From the Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, East Flanders, Belgium comes yet another cracking beer! Yes St.Stefanus have launched their NEW Blanche which is available in Waitrose… We just couldn’t wait to try this epic brew!
As with the Blonde, the presentation of this little beer is pretty awesome, the bottle is beautifully shaped, with a brightly coloured bottle cap bearing the flaming heart of St. Augustijn, who is the patron Saint of the monastery where the brewery originated.
St. Stefanus Blanche is brewed with coriander to give it an extra kick of spiciness and a touch of orange peel to juice it up a little! Refermented in the bottle, lends this beer the opportunity to become more fruity and full with age, becoming darker and complex. If you plan to do this, you need to store it upright in a cool dry place (ideally 8-16 degrees). If you are blessed enough to have a cellar then great, if not under your bed will suffice.
So here we go, we cracked one of these bad boys open and this is what we found!..
Appearance: Hazy, light amber/ straw, with a thick, white frothy head.
Aroma: A dash of wheat, followed by a citrusy zest, finished off by a hit of fresh spice, coriander and a slight malty/ caramel underlay.
Flavour: Mellow with a touch of orange, followed by a hint of smoke polished off by a spice burn and a dry hoppy finish.
Well balanced, easy going and perfect for when the nights get longer and the days get hotter!
Pairing: This pairs perfectly with Soignon ripened goat cheese which is also available at Waitrose. The cheese isn’t too overpowering and dampens the spice of the Blanche, bringing more of the orange/ citrusy flavours to the table. The sweetness of the Blanche cuts through the rich bitter edge of the cheese to make it smoother.
So there you have it, the perfect brew to accompany your evening in the run up to the summer, available at Waitrose and at 5.0%, a pretty sessionable brew too!
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