Monthly Archives: January 2015

By The Horns, Vive La Brett (Saison)

By The Horns Brewing Co., is a Wimbledon based brewery that like many other good London breweries, started with two chaps making homebrew. Clearly a talent for brewing and a desire to succeed has propelled them into a bigger business.

By The Horns Brewing Co., Vive La Brett, Wimbledon, London
6.1% alcohol
My first introduction to BTHBC, by Tim Luther (of Barrica/Copita/Drakes) who was sampling a variety of brews for one of his restaurants and invited me to join. This is the one that struck me as being out of the ordinary in a good way and confirms my suspicions that (a) I’m a sucker for good saison and (b) brewers are getting more experimental with wine barrels. Now I don’t know who the Andy of Burgandy is, plus there’s no hint of brett, but he knows balance when he tastes it. This is a weighty saison, deep gold to amber in colour, with lovely acidity and sour notes complementing a rich balanced ale. A shame to learn that it’s ‘saisonal!/limited run’ as I want more please. 9/10

Brouwerij de Molen Zwart & Wit

zwart and witt

This beer is amazing. It’s from Netherlands brewer Brouwerij de Molen, and it’s a Black IPA. Some beer writers think Black IPA is an abomination. Against nature, they say. They are WRONG, because this is superbly complex and delicious. I bought it on the advice of some beer journalists I was travelling with a year or two ago in Ghent, Belgium. I was just getting into beer, and this seemed quite expensive, but it’s not, considering the quality.

Brouwerij de Molen Zwart & Wit
8.4% alcohol
54 EBU. Dark brown in colour. Very rich nose is malty with dark chocolate but no rough edges. There’s some sweetness on the palate and a lovely texture, with chocolate and herb flavours and a real creaminess, as well as a hint of roast coffee. Textured and showing beautiful balance, this is oustanding. 9/10