Saturday, 20 February 2016

Random Dutch beers (part twenty)

Hello again. This weekend is going well. Visited a new pub yesterday. Wrote a couple of blog posts. Nothing to worry about next week, now.

I'm sticking with my Nijmegen theme. Or. as Dolores would put it, finall getting around to drinking the beer that's been clogging up our floor for weeks. Katjelam, one of whose beers we're kicking off with, is another genuine brewery. Amazing. I suspect Nijmegen has at least as many real breweries as Amsterdam.

Katjelam Tam 4.1% ABV (€3.40 for 33cl)
Brown Ale, it says on the label. But it pours black. I thought it was going to be a Porter or a Stout. Slightly sweet, raisiny smell. Like chistmas pud without the sugar. I wondered how long my good run would last. This is the first Nijmegen beer to disappoint. We're back in boiled cabbage country. Not too overwhelming, but definitely not right. Oh well. At least it only cost €3.40.

Let's hope the next one is better. This is from Bierbrouwerij De Arn, which despite the name isn't a physical brewery. The beer was brewed at Sallands Landbier in Raalte.

De Arn Stoute Arn 6.6% ABV (€2.95 for 33cl)
Pretty sure this one is a Stout. It's certainly dark enough. 100 EBC, the label says. Has a nice warm, roasty smell. No cabbage so far. The roast continues in the mouth. Is there some sourness lurking in the shadows. Maybe not. Or at least just a trace.

"Do you want to try my beer, Andrew?"


"Do you want to try my beer, Andrew?"

""I've already said no, dad."

"I thought you were just playing hard to get."

. .  . . .


"Hello Lexie"

"You're really stupid, dad"

"Thanks, Lexie."

"Shut up, stupid dad."

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