Style: Belgian blonde ale
Brewery: Beer Studio
Beer Studio formed in 2013 and continue to be one of the driving forces in the craft beer scene here in Umeå to this day. Along with their award-winning beers such as Loop Lime Lager, they also produce a wide range of craft soda, which are available throughout the region. This is the first time they have produced a Belgian blonde ale, and so I was thankful that I was able to get it into this tasting. I was also rather curious to see how well this turned out, and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this was.
It had a very pleasing golden colour with a long-lasting fluffy white head that is indicative of the style. Spicy clove notes coupled with hits of banana and moss were present in the strong aroma. There was also a noticeable layer of sweetness evident. The thick and slightly oily body coated the tongue with the first sip, with a copious amount of honey and resin found in the taste. It warmed the throat when swallowed, leaving a spiced honey note on the back of the tongue. It refreshed the mouth, with a lively phenolic edge that faded quickly. My only negative was that I found a small amount of sourness in the aftertaste which I didn’t expect.
Easy to drink, light and bubbly, this blonde was really enjoyable. It had all the characteristics I would expect with the style, and I could drink one of these again easily! I would really like to try this again in the coming summer months, as I think it could be a really nice alternative to a crisp lager on a sunny day.