Badger Ales – The Mysterious Mer-Chicken
Badger Ales, an icon and household name in the U.K. Real Ale industry. Hall & Woodhouse are a family run brewery dating back to 1777, since then the brewery has moved in so many directions and their beers have become a common sighting in supermarkets around the U.K.
Tangle Foot is the first Real Ale that I tried and where I found my interest for this, to me, unknown and peculiar style of beer. So Badger Ales reaching out to me to try their latest limited edition batch of ales was a no brainer.
Hall & Woodhouse are celebrating the styles and talent of brewing from around the world by releasing a four limited edition Badger Ale beers throughout major supermarkets in 2017 and 2018. Each beer in the limited edition series will feature the same malt base, which includes speciality malts Vienna, Munich & Caramalt. This will help to highlight the individual hops and flavours showcased in each beer.
To launch the series I received a bottle of their The Mysterious Mer Chicken. A golden ale that takes on the characteristics of a Belgian Saison, with waves of the funky Farmhouse taste. At first, I couldn’t get my head around the Basil infusion but this soon won me over and I found this very refreshing.
It is a shame that this is a limited edition beer because I would love to make this a go to. The colour was a golden colour, thin light, head which dispersed quite quickly. On the nose, this at first is quite confusing, due to licks of basil mixed with hoppy, real ale notes.
This beer was available from Waitrose & Ocado for £2.49.
Keep an eye out on my blog where I will be showcasing An American Venture from Badger, which is the first beer in this Limited Edition Series of beers.