If you have any information on this beer, if you've seen it, how to get it,
who has it, etc., I'd like to hear from you.
Oh, it's certainly not unknown ...
>If you have any information on this beer, if you've seen it, how to get it,
>who has it, etc., I'd like to hear from you.
Ron, I've never heard of its being imported to the U. S., and one reason
for that may well be that your opinion of the beer is far better
than most people's. I thought it was a fine beer to knock
back after working on the plumbing of my in-laws' house in Paris,
but not the sort of beer I'd actively go looking for; at least not
when it shared market shelf space with Chimay, Orval, Mort Subite,
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You're quite right.... Here in France, pelforth brune is quite
common, and not at all sought after. But then I suppose it's part of
human nature as you always want what you can't get (e.g. the last
trend beerwise in Paris is Samuel Adams....); the other beers you
mention are definitely more ineteresting (apart for Jenlain, may be),
but if anyone really appreciates pelfort the I guess I'll go and have
one for them tonight....
OL> You're quite right.... Here in France, pelforth brune is quite
OL> common, and not at all sought after. But then I suppose it's part
OL> of human nature as you always want what you can't get (e.g. the last
OL> trend beerwise in Paris is Samuel Adams....)
What's the verdict on 3 Monts? We see it regularly at only one outlet here in
the Washington, DC area and pick some up almost every time. One of our
regular dinner guests knows about our preference and always brings some over
for dinner, also. Apart from the Saint Sylvester Winter Ale we had last
weekend, and the Biere de Garde de Saint Leonard I used to get infrequently in
Canada, the 3 Monts is our favourite French/Flemish brew.
> but not the sort of beer I'd actively go looking for; at least not
> when it shared market shelf space with Chimay, Orval, Mort Subite,
> Jenlain, etc.
Are these dark beers? I spent several weeks in France a few years back trying
as many different French beers as I could get. I love dark, bock, porters and
stouts, and this was most tasty and refreshing. Although I like Pilsners and
lighter ales as well, my tastes definitely run to the dark.
The remark was mine.
Chimay is a Trappist, brewed in a monastery in Belgium, commonly available
in France. They make four variations, and sell three of them to the
public. The "red" is a sort of dark amber with a very distinctive
flavor rich in esters and phenolics, and rich in malt. The "white"
is paler, stronger, hoppier, with less in the way of malt flavors.
The "blue" (gold, in the USA) is dark, "raisiny," complex; perfect
with moules marinieres.
Orval is also a Trappist, but couldn't be more different. A very
hoppy beer, with a fabulous nose!
Mort Subite is a lambic: a spontaneously-fermented Belgian beer.
The Gueuze is sour, clean, crisp, complex. The peche is sweet and
fruity, a good accompaniment to a fruit dessert, but to my tastes,
horrid on its own. The cassis is sweet and syrupy, but a reasonable
aperitif. The rest of the variations are reasonable examples of
Jenlain is the only French beer in the group, but only by political
accident, as the brewery is about 15 minutes from the Belgian border,
by conservatively-driven car. It's an example of the Biere de Garde
style, which has always seemed very Belgian in its approach to me.
Amber, sweet, malty, well-balanced.
All these beers are commonly available in France.