If anyone can knock beer into twelfth gear it’ll be these guys. They’re just called Two Brothers.
No. 349 – Les 2 Frêres Charles Henri Ambrée
Or maybe not. This is a nice looking amber ale with an appealing colour and a nice bubbly head. There is a hint of toasty caramel in the aroma that comes through in the taste and it is quite malty. This is all good but there is no kick. A little bitterness comes through but it doesn’t hit the back of the throat and have a bitter aftertaste the way I like a red/amber ale to do and to have. It gets 4.5/11.
No. 356 – Les 2 Frêres Charles Henri Blonde
This is curious. It’s a nice looking blonde ale, which is quite similar to the amber ale. It has a toasty hint to it and a little bite in the aftertaste. It seems that this and the amber ale together may make a good beer together. Having said that, this stands on it’s own pretty well and gets a 6/11 for being quite smooth – a contender for barbecue season.
No. 398 – Les 2 Frêres Hickson Imperial IPA
Easily the best of these three beers and another kind of mongrel beer – being a stronger more amber/red IPA. It’s a nice deep amber, light brown colour with a foamier head than the previous two beers. The aroma is a little floral and promises a bitter taste, but there is also a little toastiness too.
It’s refreshing to taste, and the bitterness hits the throat sublimely. It has hoppy and floral tones but the most interesting thing for me is a kind of rye taste that comes through slowly as you continue drinking it, building a nice warmth in the throat and mouth.
This is a really good beer – I recommend it highly and am giving it a 7.5/11.
A mixed bag from Les 2 Frêres this time as I continue to play catch up with the write ups…