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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?
Well, when it comes to Cucumbers, Melons and Sours I have pretty strong personal opinions on all. So when Adnams put all three together those strong opinions really started to manifest themselves together in quite a way. Questions about how this could work and would it be a tasty brew were flying about in my… melon.
Melons – I don’t really like melons. Nor can I eat them as my bod is definitely intolerant to them. My friends found out about this on a trip to Spain once. When out for an early dinner I consumed some sort of fruit salad not realising that it contained melon.
I’m sure my pals were trying to call for help as their friend was in trouble what with his throat swelling up and stuff but it just seemed to be that they were laughing too much. Once the episode was over and I told them that eating fresh oranges made my lips swell up they really lost their s**t.
Cucumbers – It’s not that I don’t like cucumbers, they’re fine, but they are not much more than that. That wet mess in the middle of them has always seemed unnecessary to me. With it removed the cumber is nice enough to consume but with it the whole experience is pretty bland.
Sours – I. Flippin. LOVE. Sours.. if done well of course. If I find myself momentarily blinded due to my body twitching so much from the high tart level of a sour then Jymi is a happy boy.
So how did Cucumelon Sour stack up?
Let’s take this sip by sip…
First sip made these thoughts happen in my head. “Blimey, that tastes like cucumber”!
From there I thought,well, this could be nice and refreshing but I wasn’t picking up any sour really. If you’re going to label something a sour it needs to be sour. So heading into sip two I thought, if I can pick up on some sour here with the refreshing taste of cucumber too we may be onto something.
Nope, sip two was a disaster. It’s not sour. It just tastes like cucumber. It’s terrible.
From there I lost my mind slightly. Whether it was based on frustration, a lockdown wobble or disappointment who knows, but I just chinned the rest of the glass in one. Bizarre. I think I just wanted it to be over… and thank gawd it is.
Jymi’s Rating: 27%
Now, sour is not everyone’s style of beer. If I were to conduct a straw poll with my friends, it would only be me and Jymi that liked them. However, we must assume that others out there do like sours because if they didn’t, then there wouldn’t be a market for them.
The idea of cucumber and melon as a sour is interesting. I’m not saying I’m against it. It’s just interesting. And it does smell of cucumber, with a little bit of melon. That’s no mean feat, to pack in such aromas in the nose.
Then, when you drink Cucumelon, you get the cucumber. And melons there too. but the sour part is absent. It’s not there. Not existent. And the problem is, cucumber and melon beer (without the sour) is pretty awful. It’s like a gimmick. A novelty. Terrible.
If you’re going to make a sour, make a sour. Do it properly. Don’t scrimp. Don’t hold back. Because if you don’t go for it, you’ll end up with something so wishy washy, it’s not worth the can that it’s held in.
And, so, here we are, Cucumelon started off so well. But it ended disastrously. I had great hopes for this beer. But they were dashed. Shredded. Trodden into the ground.
This does not even come close to the great sours out there. It’s not a sour so don’t be fooled!
Sammy’s Rating: 29%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 28%
MOB review next weekend: LA GOUDALE BLONDE byBRASSERIE GOUDALE
The Virus has not helped the MOB SQUAD this time round… We have had a few words for CLOCKWORK TANGERINE but we’re understandably down on normal numbers. If you happen to find yourself faced with a tin on your next trip to the supermarket then grab one as words don’t go out for another three weeks. Stay safe x
BREWER: Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle, Antwerp, Belgium
VESSEL: 33CL brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 17th April 2020
Westmalle Dubbel is, as you’d expect for a Trappist, dark in colour. And that makes it look a little foreboding, as is often the case with this style of beer. But it’s not. It’s light and easy to drink.
In fact, I could see myself supping WD very happily on a warm summer’s day in a bustling Belgian square. Sound idyllic doesn’t it? Well, that’s what I’m dreaming of while swigging it back in my garden during our countries current lockdown.
But it gets me thinking, dreaming perhaps, of a beer trip to Belgium. Drinking the local beers in their natural habitat with not a care in the world (except about which beer next). Oh the places we’d go! The things we’d see (more and more blearily as the trip progressed and the beers flowed)!
As I said, just dreaming. But that’s what WD has done for me during this sunny spring lockdown day in the UK.
Time you tried one I reckon…
Sammy’s Rating: 87%
Craft beers used to be really hard to get hold of in the UK and some still are to be fair. Some of the relatively everyday beers from around our globe also used to be very hard to source. You may have known a guy who knew a guy that knew a shop where one could venture many miles to get some of the less mainstream and international beer offerings. But other than that, unless you got lucky, the variety available to us beer drinkers was fairly limited. Nowadays, things have changed. I have to say I am always amazed at the selection available in most UK supermarkets. Yes you still have the classic 24 lagers for 14p offerings but now you can find a literal wall of ale, as well as an adjoining craft beer wall. The selection is vast and the price is mostly fair if not cheap. Now I don’t care if you’re a purist or not, this has to be a good thing. Tesco winning awards for independent beer retailer of the year in this field is a step too far, I concede, but quality beers well priced that are easily accessible to the masses has to be positive. It HAS TO BE. The fact you can pick up the worldy of a beer that is this Trappist Westmalle Dubbel from a supermarket for under £3 just underlines this.
This beer is an absolute superstar, I am telling you now!
Before you even get to tasting WD the senses of sight and smell get a good working over. This dubbel presents itself an incredible cherry red and the lacing up the side of the glass reassures you that you’re in good hands.
Once drinking, a beaut of a sour cherry nose leads the way into a light and soft sip with the most delicate of touches (please remember this beast is 7%, it will pay to concentrate here). During the sipping experience an almost marzipan thing comes along but even for the almond haters among us this is honestly a good thing. There is such a full dark fruit cherry flavour to Westmalle’s Dubbel but not so much that is comes anywhere near to taking your head off (it’s 7% remember so it will take your head off).
A superb beer that isn’t too complex. Dare I say a starter Belgian? Can’t actually believe I wrote that.
Jymi’s Rating: 91%
Jymi’s Rating: 91%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 89%
MOB review next weekend: CUCUMELON SOUR byADNAMS
MOBPACK PHASE ONE WAS A GREAT SUCCESS FOLKS!! HANDCLAP TO YOU ALL
Before I even lift the lid on this sucker I need to get a few things off my chest. Ascot ales have gone down the horse racing road of branding with their range. Pretty clever really seeing as Royal Ascot race week is world famous. Now my first and biggest issue here is that their beers are not brewed in Ascot. They are brewed in Camberley, which is 10 miles away AND not even in the same flippin’ county. Now I’m sure business wise this makes perfect sense but I just find it pretty irritating if I’m being perfectly honest. What also irritates me is the name and label. I know we’re on the horse racing theme but 5/4 Favourite as a name? Really? Surely ‘The Favourite’ or something would be better? Oh I don’t know. Also going down the jockey silks road for the label I like, but please do better if you do. Please.
Anyway, I need a beer after all that ranting!
And thank the good laaaawd that it is a good one! In fact, it’s a great one!!
5/4 Fav pours a gorgeous thick brown that then brings us a light citrus nose. When getting into the taste the amount of flavour coming from this beer tells you that you are instantly onto a winner, and I suppose at odds against that is a good thing. There is a lovely build of lemon that then turns to an almighty bitter burst. It really is delightful.
All in all, as I’m sure you have to come realise, this is a splendid beer all dressed up in ridiculous robes. But at least this Surrey brewer has got the most important part oh so very right.
Jymi’s Rating: 75%
I’ve never had much luck on the gee gees. But then, I’ve never put a bet on a favourite, especially not a 5/4 favourite. The thing is, I’ve had more luck in the beer world. I’ve had the pleasure of trying many beers, you see. Some of them good, some of them great, some of them less so. And just a few come in as a good old favourite.
I have to say, much about Ascot’s offering impresses me. I’m on board with the whole racing theme. I mean, what else is there in good old Ascot? And there is the danger that such a theme could be gimmicky and lack any sort of punch in the drinking. Happily, that’s not the case with 5/4. It’s quite a charming beer. For a golden ale, it has some great bitter notes, but not too many. And its crisp, light and enticing.
Funnily enough, 5/4 Favourite would be right at home at the races. Unlike me. But when I come across one of these bad boys on tap, I’m going to be seriously tempted into supping one down, any time of the year on any occasion.
Well done Ascot Brewing Company, you could put Ascot on the map for something other than horse racing. Except it’s brewed in Camberley, which is a different county altogether. Oh well, doesn’t detract from the beer!
Sammy’s Rating: 82%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 78.5%
MOB review next weekend: WESTMALLE DUBBEL by BROUWERIJ DER TRAPPISTEN VAN WESTMALLE