The Blonde 40th anniversary beer.
The usual Chouffe presentation. Lemon colored, lightly clouded body with an initial high, white, bubbly head. Retention and lace are not great, but there is a thin film left on the surface of the beer.
Light, hoppy nose but more sweet than anything else.
Tastes reflect the nose with a lightly hoppy note surrounded by some sweeter cereal notes. It finishes dry and with a kind of light, orange juice. The zesty, orange peel/pith tastes come on stronger as the beer warms, and together with the dry finish, this is the impression I am left with. Some light grassy notes and some people report a spice element that for me, comes out as more orange.
Creamy mouthfeel without drama.
It’s a nicely put together, simple beer. That’s good, and I like the ABV, but for such an anniversary beer maybe something bigger, bolder and more memorable was required? Seems like an opportunity slightly missed.