Pours a darker orangeblonde, small white head. Scent is white sugar, bready, orange, vanilla, cinnamon. Sweet bread (like milkbread, not the meat 'sweetbread') Taste is full, mandarine (orange), bit zesty, natural, sweet impressions but with a tart back, mild peach-like qualities. Lovely, refreshing summer beer.
New Totem beer, a session strength sour generously fruited with mandarin and green lemon; at Ghent Beer Fest, cheers Klaas and Liesbeth! Snow white, fine-bubbled, slowly breaking head over a cloudy yolk-yellow blonde beer with apricot hue. Intense aroma of indeed ripe mandarin, vanilla, lemon zest, raw cucumber, dough, yoghurt, orange juice, candied pineapple, even Piña Colada. Crisp onset, sour in a mellowish, yoghurty way but accentuated by lots of 'citrusiness' from the added fruit, mandarin certainly present but also hints of starfruit and pineapple, lively carbonated with refreshing effect; slick doughy and cereally malt core steeped in yoghurty lactic tartness and a huge dosis of citrusiness with yellow fruit dominating (even a whiff of mango somewhere), vanilla coming up retronasally and adding to a general 'fruit cocktail' effect. The gentle sourness dries the finish but softly so, while a wealth of exotic fruitiness, citrus on top, remains the main player. Another Totem 'hipster cocktail' in beery form, very well done in its respective style and reminiscent of earlier fruit beers created by these genius brewers. Update: one week after Ghent Beer Fest, at BXL Beer Fest, Totem had apparently added a third fruit to this cocktail, namely blood orange; this version was arguably a bit sweeter and juicier than the original one containing only mandarin and lemon, but since the brewer does not apparently intend to name it differently or put it on the market as a different version in any kind of way, I guess it is this second blood orange batch which should be regarded as the 'final' one. My rating here is to be interpreted as an average for both batches.