Mea Culpa
Confessional Beer


The Latin phrase Mea culpa (”through my fault”) is an important part of the prayer of confession. In the popular vernacular, the expression is taken as an admission of having made a mistake by one’s own fault (usually a mistake that could have been avoided if the one had been more diligent).

One could say, a great name for a beer, especially the morning after a good session!

The beer is brewed for Beer Mania, so it must be something special I thought.
It looks good in the glass; dark golden colour with an off white head. Not so good on aroma, delicate would be the correct description; some bready yeast, light hoppiness and a hint of fruit if you stay with it.

No problem; a beer often shows its true class with the taste. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case; the taste is suprisingly sweet and simple; for me it took far too long for any yeast flavours and bitterness to come through. Perhaps a higher strength than the 6,5% alc. vol. would have helped.

There are much better Belgian beers around so maybe the name is appropriate; I should have been more diligent in my choice or maybe a better name would simply be Caveat Emptor (“let the buyer beware”).