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The 11th Beer of Xmas


For my 11th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…

Check out what happened on Day 10 of the #12BeersofXmas by clicking here

Good George, Wild Beer & Burning Sky ‘Shnoodlepip’ (6.5% ABV / 330ml)

I’ve been a little bit ‘concerned’ about this beer. There are a lot of flavours supposedly going on in this glass and I’m not sure what to expect. I’m doing this blog live tonight, so let’s see how we go…

day 11Once the cap is off, the aroma is nothing special, but the pour is stunning. In comparison to last night’s beer that was as flat as a pancake, this is bubbly, lively, fizzing and leaves a lovely pure white foamy head. The beer itself is a deep amber colour in the glass and has a much more appealing, lightly fruity flavour.

Before I take the first sip, just a reminder about this beer – spelt, pink peppercorns, saison and brett yeasts, wood aged in French red wine barrels, passion fruit and finished with hibiscus flowers. Now do you understand why I may have been ‘concerned’?

On the first sip I’m getting wonderfully sour, fruity notes. No bitterness so to speak of, but you get the passion fruit on the aftertaste. Then there’s a warming. Now this could be from the peppercorns but it’s a similar warming and feel that I get when I drink red wine, so I’m guessing this is from the barrel ageing.

It’s very easy to drink and is most refreshing. You’d have to be careful if you were surriounded by this one as I imagine the 6.5% ABV would sneak up on you.

The head is lasting well down the glass and I’m now getting an aroma similar to that of Haribo Tangfastics and a mouthfeel like I’ve been punched with a handful of them. I think I’m getting most of the flavours, although I have to confess that I have absolutely no idea what hibiscus tastes like.

The finish is smooth and really coats this mouth and as I near the end of the glass I’m beginning to wonder why I was so concerned about this drink.

In summary, a wonderfully unique collaboration that is perfectly balanced and marries and number of flavours with skill and precision.

Tomorrow the #12BeersofXmas ends with the big one – Magic Rock’s BBBL.

#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!


  1. Day 11.. Nøgne Ø God Jul,8%, or as we Americans called it, Winter Ale. We’re stupid..

    I had one of Nøgne Ø beers earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so I figured I would try this one.
    It’s a very dark mahogany brown in the glass, but not black. Initially it was clear, but once I roused the yeast it became cloudy. The aroma displays dark fruit (cherries, raisin), light chocolate, some lightly smoky/roasty notes, and a bit of peppery and piney character. It’s interesting and welcoming.
    I get more fruit, including plums, figs, and some juicy apple; and I get more chocolate, fudge and toffee/dark caramel. What I don’t find is a lot of dark roastiness, which I appreciate. If this is an English-style porter then we can leave that behind. There’s a bit of coffee-like roastiness, yes, but it’s more like a sweet and creamy coffee than espresso. It’s not harsh or acidic, but as it warms it really opens up, and a much more smokey note appears. It becomes much rounder, and softer as well, with the sharper notes of the fruitiness fading into the cushion of the milk-chocolate and caramel drizzled malt. Ahh, and there are hops! It’s fairly well balanced by a bitterness that keeps to the lower end but pushes at the malt, but there are also some pine and spruce-like and leafy hop flavors that appear in the finish. Quite nice. I’m thinking East Kent Goldings for the leafiness, but I’m not sure where the spruce and pine is coming from (Chinook? Actual spruce tips?). Surprising! Who would have thought it could be so complex at the start of the glass?
    A fantastic beer, very drinkable, and fantastic for the Holidays. This is my second beer from Nøgne ø, and will without doubt keep me coming back in the future for more beers from the uncompromising brewery.

  2. Day 11 – Bristol Beer Factory Bristoltoe

    My festive drinking has been the perfect excuse to catch up on a wealth of local brews I’ve been meaning to sample. I’ve been aware of Bristol Beer Factory for a while, but rarely actually see their wares on sale. There’s brewing history in their Ashton Gate premises dating back to 1820, but the company themselves are quite new (10th anniversary in 2014).
    I can’t say I’m overwhelmed by their festive brew, Bristoltoe. The label quotes all sorts…”seven malts, plums, raisins, Belgian yeast” and I get a subtle suggestion of these both on the nose and on the tongue (especially the slightly tart character of the yeast leaving a sour aftertaste), but I can’t help thinking there’s nothing particularly special, or festive going on here. It’s a brown ale. Luckily I only have one bottle! I look forward to trying one of their regular brews though next month after my dryathlon.

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