Friday, 13 May 2016

Hertfordshire Craft Beer Review: Moongazing from Tring Brewery Co.

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Moongazing was light red/dark amber bitter. Malty, coffee liqueur, cherry, rich and boozy, vanilla cream biscuits.

So here is a weird thing. I had this beer last year and absolutely loved it. And it was ok this time around as well but I swear this was a totally different beer if you look at my tasting notes from last time:

"It is full of fresh melon, orange, and lychee. But right up there at the back there is candied orange peel and bitter almond. It is a dark orange in colour and had a very good frothy head on it."

There are a few explanations for this:

The first is that either this time or last time the wrong beer went with the wrong name on the board. This does happen but I know the people who look after the beer at this particular pub and it is very unlikely that this is what happened.

The second is that I had this beer at a different point in its lifespan both times. I would opt for the first time around that the beer was fresh on. The fresh fruit flavours and hops dominated the profile. The second time around it has had time to completely breathe and mellow. It isn't often that a beer will change so much between the start and the end of a barrel but it does happen.

The third explanation is that Tring changed their recipe a bit or other vagaries of the actual brewing process.

I don't mind saying that I was disappointed that it wasn't the beer I remembered even if it was still a good pint.

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