As part of my birthday dinner feast at Cantina 663, I decided to indulge in a nice Spanish beer to get my 30×30 beer run going… Some of the Spanish beers I’d tried in my year abroad were fairly uninspiring, watery, (XXXX-like), lagers, with little to warrant a sizeable pricetag. But the added allure of “Reserve” and an advertised year (1925) – always classy – and a devil-may-care birthday attitude made this worth the punt.
The tasting notes from the Spanish company’s website say – “Golden amber colour and light toasted aroma. Thick, creamy head with good retention. Full-bodied, firm, well-rounded pleasant flavour. Perfectly balanced bitter sweet flavour with notes of bitter-orange and a hint caramel flavour at the end”.
And you know what, that’s actually a pretty decent description. The beer had a nice dash of flavour and wasn’t as hoppy as so many of the boutique ales you find on the West Coast. There was a pleasant hint of mead on the palette and while I think the $9.5 pricetag was overstating the awesomeness of the beer, it was a nice way to get started. 3.5 out of 5 stars.