It’s time for the greatest international football competition in the world, the FIFA World Cup. This year it is hosted in Russia. In order to celebrate this tournament I’m going to be doing some beer reviews on game days, specifically featuring the countries involved.
Let’s kick off with France vs Australia!
Mandatory “Chti Blonde” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.23 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: France
- Brewery: Brasserie Castelain
- ABV: 6.4%
- Style: Blonde
- Serving: Bottle, 330ml
The French aren’t particularly famous for making beers: wine and champagne are their world famous alcohol products. This beer poured an amber-honey colour, with a very large foam head. The head settled quickly over the space of a few minutes. Little came from the beer in terms of both aroma and taste, which was a bit disappointing. A hint of citrus and a little sweetness were the only flavours that I could really identify. Surprisingly, I didn’t even find any warmth from the 6.4% ABV.
Rating: 2.0/5. ‘Chti Blonde’ lacks a flavour profile and depth. It doesn’t taste offensive, but there is nothing that makes it good! I feel that the UK craft beer scene has spoilt my taste buds, rendering my standards too high.
Mandatory “Original Pale Ale” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.2 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Australia
- Brewery: Cooper’s Brewery
- ABV: 4.5%
- Style: Pale Ale
- Serving: Bottle, 375ml
Now let us travel to the other side of the world, Australia! I’ve actually seen this brewery’s bottles on an Australian cooking competition that I watch during meal preparation with my other half – the cooking team used it as part of a beer batter mix. I on the other hand, will be using it for its originally intend purpose: to drink!
I popped the green bottle cap, which had the brewery’s name written on it in a format that I can only describe as a ‘baseball style font’. It poured slightly darker than Chti, a light caramel, with a smaller foam head. Sediment was noticeable very early, but there were tips on the bottle on how to prevent there being too much in your drink. The reason for this sediment is that the beer itself is unfiltered. Within most beers, following fermentation, filtration occurs, removing remnants of dormant yeast that have fallen to the bottom of the liquid.
In contrast to falling sediment throughout the beer, there were a plethora of bubbles rising to the surface, joining the foam head of the beer. It was quite cool to watch the bi-directional flow within the glass! Fruity aromas were evident on the nose, which then translated into the beer with a surprising apple tinge upon sampling. Though people may be offended by the sediment, I think a really cool effect is produced when you’re at the last third of the drink: if you raise your glass to taste and then lower it back to its original surface, the turbulence produced create a visual experience… The slight swirling of the remnants of the initial foam head intermingle with a ‘mini-vortex’ produced by the sediment. It’s like a sand-storm!
Rating: 3.0/5. ‘Original Pale Ale’ had a hint of apple, which made a nice change and this beer put on a bit of a visual show too! Nothing groundbreaking, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.
Football: A promising, largely inexperienced, but talented side of Frenchmen may have sealed a 2-1 victory over the Socceroos from Down Under; however, the Australians have made a better beer that kept my spirits alive as I rooted for the underdogs who had their backs against the wall for much of the game. To the French – stick to wine, cheese and football!