Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Blondie

I have some different beers from HaandBryggeriet that I’m going to review in the days to come, and I’m going to start with a low-alcohol beer that hasn’t been for sale for that long in the shops where I live (Fredrikstad, Norway).

HaandBryggeriet Blondie is a Belgian Ale with an ABV of 4.5%. Apparently it’s brewed with the wild style house yeast over at HaandBryggeriet, so I guess I can expect some funky sour notes. Let’s get started!

HaandBryggeriet BlondieLooks

Slightly hazy orange color with a big thick white head.

Aroma

Strong yeasty aroma up front with some spicy notes lurking in the back. I’m also getting some hints of newly cut green grass.

Flavor

As in the aroma there are some clear yeasty hints in the flavor. I’m also getting hints of coriander and grass.

The mouth feel is a bit below medium, but it does not feel watery. The carbonation level is a bit above medium and is perhaps a tad bit too aggressive for this beer. It does feel really refreshing though.

As the beer warms up a bit it starts to feel slightly sour, but not in a bad way.

Finish

The finish is quite bitter and lasts for a good while. There are small citrus hints present all the way.

Rating

A low alcohol beer that has grown a bit on me since I first tasted it. The clear hints of yeast might be a bit too much for some, but I really like it. Score: 3.7/5.

HaandBryggeriet Blondie

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