A good friend recently brought back a couple of bottles of ‘Caulier Blond‘ wheat beer from a trip to Belgium. I confess I had never heard of the brewery or encountered their brews before and so was looking forward to investigating and tasting this beer for The Brew Club.
As far as I can ascertain ‘Caulier’ first started as beer distributors back in 1933, moving into brewing in the 1990s from an old brewery building in Peruwelz, about thirty miles south west of Brussels.
Caulier promote their beers as ‘sugar free’ – which probably says more about the Belgian brewing industry than about Caulier.
While the famous German Purity ‘law’ (the Reinheitsghebot) states that beers should only be made from Water, Barley and Hops (we’ll ignore yeast for now) the Belgians are fond of adding candy sugar to ‘ramp up’ the strength of their brews, so a ‘sugar free’ boast is interesting in itself.
‘Caulier Blond’ is brewed to 6.8% and their website describes “a slightly cloudy, strong beer (that) seduces you by the richness of its fragrances; a marriage of esters, delicate perfume of spice, citrus and aromatic hops'” okay, let’s see how they do:
The beer pours from its distinctive long-necked bottle with a pale straw colour. It’s cloudy and with a white head that disperses slowly. There’s a trace of lacing, but no more than you’d expect from a wheat beer.
The nose is predominantly of honey, with an underlying sharpness and a hint of banana.
The taste is very subtle, it has all the flavours you’d expect from a wheat beer, orange peel, coriander, banana and honey, but not as ‘in your face’ as most Belgian wheat beers – Hoegaarden for example. This is much closer to a German wheat beer, or the offering from Grolsch.
Looking back at my notes, the word subtle is underlined – three times – and for a Belgian beer that’s quite a pleasant surprise.
I’d give this three stars, and would happily drink this again.