Les 2 Frères Charles Henri Blanche
Reviewed by Brady White on June 21, 2015 in Summer Guide
- 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 !!
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.