718: Estrella Damm Inedit

718 - Estrella Damm IneditName: Estrella Damm Inedit
Brewery: Damm S.A.
Country of Origin: Spain
City & State: Barcelona, Spain
Style: Witbier
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.8%
First Brewed: 2008
Price: $9.99

Tasting Notes
Citrus and spice on the nose, with a hint of licorice. On the palate, a pleasantly rich delivery of spice and wheat – and a stronger licorice note, then the citrus comes back to finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

This bottle has been sitting in the fridge for a few months… Bought this at Total Wine & More for $9.99. It’s pricey for a wheat beer, but I didn’t realize the history behind the beer. Plus, I woke up pretty sick this morning. A nice wheat beer will hopefully help settle my stomach a little. Plus, the bottle is cool. Yes, we will drink this from wine glasses.

Cheers! (Oh, and I almost forgot… The bottle doesn’t say much, but the box does. This beer came in a fancy black box, and I will list all of that stuff below. OK. Let’s drink!)

In the Glass: It looks like a wheat beer in the glass! But that is because it IS a wheat beer! This isn’t my favorite style, but sommeliers helped to produce this beer. So it must be good. The beer did produce a really nice head, and has some decent carbonation throughout. Excited to try this.

Nose: It is straight coriander and spice. It has a similar aroma to Blue Moon, the coriander, but better. The spice really helps to balance out the massive coriander punch you get when you first smell it. This, just based on what I have and am reading, is a meal in a glass. I’ll drink to that! I haven’t had lunch, anyway.

Flavor: Let’s see what this beer tastes like. It is WAY too cold, but it does remind me of Blue Moon. It is, however, light bodied and is calming. This would be, as I am sure it was intended, be a good food beer. I am going to let it warm up a little more before I finish it. Just too cold. Of course, it’s been in the back of the fridge for months!

Mouthfeel: This is a bit more carbonated than I expected. We are drinking this from wine glasses, but mostly because there is a wine glass on the side of the box. The bottle also looks like a wine bottle. It seemed fitting. This isn’t a style that I would typically order. But I would like to try this with a meal.

Aftertaste: The finish is nice and spicy. Not hot spicy, but herbs and spices spicy. I always wonder how they get flavors like that into a beer. I just have zero interest in brewing to educate myself. I just want to drink the beers! Maybe I should reach out to Steve at Fate Brewing Company and see if he could let me watch a batch being brewed.

The beer is solid, but isn’t much more than I expected. Just a good wheat beer. Not sure why this beer has won so many awards…

Estrella Damm Inedit – The bottle says: “MALT AND WHEAT BEER BREWED WITH SPICES”

But wait… There’s more! This is what the “box” says. This beer comes in a nice fancy box covered with text. Here we go.

“THE BEER CREATED by FERRAN ANDRIÀ”

“The World’s Most Awarded Chef”

“2009 Gold Medal / Medaglia d’oro

World  Beer Championships

Chicago, US”

“2009 Gold Medal  Medaglia d’oro

European Beer Star

Nuremberg, Germany”

“2009 Bronze Medal / Medaglia di bronzo

Helsinki Beer Festival

Helsinki, Finland”

“2010 Europe’s Best Spiced Wheat Beer

Migliore Birra Speziata di Frumento d’Europe

World Beer Awards

London, UK”

“2010 Bronze Award/Medaglia di bronzo

Australian International Beer Awards

Sydney, Australia”

“INEDIT has been created by Estrella Damm brewmasters and by Ferran Adrià, Julie Soler and elBulli’s sommeliers’ team.”

“This exquisite beer was specially created to be paired with any dish and complements, even those challenging foods such as asparagus, artichokes, salmon, tuna, cheeses, citrus and bitter notes.”

“INEDIT is a unique coupage of barley malt and wheat with hop, coriander, orange peel, liquorice, yeast and water.”

“TASTING NOTES: High intensity and aromatic complexity. Its appearance is slightly cloudy. Fruity and floral to the nose, with a yeasty sensation and sweet spiced reminiscences. Creamy and fresh texture, soft volume and delicate carbonic. Long aftertaste and pleasant memory.”

“Best enjoyed chilled in a white wine glass. To fully appreciate the quality of this beer it is important to fill just half the glass.”

The rest is in another language… I will spare you!  But there is one more side of the box with text.

“LA BIRRA CREATE da FERRAN ANDRIÀ”

“Lo Chef Più

Premiato del Mondo”

“Estrella Damm Inedit has been created by Ferran Adrià, Juli Soler and the team of sommeliers from elBulli.”

“elBulli has received five times the World’s Best Restaurant Award by Restaurant Magazine.”

More stuff in Spanish. That is all!

Rating: 2.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

This beer has a strange name. And it came in a box. And Ricky said we had to drink it out of wine glasses. How’s that for weird?

We haven’t done a beer review in so long that I have almost forgotten how. Not that mine are probably all that great anyway, but hey, I put it out there.

So we are drinking the beer out of wine glasses. It poured out with a thick, foamy, white head and is a cloudy golden color. The foam didn’t stick around too long, though. It really does look pretty good in the wine glass, but maybe that’s just because I’m not used to drinking out of a wine glass and it just seems more fancy. Who knows. You’d think this might be a carbonated one, but so far it doesn’t look it in the glass, really.

I can’t get a lot of smell out of it, but what I do get is slightly fruity and kind of citrusy. The beer is very cold, and I’m just not getting much nose out of it with it being this cold.

Time to try it! First sip… it actually does taste more carbonated than it looks in the glass. I’m getting a lot of carbonate, bubbly taste when it goes down. It’s a good feel and does have a somewhat citrus flavor to it. But the carbonation masks a lot of it. To me, beers that are too carbonated usually don’t have a lot of flavor because the carbonation kind of takes over.

Ricky mention that it kind of tastes like Blue Moon. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what kind of flavor it does have under all the carbonation. It has a bit of citrus, and yeah, I guess I could see how you could get a bit of wheat beer taste out of it. But to me, it’s more carbonated than that, and too citrusy. It doesn’t even have the wheat beer flavor. I can tell how it could be a “wine glass” sort of beer, though. But it’s just not the kind of beer that really impresses me or that I would tend to buy very often. To each his own.

Rating: 3/5

717 bottles of beer on the wall…

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