Cervesa Del Montseny Negra
The last of our Spanish craft beers, this one comes from a relatively new brewery located in the Montseny area, formed only in 2007. The website, ccm.cat tells of a story where a group of friends, sick of drinking the local Spanish beers decided to get together and open up a brewery that produced beers they wanted to drink, and what they hoped others would like too. Their current line up has 7 to choose from, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Negra, at the little craft beer shop in San Sebastian I have been raving on about for the last few beers or so.
There is some interesting content on their website, especially the page dedicated to beer as a health drink. I’m not too sure what medical advice they are receiving, but I’m quite sure US, UK, or Australian doctors would not be recommending beer to younger people to help reduce obesity, or even to the elderly to help with hydration. I’m quite certain they would recommend water instead. Whatever the case, it would be great to try the other beers they produce, so if I find any more, I’ll be sure to snap them up.
While the weather may not have been perfect for the beer, as it was scorching outside in Lisbon, it was a pleasant experience, that helped me understand a little bit more about the Spanish culture, and their taste preferences too. The beer smelt great, just like an Irish stout, as it is designed to. There is heaps of roasted coffee, malt and an underlying cocoa backbone, that makes it smell a bit on the sweeter side, but pleasant nonetheless.
To taste, the Negra gives off the impression that it’s a mix between a stout and a lager, or just a very sweet stout. Essentially, the stout characteristics are there, but there’s something else too, that gives the beer a slightly strange aftertaste, that some would not find pleasant.
Needless to say, it was refreshing, and though the flavours weren’t quite there yet, its an impressive beer for a brewery that has only been in operation for 5 years. Keep up the good work lads!
Bought for €2.10 from La Boutique de la Cerveza.