ROCK ROSE

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 41.5%

KEY BOTANICAL: Rhodiola Rosea and Sea Buckthorn

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Rose Bud & Lemon Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Franklin & Sons Rosemary & Black Olive Tonic and Mint Sprig Garnish 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Tom Collins

Tom Collins ingredients and method:

75ml Rock Rose Gin

50ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

Soda Water

Place the Gin, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake with much vigour until well frosted. Strain into a chilled Collins glass. Top with Soda and garnish with a Lemon Slice.

 

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HOP ART

BREWER: Vandestreek, Utrecht

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 33CL bottle

TWITTER: @vandeStreekbier

INSTAGRAM: vandestreekbier

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Well I’m going to assume the name Hop Art isn’t referring to the frankly poor and not particularly artistic label on this bottle. I’m hoping it’s refering to what is inside. I’m hoping to turn the bottle around to find an abundance of info telling me VandeStreek have spent years perfecting the fine balance of multiple hops and malts to create a highly complex yet delightful IPA.

So I turned that bottle around…. and was greeted with (albeit in Dutch) a small glimpse of what this brewery were trying to achieve with this ale…

A thirst quencher with the fruity aromas and flavours of 3 hop varieties and a pleasent bitterness.

Art must inspire. Let Hop Art inspire you.

..but it was hardly the insite to the making of this beer that I desired. Upon futher investigation of the 33cl bottle’s label I discovered which three hops were being used to create what I hoped would be a masterpiece.

Columbus. Cascade. Citra.

Hardly a break from the norm and certainly not clever, funky nor innovative. I have to say before taking a sip I felt pretty deflated. Unless VandeStreek had pulled some unbelievable moves in balancing these every day hops and combo I felt the best I would be getting would be an all round well balanced eveyday IPA. Thats fine, but would certainly be a let down from where the name had been taking me.

So, the nose began to re-inflate me (a great sentence in isolation). Though it wasn’t at all complex, it was lovely. Pine, freshly cut grass and citrus wafts just kept coming and coming. When it then came to the drinking things took another turn. It was too carbonated. It wasn’t very smooth. It was quite sharp on the palate. It was very simple. But it did taste good.

This brewery really set themselves up to fail by using this name for this beer. Unless they totally nailed the brew Hop Art as a name was always going to be misleading.

Hop Art. Though it may not be a work of art, it is pretty tasty.

Jymi’s Rating: 64%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Like many Dutch craft beers, Hop Art is a lively one.  And on that note, I’d advise not opening it over your nicely laid cream carpet (other colours are available).  Of course, lively beers do give a good head, and make the beer look incredibly tempting.  Couple this cracking head up with Hop Art’s deep, translucent colour, and we have a tempting proposition in the glass. This is a step up from its disappointing label – but let’s move on from that.

As expected, the nose is zesty, but with Hop Art, it’s a bitter zest.  That follows through onto the palate, where one is hit with strong bitter zest flavours, which are well balanced and hang around on the tongue for a good amount of time.

Where Hop Art isn’t so strong, is in its mouth-feel.  It leaves an almost chalky after feel.  To be fair, it is not long lived, but it is enough to detract from this being an all round cracker.  One or two of these will leave you wanting to transition to another brew, which isn’t always a bad thing.

Hop Art is quite basic and definitely worth a try.  But don’t plan to spend a night on these – you might well need to switch it up.

Sammy’s Rating: 68%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 66% 

MOB review next weekend: INDIA PILS by TEMPEST BREWING CO. 

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OPIHR

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Cubeb Berries & Black Pepper

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

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Tonic and Lemongrass Garnish (Stir your GnT with the Lemongrass then let sit for a couple of minutes. Remove the Lemongrass and enjoy the hints of the East that this combo will bring you).

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Bad Romance

Bad Romance ingredients and method:

50ml Opihr Gin

12.5ml Rose Vermouth

12.5ml Vanilla Syrup

12.5ml Pink Grapefruit Juice

12.5ml Lemon Juice

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with plenty if ice. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a chilled champagne saucer. Garnish with a pegged Lavender stalk.

 

NEXT UP: FIFTY SIX

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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.

 

NEXT UP: OPIHR

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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.

 

NEXT UP: PINK 47

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