This is a beer that has been sitting in the beer fridge for quite some time. Unfortunately I did not mark the bottle’s label with the date of purchase, so I am not certain of the actual length of time. No real reason for the delay in its drinking, I think it just got intermingled with everything else in there (wine and other beer bottles) and got lost in the shuffle. Anyway, I decided to crack the bottle open to see what I have been missing.
A ton of carbonation is what I have been missing. This beer was a gusher! I stood by the sink for a good five minutes just sipping the carbonation as it came out of the top of the bottle (I did not want to waste any of the beer). Fortunately it was a rather controlled, but consistent, spewing of bubbles. If I had actually been able to pour this beer out initially, I am certain it would have been all head in my chalice.
Once the beer calmed down a bit, I was able to pour a nice brown bodied beer. The beer was topped with a light head, white in color. The aromas greeting me were of malt and fruit. The predominant fruit for my nose was one of raspberries. There were also mixings of blackberries, cherries and even some apple. These fruit aromas were not overwhelming however, and mixed well with the malt backing.
While sipping the beer the overwhelming thought I had was the beer was very similar to a Brut Champagne. I think the three factors for this were the beer’s drying quality, the steady carbonation, which played on the tongue, and the coalescing of the flavors. None of the beer’s aromas, which were not all that strong to begin with, stood out in the taste. I do not consider this a knock against the beer, because the taste was still enjoyable, but it was different. A slight deviation from the “Brut Champagne”- essence was a mild bitterness to the beer. This added a little more complexity to the taste, but was not distracting.
This beer would not be a frequent choice of mine, but I would have no issue picking it up again. Actually, if you have a celebration coming up, and you do not want to go the straight champagne route, this beer may fit the bill. Just mind the carbonation.