Le Trefle Noir – Joannès and Ale-ô-Ween
Discovering this microbrewery was one of the highlights of last year’s challenge. There darker beers were all good and they even had a verrry nice IPA. These are the last two of their beers that I tried last year…
No. 306 – Joannès
I’m not, or at least I was not a fan of berliner weisse style beers. The problem being that the majority of them that I had tried made me think of something that you could clean a bathroom with. So, what happens when you get your least favourite style of beer from one of your favourite microbreweries?
The aroma at first was of blackcurrant and raspberry, profoundly blackcurrant – if that makes sense. It was bittersweet and the colour was a vivid deep pink with a very bubbly head. It looked great. The beer rolls through the mouth like a refreshing wave, crashing into the throat with a sour bitter taste. There are hints of berries in the taste and it has a nice amount of fizz. It is not too sour but still would satisfy berliner weisse fans. I really liked this one and would recommend trying it. 7/11
No. 418 – Ale-ô-Ween
I had been looking forward to pumpkin ale season ever since I tried Mill St. Brewery’s Autumn Selection way back in the Spring. In the end I think I only tried about 3 pumpkin ales in pumpkin season.
This one is ok. The aroma is a little pumpkiny and there is a little spice and cinnamon there too. The head dissipated quickly but the beer looked pretty good all the same. The taste is a little disappointing, the pumpkin is there but it is mild. The spice comes through nicely in the aftertaste, which is a little peppery and has a nice warmth to it without being overwhelming. All in all, this is a decent beer but no more than a 6/11 – worth trying but there are better pumpkin ales.
And so that is Le Trefle Noir for 2017. I will be posting about the Beer Off soon, where I retried two of their beers along with a few others to see which was the best that I tasted last year.