Thursday, 9 April 2009

She Caught the Katy

No, nothing to do with Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, but maybe a little bit of Blues. You see, I decided to give beer drinking a short break this week. Well, I've so far managed two evenings in a row without my evening tipples. But to make up for it, I went through my notes to do some spring cleaning, writing some posts about a few random beers that got forgotten in the cut and thrust that is my life. Hah!

So, the Katy in this instance is the St. Katharinen Spezial from Spitalbrauerei Regensburg, the oldest brewery in Regensburg, dating from 1226. I have to admit, I liked the look of this as soon as I got it. This pours a beautiful, clear dark amber with an almost pinkish hue. It has a delicate aroma suggesting toffee witha slight fruity hint, like pears. The flavour is also caramel-edged malt with a slow-building herby hoppiness and a vinous edge. It has a touch of vanilla but also a slight tartness to the dry finish. Actually, the hops leave a long finish and there's a roasty note that lingers. Very nice.

This was given to me by my colleague Reinhard. Thanks Reinhard!

4 comments:

Dublin beekeeper said...

I hate your ability to constantly get good new beer. I have to go foraging to try anything new.

Adeptus said...

Well, I wouldn't go that far. There's a fair share of dross here. As I don't have a scoring system I can't provide statistics though :D

Bear in mind that my tastebuds have altered in the past year, so I'm probably becoming more localised in my tastes...

Lost said...

Man, I clicked the picture to get a better look (your comment about the pinkish hue got me interested). The head on that pour is making me thirsty!

Adeptus said...

It doesn't really show in that pic, but hen held up to the light. I'm gettin' thirsty too! :D