Etoile d'Or from Marks & Spencer
Last beer from the M&S "Beers of the World" pack - glad it's finally over!
Appearance: Highly carbonated, light golden in color. Poor head retention, despite the addition of "wheat protein," according to the ingredietns. Some lacing.
Smell: A pleasant spring/mineral water aroma at first, sweet corn coming out as it warms, but a fairly light and inoffensive lager.
Taste: Fairly crisp and clean, a big improvement on the last beer in this pack. Corn is there, but not distracting. Bitterness is fairly well-balanced for the style.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, prickly carbonation. Fairly clean finish. No unpleasant aftertaste.
Drinkability: For the style, not bad. Given what the rest of the pack tasted like, I had been expecting the worst. Firmly middle of the road. Certainly not what one expects, or hopes for when he hears the words "Belgian beer."