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La Franche Saison + Brett’

Brewery: La Franche
Country: France
ABV: 7%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: 2020 BXL BeerFest beer pack

Brewer Description: (from bottle in French) 10 hl de saison + 2 de Brett’ barriques.

(translated to English) 10 hl of Saison + 2 barrels of Brett’.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml bottle from the 2020 BXL beer pack, with a best before date of May 2040. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with an almost three finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus zest, lemon peel, floral, funky, brett.
Taste: Bitter, lemon zest and peel, light funk, brett, banana and clove notes, peppery spice, grass, and maybe a touch herbal.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A refreshing and enjoyable Saison.

Popihn Russian Imperial Stout Chocolat / Vanille

Brewery: Brasserie Popihn
Country: France
ABV: 11%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 50 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Chocolat / Vanille

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd April 2023. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a thin brown head that disappeared quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate milk, chocolate and vanilla with hints of dark fruits and nuts.
Taste: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, splash of alcohol, some caramel and a touch of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice, smooth, creamy and easy to drink.

Popihn IPA Amarillo / Citra / Mosaic

Brewery: Brasserie Popihn
Country: France
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 40 IBU

Brewer Description: (from bottle) IPA – Amarillo / Citra / Mosaic.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.71
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 5th November 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange yellow colour with a huge uncontrollable head that just goes crazy no matter how careful or slowly you pour it. Retention of the head was excellent but quite frankly in this case it was really annoying as I barely poured anything into the glass before the head just exploded and this meant it took forever to pour even a decent amount of beer into the glass. Lacing was ok.
Aroma: Tropical melon, guava, passionfruit followed by citrusy orange and grapefruit rind and even a touch of unripe mango at the end.
Taste: Lightly bitter, grapefruit and orange pith, with hints of melon, guava and passionfruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Interesting flavours of guava, passionfruit and melon, but the pour was just troublesome.

Popihn IPA Citra / Cluster / Ekuanot / Galaxy

Brewery: Brasserie Popihn
Country: France
ABV: 5.3%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBU

Brewer Description: (from bottle) IPA – Citra / Cluster / Ekuanot / Galaxy.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.56
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 18th October 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a big rather uncontrollable four finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Unripe apricot and peach with hints of lime, apple, banana, clove and grains.
Taste: Lightly sweet, green apple, banana, clove, grainy, maybe wheat, grass and a touch floral.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high prickly carbonation.
Overall: I’m not sure about this one. It doesn’t taste or smell bad, but at the same time, it doesn’t really seem like an IPA.

Popihn IPA Rakau / Simcoe – DDH

Brewery: Brasserie Popihn
Country: France
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 44 IBU

Brewer Description: (from bottle) IPA – Rakau / Simcoe – DDH.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 12th September 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple, candied citrus zest, mandarin, pine and lightly floral.
Taste: Lightly bitter, grapefruit, lime, pine, grass and sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok. I especially loved the aroma with that clear sweet pineapple coming through, and wished it translated into the taste as well, but instead the lime surprised me a bit and just didn’t quite match the aroma.