- ABV: 6.5%, Style: Belgian Pale Ale
- Best before June 2014
- Brewed in Berkel-Enschot, NL
- Served: 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice
- £2.73 from Micro Bar, Manchester
I like Micro Bar’s unrounded prices. £2.73 is oddly specific. I would have still bought it if it was rounded up to £2.79 like everywhere else in the world does these days. I suppose it hints a value and that’s always a good thing.
Again, here I am looking at a poured glass of Trappist blond and wondering why I do this to myself. Although I think I’m getting to like them a bit more, the dryness and the sweetness will always be a bit of a struggle for me.
Look: Pale yellow beer with notable floating sediment. Large, fluffy white head, of about two fingers deep on a gentle pour. Not much lacing after the head died down.
Aroma: Bready yeast, banana and spice. I’m going to put this out there and I’m sure everyone will disagree with me, but I’m getting stale smoke too.
Taste: Spice is a lot more present in the taste, but sadly so is a rather heavy sweetness. Fruity and yeasty.
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation makes it feel quite slick, aftertaste is very dry.
Overall: There’s something quite sharp and synthetic about the fruit in this beer. I can’t quite place it. I think it might be reminding me of chewy banana 1p sweets. While this has a certain nostalgia, it’s not a flavour I want in a beer. I doubt even people committed to the style would be in favour of this one. 2/5