Unless I dozed off this upcoming collaboration pilsner is the first get-together since Sam Adams and Dogfish Head joined financial forces. From logo to ingredients this hoppy pilsner skews to the DFH side of the ledger but could have a nice Brut like taste to it considering the honey added.
I will be reviewing the the under appreciated but always solid Unibroue from Quebec.
We start with the most recent seasonal, Lune de Miel, a summer specialty release that was sent to me to review by parent company Sapporo. The beer is a Belgian-style strong amber ale brewed with local Québec honey.
This new offering was “inspired by a tradition dating back almost 4,000 years. In Ancient Babylon, the father of the bride would provide his new son-in-law with an unlimited supply of mead during the first month of marriage, a period that came to be called the “honey month”. As Babylonians were using a lunar calendar, the honey month eventually became the “honey moon”.”
After popping the foiled cap off the elegant black and gold labeled bottle a really fragrant hefe meets potpourri nose comes rushing out. Strong beer here. Honey is here in force. Belgian esters as well. Not quite clove or banana but close. This beer is prickly in a good way. Almost like an Imperial hefe. I shouldn’t be surprised. Whenever I get their Trader Joe’s branded beers, they are top notch. This will probably show up in my year-end Best of 2017. Straightforward and superb.
Angel City continues to add beers to the rotation with the latest (after their Double IPA) being the pun-illy named Lager. The lager “is a slightly sweet honey grapefruit lager with a strong citrus aroma and a subtle tart bite. Made with pink grapefruit and sage honey…”
I have enjoyed a good track record with the lighter beers from ACBC such as the Marilyn Cream ale and their pilsner so I predict this one will be good too.
Food GPS tomorrow will reveal what I thought about some of the events so far this week. (And add some events to see in the remaining days as well). I thought I would use this space to review the L.A. Beer Week beer, Unity 2013 with honey and hibiscus from Eagle Rock Brewery.
Unity 2013 pours with a lovely red tint to it. I get a slight aroma of hibiscus on the nose as I tip the bottle towards me. The taste is very light on the tongue. I get mostly wheat and malt at first followed by a good amount of hibiscus. But not so much that it takes over which hibiscus is wont to do. There is some residual sweetness to it but the bubbles really do their work and scrub it away before anything cloying happens. A really nice beer for the late summer / early fall heat wave that L.A. is fond of having.