Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Unibroue U Miel

Did you know Unibroue has a line of overtly pedestrian beers? Neither did I until told me AND gave me one of these brews - the "U Miel" (thanks Denis for the beer!). I have no idea what "U Miel" means, but the mystery of it all makes for an even more interesting beer to review.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Poured a 11.2oz bottle into a tumbler

Appearance: Dark amber color, almost completely transparent. Forms a small, white, sudsy head which evaporates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Darker larger aroma with slight honey aroma.

Taste: The brewery classifies this as a pilsner, but it’s much more in the tradition of a Vienna style lager. More emphasis on toasted, nutty malts with honey sweetness throughout. Lower bitterness and clean aftertaste make it quite refreshing, actually. Not a very robust palate, and perhaps a touch of tang as the beer warms. Not as grainy as a fizzy yellow beer, but not as robust as a Sam Adams or Brooklyn lager.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a crisp effervescence.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable and refreshing. Not much taste to work with as far as food pairings, so it works as a liquid refreshment. Definitely sessionable at 4.9% ABV.

Overall, an average beer to be sure, but one that would make an ideal gateway beer for fizzy yellow beer drinkers.

Grade: 5/10

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