Glutenberg Blonde

Reviewed by on May 23, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: May 23, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Blonde Ale is Brasseurs Sans Gluten’s lightest offering, made in the style of an American Blonde Ale, with millet, corn, and demerara sugar.

This 341ml bottle pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow hue, with an anemic half-finger of stilted foamy and broadly bubbly white head, which leaves a bit of distant mushroom cloud lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of thin, somewhat musty corn gruel, a further soft gritty vegetal graininess, and rather prominent lemony, leafy hops. The taste is subtle corn grist, once again some edgy, nondescript graininess, generic citrus, apple wine, dried honey, mild sodium acridity, a soft rye pepper character (so, Salt-n-Pepa, then?), and leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly average, just a trilling frothiness throughout, the body rather light in weight, and a tad thin, a mild underlying clumsy edginess messing with an otherwise plain Jane smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, in a slightly otherworldly sense, the tinged corn graininess essence doing its best to parry a still decent, if muddled bitter hoppiness.

Huh – these new gluten-free beers are throwing me for a loop – while they are a significant step forward flavour-wise from their disagreeable at best predecessors, said flavour is still not of the normal beer world – I can drink this, sure, but it is just different enough to screw with my general expectations. However, the gap is surely closing – rejoice, beer-drinkers of the non-gluten persuasion – your time is nigh!

Brady White



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