Monthly Archives: February 2021

Hawkshead Red

Hawkshead Brewery – Hawkshead Red 4.2%

Hawkshead Brewery – Hawkshead Red

This is a red chestnut coloured ale, with a malt and chocolate aroma and hazelnut notes. It is a hop bitter ale, lasting through the malt background.

Hawkshead Red is a more traditional Bitter with a strong traditional hop bitterness.

Hawkshead Brewery is based in the Brew House Staveley in the heart of the Lake District in Cumbria, near Kendal, and an expanded brewery in Flooksburgh.

Pater 6 Abbey Ale

St Bernardus – Pater 6 Abbey Ale 6.7

St Bernardus – Pater Abbey Ale

Pater 6 is a Belgian Trappist Ale dubbel brewed by St Bernardus. This is a deep red chestnut coloured ale, with a cream coloured head. It has a black currant aroma reminiscent of matured red Bordeaux and deep malt, with notes of toffee and spices.

A bottle conditioned ale the taste starts with a sharpness, giving way to a rich toasted malt sweet bitterness. The whole is warming as expected from a strong ale or barley wine.

The St Bernardus brewery commenced brewing in 1946 to commercialise the trappist ales originally produced by the monks at Westvleteren. The master brewer from the monastery became a partner of the new brewery, providing the recipes and know-how.

Mosaic Pale Ale

Adnams – Mosaic Pale Ale 4.1%

Adnams – Mosaic Pale Ale

Mosaic Pale Ale is a golden coloured ale with a tropical passion fruit aroma replaced by grapefruit and pine resin notes. The taste is smooth with an initial sweetness, instantly followed by strong grapefruit bitterness carrying through to the aftertaste.

This pale ale is strong on grapefruit notes coming from the titular Mosaic hops used, typical of the American Pale Ale style made popular by the craft brewing movement.

Adnams Brewery is based in Southwold in Suffork and has been brewing since 1872. Since 2010 the Brewery also operates a distillery making variants of gin, vodka, whisky and rum!

Vedett Extra Blond

Duvel Moortgat – Vedett Extra Blond 5.0%

Vedett Extra Blond

This Extra Blond Ale is very pale golden in colour with a warm malt aroma. It has an initial sharp lager taste, warming quickly to a malt sweetness and background hop bitterness to the finish.

The Vedett Ales are produced by the Belgian Brewer of Duvel, by the family brewer Moortgat at the Duvel Moortgat Brewery in the Antwerp region. The Brewer also owns the De Koninck brand.

Pauwel Kwak

Bosteels Brewery – Pauwel Kwak 8.4%

Bosteels Brewery – Pauwel Kwak

This Belgian Ale, normally simply called Kwak, is a chestnut coloured ale with warming malt and sharp plum aroma and cream coloured head. The taste is strong malty sweet and orange marmalade sweet-bitter notes, with a deep warming taste and hints of spices, similar to traditional strong barley wine style ales.

The Bosteels Brewery was founded in 1791 and was sold to the conglomerate AB Inbev in 2016, having been run by the same family to that point. The ale is supposedly named after an 18th century brewer and innkeeper. The beer is filtered before bottling.

Kwak, like all Belgian beers, is served in a branded glass shaped like a ‘quarter yard of ale’, as can be seen on the bottle label. Because of the round bottom, the glass is held upright in a wooden stand.

The glass was, again supposedly, designed by Pauwel Kwak, the 18c innkeeper at his tavern and brewery ‘De Hoorn’ for the coachmen to carry, as the coaches did not stop. The real fact is this ale and its distinctive glass were not launched by the brewery until 1980. Pauwel Kwak’s loss is our gain.

This is a good warming ale, which should be drunk with caution, like many good Belgian ales, because of its very high strength.