Glutenberg Myrcène De Glace – Brassin Spécial

Reviewed by on April 21, 2017 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: April 21, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Beer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Myrcène de Glace is this gluten-free brewery’s sort of beer/icewine hybrid, as they blend their strong ale with locally-sourced noble grapes.  What we have here is the 2017 edition.

This 500ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a few instances of coral arch profile lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of musty wild herbs, some peach, mango, and lychee fruitiness, dense white dessert wine, simple syrup, an indistinct cereal-like maltiness, and some leafy, resinous, and perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is thick tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, lychee, and guava), muted white vinous notes, some spicy-seeming alterna-malt, a further candied orange fruitiness, and more leafy, earthy, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite light in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually rather smooth, with a nice airy creaminess settling in after a spell.  It finishes well off-dry, the mixed fruitiness, late-harvest wine, spice, and muddled hops carrying on and on.

Overall, this is surely the best-tasting and most enjoyable brew that I have ever had that was made with only millet and buckwheat as the primary grain base.  It doesn’t hurt that a veritable kitchen sink of fruity esters were thrown in to counteract the typical astringencies of said grains, and somehow those nice and round 10 points of alcohol never really surface either.  Great stuff.

Brady White

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