Friday, December 27, 2013

Raging Flem - Australia - 16/12/2013

The low down:
"Treat as milk" the label says, and so I fed it to some newborns. Not really, but this is part of the fabled "brewpub" series, meaning it is shipped cold and refrigerated from brewery to belly. It’s also an alcohol infused nectar of the gods not dissimilar to some of the Trappist elites.

It has a very full bodied and complex flavour with pepper, citrus and floral overtones as well as very spicy... something. Being an IPA, the hops are certainly present, but they don’t overpower the other flavours.

Some people might misinterpret Raging Flem but I’m pretty sure this is alluding to the Flemish language and people, as opposed to the phlegm of the mucus variety.

Packaging: 6/10
Fairly regular, no magical stories, the line about milk is nice.
Refreshment: 7/10
Easy to drink despite the boozeahol.
Flavour 10/10:
Lots of flavour, all mixed together and it works.
Alcohol Content: 10/10
7.2%. Holy Moses. The scary thing is that you can’t really tell until you’re about half way in.
Price: 9/10
$7.70 considering you can’t drive a car after drinking 1 of these (in Australia at least) that seems like good value to me...

Total: 42/50

This is a powerfully good beer, full of flavour and alcohol. I’m light headed after one. I don’t think these are matched to a particular food, perhaps some fine cheese and quince paste. If you drink 2 or 3 it will probably be a kebab or pizza by the slice.