Craft Beer Tasting Notes

This Month's Mixed Case - February - Love is in the air!

As John Paul Young once sang to an extremely catchy beat, ‘love is in the air, everywhere I look around! Love is in the air, every sight and every sound!’. Yes, the month of love is here and we’re sending out our top cupids with quivers full of tasty craft beer. Their mission? To spread the craft beer love and turn South Africa into better beer drinkers one sip at a time. So if you find yourself stuck for a gift this Valentine’s then give us a shout. We’ve got just the lineup of delicious beers to make your special someone feel even more loved.

February is shaping up to be an epic month so get tasting and let us know what beers you liked best on @TastingLeague. Our usual band of crafty misfits will be on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so keep an eye out for competitions where you can win League of Beers vouchers. Until next month, happy month of love and cheers!

Afro Caribbean Dissident Colab Holiday Fund Belgian Blonde, 330ml

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Afro Caribbean Brewing is a small brewpub above Banana Jam Café brewing unique ales with our feet in Africa and our hearts in the Caribbean.

  • Appearance is a light clear gold 
  • The Aroma is of sweet citrus and spice with a hint of toasted malt
  • The flavour is a perfect balance of malt sweetness with honey, pears and some citrus 
  • Medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel 
  • A great example of a complex yet easy drinking blonde

Redrock Brewing Co Rusty Trigger Lager

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Inspired by Willie Nelson and, more specifically, his favourite Martin N-20 guitar (that he nicknamed Trigger), Rusty Trigger Lager delivers a taste as unique as Willie himself. Much in the same way that Willie blended country music, folk and jazz into his songs, Redrock has created a truly unique blend through mixing late Oregon hops with Crystal and Munich malts to create top flavour notes.

  • Crisp and clean light lager
  • Light straw gold in colour
  • Munich malt imparts a rich malty, slightly nutty flavour to the beer
  • Cara malt imparts slight caramel sweetness
  • Southern Passion bittering hop imparts a slight granadilla flavour that is supported by the citrus notes from the imported Simcoe Hop from Oregon, USA
  • This beer is mildly bitter, to balance the maltiness 
  • Cold filtration for fuller flavour

East Coast Brewing Co Pale Ale, 340ml

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East Coast Brewing Company is one of the largest and most advanced Independently-owned brewing facilities in Southern Africa. The entire brewing process is carefully controlled using state-of-the-art equipment, and all products are made with only the highest quality of natural ingredients.

100% pure malt, internationally sourced hops, with absolutely zero adjuncts, added sugars, artificial preservatives or malt substitutes – ensuring pride and passion can be tasted in every mouthful. It is because of this dedication that one can expect a meticulously crafted, premium beer – every time.

  • The appearance is a clear yellow gold 
  • The Aroma is of cereal grain, biscuit and spicy hops
  • Experince a flavour of malt sweetness followed by subtle fruit and spice with a snappy bittle finish 
  • Medium bodied with subtle carbonation mouthfeel
  • The perfect lager replacement session pale ale 

The Franschhoek Beer Co German Style Weissbier No 5, 340ml

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The Franschhoek Beer Co's handcrafted beers are made by their dedicated brewmaster with the purest Franschhoek mountain spring water and the best quality imported hops and malt to ensure a superior quality beer.

Made from only natural ingredients, their beers are unpasteurised and naturally carbonated. Their specialized equipment imported from Italy ensures that the taste of every handcrafted bottle of beer remains consistent.

  • A classic example of a German Wheat Beer
  • Majority wheat in the grain bill results in a hazy, pale colour
  • Thick, creamy head
  • Predominant spicy (cloves) with hints of banana and bubble gum aroma
  • Very little hop aroma
  • Low levels of bitterness that, with the banana aroma, results in a perceived sweetness
  • Thick fluffy mouthfeel that coats the palate

Stellenbosch Brewing Co Can't Catch Me Festive Summer Ale, 440ml

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Imagine the smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies and mash in four unique grains with a trifector of late addition hops and you get this light, refreshing and gingery South African Festive Summer Ale. A collaboration between Stellenbosch Brewing Co., Feral Brew Co. and Harck & Heart. Run, run as fast as you can…you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!

  • Brewed with real gingerbread cookies
  • The aroma is chuncky giner, spice and citrus 
  • Experince a flavour of hefty ginger biscuit and hop spice with a touch of lemon 
  • Medium to full bodies with a medium to low carbonation mouthfeel 

Fokof Lager Fokof Lager 340ml

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Fokof Lager can be found on tap in a 100 of South Africa’s finest bars, music venues and restaurants across nine provinces. Proudly brewed by Devil’s Peak Brewery. Official beer of the South African rock band Fokofpolisiekar.

  • Clean crisp malt character supported by a mild, spicy and slightly floral aroma of the famous noble Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops on the nose
  • Pale yellow in colour and brilliantly clear. Medium white head with good retention
  • Easy drinking, fresh and vibrant
  • Medium to high carbonation level with a full flavoured mouthfeel as a result of the 100% malt used
  • Very delicate malt profile with an unobtrusive hop character and low level of bitterness on the palate

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