From the Bottle Collection

Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with…


…The Bottle Collection.

Written by Ken Carman

I remember this even though it came and it went from the shelves I visit quickly, probably because how indistinct it was. How promising it was. A buckwheat ale? Yum. Those of us with fond memories of buckwheat pancakes as kids couldn’t wait to get into… a rather bland, pasty, hop-less, one dimensional quaff?

This is a Belgium import. Brewed by Brasserie De Silenrieux. Belgium? Really? They usually do better than this.

Looking over various reviews on the net I noticed inconsistency pretty much ruled, and not just in taste, but in color, nose and consistency. Since From the Bottle Collection is, by definition, a very past tense commentary, I can’t provide all that, but obviously there’s some production problem and maybe a shipping problem. Both?

Some described it as Flemish sour-like. A few were “bland,” like my reaction. Others “sweet and spicy,” others… well, you get the point. Scores were all over the place.

It’s hard to fairly judge a beer when it either doesn’t ship well or there’s a production problem.