This is a beer that you’d think I’d have gotten around to drinking before now. Dan Murphy’s has been stocking it for ages and I’m a regular visitor to various Uncle Dan’s establishments. I’m also a fan of tasty beer over the mainstream stuff and La Chouffe is a beer from Belgium – I’m under the impression that there is no crap beer that comes from that country.
So all the signs point to me having drunk this already. And yet here I find myself trying this for the first time as part of the Drinking Dan’s Dry quest. I know quite well why I hadn’t tried it before – and it’s a really stupid reason. I was oddly unnerved by the gnome-like figure on the label.
I can’t explain why. I don’t have a fear of gnomes – garden or otherwise – and the little person on the label looks quite friendly. He’s got a happy smile and everything. Yet I’d see it on the shelf when I visited Dan’s, look at it and think ‘‘nah, creepy gnome’’.
Like I said, it’s a stupid reason.
Now that I’ve tried it, I feel justified in thinking I hadn’t been missing anything for all those years. For, while it isn’t a bad beer, it’s not a particularly impressive one either. The colour in the glass is a bit darker than I’d expected from a beer calling itself a blond.
The flavour? Well, there’s some odd, slight hints of spice but not too much else. Except for bubbles – it was quite a bit more spritzy than I would have expected. Or indeed liked.
In closing, clearly my aversion to beers with gnomes on the label is so far justified.