Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Beer Advent Calendar Day 13- Saltaire Brewery Raspberry Blonde

Good evening all. Slightly later post compared to previous days, as I've just come back from an impromptu trip to London to see a friend and try out the new Camden Town Brewery beers at the Craft Beer Co: Bleeding Hops, Gentleman's Wit and Camden Ink. All of these were fantastic, with the standout being Bleeding Hops, a gorgeous 6.4% IPA/red ale brewed with Simcoe and Motueka hops. Fantastic stuff- if you ever get the opportunity to try any of these beers, don't hesitate. Even managed to bring back a bottle of Rogue Chocolate Stout, which shall be enjoyed at some point before Christmas! Now, onto tonight's beer, Saltaire Brewery's Raspberry Blonde....

Raspberry Blonde pours a light golden colour with a decent head that soon dissolves to nothing in the glass. The aroma is beautiful- the raspberries aren't too imposing, which can be the problem with a lot of fruit beers, and the malt still seems to take precedence. Already looking forward to this one! The taste is incredibly light- no bitterness at all, delicate raspberry flavour and just a hint of the golden beer during the tasting but not in the finish. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated but not excessive. Overall, a very well balanced beer with enough of the raspberry flavour to add another dimension, but not so much that it masks any of the flavours contributed by the malt. Any fans of Bacchus or Mort Subite should try this beer, along with anyone who doesn't normally consider themselves to be a beer drinker. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

Tomorrow, my last post from Guildford. All subsequent posts shall be from Devon, with the possible exception of Thursday, when I shall be in Southampton. Busy few days ahead! Until next time....

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