The ever-versatile Kees created a new beer in January that he’s called ‘It’s A Blond!’ And as usual, it was a beer that is anything but true to a style guideline.
A look through the list of ingredients shows the use of Pils and Munchener malts. Amarillo hops are the lupuline choice. There is also coriander and mango added. And this is all fermented with the famously spicy and complex yeast from the Trappist Monks at Westmalle.
Its almost as if these ingredients were thrown together, and the result was something of a surprise. A bit like not know the sex of your baby – oh wow, this one’s a blond!
I took me quite a few sips to start wrapping my head around what this beer was. There is the sweetness of the mango, with the fruitiness adding to the caramel malt body resulting in a heavier, stickier mouthfeel than expected. The hops are there, though they come in quite late, but linger in the aftertaste.
It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, though is certainly an interesting beer.