Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

Robinsons Old Tom With Chocolate

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Sweet chocolate taste. Too sweet. 

RateBeer 66


Learn to Pair Beer with Food

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Food and Beer

There are lots of nice specialty beers available these days. Here is a nice article, originally from, on how to pair beer with your food.

Some of the food concepts are typically American (pulled pork etc) but you get the idea.

Affligem Blond Ale

Monday, February 16th, 2009
Parma Ham, Goat's Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

While the big brands still take most of the off sales in Ireland there is an ever increasing selection of fringe and specialist beers available on the shelves. Some are distributed independently while the big breweries also run their own lines. As part of their International Beer selection Heineken Ireland (based in Cork) are distributing Affligem Blond Ale.

Affligem is a Belgian ale brewed my monks, at least it was once brewed by them, I believe for the last 30 years or so the only thing they have to do with the product is cash the licensing cheque into their monk bank account thus freeing up their time for more silence vows, praying or football. It’s a stong ale both in taste and in alcohol weighing in at 6.8% proof. It’s a cloudy to pour with a very malty taste along with some sweetness. Certainly not a party beer where you chug them down all night, more of a beer for sipping in front of the fire in place of a glass of wine. Refreshing change from the norm but no more than two in a sitting for me.

Paulaner Alcohol Free (Alkoholfrei) Beer

Friday, August 8th, 2008

It’s not often I bother trying alcohol free beer, normally if I am in a cafe or bar and not drinking alcohol it is most likely early morning and a tea or coffee will do fine. However, last week I had the occassion to try Paulaner Alcohol Free or “Paulaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei” to give it its native German title. It originates from Munich with Heineken Ireland, who now own the old Murphy’s Brewery in Cork, doing the importing. I was given a bottle and asked to try it so I dutifully put it in my fridge and tucked it away at the back where it remained for four to five weeks just to make sure it was properly chilled.

It was sunny yesterday and my thoughts, as they do, turned to Alcoholfrei Hefeweissbier. I remembered I had a bottle in the fridge so I cracked it open and poured it. It looked pretty nice, a rich tan colour but not cloudy, it looked malty with a nice frothy head. Looks like real beer I thought. Smelled of real beer too, hops and stuff. You can tell I’m no Oz Clarke, I could flower the language up a bit and say that it smelled of hazelnuts and oatmeal but that’s a step too far.

The taste was malty but had a sweet edge to it, I am not sure if the sweetness, which I didn’t particularly like, was due to the fact it was nonalcoholic or is it just a feature of the beer. Regardless I happily drank the 0.5L and may have had another had there been one.

After some truly horrific non-alcoholic beers in the eighties and nineties maybe the technique has progressed? It may also be the fact that I only ever tried the products that were foisted upon the immature Irish market at the time, things are different these days, you can buy beer from anywhere in the world and Amen to that.