|Veratiserum coffee beer from Birateinu:|
An honest and true beer named after
an honest and true dog.
One of the more recent beers from Birateinu, the Jerusalem Beer Center, is called Veratiserum. It's not as way out as some of the earlier beers from Birateinu that were brewed while Shmuel ("Schmulz") Naky was still there, but it's good in its simplicity.
Let's get the name out of the way first. Birateinu beers always have convoluted names. The label calls it "an honest and true beer, like our dog Vera." It also quotes from the Talmud: "When wine goes in, secrets come out. We're pretty sure this also works with beer."
So we have a beer named Verity Serum, although spelled more poetically for the dog's sake.
Veratiserum is a coffee beer, made at the Sheeta Brewery in Arad. Alcohol by volume is 4.2%. Although most beers made with added coffee are porters or stouts, others can be lighter beers, like IPAs or cream ales. Veratiserum is the latter.
|The coffee flavor in Veratiserum blends well|
with the cream soda background and
is not overwhelming.
It pours out a clear light brown color, with no head and no visible carbonation. You get aromas of mild coffee, biscuit and white toast. (The next time you toast white bread, give a sniff and you'll see what I mean.) The taste is light coffee with cream, yes cream, or perhaps a better description would be a combination of coffee and cream soda. I actually found it quite delicious. The coffee flavor is not overwhelming, as these coffee beers can be, and the cream soda background blends perfectly with the coffee.
The mouthfeel is light, practically watery, with a mild tingly carbonation. But the flavor is what makes this beer, and I'm a believer. It would pair well with any dessert that goes with a cup of java, sweet dishes like vanilla ice cream, or semi-hard cheeses.
Coffee beer, and you didn't invite me over?! It sounds amazing.ReplyDelete