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Free Beer!

Free Beer!

To date, I’ve had three gluten free beers and one alcohol free beer that have counted towards this challenge.  I’m still waiting for my free gluten and free alcohol…

No. 53 – Bières Nouvelle France’s La Messagère au Millet

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I personally have no problem with gluten and am one of those people who doesn’t understand why anybody would avoid it if they didn’t have to.  Having a friend who can’t really take gluten gave me an urge to try a few gluten free beers throughout the year to see how they compare.  The first was way back in February.  I had bought a six pack of this for my gluten free friend and she only took a couple of them, so it was up to me to finish them off.  To be honest, I’ve no notes on this but from memory it was a good blonde ale with a little sweetness to it.  Very fizzy, as you can see by the picture and worth a go.  I gave it 6/11 at the time, which I would like to revise but I’m not going to because at this late stage in the year I just won’t have time.

No. 335 – Krombacher Alcohol Free Pilsner

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After much debate, it was decided that an alcohol free beer would still count.  The reasons being that it is made by the same process (this was decided without any checking, but seems possible) and because it is just low alcohol beer, not truly alcohol free.  Besides, I’d tried everything else Brutopia had to offer that day.

This is my favourite alcohol free beer – it is smoother than others I’ve tried and a little like a beer and lemonade shandy.  It’s better than quite a few proper beers I’ve tried this year.  It gets a 4/11 for being drinkable, ok for the price, a little different and I would recommend it for non-drinkers or drivers.  I doubt that I’ll drink it again though.

No. 343 – Glutenburg Blonde

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Back to gluten free.  Another one I tried because I had been through all of Brutopia’s other beers at that point.  It’s definitely a blonde ale, but it has a little sweetness to it, like the Messagère Blonde above.  Maybe that’s a feature of gluten free beers.  I gave this one 4/11 for being fine, for tasting like a blonde, being worth the price and one for recommend-ability.  I won’t be drinking this again.  I’d drink the Messagère ahead of this I think.

No. 426 – Glutenburg Rousse

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This was cheap, so I bought it.  It smells quite nice, like a sweeter red ale – very promising indeed.  To taste though, it’s fine – like a red ale without that little hoppy fizz that you get sometimes.  There’s no aftertaste, no little bitter hit to it.  On the plus side it was somewhat refreshing.  I give this one 4/11 as well.  It’s not something that I would drink again but it’s not bad either, just a little bland.

So that’s a few brief notes on gluten free and alcohol free beers.  I don’t think I’ll try any more this year but they had interesting tastes.

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Le Réservoir 2, Nos. 267 – 272

Le Réservoir 2, Nos. 267 – 272

“I swear, I’m only going to have four beers max.” 

Here are the six beers I tried…

No. 267 – Le Réservoir Cream Ale

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I like a good cream ale after work on a warm day – it’s a nice half way point between a white and a stout.  I was initially disappointed with this one, but on further reflection, it’s a perfectly fine cream ale.  The problem was that I’ve tried a few really good ones, that others don’t measure up to.  Judging the beer on it’s own merit however is my goal so this gets a 5/11.  It’s a refreshing creamy ale with a hint of sweetness, but that’s about it.  It does what it needs to.  It’s fine, worth the price, accurate and I would maybe drink it again and recommend it.

No. 268 – Le Réservoir Saison Gingembre

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Ginger makes me think of ordering vietnamese food.  I ordered this for that reason alone.  Fortunately, it was a good beer.  The aroma is spicy, but is by no means overwhelming as is the taste.   My initial note just says that this was like drinking vietnamese food but it was better than that.  I’d like to try it with mildly spicy food to see how it matches up.  It gets a 6/11, the same as the cream ale except that it gets an extra yes for having that little something different about it.

No. 269 – Le Réservoir Cérise

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This was a surprise.  On first taste it was a little sour but something strange came through in the aftertaste that was nice.  It was almost chocolatey.  I’m not sure where that came from but it was definitely there for the first few gulps.  There are hints of cherry of course but the taste was a little different than I would have expected.  It’s a strange one this – I don’t know if I’d drink it again but I’d suggest trying it.  It’s also fine, accurate, worth the price and has something different.  So 5/11.

No. 270 – Le Réservoir Vermont 2xIPA

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The best drink of the night, with the oddest description.  I thought this was going to be a double hopped IPA but it turned out to be a hoppy cream ale style beer.  It was creamy like a good cream ale but the hops came through strongly in the aroma and taste.  The ale itself was fruity – citrus that you would expect from a hoppier beer.  This was a great mixture of styles and quite a surprise.  7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, different, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability and for the fact that I would go out of my way for a pint of this.

No. 271 – Le Réservoir Tripel

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I didn’t really write too many notes at this point, unfortunately.  However, this tripel was surprisingly fruity for a stronger ale.  I quite liked it for this.  And that’s that.  6/11 for everything the Vermont has bar being different.

No. 272 – Le Réservoir Pilsner Américain

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My favourite picture of the night and a decent beer too.  It has a nice burnt malty aroma and this comes through in the flavour strongly.  I like maltyness so that’s a good thing.  I think from memory that it’s a little better than the average pilsner.  5/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price and for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.

So that’s my second trip to Le Réservoir (first one here) and another mixture of mostly good beers.  I foresee one further trip before the end of the year to explore their IPAs.