Brewfist, Italy Heimdall 7.6%, £3.15 per bottle
As well as producing some fine pale ales, porters, and India pale ales, this producer from Codogno recently sent over some Heimdall: a weirdly Norse-themed beer brewed in the style of a Belgian saison. Not only that, for aroma, it is hopped liberally with Australian galaxy hops while maintaining a very modest bitterness.
The name and Viking on the label aside, it’s all very promising stuff.
It pours a bright straw colour with golden highlights and a very fluffy head; the aroma is of clementines and peaches and some characteristic saison spice: a promising start. Sweet for a saison, though not excessively so, peach is the leading flavour: soft and fruity, with a touch of apricot and almonds leading towards a dry, lightly bitter finish.
Overall, the body is moderate to light, with a lively carbonation that perfectly offsets the initial sweetness and drives the aroma home.
Definitely best served chilled and drunk fresh; I’d suggest getting your hands on this one sooner rather than later.
What exactly this beer has to do with Scandinavians, however, remains a mystery.
As recommended by Michael Bates of Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York