Tuesday 16 April 2013

Taste test: Four Fine Beers from Carringtons.

Carringtons in Chorlton has always had a great range of beer, especially British and German. They've recently started stocking a few select Belgian bottles as well. I bought four classic world class beers, two German and two Belgian.
Reissdorf Kölsch.
I've never drank this before. It's super clean and crisp. Not that hoppy or malty as I expected. It's a really nicely balanced and refreshing. It's classed as a Kölsch but it tastes pretty much like a Pilsner. I could sink several of these no problem.
De Scheldebrouwerij  Zeezuiper. (£2.50).
I bought this as a gamble a few months ago, not really expecting much to be honest. It's a Belgian tripel, but I'd never heard of it. It's actually superb, lightly peppery, fresh dry and a little hoppy. Nicely balanced.
't Hofbrouwerijke Hofblues Stout. (£3.15).
I had a look at this on the shelf, and the name rang a bell so I picked up a bottle. I'm glad I did, it's actually in the excellent book '100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die!' It's the best new stout I've had since the last one. Lovely, sweet dry and bitter. It's not a big 'stout monster', it's light and fluffy and lovely.

Schlenkerla Rauchbier. (£3.25).
This German smoked beer is one that I always think I'll enjoy more than I do. You either love it or hate it. I don't mind it, but it's a little too smoky for me.


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