North Taiwan Brewery Happiness Wheat Beer

North Taiwan Brewery Happiness Wheat Beer

Tomorrow the contractors come to deal with my water damage debacle. I’m looking forward to blogging tomorrow with pictures of the demolishion that expect will ensue. I’m expecting the worst, but hoping for much better.

Tonight I’m downing my last beer from Taiwan, North Taiwan Brewery Happiness Wheat Beer. First off, I love the label; the little guy running toward the wheat makes me happy. As for flavor, it’s quite unique. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill wheat beer, but instead found it to have an unfamiliar fruity character. It most closely reminds me of dark fruit (perhaps grape). Checking out the other internet reviews of the beer, I see others have picked up on this and are equally baffled. Besides a little weird, I actually like the taste. Easy drinking. Recommended for the next time you’re in Taiwan.

-Lost

Taiwan Head Brewers Taiwan Tea Ale

Taiwan Head Brewers Taiwan Tea Ale

Today has been a gloriously lazy day. I played Elder Scrolls for 5 hours, watched some movies, and lounged about. I did clear house for about 45 minutes, so I’m not a complete bum. After dinner, I’m planning more of the same – movies + couch. These kinds of days are REALLY nice for me, as the rest of the week is usually insanely busy.

Before buying any more beer, I’m working on clearing out my fridge. There have been a number of brews that have sat there far too long. This bottle of Taiwan Head Brewers Taiwan Tea Ale came back with me from our trip to the far east this past February. Which reminds me, I’m not sure I ever posted pictures from my trip! I also have some beer notes I should write up. One of these days…

Despite the name, the Taiwan Tea Ale is actually a dubbel style beer. The back of the label is in Taiwanese, so it’s hard to tell if they claim that it’s brewed using tea. I don’t pick up noticeable tea flavors. it’s not a bad dubbel though – a little bready, good balance of Belgian spices, and not too sweet either. Not what I expected from a name like “Tea Ale”, but it’s delicious.

-Lost