Tuesday, August 20, 2013

La Belle Saison

Translation: the beautiful season / summer.

This brew uses - as the bottle says - wild herbs from the island and gentle flower notes.

It is super-clear and pale, and has next to no head. There are a fair amount of bubbles / carbonation coming out in the glass, though.

It smells a bit of pumpkin spice... some light gingerbread with... cardamom? Chamomile, for sure. It reminds me of Dominus Vobiscum's Blanche, which also uses chamomile well. It has tons of complex, bright, spicy aroma, especially for something that looks so "clean".

The taste is more of the same. It reminds me a lot of a pumpkin ale, to be honest - a light, refreshing one. Perhaps it is more of a fall beer than a summer beer. The aftertaste and feel, unfortunately, lean towards mass-market lagers.

The feel is gentle but has obvious carbonation, has a finish that's slightly sticky, and a body that's on the heavy side of light.

This brew has lots of character, especially when compared to its appearance - really enjoyable.

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