Sunday, 16 January 2011
A somewhat disappointing tasting
First was Witte Vrouwen. Now, how a beer can be named, “White Women”, and get away with it, I really don’t know. I really cannot imagine it in the English-speaking world, anyway. I guess things are a bit different in the Netherlands, where Witte Vrouwen comes from.
But more important than the disturbing non-PC name is the taste. Unfortunately, it’s not very encouraging. For a Belgian-style witbier, there’s not enough spiciness, not enough florals. It’s a bit bland. There’s just not enough going on here, and then the aftertaste is annoyingly sour. Too bad.
Deus, as it’s also aiming for a spot in that rare champagne-like class of beers. Sadly, Malheur is too syrupy, sticky and heavy to merit much praise. It has none of those tiny bubbles like Deus, nor does it have those outstanding florals I love so much. It’s quite a let-down, particularly as the bottle wasn’t cheap.
Finally, we tried Gageleer. This is one of those unusual beers that follows a traditional method of production, making use of an herbal concoction, or gruit, of bog myrtle. Before hops became the big thing, bog myrtle was used as a flavouring. Apparently that means from the Middle Ages to the 16th century.
Dupont’s Cervesia, and I’d choose that one before this.