Here’s your cheat sheet for It’s A Blond by Brouwerij Kees.
Brouwerij Kees, It’s A Blond / Belgian Blonde / 6% ABV / IBU 18
Featured in main subscriber box on 20 December 2018.
Serve this beer between 10°C and 13°C; stick it in the fridge for about an hour.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
“A new beer showing that traditional blonde beers need not be bland.”
Here we see the familiar craft beer trope – take a classic European pale ale and stick some fruity American hops in it – applied to a Belgian beer. These typically have a more in-your-face yeast character than British beers, so there’s more for the hops to compete with – or play with, if it goes well. Along with the usual coriander and Belgian yeast flavours in this beer, the flavours from the hops in this beer are:
- Citra: mango, tropical fruit, lime
- Summit: pink grapefruit, orange
I’m continuing with the xmas indulgence theme for my food pairings this week. Get yourself a massive cheese and charcuteries board and have at it. This beer, with it’s fruity tropical hop character, should stand up pretty well to some moderately flavoured cheeses, and even a touch of spice in the meat if that’s what you like.
Not too long ago I enjoyed some Regeasticks – snacking salamis made by Moons Green charcuterie on the Kent/Sussex border, which contain cranberry, scotch bonnet pepper, spices and herbs. I reckon they’d go down a real treat with this. You can get them from Borough Market’s Canon & Canon.