935. Never Mind the Bollekes!

935. Never Mind the Bollekes!

From the CBC website:
Named after the infamous 1977 album by the Sex Pistols, but inspired by the world-class beer produced in Antwerp, Belgium, by the DeKoninck brewery. Their iconic beer, served in a spherical stemmed glass called a bolleke, is so closely identified in its native Antwerp with its glass that the term bolleke is most colloquially used to refer to a glass filled with the beer itself! In other words, one never orders ‘a glass of DeKoninck,’ one just orders ‘a bolleke.’ Wishing to avoid inciting a copyright infringement lawsuit, we’ve decided against serving our Belgian pale ale in a similar goblet, and instead you’ll find it gracing the flared bowl of our traditional tulip glass. Bright, unfiltered, pale-to-amber in color, it boasts plenty of fruity Begian yeast character. Medium-bodied, the flavors of pilsner and Munich-style malt balance deftly with spicy and floral hops. Hoppier than the Antwerpen amber ale we so admire, it is also of a sessionable nature and can be enjoyed throughout an evening’s conversation. Or in the midst of your favorite mosh pit. We hope our Antwerpen brewing brethren have a sense of humor about this!
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Cambridge Brewing Company
Alcohol: 5.50%
Serving: Tap
Style: Belgian Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.5 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 5.0


Pours a clear copper with a slight haze. Topped by a dense, fluffy, off-white head that leaves sheets of lace. The aroma is toasty, fruity in the Belgian yeast sort of way, peppery and a tad yeasty.

There's a sweet, bready, malt backbone. Banana fruitiness appears in the center and lingers into finish, which has a mild peppery spice and light bitterness. Light-bodied and a bit thin, perhaps a bit more carbonation would carry it through better.

Like its inspiration, the very model of a session beer.

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