Haand Bryggeriet Blondie (4.5%)

Yes, yes, yes, I know you know my predilection for all things Norwegian.
It’s almost boring now.
I picked this bottle up from a new (to me anyway) shop in Birmingham called Cotteridge Wines.
I asked for something interesting and they pointed me to this, and seeing where it was from I just had to give it a go.
What we have here, Norwegian or not, is a fine take on a classic Belgian Blonde Beer.
Blondie pours with a wisp of head and glows a lovely orange colour.
The aroma is all sun drenched morning orchards, dewy and apple rich with a clean fresh steely background.
There’s a lovely and satisfyingly dense fizz in every mouthful that breaks up to leave first a lightly burned sugar syrup malt with hints of crusty bread and then a big bag of cloves and aniseed that jump out at you from the back.
And that spice rich herbal tang continues through the hops with a splash of cleansing camomile tea poured over a sappy dry green hazel twang and the snap of woodland leaf litter.
All this and a tongue curling dryness that goes on and on wearing a lemon rind jacket.
I’m looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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