I m walking on sunshine

Sante Adairius West Ashley batch 5,
Saison aged in pinot noir barrels with apricots.

Bottle courtesy of Joe.

Juicy orange-like acidity, very light funk, vitamins and apricot skins. Pulpy mouth feel. You need to rest between sips to preserve the stone fruits, otherwise it feels like sipping orange juice on pH 0 steroids. The liquid sparkles in the mouth and leaves a trail of apricot juice and Brett on the gum line. Tart without being excessive. Pinot noir barrel was absent but I m grateful that it was that way.

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☀ in the mouth.

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If only the sunset tasted like West Ashley.

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Second runnings ftw

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Will the second runnings of 3 used teabags make a proper concentrated cup of tea?

#forscience #threesnotacrowd #mymugturnsdinosaurstoskeletons #yourargumentisnowirrelevant

The result was actually pretty okay. It was no first-love whirlwind romance of tannins meet H2O but drank as good as an 80℅ full strength brew.

The way to my stomach is through the heart.

After the brain is tired out from overexposure to heat and light, memories of all manners return as the mind comes back on the rebound.

The heart  is but a swinging pendulum in the chest.
Sadness is a blizzard which freezes it over…eating the chain till its broken.
Free from its harness, the ball of frost descends.
Burrowing its way through the stomach and out the chest.

And they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

I protest.

#wordsalad #anatomyfail #pseudolucid

In N Out Burger in Singapore

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This took 3 hours in line….studied epigenetics for the friday test in the meantime like the antisocial freak that i usually am.

Double double burger seared with mustard aka animal style.
Can’t deny that this was an excellent mesh of a simple beef patty cooked to satisfy Goldilocks’s every whim with tasty melted cheese, subtle mustard and Mayo. It had me prying all the melted cheese off the paper wrapping and I can’t stop sniffing my fingers. However, it is what it is, a really good double cheeseburger. A pimped up car will never outrun a bullet train.
Is it worth the 3 hour wait? Hell no. It probably loses out to the standard Carl’s Jr had before its sorrynotsorry atrophied and dessicated burger days in terms of sheer beefiness.
You know, when the largest mouth wasn’t big enough to meet Carl’s Jr’s burgers head on.
Sad to say for Singapore, this is still a cut above all burgers which you can normally find at current fast food chains. And at 5 bucks, its well worth it. Unfortunately, as worthless as my time is, there is plenty of other food in Singapore which would demand much more wait time if we were to use taste as the determinant.
‪#‎inNoutburgers‬ ‪#‎bringmyoldcarlsjrback‬
‪#‎theonethatgotaway‬

Logsdon Peche n Brett

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Nose was bursting with fresh peach all the way.
Extremely underwhelming at first when sipped cold. Tasted like a mildly tart saison with nuances of peach which could have just as easily have been attributed to Brett.
Warm this baby up and its full potential bursts out from the chrysalis.

Perfect melding of haribo peach rings, oak, musky Brett in a pillowy and creamy saison body with that bite of mild tartness. The finish of biting past peach skins to get to the flesh is unreal. This is one of those beers which needs a long time to develop in the glass to reap its full flavour vocabulary.

As a saison, oak aged bretta stands toe to toe with this, possibly exceeding peche in terms of musk, oak and creaminess and is probably way easier to get.

Probably one of the best tastings I will ever have.

Met up with Tom from Philadelphia while he was on a family trip in Singapore. Love beery travelers!

Blabaer 2014, one of the major hard-to-gets. My deepest thanks to my friend Maomao who was in Copenhagen at the right time.
Blabaer 2014, one of the major hard-to-gets. My deepest thanks to my friend Maomao who was in Copenhagen at the right time.

Plenty of lemon juice, barnyard hay and the typical funk from lambics on the nose.

The taste was pretty similar to cantillon classic gueuze except berries were constantly playing in the background. Dark berries become much stronger on the finish as the sour fades away.

Tasty but there have been better fruit lambics. Nevertheless, I’m really grateful to have tried this.

Honeymakers Reserve, courtesy of my friend John who visited Portland.
Honeymakers Reserve, courtesy of my friend John who visited Portland.

A little unremarkable compared to the others in the lineup, tasted a great deal like a very dry white wine with some honey presence.

3 Fonteinen Armand & Tommy
3 Fonteinen Armand & Tommy

The perfect gueuze. Chalky, lemons, tuned up and balanced unoffensive funk, ripe rockmelon and a sweetness which balances out the sourness perfectly. Carbonation and mineral mouthfeel are spot on.

B Nektar #dragonsarereal
B Nektar #dragonsarereal

Bourbon barrelled cherries with a thick layer of dark chocolate. The chilies accumulate till the throat begins to burn. Dangerously smooth.

Bullfrog Et Tu Brut
Bullfrog Et Tu Brut

A very delicate and light beer. Fleshy cherries which blossom into vanilla, roses, almonds characteristic of cherry pits and oak. Very tart and is best sipped slowly for maximum enjoyment. Outstanding.

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008
Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008

This was a much more aggressive lambic. Pure lemon juice with swathes of cherry skin tannins and flesh after the sour fades away. Wish I had this fresh though.

Tired Hands The Emptiness is Not Eternal
Tired Hands The Emptiness is Not Eternal

Significantly lactic for the style and extremely tasty with white wine, oak and a slightly floral note which could be the dandelions at note. But who am I kidding? Never had dandelions before.

Parageusia1 by Tired Hands, a saison aged in wine barrels with microflora till it gained wild ale status.
Parageusia1 by Tired Hands, a saison aged in wine barrels with microflora till it gained wild ale status.

Very sharp lactic character, lemons, white grapes and oak barrel. Some gentle stone fruits. Slightly sourdough. Very good beer. Perpetually cuts through your tongue without being irritating.

Parageusia2
Parageusia2

Whereas Parageusia1 was a sour bladed serpent, Parageusia2 has a restrained tartness replete with apricots, pineapples and grapes which carry a dry sweetness. Very outstanding.

Heady Topper from the Alchemist
Heady Topper from the Alchemist

The nose is full of mango and pine to last for days….and reaches the tastebuds. Perfect hop aroma but the bitterness of the back hits a little too deep for personal preferences. Still a top 5 IPA. Ignore the #midwestpour.

Westbrook Bourbon Black Magic Panther
Westbrook Bourbon Black Magic Panther

A medium mouthfeel carrying rich smoke, chocolate and vanilla. Well integrated but may have spent too long (2 years) in the barrel.

De Garde Hose, a Gose style ale dry hopped with amarillo and citra.
De Garde Hose, a Gose style ale dry hopped with amarillo and citra.

Rich hop aroma of mangoes and passionfruit. A lesser extent of citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is almost velvety. The tartness, saltiness and fruity character from the hops gives the impression that this beer is good for your health. Exceedingly tasty. Deceives you into thinking it has high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes. No way, Hose!

B Nektar Anasazi
B Nektar Anasazi

A typical rich and syrupy mead with lots of heat. Slight nuttiness. Tasty but not outstanding.

De Garde Apricot Bu
De Garde Apricot Bu

Pure apricot puree melded with sourdough character. Very sour and tasty. The apricot lingered in my mouth for hours even after black fist assaulted my palate. 10/10 would seek out again if not for geographical isolation being an issue.

De Garde Brewing's Black Raz Bu made with black raspberries.
De Garde Brewing’s Black Raz Bu made with black raspberries.

This poured so deep purple and had my expectations sky high. Unfortunately, instead of the deeply jammy black raspberry I was hoping for, this came across as a blackberry yogurt with a great spritzy mouthfeel and sourness. Yummy.

Black fist, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels till it hit 26.1% alcohol.
Black fist, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels till it hit 26.1% alcohol.

Extremely thin as expected from such a high abv beer. Major payloads of smoke and coconut barrel character which pierces the tongue and explodes in the throat. Disliked the bitter fallout though.

This tasting spanned 8 hours and the sours were interspersed with meads and stouts will help reset the palate. No one got drunk at the end. Pretty happy with this tasting with not a single bad beer that night.

Popping my blog cherry for realzies

I love this so much it will be my first post. This is the combination of stuff I always get from No. 1 Muslim Food near One-North MRT. I always order the same stuff against my better judgement despite my awareness of other options.  Paru (beef lungs for the uninitiated), chicken lemak, tempeh and veg stir fry with a generous dollop of belacan.

This was my sustained release meal which kept me going from 9am-6pm non stop during those unproductive study periods. It is potent and worth every dollar. Your farts will never smell the same. #sedapsiol

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Address for the curious:
Ayer Rajah Food Centre 1
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
#01-01 Ayer Rajah Singapore

I take bad pictures.