1071. Nom de Plum

1071. Nom de Plum

Jadyn and I went to the CBC for drinks on the 14th of August. We each had a "Nom de Plum", a Belgian-style ale brewed with plum juice.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Cambridge Brewing Company
Alcohol: 5.75%
Serving: Tap
Style: Belgian Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 3.0| Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 3.0 | Drinkability: 4.0


Nom de Plum pours a hazed, reddish, copper color. It's topped by a slightly off-white, shiny head that fades to a continuous film and leaves sheets of lace. The nose is dominated by peppery coriander, with a slight underlying fruitiness lent by the plum juice. I thought the aroma was a bit one-note for my taste. This beer would definitely benefit from toning down the coriander aromatics to let the fruitiness from the plums to come through.

This beer is malty upfront, but in a neutral sort of way: grainy rather than bready, textural rather than sweet. After these initial notes the plums come forward lending a slight bit of tartness, sweetness, and fruity, plum flavor. The finish is fairly flat, without a good flavor or spiciness. This beer is light-bodied with low carbonation. The carbonation could have been punched up a bit because the beer came across as fairly thin.

Despite my complaints, I thought this was a decent summer beer. It was light and refreshing.