Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!
Belgium – Rochefort Trappistes 10 – Rochefort – Abt/Quadrupel – The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities. “33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a diminished off-white head. Aroma is discretely spiced, mild caramel malt and subdued yeast note. Solid carbonation. Flavour is smooth, subdued fruity, slight yeasty. Very very very complex yet elegant (acetyl, raisins, malt, slight roasted, plum, winous, caramel, smooth chocolate and nicely bitter), not overly done, just PERFECTLY balanced! Emphasise has to be put on PERFECT aroma, flavour and palate. Nice lingering finish. Sharp edge in the far finish. It just falls slightly short compared to the Westvleteren 12, But: amazing, fantastic smooth and very controlled brew.” – yespr
Algeria – Algad Golden Pils – Tessala El Merdja – Pilsener – “Bottled. Bottle is Heineken look-alike. That gives a hint about the content maybe. Pale golden colour. Frothy head, rich at first, then slowly diminishing. Aroma is loaded with minerals, a bit skunky perhaps but no major off aromas. I sensed hops and minerals in the flavour. Mouthfeel is clean and lacks off flavours. Body is low, as is the bitterness, if any at all.” – rickgordon
Russia – Stepan Razin Porter – St. Petersburg – Although this brew has all the malty caramel characteristics of a classic porter, it boasts a bright, faintly fruity finish remarkable for a porter. Long-lasting head comparable to a stout; perfect for a half-and-half. “A red-brown beer wtih no head. The aroma is sweet with a metal-acohol note – as often found in strong Eastern European beers. The flavor is dry sweet malty – the alcohol giving it the dryness, combined with notes of metal, alcohol and some rostyness.” – ungstrup
South Korea – Craftworks Jirisan Moon Bear IPA – Yongsan-gu – IPA – A full-bodied hoppy ale reminiscent of Californian brews, this one is strictly for ale lovers, with a high alcohol content, strong citrus notes, and a dry finish. “Pours a finger and half of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body. The aroma is musty pine, lemon zest and some candy corn in the background. Unique but really good. The taste is woody pine bitterness with a light malt sweetness to balance it out nicely. The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation. Quite enjoyable.” – fatehunter