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Beers of the World

One man's quest to conquer the world (of beer)

Martinique

Martinique

Lorraine Blonde

Brewery: Brasserie Lorraine
Style: Lager
ABV: 5%
Country number: 102
Bought at: Saveur Bière in Lille, France and collected at ICA Supermarket Viksäng in Västerås, Sweden
Date: 16/02/2018
My Untappd rating: 3.00

As the weeks go by I get closer and closer to the last new country that I’m able to get hold of. This week it is a beer from Martinique, an overseas region of France. Untappd lists this as France and it will therefor not count as a country on their app. In my view it is a seperate country and that is why it is listed on this blog as a seperate entry. I got hold of my beer through Saveur Bière which sent it to Sweden when I was there back in December last year.

The beer is light golden in colour with little to no foam head. The tastes refreshing and malty with a sweeter finish. There is also some other taste lasting from start to finish that I can’t quite determine, which doesn’t make it any better or worse.

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Albania

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Birra Elbar

Brewery: Alfa
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.1%
Country number: 101
Bought at: Somewhere in Shkodër, Albania. Thanks to Christian Horrigmo!
Date: 09/02/2018
My Untappd rating: 3.25

This weeks beer is another one that I’ve had since last summer. The same guy that brought me the exotic beer from Samoa last year was travelling in Europe last summer and kindly asked if I was interested in a local beer when he was in Albania. Needless to say I said yes.

The beer is clear golden in colour with a small white head. It tastes crisp and clean and slightly of malt. A sweet end and aftertaste dominates through the finish.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Kamenitza 1881

Brewery: Pivovaren Zavod Kamenitza
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.4%
Country number: 100
Bought at: Somewhere in Golden Sands, Bulgaria. Thank to Espen Wiig Nybø!
Date: 02/02/2018
My Untappd rating: 3.00

This week I reach another milestone as I reach country number 100 in the ongoing quest to conquer the world (of beer). Not the most exciting beer to mark the occasion but a new country nonetheless. Just like the Hungarian beer from two weeks ago I got this from my brother when he travelled to Bulgaria last summer.

The beer is golden in colour with a thin white head. It tastes slightly of malt and with a different kind of bitterness then the standard malty bitterness. The finish is short and slightly boring making it hard to reach a higher rating.

 

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Barbican Apple

Brewery: Aujan Industries
Style: Non-alcoholic
ABV: 0%
Country number: 99
Bought at: Al-Madina Foods in Newport, Wales
Date: 26/01/2018
My Untappd rating: 2.50

This week I’m back with the second non-alcoholic beer at this blog. Just like Iran the United Arab Emirates is another country where they don’t brew alcoholic beer. Instead there are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives out there. I stumbled upon this Barbican Apple when walking around in Newport waiting for a football match back in August last year.

The beer is dark golden in colour with minimal carbonation. It starts of with a microscopic taste of malt before the apple takes over. Then it tastes like applejuice all the way to through the aftertaste. A very good applejuice as well. Hard to give this a rating but ended up at 2.5 mainly because it doesn’t resemble beer in any way but it still deserves some credit due to the good apple taste.

Hungary

Hungary

Borsodi

Brewery: Borsodi Sörgyár
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.5%
Country number: 98
Bought at: Cora Constanta City Park in Constanta, Romania. Thanks to Espen Wiig Nybø!
Date: 19/01/2018
My Untappd rating: 3.50

Last summer my brother and a friend travelled to Bulgaria. During their vacation they went on a daytrip to Constanta, Romania. It was during this trip that my brother called me to ask if Hungary was crossed of the list or not. As it was not crossed of the list he brought with him this can of Borsodi for me to try.

The beer is golden in colour without any distinct head. It tastes sweet and crisp with a very mild bitterness.

Palestine

Palestine

Taybeh Beer Golden

Brewery: Taybeh Brewing Company
Style: Lager
ABV: 5%
Country number: 97
Bought at: Somewhere in Jerusalem, Israel. Thanks to Anders Simonsen!
Date: 13/01/2018
My Untappd rating: 2.75

This week I’m back with another beer that a friend of me brought with him home from a vacation to Israel, Palestine and Jordan last year. The first one was the pale ale from Jordan that I enjoyed a month ago.

The beer is golden in colour with a medium white head that lingers. It also has a solid amount of carbonation that lasts. This beer actually looks alot better than it tastes. It tastes malty but has a weird bitterness to it that is not to my liking. The same bitterness also stays into the aftertaste making it hard to really enjoy this rarity from Palestine.

Slovenia

Slovenia

Laško Zlatorog

Brewery: Pivovarna Laško
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.9%
Country number: 96
Bought at: Tommy Supermarket in Baška Voda, Croatia. Thanks to Andreas Wathne!
Date: 05/01/2018
My Untappd rating: 3.25

After accomplishing 52 new countries in 52 weeks last year it’s going to be hard to do anything near the same this year. But we start of 2018 just like 2017 with a new beer in week one. This beer is the last of three beers that I got from a friend when he visited Croatia last summer.

The beer is golden in colour with a solid white foam head. It tastes sweet and light with a normal amount of malty bitterness in the ending. A decent start to the new year.

Mongolia

Mongolia

Chinggis Mongolian Lager

Brewery: Chinggis Beer
Style: Lager
ABV: 5%
Country number: 95
Bought at: Haus der 131 Biere in Hamburg, Germany
Date: 30/12/2017
My Untappd rating: 3.50

We have come to the last week of the year and another beer is waiting. Country number 52 this year. I did it! When I started this blog back in January this year I had three main goals. Goal number one was to double the amount of countries I’ve had beer from. I started at 43 and reached 86 at the end of October. Goal number two was one new country every week and that goal is reached today. Goal number three is to reach 100 different countries and with nine more beers stored at home it looks like I’m reaching that goal in week 5 of 2018. Who knows what 2018 has in store. This beer is one of many that I got at Haus der 131 Biere in Hamburg back in October.

The beer is golden with a thin foam head on top. It tastes it light and sweet with a malty finish. A very light and easily drinkable lager.

As the year comes to an end I would like to thank everyone who has been following this blog throughout the year and a huge thanks to those who have contributed with beer. Happy New Year! 🙂

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Diekirch Christmas

Brewery: Brasseries de Luxembourg Mousel Diekirch
Style: Christmas Beer
ABV: 5.1%
Country number: 94
Bought at: Saveur Bière in Lille, France and collected at ICA Supermarket Viksäng in Västerås, Sweden
Date: 23/12/2017
My Untappd rating: 3.50

Sometimes it feels like this blog writes itself and this is one of those entries. Throughout the year I’ve been in contact with several online beer shops. Some months ago I was in contact with Saveur Bière regarding some of the beers they had in stock. As usual Norway was not one of the countries available for shipping, but they very kindly mentioned that they were starting to ship to Sweden from November this year. Those of you who have followed this blog through the entire year might remember that some of the first beers on this blog was bought when I travelled to Sweden last year to renew my commercial pilot licence. Just like last year I once again went to Sweden earlier this month to renew the licences and this gave me the opportunity to order some beers from Saveur Bière. To make things even better I’m able to cross of another country with a festive Christmas Beer from Luxembourg.

The beer is dark brown in colour with a nice creamy head. It tastes sweet and malty without any special aftertaste. Sadly nothing special about this Christmas beer but atleast it is a Christmas beer. Merry Christmas!

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