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Beer – #167 – Berthold Keller – Super Strength

Well this was a gift. A Can of beer. A Can!!! Berthold Keller – Super Strength – Brewed by Martens in the style of a  Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils and they’re in Bocholt, Belgium.

Berthold Keller - Super Strenght9% ABV 500ml can, being 3.6 Standard drinks of,  this is as far from craft as Noah’s Ark would be from an American Cup Yacht.

So A Belgium beer, which should rock my boat, but 9% ABV which will make my world spin.

And a can. I have to admit that the quality of beers in cans in NZ is lacking.

But I’m game so here goes…..  Sweet aroma on opening, pale golden yellow, lots of carbonation, but the head settles to a film and doesn’t hold, the aroma settles to a base malt. It’s really fizzy.

Now to be fair, I thought that initially this carries itself ok, there is that nice malty sweet taste, and a small kicker of alcohol at the end. But this is thin as rice paper, with no depth of flavour or carry. The after note of sour makes this slightly odd.

However I’ve had worse Belgium beers than this. What’s interesting is that you don’t get an overt indication that this is a very strong beer. But at the end of the day a lack of any taste means that there isn’t a lot to wrote home about.

The pdubyah-o-meter says 5.5 of it’s things of things, and I’m not overly unhappy. I really have had beer that’s been sold as being a thing, this comes in a can with no fanfare, and there is no downside to no marketing.  It’s not all bad, it’s just not a beer you might want your mates to see you drinking, as there appears to be no benefit or reason for the high ABV count other than “it just is” perhaps they have a different audience.


5 comments on “Beer – #167 – Berthold Keller – Super Strength

  1. kingmidget
    May 17, 2013

    The expression on your face on this one was most definitely not a happy beer face.


    • Pdubyah
      May 17, 2013

      It was palatable easy drinking beer that was strong for no reason. I don’t think I’m their target market. Unkindly I could refer to this as homeless beer.


      • kingmidget
        May 18, 2013

        Unnecessarily strong. Sounds like a deal killer.


      • Pdubyah
        May 18, 2013

        makes for a very short evening


  2. jp bogers
    June 30, 2013

    selling @ henrys for $2 a can… 2.50 @ super… I think you’re right in the judgement… nothing flash or memorable apart from the %alc… 🙂


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