Saturday, 30 April 2011
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Neumarkter Lammsbräu Dinkel is made from spelt, and it has quite a Hefeweizen flavour at first. That then evolves into a sweet fine fizz and lime zest note and a crackery aftertaste. Not bad.
The second beer, Neumarkter Lammsbräu Dunkel, has an appealing burnt orange colour, but the taste is thin. There's only a hint of bitterness, but it's not got much sweetness either. No outstanding notes. Overall, there's just nothing that exciting in this one.
The taste first comes across as a bit sweet and, if you believe Bob, "slightly medicinal", but those two elements then blend, so the herbs and caramel marry well.
It may sound strange, but to me it's a bit like an herbal Aufguss you get in a sauna: woody, warm and sharp, yet relaxing and comforting at the same time.
Bob is not going to believe this one, but I found a Rodenbach I like, which is quite something, considering our earlier attempts. This find is thanks to JC and Bie, who invited us to their housewarming party in Gent last month and served up a bottle.
Rodenbach Vintage 2008 has that sour vinegar element like other Rodenbachs, but this one is mellow, and some sweetness kicks in quite quickly. The slight caramel taste matches its lovely chestnut colour, but the best part is the pomegranate note.
You'll have to try it, Bob, sorry...
There's a gorgeous licorice note in the aftertaste, and that just rounds this out perfectly.
Altogether, it may not conform to what I'd call a triple, but who really cares about the strict classification of styles? This is a very tasty treat regardless.