16-07-19 // bottle sahred with my brother at Monk in Brussels. Slight unclear golden. White foamy hrad. Sweetish bready nose. Smooth. Grainy sweet. Bready spice. Belgian yeast. Great.
Bottle from Craft Brewed. Pours a hazy gold with a full 2 fingers of head that dissipates to a half finger and lingers throughout. Great lacing down the glass. Herbal aromas with wet straw, wheat in a barn and some light peppercorn notes. Full body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Peppercorn, noble hops, banana and clove with hints of mineral and dried fruit. More cracked wheat on the palate. Great stuff, complex but subtle with a lingering noble hop, dry bitterness.
F: huge, almost white, long lasting. C: gold, hazy. A: malty, fruity, yeasty, banana, floral, bit peach, honey. T: malty, rich mellow fruity, peach, bit banana, yeasty, dusty, smooth mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation, may be too sweet but good balanced and for me enjoyed, 33cl bottle from 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom.
Another one I had years ago but apparently forgot to take notes of - so I purchased a bottle from Dranken De Moor in Haasdonk for mere rating purposes. Common Belgian blonde made for 3 Fonteinen at ’Proef’brouwerij. Thickly ’papery’ lacing, egg-white, regular, thick and frothy, very stable head over a lightly hazy, warm ’old gold’ coloured beer with slightly orange hue, misty and deeper peachy with sediment. Aroma of ripe banana (isoamylacetate - but not so much the bubblegum side of it), pear, sugarloaf, pineapple slices, powder sugar, old ginger powder, fresh camomile flowers, honey, white bread, hints of candied lemon, mandarin, cake, dry earth, sweetclover, apple juice. Crisp, fruity onset, lots of the banana ester, pineapple, pear, red apple, peach, sweet with thin sourish edges, the latter accentuated by lively carbonation, but not overcarbonated for this particular style, which is originally inspired by pale lager and as a consequence always tends to be quite effervescent; supple, bit soapy, smooth mouthfeel. Nice ’white’ bready malt sweet middle with honeyish sugar residue on top, the banana lingering all the way through, something caramelly in the middle as well; finishes drier, with some subtly onsetting, retronasal oxidation (clearly an older bottle) and floral, mildly herbal hoppiness, providing some earthy and very lightly spicy bitterness in the back of the mouth. Your ordinary Belgian blonde, sweet and ridden with banana ester, but ’honest’ and technically well-executed without any flaws. I can imagine beer geeks being disappointed by this after seeing the association with one of the finest lambic producers in the world, but clearly this beer is intended to help fund exactly that, by being accessible to a large audience accustomed to this type of quenching, straightforward, ’easy’ beers and within that context, this is far from the worst.
Draft - Light bready notes. Hazy gold with a rich white head. Bready notes, fruity esters and a sweet bready finish.