The Trashy Tuesday Night Focus Club
Poll: Which Trashy Blonde should we brew in 2011?
As you know we are always trying to make our beers better. We aspire to brew world class craft ales and we are constantly striving to use what we have learned since we started to improve either the beers themselves or how we filter, carbonate and package them.
The latest beer we have been working on improving is Trashy Blonde, the sassy, fruity low ABV offering in our bottled and cask range. In trying to figure out how to get a lot more body into the ale without beefing up the malt bill we began experimenting with different yeasts. And we absolutely love how the version with the Belgian yeast has turned out.
The prototype has been codenamed Eurotrash and is exactly the same as the standard Trashy Blonde recipe except the US ale yeast had been replaced with a classic Belgian yeast strain. The resulting ale is almost a baby Belgian IPA, similar to the US new wave of Belgian IPAs (think Raging Bitch, Cali Belgique, Belgica and Le Freak) but with a more modest ABV. We also think the concept of a cask ale with a Belgian yeast is pretty cool, something different for the category and are interested as to the grounds upon which CAMRA will instantly dislike this innovation!
We have chosen to put the decision regarding the future of Trashy Blonde in your hands! Should Eurotrash should replace the existing Trashy Blonde recipe or not? You get to decide! This is going to be much more fun than voting in an election, and infinitely better than voting in the X-Factor! We want to hear your thoughts on the beer, the concept and ultimately vote using the link at the top of the blog.
To help you in your decision you can use the link below to purchase 3 bottles of Eurotrash at a ridiculously low price (£2.99 for 3 bottles) or a mixed 6 bottle pack so you can play Trashy Blonde and Eurotrash off against each other in a definitive show down.
We only have 200 bottles available for this test so be quick if you want to get your paws on some!
Eurotrash will also be on draft at BrewDog Aberdeen from Saturday.
We look forward to your decision. xxxxx
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- I did a side by side tasting of Euro Trash and Trashy Blonde -
Here are the results
the beer monkey19.12.2010
- I've had two Eurotrash now and I definitely prefer the Trashy Blonde. There's something that's not quite right about the Eurotrash that I wish I put my finger on instead of being so damn vague. Jo19.12.2010
- I voted to keep the originally recipe, but to clarify, i think eurotrash is good, but i think it needs to be more hoppy, maybe with a few more tweaks, it could replace trashy blonde. Or you could develop it further as a separate beer. leo17.12.2010
- Enjoying my delivery of the Eurotrash very much. I say go with the new recipe. Now all we need is a return to £7 postage to the Isle of Man and ill be ordering some Punk X to compare !?! Hugo17.12.2010
- ok so i finally got round to trying them side by side and i have to say tastewise i actually prefer Eurotrash, this doesnt mean i want it to replace Trashy Blonde though, let me explain.... Trashy Blonde has a very strong hoppiness to it which is great if thats what you are looking for in a beer, myself though i prefer maltier and darker beers, the Eurotrash didnt have as strong a hoppiness but it did taste more like 'the norm' when it came to belgian blondes so it didnt really stand out from the crowd and standing out and making yourself known is something BrewDog do very well. So yes Eurotrash was a lovely little tipple but i will be voting for Trashy Blonde. richard boyden17.12.2010
- I've tried Euro Trash now. Much as I love the aroma and taste given by the Belgian yeast I prefer the original Trashy recipe. The original is much more refreshing and bitter in my opinion, perfect for slugging down on a hot summers day. Jon14.12.2010
- Euro Trash has landed!
OK, so Trashy Blond is not one of my favourite Brewdog Tipples but more of an occasional. I am amazed by how much difference a change of yeast can make. The mention of Raging Bitch as a comparison is a good one although Euro Trash is lighter (as expected with the lower ABV) but really refreshing, very enjoyable and somewhat 'cleaner' without losing the Hop flavour and ending up all generic Belgian.
It does seem that the old dog can learn new tricks and I can't wait to try the Punk X (order placed).
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- i would love to leave a comment but im still waiting for my delivery. I ordered ages ago and got dispatch note on tue 7/12, im still waiting but will definitely comment when i recieve them all richard boyden12.12.2010
- I've not tasted it, but judging by the description I'm pretty sure I'd prefer the original. If there's any left when the Punk X is available I'll buy some and vote then.
How come Punk X wasn't on in Brewdog Aberdeen when I travelled up the other weekend? I had to satisfy myself with a bottle of Dark Lord :)Kevin Burges08.12.2010
- I would love to try Eurotrash as my favourite Brewdog beer is Trashy Blonde out of the few Brewdog beers regularly available here in Australia. But there is no way I can justify paying £40 postage for 3 bottles.
I'll refrain from voting because I can not compare the two, so I'll just have to wait and see which beer wins and hope that the Eurotrash (beer) makes it out to Australia one day.Michael08.12.2010
- Made the trip to the bar on Saturday to try out this new version of trashy.
Personally, I am not a fan of Trashy Blonde. Not that its a bad beer i just prefer the stronger darker stuff.
But wow (first thing that came to mind after the first sip), what a difference Belgian yeast makes!
No doubt about it, make the Eurotrash the new Trashy in 2011.Martin05.12.2010
- Had a pint at the pub last night and wasn't overly impressed. not a bad pint as such, but it tasted more like a Leffe than a BrewDog. Don Robertson05.12.2010
- I have 6 on order, cannae wait. Rob Fairs05.12.2010
- I was in Brewdog Aberdeen today to try out the two contenders. I had a half pint of each, and drank them in parallel in order to have as level a playing field as possible. I have a slight quibble regarding the dispense, though - the Trashy Blonde was served noticeably colder than the Eurotrash.
The Trashy Blonde is the first Brewdog beer which I think may be well suited for keg dispense - I have tried three offerings in both keg and cask - but unfortunately not at the same time. For the Hardcore IPA, there is no doubt in my opinion that the cask version is far superior. For the Punk IPA, there is less difference but on balance I prefer the cask version to the keg - not least because the keg version tends to be served too cold.
But back to the topic at hand, I'm afraid that neither version worked for me.
Trashy Blonde is to my palate (and I stress this is my subjective opinion) overhopped - I get a nasty bitter aftertaste from it. This is a problem I have with a number of mid to low strength Brewdog beers, particularly Zeitgeist.
The Eurotrash was very interesting, and it is fascinating to taste how much difference a yeast can make. I am no particular fan of Belgian beers, though - and while I found the taste interesting, I don't think it had a well-balanced taste - paradoxically I think it could with a stronger hop flavour. I think this beer could get quite interesting with some tweaking.
But, I'm sorry to have to tell you guys that the best pint of the day was the Orkney Red MacGregor (in cask) down at Old Blackfriars!
And as one of the Camra crowd - I can see no reason why we should dislike a cask version of Eurotrash. I would be very interested to taste it - could you point us towards an Aberdeen outlet selling the cask version please?
- The Horrible Helge
- Not tried the Eurotrash, where can I get my hands on it! The Trashy Blonde will take some beating! Joe Marshall04.12.2010
- Last year's mini run? Thought the Punk Monk was excellent for what it's worth... GJDunbar04.12.2010
- If it's the same as Trashy Blonde Monk, then it definitely gets my vote. Paul H03.12.2010
- @ Be in my solo
It is the same recipe as Trashy Blonde Monk.James, BrewDog03.12.2010
- If it's as nice as Trashy Blonde Monk & Punk Monk were I'm all for a new recipe!
But what's with all the new recipes for old names business? Let the name retire with the recipe (to be brought back if demanded).Be in my solo03.12.2010
- Forget Eurotrash, brew Punk Monk again..... John Hawthorn03.12.2010
- In around 10 days Jonathon. James, BrewDog03.12.2010
- James, when are you putting Punk X in the shop too for another taste vote? Jonathan03.12.2010
- Craig - yes it is.
Baron - just add other things to your order to spread the shipping cost.James, BrewDog03.12.2010
- Is there any cheaper way of trying the new EuroTrash - Im very happy to pay the £3 for the bottles but £7 postage on top? The Ormskirk Baron03.12.2010
- Is the eurotrash the same recipe as Last year Mini run. As if so then the Eurotrash wins hands down. craig Garvie03.12.2010