Bucanero Fuerte

Tasting: May 3, 2012
Style: Lager

Bucanero Fuerte

The United States trade embargo with Cuba has been in place since the early 1960’s. The intent of the embargo is to ultimately bring democracy to Cuba. I suspect that someday it will happen. What does the embargo mean to the “Average Joe”? Americans cannot bring back Cuban cigars as souvenirs from travels to countries that trade freely with Cuba.

Again, like most Caribbean beer, Bucanero Fuerte is meant to refresh in the climate and light lagers rule the roost. Anyway, this beer was the suggestion of a waiter at one of my favorite Cayman restaurants — Calypso Grill. Having a Cuban beer – how could I say no? The waiter commented that I should think twice before having more than one. I had to scan the label and found it at 5.4% ABV. That was a quick chuckle. To me, that was a sessionable beer.

It pours a rich amber color. There is not much of a head or a nose for that matter. Flavor is bread, cracker and not much else. I tried to pick up some hops, but it seems to be devoid of any hop bitterness. Bland and unimpressive – 72 points for Bucanero Fuerte. Considering the winding roads and driving on the left-hand side and more importantly, the lackluster flavor — I only had one.

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