Happy Beltane/Beltain/Bealtaine and May Day to everyone! Last night, to celebrate the beginning of Beltane, we had a small bonfire near the treehouse in our gully. We drank beer, roasted smokies, popped popcorn, listened to the creek chuckle away, and then headed inside after dark to listen to a couple of tunes. As Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull would say,
“Have you ever stood in the April wood and called the new year in?
While the phantoms of three thousand years fly as the dead leaves spin?
There’s a snap in the grass behind your feet and a tap upon your shoulder.
And the thin wind crawls along your neck it’s just the old gods getting older.
And the kestral drops like a fall of shot and the red cloud hanging high
come a Beltane.”
We also shared my last bottle of Geen Kriek, which was a cherry flavoured wheat beer that Gavin and I made back in late 2012. We named it Geen Kriek because the cherries we used came from my Dad’s cousin, a certain Mr. Geen, and “geen” happens to be the Dutch word for “no” or “none”, so paired with the Dutch word for cherry beer, “kriek”, we had a delightfully punny name. I had wondered if it would still taste any good, but in fact it was the best tasting bottle yet; I suppose even homebrew made by two inexperienced youth can get better with age!
Since it tasted so good, my Dad and I decided to write tasting notes for the last bottle of Geen Kriek.
Appearance: From a 22oz bottle, beautiful dark cherry red liquid.
Nose: Cherries, a hint of sourness, like a Belgian kriek.
Palate: A bit fizzy, wheat biscuits, a faint cherry taste, and tangy undertones.
Finish: Black cherry taste reminiscent of cherry chunks in ice-cream, red wine (pinot noir?), quite long lasting.
Overall: My best bottle yet, it evidently ages well. It had a rounder mouth feel than previous bottles which were a bit harsh and acidic. Between an oude kriek and a regular kriek on a Belgian scale of sweetness. Too bad it’s all gone, I guess it’s time to brew more!
Rating: 3/5 Good.
And as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin would say,
“If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
Spoon it on! and have a great Springtime!