Description: Located on an agricultural cooperative called Moshav Zanoah in the town of Beit Shemesh, not far from Jerusalem, the Mosco brewery was started in 2012 by two Israeli citizens who named their enterprise after one of the co-founders (Yaron Moscovich) nicknames. The blonde ale is one of their signature products, using local ingredients and know-how to fashion this Belgian-style pale ale.
Tasting Notes: Here we have another late addition from the Advent Beer Calendar, and the first beer I’ve had from Israel. Overall, it was an interesting take on the traditional blonde ale. As expected, it had the good malt base, a hint of sweetness, and the yeasty backbone. What was unusual, at least to me, was the hint of blood orange flavor, the sort of oaky, lemony flavor that I’ve come to associate with Sorachi Ace hops, and the sour notes I’ve come to associate with brettanomyces. An interesting and ecclectic mix. And holy shit, the yeast is so prevalent, it came out in a few grey lumps! I wasn’t turned off by this, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it.
Appearance: Deep orange, cloudy, high sediment, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, sugars, yeasts, floral hops, slight pine and citrus
Taste: Smooth malt, blood orange, hint of yeasty sourness, mild oaky flavor, lemon zest
Aftertaste: Lingering malt and hop bitterness, heavy yeast