Sunday, July 18, 2010

La Botteresse Blonde


La Botteresse Blonde
 

Brewed by:
Brasserie la Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois
Belgium

Belgian Strong Pale Ale

8.50% ABV






Commercial Description:La Botteresse Blond
    * Style: Blond Ale, refermentation in bottle
    * Abv: 7.5%
    * Format: 11.2 oz bottle
    * Color: hazy blond, creamy, lacy white head
    * Tasting Notes: spicy, citrusy aroma of sweet fruit; sparkling, vibrant mouthfeel, sweet & crisp citrus, herbal, butterscotch
(12percentimports.com)

General Pricing:330 ml bottle, ~ $5.00

Background:This is another 12 percent import that I have been waiting to review. So far every thing that I have had from 12 percent imports has been exceptional. This is the first tasting of this bier. I can’t want to see what it’s like.

Review:The bier pours a hazy golden blond color with almost orange hues and a bright white head. It seems to be so carbonated that the head is imploding from within. The creamy bubbles are growing larger and larger and the head is collapsing before my eyes.

What an interesting aroma on the nose. It’s a little yeasty but full of sweet fruit and zesty citrus aromas. The citrus is more of an orange note then a lemon. This smells incredibly refreshing; I can’t wait to dive into it.

We are starting this one at 55 degrees. It obviously took me a little while to get set up. The bier fridge is calibrated to 40 degrees so I must have taken a while to set up the laptop before starting this review.

Wow, no really WOW! That is the most unique Belgian Blonde that I have had. It is very clean crisp and refreshing with wonderful light fruits and citrus notes. This is good, really good.

It starts out with sweet light pilsner like malts on the tip of the tongue, then a very nice effervescence over the tongue in mid-sip. The back-end is very easy drinking, refreshing and also full of light fruit and citrus flavors. The finish is clean, crisp and refreshing and that is where you really get hit with all the flavors. There is a slight final aftertaste; sweet orange citrus notes along with a hint of yeast.

Man I wish this was mass produced I would love to have a keg of this for a summer party.
This is an interesting Blonde. It has more similarities of a Belgian Wit then most of the other Belgian Blondes that I have had. What a perfect summer ale. 

I guess it’s hard for most people to get excited about a Blonde but I am really digging this one. This is another one of these beers that has “Simple Elegance”. There is nothing outstanding about this bier it is just perfectly crafted. I’m not sure I have a “Gold Standard” for a Belgian Blonde so this may be it.

The head has diminished to just a patchy island but there is still a decent ring around the top edge of the glass. It is also leaving some lacing.

This is very impressive. It is so easy to drink; as soon as you put the glass down the sweet citrus finish and aftertaste are craving you to go back for more.

As it warms it is picking up some more earthy almost spicy notes. That may be what they referred to as herbal in the 12percent description. The bier is now at 70 degrees. Which only means that I’m slow at typing since this is so refreshing I’m not nursing it at all.

In Style this is a solid A maybe even an A+. I really don’t think I have ever had such a nice Belgian Blonde before. 

I highly recommend this bier to any fan of Belgian Blondes. Actually anyone that likes the lighter summer wheat ales will love this one as a special treat. It is a little high at over $5.00 a bottle but is would be a nice treat, if you were so inclined.

This is a wonderfully delicious and refreshing summer ale for any season.

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