Category Archives: France

Artisanale du Luberon B.A.L La Babe Ale

Brewery: Brasserie Artisanale du Luberon
Country: France
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Other Notes: Malts – Barley, Pilsen, Melano, Munich, Cara and Wheat. Hops – Magnum, Nugget, Sovereign and Strisselspalt. Other – Vanilla Pod

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Abbey Ale.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of December 2017 and poured into a plastic cup (it was all they had at the hotel).
Appearance: It poured a hazy copper, brown, orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipated almost immediately, leaving almost no lacing.
Aroma: Plum, dark fruits, slight sweetness and butterscotch.
Taste: Dark fruits, plum, prunes, grape and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: Smells great and tastes pretty good, but carbonation was way too high. Other than that, I was quite satisfied.

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Artisanale du Luberon L’été Indien IPA au thé

Brewery: Brasserie Artisanale du Luberon
Country: France
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 55 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Cara and Munich. Hops – Nugget and Cascade.

Brewer Description: Not much information found on this beer except that it was first released in July 2016.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of December 2017 and poured into a plastic cup (it was all they had at the hotel).
Appearance: It poured a hazy copper amber colour with a one finger off white head with good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: A bit light, but quite nice when it did come through. Malty caramel, black tea, pine, with hints of berries.
Taste: Caramel, pine, tea and berry sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good and I especially liked the berriness. I would get this again.

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Artisanale de Nice Blùna

Brewery: La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice
Country: France
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Orange and coriander.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 7th June 2017 and poured into a plastic cup (all that was available at the hotel).
Appearance: It poured a hazy dark yellow brown colour with a huge three finger off white head with great retention and good lacing.
Aroma: Wheaty, bready, banana, orange and coriander.
Taste: Sweet banana, wheat, bready, orange peel and lemon. But other than the banana, everything else was quite light.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was not too bad, but the main thing was that the colour was quite unappealing.

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Bière du Comté La Blanche Bio du Mercantour

Brewery: Brasserie du Comté
Country: France
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from website) (in French) Bière blanche de fermentation haute. La Blanche du Mercantour est une bière fruitée et épicée qui pétille avec élégance. Ses notes d’agrumes et sa pointe d’amertume surprenante lui procurent un caractère rafraîchissant. Elle peut s’accompagner d’une rondelle de citron qui fera ressortir son côté fruité. Un dépôt de levure riche en vitamines et gage de qualité se forme naturellement dans la bouteille.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date sometime in 2017 (I forgot to record the exact date), and poured into an old fashioned glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy straw yellow colour with a one finger white head with decent retention and some lacing.
Aroma: Lemon, wheat, zestiness and pepper spice.
Taste: Lemon, lemon zest, breadiness with a hint of orange and coriander. There was also some booziness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Again like the Ambree, I was getting some booze on the finish which was not ideal.

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Bière du Comté L’Ambrée Bio du Mercantour

Brewery: Brasserie du Comté
Country: France
ABV: 5%
Style: American Amber Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) (in French) Bière ambrée de fermentation haute. L’utilisation de malts torréfiés confère à l’Ambrée du Mercantour une couleur rousse. Les nombreuses bulles sont fines et la mousse, blanche et homogène, subsiste sur quelques millimètres. Le nez est doux et dégage des notes de caramel. En bouche, les arômes de malts torréfiés viennent s’ajouter aux notes de fruits rouges et de biscuits. Elle offre un bon équilibre entre saveurs sucrées et une fine amertume. Un dépôt de levure riche en vitamines et gage de qualité se forme naturellement dans la bouteille.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date sometime in 2017 (I forgot to record the actual date) and poured into a small plastic cup (all that was available at the hotel).
Appearance: It poured a hazy bronze colour with a huge three finger off white head with good retention and lacing.
Aroma: Caramel, apple and pear.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, there was caramel malt, apple and light berries. However, there was also some alcohol taste creeping through on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I’m not a huge fan of Amber ales, but I liked this. My only critique would be the unfortunate alcohol taste coming through on the finish.

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