"White Gold": such a lovely way to describe a beer that looks like slightly cloudy Budweiser. But I'm being facetious. Wild Swan (are there any tame swans?) is a lovely 3.5% ABV summer blonde from Derbyshire's finest, Thornbridge. I think it's an English golden ale at heart. It has the crisp lager-like refreshing qualities of the best ones, and a piquant, pithy hop bite at the finish. Even at this low strength there's also a touch of bubblegum malt coming through as well.
But that pale haziness is pure Belgian witbier. It's missing the spice, admittedly, but there's the right sort of lemony zest at the heart of the flavour, as well as the palate-cleansing fizz.
Complex enough to sit over; light enough to quaff: Wild Swan is a great all-rounder.
Rosé de Gambrinus - *Origin: Belgium | Date: 2009 | ABV: 5% | On The Beer Nut: March 2009* Framboise wouldn't be my favourite gueuze hack but Cantillon's version is one I alwa...
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