Total Score: 8.85/10
Panhead get me. They get that when I crack open a can of beer that I want to be pouring it into a Duvel tulip and supping on some sweet, heady, alcohol-fuelled nectar – Giddy with beeriness and anticipation in the prospect of more brew-ventures into flavour country. As such when I asked expert Plonkite (and manager of Plonk) Liz about her favourite of the Panhead brews she pointed at Lola Deville as one of the most exciting craft brews she had tried in a long while. Needless to say: Insta-buy.
Poured from a 440ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Presents an intriguing hazed pink-hued amber body with a light but dense white head that soon recedes to a thin lace covering. The carbonation bubbles are quite small too, certainly different to your general Saison that presents with a larger champagne effervescence. 8/10.
S: The aroma has a very floral Gin-like quality to it. There is a hint of Belgian candi sugar adding some light bubblegum notes, along with a pervading earthy and dry base rounding out a unique fragrance from this Kiwi brew… impressive – I don’t often get a whiff of brews that stand out like this (plus I do like a nice Gin too). 9/10.
T: Taste buds have been set for “stunned” and stunned they are by the impact of this bold floral, vinous, dry and earthy Saison. Overall palate begins with an acidic white wine note which quickly becomes dry and tannic, following this a hit of candi sugar, some earthy/floral notes, with and astringent and (lightly) bitter finish. If you enjoy a decent Rosé you will feel quite at home with this fine drop. 9/10.
M: Mid to light (almost medium) bodied with a slight viscous stickiness and a medium tight-packed carbonation. Again wine drinkers would feel right at home. 8/10.
D: Panhead don’t seem to do anything in half measures and this is the mark of a great craft brewer for me – not holding back on quality ingredients in great quantity (in case you were thinking about starting your own brewery you should probably note that last statement, write it on a post-it or something). Whilst my darker Stout side will always reach for their Hardtail Henry, I can equally appreciate a decent light beer when I taste one and the combination of Rosehip and Hibiscus in this brew has brought an overall floral/earthiness which really counterpoints the candi sugar well. 9/10.
Food match: Treat this as a nice Rosé and pair it with grilled meats/vegetables.