December 10th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:
The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar
Owls In The Marshes/Ugler I Mosen by Mikkeller - Nice fruity hop aroma with hints of pithy citrus and a bit of sweetness. Taste is a very citrus forward crisp, dry and quite bitter pale ale. This is a nice standard pale ale. It's not bad at all, but it's not something extraordinary either.
My wife's homemade X-mas calendar
GRYLA by Cervisiam - Coffee and a smoky note is dominant in the nose with a bit of vanilla and a slight hint of pecan and maple in the background. The first sip is oily thick and sweet with flavors of coffee and vanilla. On the following sips pecan and maple pairs well with the coffee-vanilla mix. This is a very sweet pastry stout, but loads of adjuncts bring some bitterness that is balancing the sweetness well. This is a beer with very distinct flavors, but still a tasty beer.
I like a good pale ale and I like a good imperial/pastry stout equally much, but today I have to go with the stout. GRYLA is a solid pastry stout that actually is sweet and thick enough to mimic a piece of pastry. GRYLA is not the best pastry stout I have had but it does what it’s supposed to do - showcase the adjuncts. The pale ale - Owls In The Marshes/Ugler I Mosen - is a quite bitter pale ale, like the once from yesteryear. To me it lacks some juiciness to play against the quite firm bitterness - I like bitterness in beers, but this one is maybe a bit too one-dimensional.
All through December, I'm opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife's homemade X-mas calendar.
See you tomorrow!