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Project 52: Learning’s so far

It has been a little more than 3 months since I started writing about beers and Project 52 as part of my new years resolution and can proudly state that among my 2 resolutions that have survived so far, this is one of them.

What I have learnt so far is that there are so many bers out there that it is practically impossible to taste all of them without killing yourself or ending up with serious problems related to liver or heart. However, just trying to start of something simple such as project 52 means I can choose what I want to try next in terms of type of beer or locale of beer. Initially, my thought was that I would solely be putting on belgian beersbut as time has progressed, I have tried out beers from Germany/Berlin, Hungary/Budapest. I now explore beers as part of the trips we, me and swapna, embark on. It also gives me more things to look forward to and take in during the trip other than just the landmarks, sights, events, cuisines.

Even though I have only posted 12 beers so far, I have sampled more than 20 of them but have been lazy to keep typing all in.

Till next post

Nik

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Beer 12: Berliner Pils

Beer: Berliner Pils is a beer of the DDR (GDR for the Non-Germans/East Germany for the totally non WW2 folks) and it tastes as such. It is reminiscent of the post WW2 cold war days when the only things you could get in East Germany was obsolete, cheap or unusable. Berliner Pils does feel like one of the workman-like beers

Brewery: The Berliner Pilsener Brewery was constituted as the VolksBier( Folks Beer) in 1960s and has continued to retain the pride of brewing beer with a “Made in Berlin” tag

Strength: 5%

Review: Good but not great

Nik

Beer 11: Gulpener Neubourg

Beer: Gulpener Neubourg is a brand new beer from the Brewer Gulpener. It is bottled in an elegantly chic blue bottle. This beer has won awards such as Dutch Beer Challenge and European Beer Star Award

Brewery: Gulpener Brewery

Strength: 5.5% ABV

Review: Not the best i have tried so far

More info: Gulpener Neubourg

Nik

Beer 10: Warsteiner Pils

Beer: Warsteiner is a Pilsener from Germany and is available in 60 countries around the world. Beer is a light beer with a very fresh taste, perfect with lunch or just hanging out with friends

Brewery: The Warsteiner Brewery was founded in 1753, and today is one of the largest privately held breweries in Germany. Its flagship is the Warsteiner brand, one of Germany’s leading premium pilsener brands.

Strength: 4.8% ABV

Review: Perfect for summer

More info: Warsteiner Pilsener

Nik

Beer 09: La Trappe Dubbel

Beer: La Trappe Dubbel has a deep brown colour and attractive beige froth. The use of caramel malt gives it a gentle aromatic caramelised quality. It has a rich malty flavour with a touch of sweetness. Post-fermenting La Trappe Dubbel is a smooth drink, and yet has some real body and intense flavour to it. One of my go-to beer depending on my mood

Brewery:

The Koningshoeven Brewery is one of the few Trappist breweries in the world authorised to use the ‘Authentic Trappist Product’ logo. Because ale can only be called Trappist ale when it has been brewed between the four walls of a Trappist monastery, under the supervision of the monastery’s monks, and when part of the proceeds is earmarked for charity. Pure and honest. And that’s reflected in the taste.

A “Trappist” has to satisfy a number of strict criteria proper to this logo before it may bear this name:

  1. The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision.
  2. The brewery must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it should witness to the business practices proper to a monastic way of life
  3. The brewery is not intended to be a profit-making venture.  The income covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.  Whatever remains is donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need.

Strength: 7% ABV

Review: Fantastic

More Info: La Trappe Dubbel

Nik

Beer 08: Grolsch Kanon

Grolsch Kanon also Grolsch Krschtig Kanon literally translation meaning Grolsch Powerful Cannon is a fully loaded beer at 11.6% alcohol. It is a really insane beer from the Grolsch Brewery brewed since 1997. Grolsch brews nearly 100 years of specialty beers with rich flavors to suit different occasions and seasons.

Grolsch Powerful Cannon is a fully aged beer, strong and powerful taste. First is the sweetness that is slowly being taken over by a pleasant tingling on the tongue. Cannon is brewed with the utmost care, exactly as it should be drunk. A rich and powerful beer to quietly enjoy.

Brewery: Grolsch Brewery brewing beers since 1615

Strength: 11.6%

Review: Too strong and not in the same spirit as a beer and more like a cheap man’s rum.

Nik

Beer 07: Gulpener Gladiator

Beer: Third beer from Gulpener Brewery among 7 so far is to say something about the beers from the brewery. Gulpener Gladiator is a beer you drink less of to get knocked out fast cos it has a strength of 10% hence ideal for parties and not for enjoying alone

Strength: 10% ABV

Brewery: Brand

Nik

Beer 06: Brand Weizen

Beer: Brand Weizen is a wheat beer from the brewery Brand which is brewed in  Limburg according to traditional Bavarian recipe.

Strength: 5.1% ABV

Brewery: Brand

Review: Light, fresh tasting beer to be enjoyed in summer or with friends

More info: Brand Weizen

Nik

Beer 05: Maredsous Triple

Beer: Maredsous triple is one of those that can hide their truly awesome character in a seemingly simple attire. Bottled to look like a Duvel beer but has a character and taste that is so unlike a Duvel. Stronger than a Duvel but without its bitter taste

Strength: 10%

Brewery: Maredsous Abbey is a 19th Century benedictine monastery which makes cheese and cups to be self sufficient along with Beer brewing

Review: Simply delicious as it has lightness of a lager without the bitter accompanied by higher strength than a lager

Nik

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