Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jupiler Force

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - MAY 5, 2011
I poured a 330ml can into a tumbler.

Appearance: Extremely pale/straw white gold. Tons of carbonation. Forms a bright white, frothy head which mostly evaporates, but does leave good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Lemon honey cough drops plus raw, wet grain (similar to a "bran" cereal).

Taste: Take any "natural" type brand of lemon honey cough drops, liquefy it, and that’s what Jupiler Force is. Very sweet with what seems to be real honey flavor, but the lemon seems overly-lightened and artificial. Much closer to what you get in a 7-Up or Sprite than any kind of lemon peel or zest you’d get in a hefeweizen or citrus flavors from highly-hopped IPAs. Personally, I’m not a fan of honey so I found this very cloying, although the soda-like taste made it tolerable. I did notice an underlying barley flavor, which does tell me this is a beer-based product.

Mouthfeel: Light, thin, crispy.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink if you can tolerate the high level of honey sweetness. Thin, crisp body makes it literally feel and go down as if it were a soda or maybe a pilsner. As it warms the flavor grows more cloying and slightly sour. Supposedly 0.0% ABV, I’m not sure how that’s possible - although I don’t detect any alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, another strange European beer product. I’d recommend this only for people who REALLY love honey and lemon together. Otherwise, there’s not much to enjoy here.

Grade: 3/10

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