TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains references to French Literature and Penises.
In 1782, Pierre Choderos de Laclos published his novel Les Liasons Dangerouses... No wait! Come back! This has something to do with beer, I swear! Ok? Good, Thank you. Sheesh, try learning some culture you ignorant fucks. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, Laclos. When Laclos published Les Liasons Dangerouses - a novel about the schemes and machinations of french aristocrats - in 1782 it became an instant hit with the punters. Of particular popularity was Laclos' villainess ,the glamourous and cruel Marquise de Merteuil, who combined the refined beauty of Monica Bellucci with the charm, wit and talent for pure evil manipulation that would put Emperor Palpatine to shame. Merteuil was, simply put, a total "Stiffener', as my High School pal Richie Wallace would have put it. The kind of Gal who wouldn't blush at the thought that she was giving every gent in the room a major boner.
Likewise, when I poured my glass with Garage Projects Pils 'N' Thrills Bohemian Pilsner, the sight of its pale gold liquid filling my glass only to finish in a super fine head of foam, was enough to give this Pilsner aficionado a significant chubby. Not a real chubby mind you - that would be both perverted and weird - but a 'mind' chubby. A tastebud boner. It really is a pretty beer.
It's aromas are enticing too. All good Pilsners have a delicate and spicy bouquet to set the mood. Garage Project have opted for Liberty Hops to achieve this and they work extremely well. Think of its pleasing aroma as being like the mood lighting in a fancy restaurant or the sexy saxophone solo at the beginning of George Michael's 'Careless Whisper'.
So everything seems to be going great until, that is, you savour your first sip. This is where it will divide Pilsner fans. GP have used American Summit as their main bittering hop and it comes through in a rush of flinty Grapefruit, Tangerine and Orange flavours, which are initially extremely pleasing, but never rises with the malty pleasantness of a truly great Pils. Without the malts, the beer remains severe and haughty - much like the Marquise de Mertueil. A character flaw that mars an otherwise flawless specimen.
Laclos remarked to his friends that although he had written his Villainess to posses the supreme wit, charm and beauty, that he was confident his readers woud see through her outward appeal and recognize the corruption of her soul. But I'm not sure Laclos succeeded in conveying just what a fucking bitch his female antagonist was, and I'm not convinced GP intended for their Pilsner to be as edgy as it turned out, but if you love Garage Project and the non-stop hop riot they set out to cause in the craft beer scene then I'm sure you'll find plenty to like in this addition to their already formidable beer arsenal. - MLJ
An interesting take on the Pilsner style that many will find enjoyable but probably won't appeal to the traditionalists, but I guess they'll just have to go fuck themselves.