The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #3 – Chateau Civrac Old Ale

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #3

Chateau Civrac Old Ale – Penpont Brewery, 7.5% ABV – 330ml, (Cornwall, UK)

on the front-left label:

“A deep malty brew, with fantastic depth of flavour and a slight tart note from the wild yeasts present during the aging process. Aged for several months in oak wine casks. This beer is smooth but complex.”
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  • Style: (Bordeaux Barrel-Aged) Old Ale
  • Taste: Blackcurrant caramel/toffee malt woody medium bitter hopped
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours clear copper brown without much head, a very thin layer of micro retention, a few countable super slow streams.

Nose: caramel malts, wet wood, hints of alcohol. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming alcohol + caramel sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, light tart/tangy/fizzy, (MAIN) caramel malts, toffee, blackcurrant

Finish: alcohol detection, subtle lasting bitter hops, woody malt exhale.

Summary: The caramel character reminds me of Innis & Gunn, but with a dark fruit twist and more alcoholic punch. This one went down quite fast.

Penpont Ginger Beer (UK)

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Ginger Beer – Penpont, 4.2% ABV – 500ml, (Altarnun, Cornwall, UK)

On the back label:

“Our alcoholic ginger beer is a traditionally made, fiery refreshing take on this drink.”

  • Style: Ginger Beer
  • My Rating: D
  • Taste Profile: Artificial sweetner/rough mouthfeel -> spicy ginger/lemongrass -> rough mouthwash-like spicy/mint finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, November 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Tasting notes: pours clear light copper brown with no head, no retention, and almost no activity – very uninviting. Authentic and somewhat candied ginger on the nose. Drinks with a kind of disgusting aspartame/sucralose (artificial sweetener) 5/10-sweetness up front, very rough mouthfeel, transitioning into a med-spicy ginger, partial lemongrass, finishing with a mouthwash like minty-burn and artificial sweetnener roughness on the tongue and mouth. Low complexity, low depth, okay transitions, no good carry, awful drinkability. Stay clear of this one – not total crap, but still crappy nonetheless.