Until I hit a pub where the bartender gets my beer from a tap – a sure way to get proper head. But his was barely any better. So, it seems it’s not my fault. Thanks to a proper Belgian… it seems that if there is even the tiniest amount of detergent left in the glass, no foam for you. So, it appears to be a combination of pouring skills and a truly squeaky clean glass. So, I’m 0 for 2 on glasses of Karmeliet, which should probably look like it does on the brewer’s website. Their pic explains the enormous glass.
You’ll definitely smell hops, and I found a trace of apple. Medium body, and a taste of.. wheat or hay? Just a trace though. While the beer is very drinkable, it has some sharpness in its long finish. By drinkable, I mean it’s easy to take another sip. The flavour is mellow.
Random update at the bottom here… a few nights ago, I gave Karmeliet another shot. This glass was perfect, and the foam really does take up the entire glass. Now I’m 1 for 3 for a good glass of Karmeliet. A rocky start, but worth the extra ‘effort’.