Monday, 25 May 2015

A review of two Austrian Beers for Eurovision 2015

Dee:  “I wanted to try out some Austrian beers alongside the meal that we were cooking for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted in Vienna, but it turned out to be more of a challenge than I was expecting.  In fact, the only two Austrian beers that I could find were the Trappist Benno beer and a super-strong Samichlaus ‘Christmas’ lager.  As it turned out, both proved better on their own than as accompaniments to food, yet they both excelled in different ways.”

Beer 1:  Benno
Brewery:  Stift Engelszell
Tasting Notes said:  “With an intense shade of red with reminiscences of a sunny autumn day in the Danube valley.  The fine bubbles form a compact foam with complex, spicy grassy hop aromas.  Supported by pleasant malt aroma, this Trappist beer is an intense, harmonious bitter.”
Dee said:  “Lovely deep copper colour, with a heady aroma of barley and hops.  Strong, sharp and quite bitter tasting, and front-loaded without any lingering flavours.  Great unfussy beer best enjoyed on its own.”

Beer 2:  Samichlaus
Brewery:  Schloss Egenberg
Tasting Notes said:  “Samichlaus beer is brewed only once a year on December 6 and is aged for 10 months before bottling. Samichlaus is one of the rarest beer specialities in the world and at 14%, it is the strongest of its kind. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. This beer can be served with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particularly with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself.”
Dee said:  “At 14%, this beer is stronger than a lot of wine.  It has a deep Red-Mahogany colour and rich fruity aroma with hints of plums, figs and damsons.  Taste wise, it had only a tiny amount of fizz, and there were only the faint hints of maltiness, concentrating instead on dark juicy fruit flavours.  I initially paired it with a meal of steak and onions, and although the tasting notes suggested that it would go well with robust dishes, I ended up drinking it afterwards.  Although classed as a lager, I found it to be closer to a fortified wine, and I enjoyed it accordingly, in sips, and savouring it.  A beer of true distinction.” 

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