lovely beer, yes it’s lacking a flavour explosion but that is almost it’s genius.

Jymi’s Rating: 83%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 80.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: GYLE 59 IPA by GYLE 59

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SECRET DES MOINES

BREWER: Brasserie Goudale, Hauts-de-France

STYLE: Tripel

ABV: 8%

VESSEL: 75cl bottle

TWITTER: @La_Goudale

INSTAGRAM: brasserie.goudale

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Normally, when someone stumbles across or invents something great they keep the process of how to create it to themselves so only they can produce it for the consumers of the world. I’m talking about the likes of Big Mac sauce, Colonel Saunders spice mix and Meat Liquor’s chilli burger patty mix, you know, important stuff. The Tripel we have up for review here is the same. Those crafty monks produced Secret of the Monks centuries ago and kept how they did it tucked away deep in their habits. But somehow somewhere the info getters over at Goudale got their tenacious mitts on this beer recipe and went about producing it for us, the modern day beer consumer.

And I for one am glad they did. Because, you can tell why this was kept a secret for so long. Going back to the beginning of this blurb, it’s because it’s great. In fact it’s beyond that…

Hidden behind the abundance of bitter sweet fruity flavour is a subtle aromatic spice that leaves you so very content with every sip. The taste is strong which isn’t surprising from an 8% blonde but doesn’t detract from the outstanding flavour. The colour in the glass is a fantastic pale gold that makes Secret des Moines look irresistible. All coming out of an incredible looking traditional 75cl pop lid bottle.

Unlike a Big Mac this is not something to devour in less than 30 seconds but one to sit back and savour whilst reflecting on the amazing things that this world can bring us. Secret des Moines being one of them.

Jymi’s Rating: 86%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

In 2017, Secret Des Moines was the France winner of the World Beer Awards. That’s quite a reputation to live up to but it does give an insight into the quality of this beer even before it is opened. And, like some other continental traditional beers, it comes packaged with no attention to quality spared. The 750ml bottle with the Grolsch style opener makes for a great sharer and adds to the sense of occasion.

The nose is light and sweet, which reminds me of a summer’s day in a floral garden. It conjures up images of freshly cut grass, bees humming in the background all topped off with a gentle cooling glass of the finest beer. All of this is made all the more real by the fantastic colour in the glass. It’s pure temptation.
Secret Des Moines doesn’t hold back in the flavour department either. The sweet, sugary front-up taste is quickly supported by the short sharp bitter honey after burn. Together, they make a great combination and thoroughly enjoyable beer.
It’s not hard to see why this beer is so highly acclaimed. Secret Des Moines is a class act and is one to be cherished on many a special occasion. Share it, or enjoy it alone, and you won’t be disappointed. Pick up one of these as the first beer of the evening and you’ll be very happy. More than that may be a little too much.
But there’s always the next night…

 

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 87%

 

MOB review next weekend: VOE by SWANNAY BREWERY

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VUUR & VLAM

IT’S OUR SECOND BIRTHDAY TODAY AND WE’VE STUMBLED ACROSS A BEAUT! AND IT’S ONLY GORN AND BROKEN INTO THE TOP TEN!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.

VUUR & VLAM

BREWER: Brouwerij de Molen, South Holland  

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: @molenbier 

INSTAGRAM: molenbier

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Our label has an abundance of information about this beer for us to absorb, and all very precise. We’re told to drink at 7º Celsius. We’re informed that pils and caramel malts are used. We’re told the bitter cascade hop is used as well as the dry hops of Amarillo, Columbus, Chinook and Citra. We’re informed that it is an unpasteurised and strong beer, backed up by the fact that 6.2 alc./vol. is also mentioned. We’re told we have an EBC (colour) measurement of 21 and an EBU (bitterness) measurement of 63. We also have the English translation of Vuur & Vlam given too us… Fire & Flames. But once we get to the bottom of our label we are finally told what type of beer this is. It’s an IPA. But oddly this South Holland brewer has stuck ISH just after the description. Not particularly precise.

India Pale Ale – ish ? How very odd.

But to be honest once I’d opened the bottle and had a good ol’ sniff and a large ol’ gulp I couldn’t have given two hoots about the ish thing because what I had in front of me was an finely packaged ale that smelled fantastic and tasted great, really really great.

The nose was one of beautiful caramel which I would never bore of and the taste is a tropical caramel delight. Texture wise even though V&V is highly carbonated it is also somehow wildly smooth.

My one criticism is that it is just lacking a little bit of umph. Possibly lacking, ironically you could say, Fire & Flames…

This is a genuinely wonderful beer and with just a little injection of F&F it would have blown the roof of the MOB testing hut clean off.

Jymi’s Rating: 85%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

There are lively beers and then there are lively beers. Vuur and Vlam is a lively beer. Actually, it is more alive than a dog on heat. And we all know how lively that can be (cue memories of your neighbour’s dog awkwardly humping your leg as you casually try to shake it off both literally and socially). The head keeps on growing in the glass – more so than any other beer that I’ve seen before. You have to be careful that you don’t lose this one to its head. As the saying goes, its gone to its head.
Besides its liveliness, the story of this Vuur and Vlam is one of caramel. It’s caramel in colour, it’s caramel on the nose and it’s caramel on the palate. And behind the caramel and liveliness, is a refreshing quencher that manages your thirst like ice-cold water does on a hot summer’s day.
Vuur and Vlam is a versatile beer and,dangerously, its alcohol content is masked by the clever brew used on this ale. Although some may view its lack of bitter follow through, I see this as a strength of the beer. It gives it that refreshing feeling mentioned earlier on.
It’s fair to say that I really like this beer. It has so much going for it and, I believe, that it would satisfy many-a-beer drinker. Vuur and Vlam sits well in the world of beers. As Jymi said, “Very good beer that”.
Job done.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 86%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: SECRET DES MOINES by BRASSERIE GOUDALE

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NEXT MONTH, THE MOB SQUAD TRIAL BEGINS

TOP TEN AFTER TWO

 

It’s our second birthday on Friday so same as last year we are bringing you a Top Ten so far.

One year on YU LU still sit’s top of the tree…

Why?

Because it is utterly fantastic, that is why.

Siren Craft Brew based in Berkshire have somehow brewed a brew that is weak enough to have on your Cornflakes but tastes good enough to serve at the Royal banquet for Royal beer drinkers… Just brilliant.

YU LU

 

MUSE ON BOOZE TOP TEN AS WE TURN TWO

 

1 – YU LU – SIREN

2 – NECK OIL – BEAVERTOWN

3 – DANCE LIKE EVERYONE IS WATCHING – CLOUDWATER

= 4 – PURITAN – TWO COCKS

= 4 – INSPECTOR REMORSE – ELECTRIC BEAR

6 – PUNK IPA – BREWDOG

7 – DEAD PONY CLUB – BREWDOG

8 – PRIDE & JOY – VOCATION

= 9 – FUCK ART – WE’VE GOT ZESTAPPEAL – TO ØL

= 9- WERRRD! – ELECTRIC BEAR

  

TOP 10 AFTER 2

 

BIRTHDAY BEER AND REVIEW NUMBER 104 WILL BE VUUR & VLAM

CAN IT BUST INTO THE TOP TEN?

LET’S SEE THIS COMING FRIDAY

 

 

24 CARAT

BREWER: Rebellion, Buckinghamshire

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @RebellionBeer

INSTAGRAM: rebellionbeer

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

So, here we have 24 Carat. It’s nothing to do with donkeys or rabbits, because that would be 24 Carrots. Quite a good idea for a beer really, but that’s for another time.
I’m not a fan of the gold tinged label. I get why The Marlow Brewery have produced it, I really do. But it just doesn’t quite work for me.
However, what I do like is that when you pour 24 Carat from the bottle, you don’t have to bring the glass to your nose to get the aromas. They readily fill the surrounding air and there is the strong smell of hops. Tropical, sweet hops. Good job on that front Rebellion.
On the palate, 24 Carat is sweet on your first meeting. Then quickly backing that up, you get the dry bitter aftertaste. It’s almost too bitter, but it’s just right. Well balanced and fruity makes for an enjoyable drink.
It’s possibly too fruity and bittersweet for a session beer. But for a one (or two) off down the country boozer with your pals, well, 24 Carat would be right at home.

Sammy’s Rating: 73%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Smart ol’ beer we have here, in both senses of the word….

Interior wise you’re first met with a lovely, lively and large whiff of fruit and hops. This then leads you seamlessly into your first sip which I have to say took me aback. The reason being that although the exterior is very smart, it is also very traditional. So even though I had learned from the label to expect firm nods to an American Pale, my brain was still expecting it to just be a good British ale. So of course, I dusted myself down, sat up straight and went in for another go of 24 Carat, this time knowing what to expect. She is a beauty this one let me tell you. Some British tradition in the background with some APA flair setting it all off. The first second of each sip is just fantastic, so much flavour.

On a side note I have to say… I hate the name. It’s tacky. And I feel I would be genuinely embarrassed ordering a pint of 24 Carat from our pal Ralph the landlord.

I am also not a fan of the gold nature of the label. Although it is tidy and it’s obvious why Rebellion have done it… I don’t think it looks great.

But as I say, a smart beer in both taste and appearance.

Jymi’s Rating: 81%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 77%

 

MOB review next weekend: VUUR & VLAM by BROUWERIJ DE MOLEN

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Errr, next weekend we’re TWO!!!

104 WEEKENDS – 104 BEERS – 104 REVIEWS

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WE WILL POST A TOP TEN SO FAR ON WEDNESDAY… WILL VUUR & VLAM MANAGE TO BREAK INTO IT ON FRIDAY!?!

check out our first ever review here (it’s a bit shit (actually.. it’s alright))

 

 

 

 

 

ONION JACK PALE ALE

BREWER: Brasserie Voie B, Brittany 

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: N/A

INSTAGRAM: #voieb is as good as it’s gonna get party people

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Onion Jack – I mean, are you serious? Someone (or some people) has actually decided to name a beer Onion Jack. I am assuming that it is meant to represent the fusion of French and English. That is, a French brewery making an English beer. If I so wished, I could go onto the internet and find out. But to be honest, I cannot be bothered as the team behind Onion Jack seem to have put so little thought into this product.
Anyway, as is a necessity, I need to sample this drink…I’m afraid it’s not good. No, actually I am not afraid that it’s not good. The reason for this is that Onion Jack is poorly conceived. It’s poorly packaged. It’s poorly brewed. All in all, it’s quite a poorly beer.
The best that I can say for it, is it’s just about drinkable. No more.
Look, there are so many great and good beers out there. This is not even worth bothering with.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 34%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

On October 18th the third Onion Jack Tour will touch down in Dorset. They bring with them, tradition, onions, tunes, shallots, smiles, onions, entertainment, wine, garlic, onions and a whole lot of…………..P A R T Y ! !

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Historically,  it’s always been a challenge to exactly date the start of a trade, and then predict when it may disappear or even decide when to revive it as well as sharing a joyful tradition. As such, the third edition of the Onion Jack Tour will be a journey connecting the past traditions to the future of this profession. 

The association Onion Jack puts forward the tradition around the Johnnies in Brittany where the Roscoff pink onion is grown and conditioned in strings in a unique way and in Great Britain where this particular trade has become so scattered around the country it has now almost become a myth. 

If you ever wondered where the cliché, most loved by the British, of the Frenchie wearing a beret and a stripy jumper and displaying a string of garlic around their neck comes from… seek no more!  The trade of the Johnnies, those Breton farmers and sailors who cross the Channel to sell, among other local produces, the Roscoff pink onion to their British neighbours, has been ongoing for 200 years.

It is in Roscoff, a small city in Finistère with a past of hosting corsairs and the original home to the Johnnies that the celebrations will kick off. 

As far as the party is concerned,  a programme of live shows, music, circus entertainments will accompany the Johnnies to the centre of the Onion Jack village on the old harbour of Roscoff, from 17th to 19th May, to entertainment both adults and children. Once again this year, onions, shallots, strings of onions as well as various other Breton produces will be shipped by sailing boats from Roscoff to Bridport in October.

The Onion Jack is an opportunity to showcase Brittany through its traditions (parade of the Johnnies), its products (Breton market), its artists (gigs, street art performances), its rich maritime heritage (shipment of goods by sailing boats, sea parade, the French Sea Rescue Association stand, Surfer Rider association), its cuisine richness (non-stop catering service using local products), its youth (school activities, games and entertainment for children), its language (tea time with the Johnnies,  Breton music).

Because history is like a succession of waves, sometimes with winds going in all directions, join us this year:  in May in Roscoff and in October in England to blow into our sails, reviving the spirit of the Johnnies.

The Onion Jack Pale Ale sits perfectly alongside this band of merry Men and Women. Easy drinking, no fuss and sessionable beyond belief.

The fact it isn’t very good doesn’t really matter.

Jymi’s Rating: 52%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 43%

 

MOB review next weekend: 24 CARAT by REBELLION BEER COMPANY

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