Sunday, 11 January 2015
K:rlek Pale Ale
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, out of Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium, by Mikkeller, this brew contains a sensible 5.9% alcohol. It's sold in 330mL bottles that feature a flashlight wielding woman in the woods.
An extremely cloudy, slightly dull gold ale, K:rlek pours with a cowl of thick cream head. It has an intoxicating citrus aroma that leans toward lemon, and also has a slight tropical bent.
Passion fruit notes and tart citrus are front and centre in the flavour. This is a fairly hoppy beer, but in a fruitful way. There is also a fair measure of yeastiness, particularly toward the back end.
This is a thought-provoking ale. It's tart, bitter, tropical, and delicious. I wouldn't sit down to more than one in a go--it's a bit too unusual for session drinking--but I'd gladly enjoy another bottle sometime soon.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.