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Jacobsen Saaz Blonde (330 of 1001)

Rating: 3.65

The second of the two Danish beers from the 1001 Beers list that I managed to try whilst visiting the country now, this time coming from the Carlsberg brewery as part of their Jacobsen range of beers. This is one of three beers from the range that features in the 1001 beers list although the other, their Jacobsen Sommer Wit, appears to no longer be brewed. This particular beer is one that I managed to sample on-tap at the Carlsberg brewery/visitor centre in Copenhagen after taking a tour of their old brewery, using both of my free drinks tokens to try this one. This will actually be my second review of a Carlsberg beer in very quick succession, having recently reviewed a bottle of their Semper Ardens Wiener as well and thankfully this one proved to be one of the brewery’s better offerings.

Jacobsen Saaz Blonde

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber and clear with a thin, bubbly white head on top that’s very slightly patchy towards the centre of the beer but doesn’t move much beyond that.
Aroma (7/10): Light and quite fruity on the nose, this one comes through with a decent citrus burst initially and some pleasant floral notes as well. Towards the middle some nice sweetness makes an appearance thanks to come bananas sitting on top of a herbal, malty base. A few oranges and some fresh notes start to come through towards the end and it’s quite sharp but definitely pleasant on the nose.
Taste (7/10): Starting with some nice fruity esters and a little citrus, the beer carries on well from the nose and there was a moderate sweetness showing as well; mainly from some bananas but also from the biscuit malts too.Towards the middle there was some herbal flavours and an orange taste with some pleasant hops showing as well and giving the beer a relatively fresh taste.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied that was sweeter than expected but also quite fresh and crisp with a dry feel towards the end. There was a strong citrus tang in the early going but overall the beer was well-balanced and strongly carbonated with a sharp finish that came through with moderate bitterness but started to fade ever so slightly right at the end but the alcohol content was at least very well hidden and almost undetectable at times.

Overall (13/20): Another fairly decent Carlsberg offering, the obviously keep all the good stuff in the country and export their crap beer; that being said, it wasn’t a particularly memorable beer really. There was some nice freshness and a few pleasant fruits to kick things off, mainly oranges, citrus and bananas which also added some sweetness to proceedings. Towards the middle there was a few earthy malts and biscuit flavours that started to come through but on the whole it wasn’t anything special and it’s probably not one I’d seek out again.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery
First Brewed: 2005
Type: Belgian Pale Ale
Abv: 7.1%
Serving: Draught (200ml)
Purchased: Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: Included with tour

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