Sabie Brewing Glynn’s Gold
Brewery: Sabie Brewing
Style: session ale
Color: unfiltered golden
Head: white, rocky
Nose: faint hops
Body: medium, medium carbonation
Palate: oddly sour
Finish: unsure, little bitterness
Served: from a bottle bought at Satara Rest Camp store
Impression: Sabie Brewing is one of the bigger players in the South African craft beer market, at least in the Kruger area. We’d driven through Sabie on our way to Blyde River Canyon and I did want to stop there for lunch but we were running late and it sounded like the service at the restaurant was very slow. Sometimes you have to make choices and going to the brewery just didn’t make sense. So, I was happy to see some bottles of their beer at the Satara Rest Camp store. We were doing our first braai (bbq) that night and a couple cold ones with a steak sounded good after a long hot safari day. This one looked great on pouring and it was the kind of day I would have been happy with a simple lager. It sure didn’t have to be a hopfest and this beer, as described on their website, should have been about perfect: an easy drinking lightly hoppy session ale. It was 5% and supposedly with 40 IBU. Unfortunately, it was oddly sour and I assume it was a spoiled sample. Perhaps it had sat in the sun somewhere before making it to the store’s fridge. There wasn’t a date on the bottle so it could have just been old. At any rate, it wasn’t good and was glad I’d opened it in the afternoon before the braai!
How about another South African craft beer?