A beer that behaves like wine

27beer1901Ferran Adria, the iconic chef behind the world’s most wondrous restaurant El Bulli,  has introduced a new beer that could be mistaken for wine.

Sold at Whole Foods for a mere $10 per bottle, the beer was created for the 100-year-old brewery Estrella Damm of Barcelona, with the intention of being the first beer to pair well with food.

But that’s a condescending attitude, since many chefs or brewers will tell you that beer already pairs as well with food as wine does.

It actually starts as two beers, Mr. Adrià said: a straightforward lager and a German-style weissbier that is seasoned with orange peel, coriander and licorice. Because each ferments at a different rate, the beers are not blended until just before bottling in black 750-milliliter wine bottles. The marriage undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, like Champagne.

The beer has been compared to a Chardonnay with a floral aroma, hints of citrus and spice with a mild, balanced body.  I haven’t had it yet, but it honestly sounds like an unfiltered Belgium-styled witbier.  Not unlike say, Allegash White.  Not exactly the ground-breaking beer you would expect from Mr. Adria and people are already quick to point out it’s snobbish flaws.

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