3 from Le Treble Noir
The tidy up continues, only another 152 beers to post after these ones…
No. 170 – Aigle Noir
I tried this one way back in May at a barbecue leaving do for a friend, the one who had been the organiser of the micro-brewery pub nights I had been attending somewhat regularly. This was the second black IPA I tried after being very impressed and somewhat confused by the St. Ambroise Black IPA, so I was looking forward to something a little odd. As you can see from the head on this one, it was a frothy coffee type porter, which smelled very hoppy indeed. From my notes (all seven words that I wrote on the day), this came through in the flavour a little too much for it to be a great beer so I gave it 6/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate, a little different, for drink-again-ability, and for recommend-ability.
No. 220 – California
Looking back at this one, which I tried at the start of July, probably when it was very warm outside, I’m quite surprised at the mark. However, my notes are pretty complimentary so I’m going to stick with the mark I gave it.
It’s a citrus IPA, with an aroma that brings out roasted hops and citrus fruits. It was almost like a tropical flavour lollipop (a thing I noted in a few similar beers in July). This all came through in the flavour but it was odd as it was a little heavy, more like a white beer. Ultimately, it was a refreshing hybrid of IPA and white beer, which I really liked. I gave it 8/11 for being good, well worth the price, accurate, having something a little special, for drink-again-ability, for recommend-ability, for the fact that I would go out of my way for it and the fact that I would definitely go out in a heatwave to find a bottle.
No. 279 – Foublonne
This is another really good IPA from le Trefle Noir. It smells like an IPA but there are also little hints of a malty caramel twang. This comes through perfectly with each gulp. It’s got a malty creamy texture on the tongue and the taste stays in the mouth a long time. There are hints of citrus and a nice bitterness in the aftertaste, which balances out the hops and malt nicely.
This gets a 7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability, for recommend-ability, and for the fact that I’d go out of my way to find a bottle and even go out in a heatwave for one.
I’ve had quite a lot of beers from Dieu du Ciel lately, to the extent that I’d forgotten how much I like Le Trefle Noir’s selection. I have a bottle of their Joannes in the fridge to try soon – maybe they can make a really good Berliner weisse too…?