This beverage is, as of 2007, also available in liquor stores in Canada, indicating some sort of North American distribution system
since it even has a thing on the label indicating a 20-cent bottle return refund in Quebec
. The label is altogether reminiscent of the Holy Grail DVD cover
, with the arm with the Grail and the knights and Camelot
and all that sticking out of some clouds, all set against a nice bright cheery yellow
. It comes in 500 ml bottles, which is nice since my stein
can't accommodate more without overflowing or refilling.
The beer pours a nice golden-amber
colour, with a foamy head only if you pour it straight into the middle of the stein, instead of down the side. It's also fairly cloudy - impossible to see my finger through the stein. To my mouth, it tastes heavier, alcohol-wise, than it actually is; at 4.7% alc./vol., it's hardly stronger than the Kokanee
sitting in my fridge, but it tastes
a lot stronger. This is probably from its ale
heritage - something into which I have not particularly delved.
At its price point of... um, 5-something with tax, though, Monty Python's Holy
ail will remain an occasional pleasure for me, given that domestic draft beers go for 13-something for 6 cans. Still, it's a neat bottle to have decorating the bachelor apartment windowsill.