Brunehaut Blonde Bio

Reviewed by on July 25, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie de Brunehaut

  • Origin: Belgium

  • Rated On: July 18, 2014

  • Best Before: February 2017

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Brunehaut is an artisanal brewery in Wallonia, near the French border, and specializes in producing Abbey-style ales, as well as organic beers – like this Blonde here, which, beyond being organic, has additionally been ‘de-glutenized’ – so much science!

This 330ml squat bottle pours a hazy, medium golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of random sudsy sea coral lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of crackery, grainy pale malt, earthy, ethereally funky yeast, dried apple and stale pear, a touch of indistinct citrus, a little coriander and clove spice, wet, almost sulfuric minerality, and a mild leafy, weedy hoppiness. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt (one apparently sloughing off the neutering of its gluten proteins), muddled drupe fruit, generic (not a bad thing) Belgian yeast, waning orange and lemon rind, and the cold warmth of clove, white pepper, and bland coriander spice. The bubbles are certainly active up front, and continue their tight, frothy charade for a good long while, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth, as yeast, carbonation, and alcohol alike seem to find it acceptable to poke their noses in here. It finishes off-dry, mostly, as the biscuity, grainy malt starts gasping its last, in the face of those folks just mentioned above.

An agreeable sort of Belgian Pale Ale, nothing seems lacking after considering the ministrations necessary to qualify if for such hipster and foodie label cred. Anyways, another example of the Frankenstein-esque scientific method producing a better outcome (make a normal beer, and then extract what you don’t want), rather than starting with an inferior and laughable ingredient list. Worth a go, whatever your dietary concerns may or may not be.

Brady White



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