Modern Helles

Tempest Brewing – Modern Helles Lager 4.1%

Tempest Brewing – Modern Helles

This is a pale golden ale with a light sharp fruit aroma. It has a light malt taste base with hop notes of light fresh bitterness. This lager ale would be a good summer day drink with its lower alcohol level compared to the more common lager beers.

Tempest Brewing is based in Tweedbank Galashiels on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. Modern Helles is based on German lager, brewed with Bavarian hops, malt, wheat and oats. It is cold fermented and is presented, unpasteurised and unfiltered.

Flanders Red Ale

Rodenbach Classic – Flanders Red Ale 5.2%

Rodenbach Classic – Flanders Red Ale

This is a red chestnut coloured ale with a sour fruity aroma. It has a sharp sour taste with sweet fruit notes. The ale is typical of a sour, or wild yeast fermented ale.

This ale is the classic ale from the Rodenbach Brewery in Roeselare, Belgium and is a classic Flemish red-brown ale of Flanders.

Grisette – Bio Witbier

Grisette – Bio Witbier

Grisette – Bio Witbier

This is an organic Belgian witbier. It is a cloudy, pale lemon-gold colour, with a sharp spicy aroma. The taste of this ale has an initial sweet start, with a smooth spicy finish.

Grisette beers come from the historic mining region of Belgium, close to the French border. Traditionally a farmhouse beer.

Grisette – Bio Witbier is an organic beer of the Belgian Witbier style.

Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillen.

St Feuillien Saison

St Feuillien – Saison 6.5%

St Feuillien – Saison

This is titled as a dry hopped Belgian farmhouse ale. It is a gold coloured, slightly cloudy ale, being unfiltered, with a warming, spicy aroma. An initial sweet taste quickly gives way to a strong green bitter, grapefruit-pith finish.

Saison is normally a lower alcohol beer traditional of farmhouse brewing. Modern production methods have allowed for higher alcohol content ales, such as this ale at 6.5%.

St Feuillien Brewery was originally based in an Abbey founded on the site of where St Feuillien, an Irish monk who evangelists the area around Le Roeulx, was martyred. The monastery and the history of St Feuillien is now upheld by the St Feuillien Guild.

St Feuillien Guild from St Feuillon website

Vedett Extra White

Duvel Mortgat – Vedett Extra White 4.7%

Duvel Mortgat – Vedett Extra White

This is a light golden coloured ale, with a spicy orange aroma. It has a spicy sweet taste of a Belgian White Bier, with notes of coriander and marmalade orange.

This is a pleasant Belgian White Bier style but lacks the flavour strength of Hoegarden.

Vedett Extra White is brewed by the Belgian Brewery Duval at the Moorgat Brewery near Antwerp.

Hells Lager

Camden Town Brewery – Hells Lager 4.6%

Camden Town Brewery – Hells Lager

A pale golden ale with an almost black current aroma. It has a light malt taste with a light hop bitterness.

This is a drinkable sweeter lager typical of the UK style, without the bite of a German style pilsner.

Camden Town Brewery is based in Kentish Town in London. It was an independent smaller brewer but is now part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing combine!

Common Grounds Coffee Porter

Magic Rock Brewing – Common Grounds Coffee Porter

This is a black ale, with a smokey toasted coffee bean aroma. The taste is of smokey coffee from the toasted malts, with sweet vanilla notes. It is a good malty-coffee porter and is eminently drinkable.

Magic Rock Brewing is based in Huddersfield in Yorkshire and began brewing in 2011. Common Grounds Coffee Porter is brewed with 7 malts and a blend of 7 coffees in collaboration with a local coffee roaster Dark Woods.

Last Train Oatmeal Stout

Fourpure Brewing Co – Last Train Oatmeal Stout 5.1%

Fourpure Brewing Co – Last Train Oatmeal Stout

This Oatmeal Stout is a black coloured ale, with a rich toasted malt aroma and notes of deep roast coffee. It has a sweet malt and coffee q taste with a following light bitterness of the toasted black malt and hops. A very mellow stout and very drinkable.

Future Brewing Co has its craft brewery based in Bermondsey, south London. They began brewing in 2013. Last Train is a London stout based on barley malt and oatmeal. It’s name is inspired by winter evenings exploring in central London and the need to catch the last train home!

Orval Trappist Ale

Abbaye d’Orval – Orval Trappist Ale 6.2%

Abbaye d’Orval – Orval Trappist Ale

Orval is a dark golden ale, with an orange marmalade aroma. It is a green hop and bitter orange tasting ale, with woody and green leaf notes and a light sharp-sour background.

Orval is brewed at the Abbey d’Orval in Belgium. It is fermented and dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with a specific special yeast – Brettanomyces.

The brewery was founded within the Abbey in1931, to finance the extensive refurbishment of the abbey. The Orval Ale recipe was invented by Pappenheimer, a lay worker and master brewer from Bavaria, employed by the monks. It carries the official destination of “Authentic Trappist Product” and is a particularly famous trappist ale.

Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

Rodenbach – Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale 6%

Rodenbach – Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

This is a dark red – Chestnut coloured ale with fruity apple sharp aroma, with hints of the oak barrels used for maturing. It has a sharp sour fruit taste, with a smooth finish.

This is an oak aged red ale, reminiscent of a beer made with wild yeasts giving the ale a fruity sour taste.

The Rodenbach Grand Cru ale is brewed by a 2 stage process of top yeast fermentation and bacterial fermentation from lactic acid bacteria, similar to fermented dairy products or sauerkraut. It is subsequently blended one third young ale with two thirds of oak barrel 2-year matured ale. It is a typical ale produced around Roeselare and Kortrijk, in the Flanders region of Belgium. These ales were brewed before the use of hops was introduced to Belgium, so the bacterial fermentation was used to preserve the ale.

The Rodenbach Brewery produced a range of sour beers.