S & M Brewing B is for Blonde

B is for Blonde by S & M Brewing, Belgian Blond, 6.7% ABV, 23.6 IBU.

A cooperation brew between ClubGonzo and the inspiration behind the magnificent imperial stout M, Marianne – here is the second batch (and my first) from S & B Brewing!

Cloudy body, cloudy sky.

Cloudy body, cloudy sky.

It pours a cloudy, opaque, medium orange to amber body with a quite large, creamy, white head that laces my glass very well. The head settles as a fully lasting layer.

The aroma is quite faint, and quite frankly it’s not that interesting. I get sweet fruits and light Belgian yeast with some subdued spicy notes.

There is more happening in the strong flavour, the Belgian yeast is stronger and the fruitiness is more pronounced. I get mainly sweet light fruits, especially apples. Also sweet caramel, and in the back there are hints of spices and vanilla, and, hey, some vague traces of solvent. Moderate sweet taste with a light bitter and long-lasting finish.

It has a pleasant mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation and a light dryness.

Conclusion: a bit anonymous, but quite tasty and drinkable.

S & M Brewing B is for Blonde

S & M Brewing B is for Blonde

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Flanders Blue

Flanders Blue by ClubGonzo, Flanders Red/Fruit Beer,  6.4% ABV, 20.1 IBU.

Flanders Blue by ClubGonzo, Batch no. 70.

Flanders Blue by ClubGonzo, Batch no. 70.

The past 5 years I’ve been trying to learn how to appreciate sour beers, but I still haven’t fully succeeded. However, Flanders Red are really growing on me, so I’m looking forward to ClubGonzo’s first attempt at this style. But of course, this is ClubGonzo, so there’s a twist: he’s added blueberries.

It pours a very cloudy deep red body, with a quite large, creamy, medium head that settles as a fully lasting layer, and lots of foam sticks to the glass.

Deep red body. Goes well to our green lawn.

Deep red body. Goes well to our green lawn.

The nose is sour, funky and strong, with fermented red berries, cherries, cherry pits and barnyard, and marzipan in the back.

In the mouth it’s clear that this is the real deal, this is a sour that is true to the style, with no off-flavours. I get a strong flavour of vinegar, fermented red berries, including cherries, and other fermented fruity notes, upon a gentle barnyard background. It’s quite rough and maybe a bit too vinegary, but it’s very nice. The taste is light sweet, moderate sour, moderate acetic and light bitter.

It’s very dry on the palate, it has a medium body and a moderate carbonation.

Conclusion: a powerful and vinegary sour beer, with a nice fruitiness from the blueberries (although it’s hard to single out exactly these berries).

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    14/20
Ratebeer score: 3.6/5.0