Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti (Brana) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I NEVER would have purchase this beer had it not been for the article in the Miami Herald that pointed out there were no World Beer Cup winners this year from Florida, but one in particular from Haiti. Despite the label bragging of a similar Gold at WBC in 2000, I was shocked. So shocked that I went to the Brewers' Association website myself to verify that article. Type in 2012 and Haiti and there it is. I'll be damned! Gold for American-style Cream Ale or Lager.
Massively grainy aroma full of sweet corn. Grain and corn dominate that flavor profile too but not nearly as much as the aroma would have led me to believe. This beer is on the absolute edge of flavorless. An initial light sweetness is replaced toward the end by a faint hop and grassy hit. Thin and bland, the type of drink only the imagination of someone like Jim Henson could find any flavors. I will say it was not offensive in any way, just not really desirable or Gold Medal material in any competition, let alone one with "Prestige". Get it?
Anyway, I thought it was worth sharing how the BA community treats a Gold Medal Winner, LOL.