Desperados Beer: with tequilla. And yes, it's weird
Desperados beer (5.9% ABV) Brasserie Fischer, France (yes, FRANCE!) Visit the UNOB World Beer Guide
As well as a slightly downbeat song by The Eagles, Desperados is now a beer, too. And what a beer! Could this be a modern classic?
In short, no. It couldn't. In fact, this beer has a huge identity crisis (which I'm sure is simply a marketing ruse by those oh-so-clever French at Brasserie Fischer).
First you have the name: Desperados... obviously Mexican. Then comes the bottle, which is a blatant rip-off of Sol and many other similar Mexican beers. Then the flavouring, which is tequila. Yes. Tequila-flavoured beer. Continues below
But it's FRENCH. You'd never have guessed. One for beer trivia nights.
It pours a kind of orangey-amber colour, which isn't a problem. What might put you off is the smell. In Britain, a common way to make your evening go further if you're the driver is to drink shandy. This is a simple mix of beer and lemonade.
Desperados beer smells a lot like a cheap beer shandy. It's also strongly reminiscent of... skunk. Not an up-close-and-personal spraying, more a distant, skunk passing your house in the night during summer kind of whiff.
Get past that impediment and you might actually like the taste. As long as you're not expecting it to taste of beer, of course. If you can ignore the smell, it's very similar to ginger ale. Obviously the 5.9% ABV adds a mule kick to this donkey.
No, don't get me wrong. This is not a terrible drink. However, it bears very little resemblance to beer. Desperados isn't a bad tipple if alcopops are too sweet for you, but beer? You'd have to be desperate to prefer this to a nice crisp IPA.
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