Brewery OR Bar: Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, Belgium OR Café Retro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Beer: Du Monde Blanc
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Draft
Body: Hazy opaque golden orange color with light carbonation and a thin white head
Flavor Profile: Strong honey aroma with citrus and slight malt. Flavored with sweet orange and coriander.
User Profile: This beer is summery and tangy (read: girly). However, it’s a genuinely enjoyable beer for any gender.
Occasion: A free jazz concert in a hyggeligt coffeehouse
The first sip did it. Du Monde Blanc was the best beer I had ever tasted. Two months and too many Danish beers later, it still is. At roughly $9 per pint, this beer demands respect and consideration. It’s a robust beer that sits lightly on your tongue, with decadent flavors of honey and citrus. It has a twinge of spice, too, making it a welcome comfort during the cold winter months. However, the citrus gives it enough versatility to make it appropriate year-round.
The best part of Du Monde is its novelty factor. Through this semester’s intensive and exhausting research in the bars and cafés of Europe, I have learned that Du Monde only appears to be available at one particular café. The beer is impossible to find online, and my friends have never heard of it. And yet, a non-profit, volunteer-run café on a quiet street in Copenhagen keeps it on tap. Please let me know if you’ve found it elsewhere!
Du Monde is a treat. This is not your typical git-er-done watery beer. This is something to savor. Treat it like an ice cream cone or a piece of cake; give it your utmost attention and let it delight you. Enjoy a pint over good conversation with a friend and immerse yourself in its pleasant haze.
Suzannah Schneider is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Spring has finally arrived in this part of the world, and she is extremely excited to picnic and drink beer in parks on sunny afternoons.