Brunehaut Bio Ambrée

Reviewed by on August 6, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie de Brunehaut

  • Origin: Belgium

  • Rated On: July 26, 2014

  • Best Before: February 2017

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Amber Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Ambrée is another Brunehaut organic and gluten-free offering, with all the same metrics as the blonde, but, y’know, amber.

This 330ml mirror-world stubbie pours a slightly glassy, medium orange-brick amber hue, with a rising tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet fizzy ecru head, which leaves some attractive striated sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly retreats.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, sharp, almost phenolic yeast, warm, kind of boozy vanilla, a hint of dry cocoa, and leafy, grassy, and mildly spicy hops. The taste is not nearly as sweet as I was anticipating – grainy, biscuity pale malt, restrained dry bready caramel notes, dried black fruit – raisins, and such – more laid-back dark chocolate, increasingly acrid vanilla, defeated yeast, and a soft earthy, leafy, and herbal hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its tightly-rendered frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the alcohol and yeast seeming to take their collective few ounces of flesh. It finishes mostly dry, the biscuity malt persisting, amongst the lingering yeast, edgy fruit, and not so strangely perfumed floral hops.

More a minor failure as a Belgian amber ale, than as anything organic or gluten-free, it would seem. Hard to believe I’m saying this, but this made in Belgium offering is just not sweet enough, and it’s neither the fault of the yeast nor the alcohol. Whatever it is, it’s not critical, but does put this one lagging just a smidge below the mean, if you know what I…and exit, stage left.

Brady White

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