Hoppy Xmas Countdown – 10 Dec

We’re continuing the trend of the Jameson aged beers today, and this one comes from one of the most popular breweries in South Africa: Devil’s Peak. They took Jameson’s Irish heritage into account by making a Red Ale and maturing it in the soaked casks.

Name: 667
Brewery: Devil’s Peak
Country: Cape Town, South Africa
Style: Red Ale (special)
Rating: 3.25 / 5

Ok I’m going to come out and say it: I like this one better than the ’76. That being said, I don’t love this beer. I saved a bottle in my fridge for about 6 months because the first time (and second time) I tried it it was just too heavy on the whiskey for me. Even after 6 months the beer is strong.

The bottle came wrapped in understated black tissue paper (of sorts) and unwrapping it revealed a super minimalist design of only a small diamond shaped “667” label. I thought that was cool. As with the Soweto Gold version, the lack of over-labelling makes it seems more special.

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It pours deep red with a thin white head. The aromas smack a little of oak and a lot of whiskey, so you get some vanilla and toffee in there. The flavours, while they had settled a bit, were still very strong. It’s quite sweet with enough bitterness to balance it but for my tastes, it just doesn’t light any fires. It’s a clean brew, and a special one for sure but again, not really my thing. I do think that the style (Red Ale) handles the whiskey better than the lager did.

You might think I’m not into whiskey laced beers, and to an extent that’s true. But I really do like a lot of the Innis & Gunn beers and those are always heavy on either whiskey or rum. Maybe they’ve just had loads more time to play with the ageing or additions and have more experience with this sort of beer. That’s ok. I celebrate the experimentation regardless of the result.

Either way, that same whiskey-loving friend who I shared these two brews with thought the whiskey was stronger in the 667 than the ’76. I thought the opposite. And that’s why beer tasting is always fairly subjective. 🙂

 

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