BEA -BLACK RYE IPA
KAREL - AMERICAN BITTER
GOZER - OATMEAL STOUT
I was waiting for quite long with this one, but there it is Kaapse Brouvers vs Beerlander round two. Today two dark beers and one bitter.
Style: Black Rye IPA
Hops: amarillo, chinook, sladek
Midnight in the wood black veer. Beige, long lasting head. It is a pleasure to look at that one. Strong pine and fruity aroma with some chocolate scents. Very intense. Taste is malty in the beginning, then goes to bitter hops and is very rich. Average carbonation. All together you get the feeling of drinking a very high class, exclusive beer. Amazing beer, I love it!
Style: American BitterHops: galena, cascade, chinook, simcoe, amarillo
Nice, yellow color, medium head. First sniff and you know why it is called American – your nose is blown up in the air with the massive floral hoppy aroma. In the next step, your taste buds are given a blast of bitter-hop-fruit combination. If you add to this light body with acceptable levels of CO2 you get an Icon of the style. Here nobody was savvy on adding American hops. Brilliant.
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Deep brown to dark stout. Creamy head. Smells with coffee and chocolate. The taste is delicate sweet with coffee, spice and a little chocolate on top. Rich stout with a bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is perhaps a bit too strong to make this beer great, but is still above the average.
As a general summary after the second part, I have to admit that I am positively surprised how good Kaapse is at their work. With one exception (see test 1), all beers are at least at the level of “must try”. Bea is for now my favorite black rye IPA and I will try to get and keep some bottles for guests.
BTW. Did anyone at Kaapse notice that some of their beer have wrong style description at Rate Beer?