24 August 2019

Queen Bee English Ale (Aldi) By @SpectreUK

I am worried about my sweet tooth! I was searching in the cupboard for some marmalade earlier, as I wanted marmalade on toast and boiled eggs for a late breakfast. Instead I spied an unopened tin of treacle at the back of the breakfast cupboard and thought; "why not? I've been to the gym. I should have burned off and still be burning off enough calories for two pieces of toast covered in butter and treacle." So I did. I used to love treacle on toast when I was a lad. It was my favourite breakfast, now it's a Full English with all the trimmings, including black pudding and fried bread. However, today once I'd toasted, spread the butter and taken great joy in winding quite a few spoonfuls of treacle onto my toast, I took one bite and just wasn't that bothered. Cinabar has promised me some homemade flapjacks to further test my tastebuds, which I'm now rather looking forward too…

After all that rambling, I'm hoping I do like this Queen Bee Honeyed English Ale, from the Hogs Back Brewery. I've always loved honey brewed with beer, so I'm not too worried about my sweet tooth here. Having said that, I'd always loved treacle on toast too. On opening the bottle there was a sweet malted barley aroma, mixed with a hint of honey followed by herbal hops to finish. Mmm… my tastebuds were salivating, but they were for my treacle on toast earlier. This 4.2% volume deep golden almost brown ale oozes smooth sweet malty flavours to start with. The honey is well mixed in but clearly adds to the sweetness, whereas the hops have a light yet bitter flavour to finish into the aftertaste that left a little buzz on my tongue. Maybe the bee wants his honey back?

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