Tasting: April 26, 2011
I “discovered” Stella Artois on a trip to England about 17 years ago. I was elated to finally start seeing it show up at liquor stores in the US around 1999. It’s become one of my favorite summer beers and since the temperature topped 80 degrees today for the first time this year, it’s time to enjoy the first Stella of the season. However, it’s one of those beer susceptible to “skunking”. A phenomena that occurs when light passes through bottles and turns the hop flavors to that familiar “skunky” flavor. Green and clear glass are particularly at a higher risk. Age is also an issue, so, buy it and drink it.
Since this is a belgian beer, you’d expect a nice balance of grain, hops and yeast…and that’s exactly what you get. Pours a bright yellow with a bright white head. The nose is yeasty fruity. The taste delivers a subtle grain and metallic taste followed by a subtle hop finish. As a matter of fact, it may take some adjustment. I’ve been drinking so many heavy beers of late, that my taste buds are expecting more. This one is meant to quench on a hot day and to me it does that job when a stout or double IPA won’t do.
I give it an 85.