Les 2 Frères Charles Henri Blanche

Reviewed by on June 21, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie Les 2 Frères

  • Origin: Terrebonne, QC, CA

  • Rated On: June 21, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

It’s Father’s Day, and a recent offering to come across the attention of the Beer Diaries is this Belgian-style witbier, made by a duo of brothers in Quebec – and is a nice tribute by the brewers to their grandfather, who was apparently a master of catching catfish in the Richelieu river (if my rusty French isn’t totally failing me).

This 500ml bottle pours a cloudy, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, nicely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, a prominent white pepper and coriander spice, soft fleshy orange notes, and mild earthy, leafy, and floral hops. The taste is quite consistent – a pleasantly gritty wheaty graininess, peppy coriander and muddled table pepper dust, an increasingly complex citrus fruitiness (orange peel, lemon, and a twinge of lime), a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more plain, hard to pin down leafy, floral hops. The carbonation is very thoroughly capable in its swirling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and discernibly smooth, with a small airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, both the gentle wheat malt and lingering spicy fruitiness subscribing to a successful doctrine of laissez-faire beer economics, to the benefit of us all.

Wow – this is what any witbier should aspire to – simple, flavourful, and well-rounded via its constituent ingredients, with nothing approaching acridity or off-flavours in the least. Perhaps that means a lessening of the house yeast, but that’s a small price to pay (I presume), for such an easy-drinking beer.  Brew on, Les 2 Frères, brew on – your grand-papa would be proud.

Brady White

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