Cass Fresh – Oriental Brewing (Anheuser-Busch InBev owned), 4.5% ABV, 640ml, (Seoul, Korea)
- Style: Pale Lager
- Taste: Crisp bite short length red apple light barley malt
- Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
- How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 640ml., December 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, but a decent meal beer
Visual: Pours ultra clear golden yellow with a decent creamy dissipating head, a thin half layer of retention, a few clusters of steady streams.
Nose: filtered apple juice, bready-grainy sweet barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: very crisp bite, tingly entry
Mid-palate: sparkling-fizzy, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple juice, light liquid barley malt
Finish: burpy, off-dry light grainy barley malt, super subtle short-lived hops, some palate roughness as it warms.
Summary: Must drink extremely chilled. Initial sips are very refreshing but the enjoyability decreases exponentially as it warms and loses carbonation. Thin bodied and short length of flavour.
Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine – Bohae Brewery, 15% ABV – 375ml., (Seoul, Korea)
on the back label:
“History of Bokbunjajoo: Bokbunja, or wild black raspberry native to Korea is often described in a oriental legend as a mysterious fruits containing the spirits of the wild. This is a legendary fruit wine down the Earth allowing the secret scent of ancient time in oriental society. Full-bodied and semi-sweet, ideal served with grilled red or white meats and marinated BBQ.”
Ingredients: water, Korean raspberry wine, grain spirits, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid.
- Style: (Fortified) Fruit Wine
- Taste: Sweet alcoholic raspberry-black currant wine
- How much: $11.50 – 375ml., October 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a mixer
- Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes, it’s inexpensive
Visual: Pours deep dark magenta, oily luminescence, slow sticky legs.
Nose: Blue gatorade (artificial blue raspberry, not a bad aroma) + hints of alcohol detection (7/10-pungency)
Attack: dense dark raspberry fruit
Mid-palate: alcohol detection, intense tangy, (9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) raspberry + black currant hybrid, grain alcohol sweetness
Finish: alcoholic warmth, med-high tartness, fruity alcoholic finish.
Summary: I enjoyed the depth and bite of the raspberry flavour. The grain alcohol and sugar + HFCS seem to cheapen the spirit but perhaps they were necessary to balance out the drinkability. Decent nonetheless.