Foxy Lady - Brouwerij De Eem
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3.51/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Foxy Lady is a fair name for such a highly aesthetic beer; this artful, orange-brown ale is transparent but has a light haze that provides texture without blunting highlights. Its head is firm and spongy enough you could use it to wash the dishes (or all that lacing it leaves behind).
This pale ale is brewed with Mandarina hops, a new variety which until now I had never tried. Although promoted as having loads of 'mandarin' flavour, I find them pungently earthy. The beer has token traces of lemon oil and flower petals but above all drinks with a very strong, herbal pungency that is an odd partnering to the rich Munich malt.
Indeed, though both Bavarian by birth, the combination of biscuity, crunchy-thick Munich malt and citrus oils of the Mandarina hops make a couple about as attractive as Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman. The sweet nougat and toffee notes are spoiled by the pungency. It's a very sharp contrast. The Belgian-esque yeast adds even more incongruity.
To be fair, there's nothing so unpleasant about the beer as to make difficult or undesirable to drink. The bottle doesn't last long. The novel hop variety and its implementation at least make for an interesting and different experience. Not to mention, it provides (in sufficient amount) all the qualities one asks for in a pale ale: good malting, prevalent hoppiness, easy quaffing.
Foxy Lady was not a "sweet little lovemaker" that made me "want to get up and scream". Combining Munich malt and Mandarina hops was a disservice to both; the recipe came together like a scalene triangle: oddly shaped, incongruous, with no equal angles. I don't care for Foxy Lady to be "all mine, all mine" again. I doubt you'll care for it to be all yours, all yours either.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2013 14:12:14 | More by biegaman
Foxy Lady from Brouwerij De Eem
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