Chilean Beer: Austral Calafate Ale

Cerveceria Austral is another one of those large craft breweries in Chile, seemingly quite prevalent, at least in southern Chile. Given that it is brewed in Punta Arenas, that makes lots of sense. If I recall, this is an English style ale brewed with calafate berries, which are native to the Chilean Patagonia.

Austral Calafate Ale, 5.0% ABV at Cafe Restaurant Plaza in Castro, Chiloé, Chile

Appearance: deep copper, small tan head with some effervescence and chill haze.
Aroma: lots of subtle aromas like blueberry/apple pie, cranapple juice and some sweet brown sugar.
Taste: sweet, fruity, and malty, with hints of some kind of berry. Again, there’s something like cranapple or green apples and cherries present.
Mouthfeel: creamy and medium-bodied.

Overall, a good fruity and malty brown ale that apparently has some fruit in it, without letting it be overpowering.


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