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.
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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
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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.
Read more on this beer from BeerBods and Brouwerij Kees. You can also check out some of the previous cheat sheets if you want to catch up on a beer from past weeks.