Over the last few years wheat beers have become all the rage in Melbourne and I’m sure most of you would have tried or come across names such as Hoegarden or White rabbit – white ale etc. Last week I came across a gem, not in only in the this style of beer but in general one of the best beers I have tried recently. It’s name is, ‘Isacc.’
“ISAAC” is a wit-bier made in traditional Belgium style by the Italian brewery Birra Baladin. Founded by Teo Musso an innovator in Italian craft brewing who has made Isaac as a tribute to his new born son, Isaac. He therefore wanted to make a beer that was youthful and popular amongst the younger generation.
To put it basically, the production behind ‘Isaac’ consists of Raw wheat, cultivated by the brewery itself, which is then top fermented like a typical ale with the addition of a small amount of hops and for flavour uses a blend of spices predominantly consisting of coriander and orange peel (common in the making of most wit biers).
As you would imagine the beer obviously has a really nice citrus aroma, that is consistent in it’s flavour along with subtle notes of orange peels and coriander. The suspended yeasts in the beer which are responsible for it’s hazy color allow for a really nice delicate mouth feel described by the company as ‘creamy’ and suited to be drank as an aperitif or with light fish dishes…IN OTHER WORDS it’s a really nice beer, easy to drink, a bit ‘citrusy’ and goes well with fish!
If you see it around it’s definitely worth a try …. the only place I have seen it so far is Sarti Restaurant and Bar off little Collins St in the city but I will keep on the look out!
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
– Benjamin Franklin