Saturday, 26 January 2008

Kelham Island's Bete Noir

The term bête noire (IPA: /ˌbeɪtˈnwɑr/ or [bɛt nwaʀ]; French for black beast) refers to someone or something unwanted or even hated, a pet peeve or strong annoyance.

The unicorn featured on this pump clip is hardly reminiscent of the legendary black beasts roaming the moors. And why would Kelham name an ale after a pet pieve? Maybe this ale was a beast to brew.

It is not a beast to drink, however. It is smooth and creamy. Heavy on the caramel and richly malted with a suprising bouquet on the nose that reminds one of an old fashioned sweet shop. Parma violets and bonfire toffee mingle with butter mints and warm freshly made fudge.

Black throughout with a creamy head and deceptively drinkable.
  • ABV 5.5%

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