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La Goule Ambrée – Vaux Rouillac

30

Mar

2010

A nice pint of La Goule A nice pint of La Goule.

Brewed at the ‘Brasserie Artisanale Océane’ in Vaux Rouillac near Cognac, where I actually purchased it. This meaty brew comes in a 750ml bottle and at 6% abv is a big flavourful beer. Once open it shows a distinct rich amber colour, but is also slightly hazy reminiscent of a wheat style beer. The nose is fruity and slightly sour and has a distinct smell of the traditional Lambic yeast, so reminiscent of the Belgian beer I have still to get used to. The first taste confirms the Lambic quality and also a slightly sharp and fruity, but rounded taste in the mouth.

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Brewer Review! ‘Brasserie de Bretagne’

14

Mar

2010

Four of the beers from the ‘Brasserie de Bretagne’
Loving Beer Tastings on the Cote D’Amour

I passed through the Cote D’amour in Brittany I came across a small brewery called ‘Brasserie de Bretagne’ in Minihy-Tréguier. They brew a number of bottle conditioned beers and one of the ranges is called Dremmwel. I’m not quite up on the translation on the back of the bottle but what I can glean is that historically, the sailors of Tregor would carry a bagpipe, and they would defy the horizon (Dremmwel), an imaginary boundary between sea, air, earth and the blazing sun. This mythical instrument, has both a festive and powerful relationship with France, and was even formalized in the Navy in 1794.

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Beer Review, Faro Lambic

10

Mar

2010

Well my second foray into a supermarket to buy some beer was not a fruitful as the first. However there were some regional products on offer, and this bottle condition Lambic beer. One of the issues I have had in the past with Lambic beer was the high alcohol content they usually come with, and the strange taste the yeast gives to the beer. The combination makes it for me, quite sickly. However this one was only 4.2% and so I thought I would have another go at this style of beer. A style that a number of people love, but I cannot seem to quite get to grips with. On first impression it’s got a reasonable carbonation with a light amber colour to it like a good English best bitter. Maybe also shows a hint of gold colouration as well. The smell, yes it has that Lambic smell to it that I recognise, and tartness on the nose. The first impressions on taste were very sweet flavour on the lips and front of the mouth, giving way to a tart and sour finish. In some ways it reminds me of the Chinese combination of sweet and sour, but in a beer. For my taste in beer, it was too sweet for me personally. But as a Lambic it was one of the more agreeable ones I have tried. I guess that I am never going to be overwhelmed by this style of beer but one must try something different every now and again, just to make sure something very drinkable is not passing your taste buds by.

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Good Beer Alert!!! Noir de Slack

08

Mar

2010

A picture of a dark beer from France called Noir de Slack
An inviting dark beer from France

Well I’m finally over the water and happy to say that my first foray into a shop to buy beer was a success. I found a dark bottle conditioned beer called “Noir de Slack” and it was just how I like my beers.

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Good Beer Alert !!! Branthills

18

Feb

2010

Branthills Barley Farm and Real Ale Shop
Branthills Barley Farm and Real Ale Shop

Whilst deciding to leave Chatteris for another jaunt, this time to costal Norfolk for a few days, to allow for the eventual delivery of our ACSI European Camping Card. (I could have walked to the Netherlands and picked up myself in the time ACSI has taken to deliver it.) We also had to wait our Euro Visa Debit cards from it seems our only UK based International bank.

 Whilst heading to our first destination “Wells-next-the -Sea” we chanced upon a Beer Shop in the middle of nowhere.  It’s down a farm track off the B1105 around 2 miles out of Wells-next-the-Sea. The shop is in the grounds of Teddy Maufe’s Branthill Farm, which supplies Maris Otter barley to a number of the local craft brewers in the area such as Iceni and the Fox in Norfolk. It has a range of around 50 Real Ales from over 15 local Norfolk brewers from you to choose from.

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