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Monday
Jan282013

MONTSENY WINTER ALE 

The Montseny Winter Ale. Winter beers are a big thing in Europe.

The Germans (who else?) lead the charge with some beautiful, 6% winter brews that are lagers with more gristle and body.

This is a Spanish version from Barcelona (and we had it in Barcelona. In winter) and the main difference is that the Catalans have wintered up an ale, rather than a lager.

The result is, ummm, challenging. It smells like cleaning chemicals with turning eggs tipped in and looks like liquified mud. If only it tasted like liquified mud I'd have at least had the opportunity to relive my childhood.

It is just plain awful. It's clearly unfiltered but the German winter beers tend to give you the unfliltered thing only after the yeast is dead. This thing leaves you with so much gut and throat burn that you can only assume the yeast is still alive and desperate to escape.

But that's after you swallow it. Before you get that far, you've got to run it across your tongue where it leaves painful memories of Marmite mixed with orange peel and sulphuric acid. 

So bad I gave it away to someone who also gave it away to someone else who couldn't finish it, either.

 

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