by Brouwerij Verhaeghe

From the fantastic Brouwerij Verhaeghe, makers of Duchesse de Bourgogne, Vichtenaar and Echt Kriekenbier – we have a second beer in the Barbe range.

Barbe Ruby is classed as a fruit beer, featuring cherries but in a very different way to a Kriek.  It pours a stunning dark red colour, topped by the prettiest pink hued foam. 

The aroma comes bursting out of the bottle, and this is where I (at first) felt a dislike for this beer.  To me it was all sweet almonds, like those complimentary Italian almond cookies (Amaretti) you get with coffee.  

There is an early sweetness, a combination of fruit and malt, which is quickly overridden by a solid and sustained tartness that continue to induce an eye squint at each sip.

And then just when you thought it was over, the raspberries come through with a dry, tart bite that leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and ready to do it all over again.  I went from loathing to quite liking this beer, several times over, but in the end I finished my glass and probably could have explored another. But not straight away!


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