209. Queen of the Night

Posted: May 2, 2014 in ale, International beer
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Queen of the Night Pale Ale - BOTTLEQueen of the Night Pale Ale
Mexican flag

Company info:
Cerverceria Mexican
Tecate, MEXICO

[No website listed]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$4.50

Label info: ‘Day of the Dead Beer’
‘Cerveza De Los Muertos’

What the label really means: As a big fan of the film ‘Day of the Dead’ I am looking for a beer equivalent. Could this be the beer I am seeking from beyond the grave?

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The visual imagery on this bottle alone nearly bring this to label perfection. I don’t claim to be knowledgeable in the least of the intricately painted skull motifs prevalent for Mexico’s day of the dead celebrations, but I know I am always impressed by the intricate designs. On this label we are presented with the image of a woman standing tall and defiant, her black blue hair flowing behind her. She holds aloft what appears to be a recorder, the first beer label I have come across to display this instrument. Her face is intricately painted in a calavera/sugar skull design while loose pin-striping flies from her head. The label is mostly orange, and this is a little confusing as even the woman’s dress is orange and it all gets a bit lost. Then the font of ‘Queen of the Night’ is a bit small and not quite right… The neck label nearly redeems the entire bottle with a beautiful calavera design, replicated on the lid. A bit too much orange but over all one hell of a good label.

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.

AROMA: A beautiful caramel, chocolatey aroma drifts up.Queen of the Night Pale Ale - GLASS

Taste: GLASS: Smooth malt, caramel flavours. It’s more towards the amber ale side of the fence with some pervasive dark flavours flowing through. It’s good. It’s real good. Probably the best Mexican brew I’ve sampled in my limited experience of exported beers. The only real downer to this beer, that is letting it down a tad, is the after-taste that fizzles to water quite rapidly. I want it to linger like the smell of death in your curtains – it just doesn’t happen.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE: Damn fine! Suddenly Queen of the Night springs back to life, clawing its way out of 6-odd feet of dirt towards the skylight above. It gets way better, especially now that the after taste reveals itself like the stench of roadkill in your fender. Bitter caramels are here, and its what this brew was seeking all along. Very enjoyable.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I need something salty to match this brew. I’m thinking a haloumi salad or a pulled pork and slaw wrap.

Best season to appreciate: I suggest this is a good cool weather brew.

All-nighter beer? Yes please – I’ll dance with the Queen all night long.



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