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Christoffel Bier (298 of 1001)

Rating: 3.85

The seventh Dutch beer from the 1001 beers list that I will have reviewed now, a bottle of Christoffel Blond as it is commonly known despite the fact that the label simply reads Christoffel Bier. This is a bottle that I managed to try whilst in Amsterdam early last month at Café De Spuyt on my last night in the city and after a lengthy delay I’m finally getting round to adding the review here. First brewed in 1986, this one was the first beer that the brewery produced and was brewed by brewmaster Leo Brand who had previously studied at the Weihenstephan brewing university in Munich before working with that brewery for a number of years which is probably why this first brew is a German influenced pilsner. The beer itself takes its name from the patron Saint of the town of Roermond where the beer was originally brewed, although production has recently moved to Belgium and the De Proef brewery in Lochristi.

Christoffel Bier (Blond)

Appearance (4/5): Clear blond in colour with a tiny bit of haze in the body and a fluffly looking head that is white and slgihtly foamy, managing to leave a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Floral on the nose and quite fruity with a light bitterness along with some pleasant grassy hops. There is a slighty sweet aroma to the beer with a bit of citrus and some Belgian style yeast before some bread and faint malts round things off nicely. This one smells very good for a pilsner despite not being the most pronounced on the nose.
Taste (8/10): Floral tasting with some nice hops adding a bitterness upfront and a few grassy flavours making an appearance too early on. The beer was sweeter than I had expected going in with some background fruits such as orange making themselves known alongside some good citrus flavours and some touches of spice towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and quite crisp on the palate with a lively feel that comes through thanks to the the strong carbonation. There is a slightly sweet feel to the beer with medium bitterness and a great balance on top of a light-medium body; the beer also seemed quite refreshing too.

Overall (15/20): This one was a very nice pilsner that went down very nicely despite almost seeming more like a Belgian pale ale than a German style pilsner at times, perhaps this was a result of the Belgian yeast that made an early appearance on the nose but I can’t be sure. The beer had an excellent balance with a solid fruity backing and plenty of flavours to keep you interested as well as remaining refreshing and easy to drink throughout. There was definitely more hops than I was expecting and the finish was quite a dry one but overall the beer was very good and well worth trying.

Brewed In: Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands
Brewery: Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel
First Brewed: 1986
Known As: Christoffel Blond
Type: German Pilsner
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Café De Spuyt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: €5.50 (approx. £4.07)

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  1. January 29, 2016 at 08:26

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