December 2020 Beer Box

Here are the beers from our December 2020 beer box, enjoy! 

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Tiny Rebel, Newport, Wales – Funk Apple Sourz, Fruit sour, 4.8%, 330ml can

The Welsh brewery is well known for their crazy experiments with beer. This time they’ve come up with the ‘Let’s get funked up’ series and brewed 4 funky sour beers including this Apple Sourz. Well, no surprise here, it tastes like apple sour sweets! Enjoy on its own or with a nice sharp cheddar.

Brew By Numbers, London, England – German Style Pilsner, 5.0%, 440ml can

You know about our love for lagers! We regularly receive all the best stuff from Germany, but in the UK a lager revolution has started too. More and more British breweries are attempting this classic style. It’s actually more difficult to brew than a pale ale and needs weeks to ferment (this is why commercial lager brewed in 5 days tastes so bad). Here we have all the key elements of a pilsner: crisp, dry, delicately hoppy and very refreshing.

Wiper and True, Bristol, England – Citra and Rye, Amber Ale, 4.8%, 440ml can

Another solid beer from this great Bristol brewery! Full-bodied with a touch of sweetness and a spicy, peppery finish from the rye malts. It also features an abundance of Citra hops for a big tropical aroma and intense citrusy flavours. 

Brouwerij Roman, Oudenaarde, Belgium – Ename Blond, Belgian Blonde, 6.6%, 330ml bottle

Brouwerij Roman have been going on since 1545 and is still owned by the same family! Ename Blond is a classic Abbey-style blond beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle (so mind that sediment!). Fruit esters on the nose, strong malt backbone with a touch of hops and a dry finish. 

Black Isle Brewery, Black Isle, Scotland – Rhode Runner, New England Pale Ale, 5.3%, 330ml can

A nice and easy hazy pale ale from the Scottish organic brewery. You’ll get a ton of tropical fruits on the nose, followed by juicy, fruity and citrusy flavours with a soft smooth mouthfeel. One of these beers you could drink again, and again, and again.

Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield, England – Daily Bread, Bitter, 3.8%, 440ml can

Abbeydale is a brewery that masters traditional cask beers as well as modern craft beer – not many breweries can achieve that! Over the last year or so you may have tried some of their modern beers (at the moment we have an incredible Imperial Stout and a New England IPA). Daily Bread is part of their traditional range, a classic and delicious English Bitter with a touch of Colombus and Bobek hops in addition to British grown Fuggles.

Fierce Beer, Aberdeen, Scotland – Hazy IPA, 5.0%, 330ml can

“It does what is says in the tin”. Hazy, juicy, tropical flavours, smooth mouthfeel and low bitterness – Fierce delivers all the key characteristics of a good New England IPA. Crushable, but luckily it’s only 5%!

If you chose ‘I like all beers’

The Kernel Brewery, London, England – Dry Stout (Taiheke, Wakatu), Irish Stout, 4.5%, 330ml bottle

A classic from the Kernel and one of our favourites to come back to. Like all Kernel beers, the hops used change with every batch and this time we have some great floral New Zealand hops. The beer is dark with roasty aroma and coffee notes but the hops shine through, so much that we’re almost in Black IPA territory!

If you chose ‘No dark beers’

Koningshoeven Brewery, Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands – La Trappe Witte Trappist, Wit beer, 5.5%, 330ml bottle.

Allegedly the first Trappist white ale in the world (we won’t argue). Interestingly for a wit beer, this one is brewed using only water, wheat and hops – no addition of coriander seed and orange peel as per tradition. The citrusy aroma and flavour only comes from the addition of Saphir hops. A light, very refreshing beer.