The Brewery Of St. Mars Of The Desert: The Battle Of Frogs & Mice

Mice (6.3%) is a Flanders Golden Bitter, a beer heavy with caramel and honey, waffles and bread crusts.
It’s a beer with a warm boozy body, lots of spicy, earthy sweet farmyard silage and a smell that’s all garden flowers and honeycomb.
The hopping is slightly autumnal, with crunchy leaf litter and red apple skins, as well as lots of hedgerow foliage and pithy mown lawns.
But it’s the yeast that keeps coming back, bringing waves of piquant spice, truffles and apricot skins to the sharp bitter finish.



Frogs (8%) is a Special Brune brewed with a Belgian yeast and full of toffee and treacle tart.
It’s a big round beer, a comforting hug of a beer, truth be told.
Sticky and rich, Frogs is packed with buttery toast, lashings of honey, walnuts and brioche.
The Belgian yeast does all the things you would want it to, with a waft of farmyards, damp woodlands and freshly picked mushrooms.
Meaty and chewy, the big heart of the beer is brightened by the sharp hit of garden herbs, nettle tea and creamy lemon curd.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Utopian Brewing Co. Vienna Keller Lager (4.8%)

As soon as I started pouring this I knew I was in for a treat.
You see, this beer just looked exactly right as it hit my glass, with its thick frothy head and lovely dark amber colour.
The aroma is bread crusts and spicy honey, and taking a swig you are met by the creamiest, stickiest toffee malt, biscuits and walnuts and lots more honey.
The hops are sharp and keen, green herbal foliage and the tiniest hint of aniseed underneath a slap of lemon zest that shines before you return to the long, malty warmth of the finish.

Source: Pop’nHops

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Bereta Brewing Co. Tastes Like Metal (8%)

It’s a Double dry hopped Double IPA brewed with Mosaic, Chinook and Vic Secret.
Brewed by Bereta of Romania, the beer pours a thick and creamy peach colour and smells of pineapple and vanilla ice cream.
There’s a super chewy caramel waffle malt, a little salty, earthiness from the yeast, and a terrific boozy white rum warmth.
But what makes this beer so good is how the hops bring Gala melon, honeydew melon, freshly picked herbal leaves and orange marmalade that leaves the finish warm and sticky and really sexy.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Signature Brew Co. Reverb (6%)

I will happily own up to being a Signature fanboy.
It’s mainly because I remember their early beers and thinking they weren’t as good as they ought tone but they had something that was worth hanging on for.
These days, that trust has been repaid with every new beer.
This beer, a NEIPA, has been brewed before but I seem to Klimt ave written about it though I know I’ve drunk it.
It does all the right things and does them well.
From the honey drenched peaches of the aroma to the warm sticky caramel and brioche buns of the malting.
There’s a light earthy apricot stone yeast hit lurking in the background and loads and loads of gala melon, lemon curd, orange marmalade and zingy flying saucer sweets from the hops.
This is a NEIPA as NEIPAs ought to be.

Source: Signature Brew Co.

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Standard Brew Co. IPA #003 (6%)

Standard Brew Co. are an IPA only brewery owned by their drinkers.
You see, they are funded by subscribers, pay a monthly fee and receive a case of cans each month.
Sounds good to me.
Especially so if all the beer is as good as this one.
Brewed with Citra Cryo and Mosaic, this NEIPA is bright and sharp and crisp, with a lightly creamy finish.
The aroma is grapefruit and lemon curd, and taking a swig you find a soft caramel and white bread crust malt body, some gently earthy peachiness from the yeast, followed by a slap across the chops from zingy lemon juice, juicy pineapple and steely garden herbs.
Definitely a good idea.

Source: Standard Brew Co.

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