#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 20
Beer: Belgian Farmhouse Sorachi Ace
The Brewer: McColl’s Brewery / Caps Off collaboration
To be fair to this beer, I have to state up front that I am generally not a big fan of Belgian beer styles.
This is a collaboration between McColl’s Brewery and the team at Caps Off bottle shop and tasting bar and it’s really not a beer you’d expect to come out of Bishop Auckland and nearby Evenwood.
It’s an unfined beer and, as the bottle states, you can pour this in two ways; carefully, leaving the yeast sediment in the bottle, or just go for it and get a fuller, more rounded flavour. I went for the latter.
Having “gone for it” with the pour, I approached the actual drinking with a lot more respect. At 7.1%, this is not a gung-ho drink.
The aroma hits you on the pour, with a definite sweetness and there’s certainly banana in there.
In fact, both the aroma and the taste are sweet, almost cloying.
It’s a slow drink for me. I can’t say it’s one that hits the buttons for me, but that’s all about personal taste, it’s certainly not about the quality, because it’s clear that this is there in abundance.
Look out Brussels, we might not need to import your beer after Brexit…
Where in the North?
Bishop Auckland is the town I live in, and it’s a town on the rise in many ways. Thanks to inward investment from a hedge fund company boss, Jonathan Ruffer, the town’s centrepiece Market Place and Auckland Castle are the heart of current and future tourism highlights.
The castle itself is beautiful, but we now have the amazing summer Kynren events, while there is also a new art gallery dedicated to mining, and a new viewing tower and Spanish Gallery are under development.
Never heard of Bishop Auckland? You’re missing out.
Stan Laurel, one half of legendary comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, lived in Shildon as a youngster.
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