World beer advent calendar: postscript

Well, another Christmas has gone by, and another alcoholic advent calendar is complete. Well, I never actually completed the whisky advent calendar, which is something I thought I might do this year…but I got ill in December, and drinking every single day is already a bit of an ask and not too healthy. In fact, it will be terribly obvious despite my attempt at scheduling posts that I don’t have a beer a day, or anything like that. My final two beers were consumed on 29 December!

As I finish my slightly-oddly-sweet Asahi, and look at the shell of a box that it came in, I have realised a few things about my taste in beer.

First off, I definitely have a preference for dry European lagers, especially German beers. Basically I think that if you’re going to do a crisp, dry lager, you have to do it really well, like Warsteiner, but if you’ve got some odd flavours in there then it’s not going to be to my taste.

That takes me to my second point, which is if you’re going to have flavours, make them interesting. I thought that the Belhaven did that really well, though looking back at the Craft beer advent calendar two beers from the same brewery got lesser 7 and 6.5 scores. I think, on the whole, that I was a little more picky for that advent calendar (the posts were longer too!).

I’m not one to say that I’m an expert on beers, nor am I ever going to say that my taste in beer is universally applicable to others. I’m absolutely sure there are people out there who like the opposite of what I do, or who think Stella is a classy beer.

But I’m pleased to have tried most of these beers, and I’m glad to have had this experience this Christmas. I do recommend this as an advent calendar, though if there were one thing I could change, it would be adding more interesting beers (like Namibian Windhoek) in place of the common beers you get all the time.

7/10 – good advent calendar!

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