Monday, April 14, 2014

Kross Golden Cerveza Pale Ale - Chile - 14/4/2014

The low down: 
This beer is seriously strange. I mean super strange. When they said golden, I didn't think they meant golden syrup.

In doing my regular 10 minutes of research, I discovered that Chile produce a large percentage of the world's salmon, and over one third of its copper. That still doesn't explain anything about this beer, except perhaps the colour, which is somewhere between salmon and copper.

This Pale Ale tastes like it's part amber and part peaches that sat in the fruit basket just a little too long, giving off the kind of sickly fruit stench that attracts insects, and that's how you get ants.

Packaging: 7/10
This is not your average South American beer. This is crafty.
Refreshment: 5/10
Just a little too sweet. I don't see this being necked in the Atacama desert.
Flavour 6/10
Some kind of honey and fruit I guess? With subtle malts and bread. Perhaps malted fruit bread covered in honey?
Alcohol Content: 6/10
5.3% is pretty much on par for a solid PA.
Price: 8/10
$6.00 which I can live with for imported craft beer.
Total: 32/50

So this is getting harder to drink as it heats up, which is disappointing but not a deal breaker. I have the pilsner as well and I'm hoping it comes in a little stronger. If you find the Golden Cerveza Pale Ale, it's worth a try, probably with some stinky foot cheese or something else with a kick.

Serengeti Premium Lager - Tanzania - 14/4/2014

The low down: 
Africa has 56 possible countries for the drinking of beer. Unfortunately they are incredibly hard to come by here in Australia. Beer number 4 out of the dark continent is the maltiest lager that ever did malt.

The bottle claims 100% malt, and while I know that's a physical impossibility where I end up drinking a molasses style sludge of barley, or worse yet, chewing on germinated grains, I understand where they are coming from.

This is a good beer for the heat, you can tell that at a safari BBQ this will suit the spicy coastal Tanzanian cuisine.

Packaging: 8/10
This is some good use of the local themes. It feels like the Serengeti.
Refreshment: 9/10
Quick down the gullet despite the malt.
Flavour 8/10
Malty but in the good way, like Milo, except not like Milo because that would be weird.
Alcohol Content: 5/10
4.8% Lagers designed for tropical Africa are never going to knock your socks off,
Price: 6/10
$6.00, which is high for a macro lager, but considering it came from Africa via England...
Total: 36/50

With any luck I'll be visiting Tanzania for a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro next August. It will be interesting to try this in its natural habitat. I have 3 more and I think I'm going to save them for this Friday when I will be barbecuing with friends.