From the moment you pop the cork you know you’re in the presence of something a little bit special.
The aroma is an amazing mix of flowerbeds and straw, honey and wood shavings, and then you take a swig of this golden beauty with its billowing head and the flavours are almost overwhelming.
Candy sugar coated willow twigs, hazelnuts and peanut brittle, toffee apples and all spice, lemon covered pancakes and the sharp sinewy resinous pith of freshly cut sapling wood.
The dry hopping punctuates all this with sharp bitter lime leaves and there’s a warm alcohol driven earthy mushroom and silage farmyard sweetness that hangs in the background like a delicious mist, creating a bitter sweet, crisp and wonderfully dry finish.
It’s the beginning of July and I think I may have found my favourite beer of 2014.
Source: Les Crêpes de Sophie