Background: This Beer was presented to me in lieu of the libation of my quest; KBS. It’s greatness was expounded to me by the shop attendant. As his first recommendation to me was that of Fullers Ale 2007 about a year ago, I decided his opinion deserved consideration. I quickly retraced the path I had taken to get there and arrived safely at home, bottle in brown bag under arm.
Color: The beer was a bubbly translucent deep terracotta, like a fresh semi-dried brick hand made from the best of clay in
. If I squinted, held my breath, spun in a circle three hundred and fourteen and a half times, and then looked at the glass with my eyes one fifth of the way open, I could actually see the Monks of the Abbey of New Clairvoix. Spain
Taste: With all of the back story, the stones, and prayers I must admit I expected great things. Alas, I must write that the tasting was less than this. To use the word mediocre would be harsh, but only slightly. I have had myriad other time (and inebriation) forgotten named ales with similar responses from my tongue’s flavor catchers. What can be said is that part of the sale of each bottle goes towards the restoration of a twelfth century monastery, which although is not a flavor, it is nice. I do look forward to this ale’s siblings, Saison and Quad which will be released in June and November respectively.