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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Estrella Damm Inedit Beer.

I was keen to try Estrella Damm Inedit as it was made in in cooperation with the brew-master of Estrella Damm and Masterchef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame. I noticed that Waitrose had it in, then I thought I was going to get some on the happy hour deal at Manchester sushi restaurant Umezushi, but disappointingly they'd ran out on the night we ate there. I also noticed that Etrop Grange had got it on their taster menu/beer pairing night. I finally picked a bottle up in a super big Tesco store for £5.
It comes in an impressive matt black cardboard box, the packaging design is spot on with the gold embossed star which I guess represents a Michelin star.
 First sip and I was thinking, is that it? It's a refreshing, hazy, fresh, soft subtle wheat beer in the Belgian Witbier style. It has a slight floral, coriander citrus element which is pleasing and it's would be a good accompaniment to go with food as it's apparently been brewed for. But for a real beer lover like myself, although it's not unpleasant, I was expecting a lot more. I think it's a beer for people who don't like beer. It's not a patch on Belgian Witbier's Blanche des Honnelles, St. Bernardus Witbier, or Blanche de Namur (Mrs Bacon's favourite beer.) Am I glad I tried it? Yes definitely, it's a decent beer and I would probably buy it again (I could imagine drinking it at a BBQ in Summer) but it's not the world class beer as I'd hoped it would be.

Estrella Damm Inedit
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
ABV: 4.8%
Score: 6/10
Available from: Waitrose & Tesco
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2 comments:

  1. I agree, it was disappointing..especially since Ferran Adria's name makes you expect big things.
    Im a huge fan of Estrella Galicia, I spend a fair bit of time in Mallorca and you mainly get it in the locals' bars whereas the tourist bars charge twice as much for the inferior Estrella Damm!
    (btw..estrella is Spanish for "Star" which explains the bottle label...end of geekiness!)

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  2. Thanks for your comment Gary. Of course Estrella is star, I should have remembered that from my rusty Spanish (normally fluent in food an drink!) I shall look out for Estrella Galicia next time I'm in Spain.

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