Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale is a 6.5% blonde ale from Vertere, based in Oku-tama, in Tokyo, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup and as the name suggests, it is part of their Christmas line up for 2022. Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale is brewed using honey and lemon peel, and contains Aurora hops.
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale : At A Glance
- Alcohol: 6.5%
- Style: Blonde ale
- Hops: Aurora
- Adjuncts: Honey and lemon peel
- IBU: –
- Availability: Limited 2022 Edition
- On Sale: From November 2022
- Size: 500 ml
- Price: From ¥1,100
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aroma: Honey, lemon, and pineapple along with a slight yeast phenol aroma. Low malt sweetness.
- Notable Taste: Dry body with a honey astringent flavour, tart lemon, and pineapple. Slight yeast phenol flavour with a low malt sweetness.
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale : Aroma & Taste
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale poured out a hazy dark golden straw colour with a medium amount of fluffy white head that left some streaks around the side of the glass. The aroma of honey and lemon were immediate and grew stronger as the beer warmed up. This meant that I guess they added honey after fermentation had occurred due to its pungency. With the added aroma of phenols from the yeast, I couldn’t help but think that the aroma from Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale reminded me of some cough sweets – the kind that you suck on to help numb the throat when you have a cold. There was a low malt sweetness to the beer, with just a light pilsner sweetness present during drinking.
Drinking Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale began with a dry honey astringent flavour, that is perhaps the best way to explain it. It had the familiar honey flavour to it but I guess it depends on the flowers the bees used to feed on. The beer also had a tart lemon flavour during drinking as well as some pineapple flavour lingering underneath the honey and lemon. As Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale warmed up though, some more of the yeast phenols came through, which amplified the cough sweet feeling I had.
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale : The Bottom Line
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale is a bit rough around the edges for my liking so won’t be getting this again. Not like I have a choice though.
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale : Where to Buy
Vertere Christmas 2022 Blonde Ale can be bought online at the following places: