Balashi - Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
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Reviews by wofat:
1.7/5 rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
This brew came direct from Aruba in a small (22cl) bottle from a friend who knows I like weird beers. The green bottle scares me a little as this friend would have no idea to keep it out of the light. Oh well... here we go.
Pours a 'slightly darker than coors light' straw color with very very little head. The aroma is a light, european hop such as EKG or possibly a Saaz. The flavor quickly reminds me of a Heineken, just with a less potent hop/skunk flavor. The flavor is mild but actually quite refreshing. A light 'malt' flavor that is a little out of balance with the stronger hop presence. However, this beer is quite tasty for its purpose.
POW - what is that flavor? Cardboard? With each sip it gets stronger. I now have the same taste in my mouth as I did when I sealed the 120 envelopes for our wedding invitations. FLASHBACKS!! Wow... at first this beer tasted pretty good... but I am not sure I can handle the aftermath. I am sure that in Aruba, it would taste pretty good on the beach in 100 degree heat with nothing else around.
Maybe it just got skunked. Maybe I got a bad one. However, since I have no other 'fresh' ones to compare it to, I would suggest you only drink it if you like licking postage stamps and gnawing on cardboard.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2003 23:44:53 | More by wofat
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2.63/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
The only thing I really liked about this beer was that I drank it in Aruba. I had two, in fact - one draft and one can. I guess I liked one other thing - they were much cheaper than the crap beer they were serving on the Coral Princess cruise ship I was on.
It actually had a funky unnatural color. Sort of green. It came recommended, but the source of the recommendation was unreliable. The taste was very forgettable. You want to forget it. But the bar I had it in was pretty cool - open air, by a mall. They had a stuffed Santa suit passed out at the bar (the holidays were approaching). The can I bought in the cruise terminal and drank it while shopping. It was 2 or 3 bucks, but still cheap compared to the ship.
I wonder if it is their water that makes it worse (the style is also at fault).
Still, it was nice to have a cold one on a nice hot day in Aruba. Right about now I would like to be back there.
Serving type: on-tap
11-23-2013 21:29:28 | More by schoolboy
3.75/5 rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed from bottle at airport out of Aruba. Green small bottle
A 3 simple cerveza clear. Lacing apparent on bottle.
S 3 skunky without much character. Slightly grainy.
T 4. Very much like Heineken. Very refreshing beer. Sweet up front skunky was doesn't carry through badly. Nice and bitter on finish good with a lime
M. 4. Light bodies with ample carbonation
O 4. I enjoyed many of these down on the happy island of Aruba. It is a great summery beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 12:32:03 | More by Dave128
Balashi from Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
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