Monday, 2 December 2013

Belle Saison-Bière des Iles

The Belle Saison Bière des Iles comes from L'Étang-du-Nord, Quebec. It's brewed by À l'abri de la tempête. I think it's probably a saison (based both on the name and essence), but I'm not 100%. It comes in a 341mL bottle and contains 5.8% alcohol. "A sip of sunshine!" says the label.

The Bière des Iles is a cheery, bright golden colour. It's clear with considerable carbonation and a white head. The aroma is fruity and, as the label says, floral, which makes for a somewhat unusual combo. The mouthfeel is thin and dry--it's delicate, almost fragile--and effervescent like champagne. The flavour reproduces the aroma closely. It's not sweet, exactly, but certainly sweetish. There is barely any aftertaste at all.
This is an unusual little beer. It tastes of springtime--fresh and bright. I'd have liked a bit more body and substance, but that might mess with the vibe that this beer cultivates. Try it? Absolutely!

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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