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Estrella Damm Inedit

Libations / Spokane /

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El Bulli is by many considered one of the best restaurants in the world. I'm not going to argue either way about that, largely because I've never had the chance to eat there. With year long waiting lists odds aren't particularly good that I will get there any time soon either, but at least I can try their official beer, Estrella Damm's Inedit.

Spanish beers in general aren't the most exciting in the world. Mostly light lagers, they tend to be well brewed, but also more intended as refreshers while noshing on tapas or whatever. El Bulli wanted a more exciting beer to pair with their food, and thus commissioned Estrella Damm to create one for them.

The result, the Inedit, is a good, if not mind-blowing, witbier that probably would pair well with many types of seafood.

It pours a cloudy pale gold color, with a fluffy enough head. The nose is fairly subtle with hints of orange and spices which carry into the flavor. This is definitely a refreshing beer which is easily drinkable. It has an extremely clean finish, and at only 4.8% ABV you're not going to find yourself floored by it. It's pretty obvious that it was designed as a refreshment for food pairings.

I'd go as far as to say that this is a good gateway craft beer. It's not overly exciting -- although compared to the average Spanish lager it'd be The Exorcist of beers -- and one that nearly anyone could enjoy. 

I'm not sure how easy it is to track down around here, but in Spain a bottle sold for around €3.