Er Boqueron, is a great Spanish beer with the flavor and aroma of the sea. The Mediterranean has been known for its uniqueness for centuries. Its history, its people and events in the area have stigmatized hundreds. Many people have made significant contributions in various areas of everyday life, experimenting with a variety of resources available in the immediate vicinity. The Spaniards have attempted to produce a beer with salt water and they were successful.
Er Borqueron (Anchovy) is produced with the collaboration of two Spanish companies with expertise in their fields. For the production of the beer they use the brewing group of expertise which produce in Valencia the La Socarrada and Mediterranean Aqua deMar. The water used is treated and meticulously filtered, seawater, suitable for human consumption, collected from areas in the Mediterranean of enormous biological value, rich in oxygen and minerals.
The beer is available in Greece in small quantities. As it happens I was able to get my hands on a bottle of El Boqueron. Curious to try it I left it in the fridge to cool. While pouring it into my glass I discovered it has an amazing white and long lasting foam. Thick and creamy, with many small bubbles. Its color was white.
Malt and yeast aromas are the first to be detected. A hint of citrus and grassy smells were also noticeable. I also noticed something odd, perhaps it has something to do with my psychology, but I picked up the aroma of fresh, clean seawater, what we call iodine!
Observing the Er Boqueron I noticed the residue that remained on the bottom of my glass. The cloudy orange color, almost a Pale Amber, allowed me to see through the beer without difficulty. Small carbonation bubbles can be seen in the unfiltered beer. It has a light body, although it has been characterized as medium. Carbonation was noticeable but not intense or disturbing. Fruity and slightly bitter. It seemed sour at first but soon it becomes sweeter having a more oily texture. Pear and apple can be detected as well as a hint of bread (malt). The aftertaste is slightly dry. Low intensity and duration. It leaves a salty taste in the mouth aftertaste but nothing unpalatable.
El Boqueron is an “odd” beer. Because of the seawater it is strongly reminiscent of summer. I would easily pair it with seafood and dishes that do not have much salt since it has its own saltiness to add to your meal. I would place it in the Ale category, closer to an Amber than to a Golden Ale. Alcohol content is low, 4,8% abv. It is available in 330ml bottles and the recommended drinking temperature is between 5 and 7 oC . We prefer drinking it in a pint type or tulip glass.
I would have to disagree with the proposed serving method. The long distance from the bottle to the glass in order to form a big head/considerable foam. A proper, classical, uncomplicated serving method is enough.
It's a beer that I wonder why a Greek brewery didn't think of producing with so much sea surrounding us. It is a beer that can be drunk on its own, but is also pleasant when accompanying food. Er Boquerons is a Spanish beer for Mediterranean tastes. A beer that will appeal to women.
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