This Belgian Abbey Beer was produced by the Huyghe Brewery, in Belgium, which is the same brewer that makes the Orange Peel Beer I obtain (well, Cinabar treats me to a bottle when I’ve written tons of blogs for her… it’s a hard life!) from Marks and Spencer’s that goes perfectly with fishy meals. The orange peel beer is also available in Tesco in the same 750ml bottle as this Abbey Beer, with the same style label. At 6.5% volume, this Belgian Abbey Beer was described on the bottle as having a “rich fruitcake aroma” and “citrus hop notes, with a sweet finish and a hint of spice”. The ingredients included; water, malted barley, sugar, hops, yeast, and so I was interested to find out where the “hint of spice” came from, but suspected this would be from the hops, rather than some secret ingredient!
I cautiously unwound the metal wire guard around the cork at the top of the bottle, and gave a childish giggle as the cork popped out noisily and bounced off the ceiling. I wasn’t wearing a tin hat at the time (I’ve got one just in case I’m too cheeky to Cinabar), but fortunately the cork ended up some way across the room. On pouring I found this beer was light in colour, with a fresh and full bodied fruity pale beer smell to it. The yeast mixed with malted barley tickled my taste buds to start with, and then there was a sweet fruity taste followed by a suggestion of spice. It was a perfect warming accompaniment on Christmas Day evening whilst watching the snowy scenes in one of my favourite movies of all time, Where Eagles Dare, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. It was a pretty long film and I was able to savour every beery fruity and lightly spiced mouthful. I will definitely have this beer again, and will also be hunting for other beers from the Huyghe Brewery in 2012.