I got hold of a pair of Loverbeer bottles recently, an Italian brewery I was yet to try.
Now I wonder what all the fuss was about.
Saison De L’Ouvrier (5.8%)
Beautifully packaged I was tricked into thinking this might be wonderful.
It opened well enough, with a very nice light lemony aroma.
Problem is, that’s about all there is.
What this beer tastes of more than anything else is water.
There’s a tiny swish of caramel from the malts and a rumour of some spicy yeast.
The hops bring a floppy sloppy lemonade thinness and the finish is fresh like a good cold glass of water with a slice of lemon in it is fresh.
A glass of water with a slice of lemon in it is also a lot cheaper.
This oak aged Amber Ale suffers from exactly the same problems as De L’Ouvrier in that, even given its ABV, it feels thin and watery and, in this case, almost completely flat.
There’s a decent enough damp woodiness and a little bit of toffee from the malts, but the hops are almost identical to the Saison, providing an apology for its weedy lemon and hedgerow slap.
And then there’s water.
Lots of lovely fresh clean water, this time with a hint of mopped down leatherette sofas in the finish.
This went down the sink.