Alhambra Mezquita – The Review

mezI was bought this as a birthday present from a mate of mine who has visited Lunya in Manchester. Apparently it’s a restaurant and bar, but, more importantly for me, it also has a shop, so foodies and ‘drinkies’ alike can take home a small slice/drop of Spain.

I was lucky enough to be given a few bottles, all of which I’ll probably review them at some point, but today I’ll start with this abbey-style offering [yes, it’s not just Belgium that has abbeys!]. It is described as “Ideal for high quality beer lovers” – so let’s test that!

Vital Stats:

  • 7.2% ABV
  • Brewed in Cordoba, Spain
  • Superior red ale style
  • Comes in 330ml bottles

Look Darker than I expected. A bright, chestnut colour. Glassy and clear with a loose head. Looks delicious enough! 7/10

Aroma Well it practically jumped out the bottle; oaky dryness and dried wheat mix with subtle fruits and a hint of hops. Didn’t distinguish itself as terribly exciting, but it certainly had power. 7/10

Taste Very much led by the malts. You get the dry huskiness mingling with nutty flavours, which makes me think it was oak aged, but I can’t find any info to back this up… Anyway, there’s a light caramel note, leading into a bit of raisin and a touch of spice. There’s also a buttered toast element going on, so plenty to appreciate. Despite its refreshing, fizzy mouthfeel, there’s no mistaking its high alcohol content with the brandy-like warmth of it. Very long finish, which is groovy. 8/10

Value It was a present for me, so should get 10/10, but I’ve seen it online for £2.09. Especially for a beer of this strength, that’s not bloody bad. For the experience, too, it’s pretty good. 8/10

Session Obviously it was never really brewed to be a session ale, in fact they recommend it to be drunk in winter, or, if in summer, as a long drink. I couldn’t manage more than one of these in succession. It’s a heavy taste, which, when combined with the very long finish, makes it one to savour toward the end of the night. The high alcohol took its toll quickly too! 4/10

In summary, this is well worth a go for those that like barrel-aged beers, or big, higher-alcohol beverages, but not one with mass appeal ‘to try at all costs’. It has a lot more depth than some I’ve had, although there’s plenty of comparable bottles [some Innis and Gunn beers, McEwan’s Export to name a couple] if you can’t find this one.

Final score: 70/100

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Estrella: the review

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so here at All hail the ale i am the whipping boy, i am the poor sap who has to review the more questionable lagers and beers while my cohorts have the pleasure of drinking wonderful porters from many differing places, its a tough job but someone has to do it i suppose.

Vital stats:

  • brewed in catalonia
  • 4.6% APV
  • comes in 330Ml bottle and draft

Look:

it was Golden and very, very  still, it had no head to speak off and had very little in the way of carbonation, looked more like apple juice than a beer.

6

Aroma:

Nothing, nothing, nothing, i wrote that three times because this section was overly short for my tastes.

1

Taste:

it had the slightly bitter off taste that we have come to expect from lagers, that was all though, a rather bland experience in my opinion.

4

Value:

it will score quite low in this category due to the lack of enjoyment i got while drinking it, very little redeeming bout this lager especially in the taste department.

3

Session:

it was a rather good session beer like many lagers, this is due to the lack of flavour and i have scored it as a result because although i could drink lots of this beer, i have no desire to do so.

3

this is another disappointing lager that can be bought almost anywhere, i won’t go into a rant about this beer because I’ve done that far too often and honestly I’m getting rather bored of it. it looked ok but lacked in all other areas, this beer commits two major sins that i can’t forgive it for, its completely forgettable as a lager and i have no desire to drink it again and honestly i think thats the only thing you need to know about this beer.

34/100

occasionally i try to be funny and fail

so in a little over 24 hours i shall be in the airport getting ready to head to one of my oldest friends in the worlds stag party, naturally we are going to celebrate this event in the only way we know how, with lots of beer, food and his face pushed into as many naked breast as possible. i would like to take this moment to apologize for everything i do but thankfully im 26 now and have matured to the point of not doing anything stupid when i drink, so with that im mind i would like to say that i shall not be taking my phone or laptop with me, no wayward texts or emails for me, prepare your self ladies of spain big papa is about to land.