Today has been a beautiful, Spring-like day here in our nation’s capital, and just about everyone was out and about, including me. I took too long enjoying the weather and am now running out of time before I meet some friends for a movie – so this review will be short and sweet.
I’m reviewing New Belgium’s Spring Blonde. it’s a Belgian-style pale ale and it pours out a crystal-clear and golden light yellow. There’s pretty much no foam, nor bubbles floating up to the top. I get a lot of lemon and wheat from the aroma and maybe just a hint of spiciness in back.
Tastewise, this is a little flat for me. I expected a much more distinct lemon flavor, based on the smell, although it makes an appearance toward the end. Spring Blonde has a lot of wheat throughout the taste, but it’s a bit soapy and I don’t pick up any spice. The end note sticks around for a while, and that’s not necessarily a good thing to pair with a thick mouthfeel, which this beer also has.
Overall, I’m going to give this a strong meh. If you’re really into blonde ales or wheaty beers, I’d recommend trying Spring Blonde. If not, maybe pass on it for something better.
Also, don’t forget just two weeks until the LIBA Spring 2014 craft beer meetup on Sunday, March 23 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in downtown Bahhsstun. I’m thinking this will be the best one yet, and hope to meet as many LIBA readers as possible!
T-minus three weeks until my long-overdue Boston vacation, complete with Beerfest and a LIBA meetup, and I couldn’t be more psyched! Josh is still finalizing details, but count on somewhere downtown Sunday afternoon on March 23rd. If you’re in the area, hope you can make it out, because I want to meet as much of LIBA Nation as possible!
Okay, solicitation over – onto this week’s review. I’ve expressed my love for hoppy beers more times than teenage girls swoon over Justin Beiber, but I’ve also got a soft spot on my palate for spicy or herbed beers. Usually I’ll go for a nice tripel, but when I saw Bison Brewing’s Organic Honey Basil, I was intrigued.
As you may have guessed, it’s brewed with honey and basil, the two flavors that unsurprisingly dominate this beer’s aroma. It pours out a hazy dark copper color, with virtually no foam crown, which is a bit surprising considering the steady stream of small bubble rising from the bottom of my glass.
Tastewise, this is definitely a unique and delicious brew! It starts out with honey sweetness and a hint of citrus up front, gets hoppy with tons of basil notes through the middle, and closes on a bittersweet honey end note. Even though there’s several heavy flavors in this beer, it’s super crisp and very drinkable with minimal mouthfeel. Honestly, this reminds me more of herbal tea than a beer!
I’d definitely recommend picking up a sixer of this brew, and bet it’s crazy good during a hot summer day!