It had been expected that Portugal would do well at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil but after a disappointing 4-0 defeat to eventual winners, Germany, the Portuguese were destined to an early departure from the tournament. Another disappointment for me was my choice of beer from Portugal for my #beersoftheworldcup challenge - Cerveja Super Bock.
Super Bock is one of a number of lagers and beers brewed at the Unicer brewery in Leça de Balio, just outside the city of Porto. Established in 1927, the brewery has been producing Portugal's favourite beer, with over 40% market share of the countries beer consumption. Super Bock is the only beer to have won 26 consecutive gold medals in the "Monde Selection de la Qualite". However, Monde Selection awards are non-competitive and only products that pay to enter are judged. The beer might be well regarded on the Iberian Peninsula, however it didn't get the same reception in Gerry's Kitchen.
The Super Bock poured with a dark golden colour and a loose airy head that disappeared almost instantly. In the glass, the Bock didn't smell great with an almost stale yeasty aroma lingering in the air. At 5.6% ABV you would expect there to be some significant body and taste but again the Bock struggles to hit the mark with little barley flavours being replaced by a sour bitter finish. This was not a pleasant drinking experience and I'm puzzled as to how it managed to pick up so many gold medals - regardless of the fact that they paid for the judging.
I've never been impressed with the other main Portuguese beers and sadly, the Super Bock has done nothing to change my opinion.
Written by Gerry Haughian