February 2024

The beers of February 2024

Magic Hop - Potion (Lemon Basil Blonde)

Potion - Magic Hop Brewery

Technical sheet

Eye:

Dress:

Straw yellow

Mousse:

Mousse:

Beautiful foam, moderately persistent

Nose:

Smell:

Herbaceous, citrus

Taste:

Taste:

Aroma of citrus and basil, very nice freshness.

Alcohol:

Degree of alcohol:

4.5%

Operating temperature:

Ideal serving temperature:

4 °C

Pairing:

Food & beer pairing:

Beetroot Ravioli Stuffed with Ricotta and Basil

Malt:

Malts:

Barley malt

Hop:

Hops:

N / A

Note:

Bitterness:

3/10

What is a High Fermentation Blonde Beer?

A top-fermented lager refers to a light and refreshing beer characterized by its fermentation process at relatively high temperature. Using specific yeasts that ideally operate between 15°C and 24°C, this fermentation method releases a wider range of fruity and spicy aromas, distinctive of ales. The beer's "blonde" color comes from the use of light malts, which also give it its smooth, slightly malty taste.

Typical Ingredients

Top-fermented lagers are brewed primarily with pale malts that give them a golden color and mild base flavors. Hops, added for bitterness and aroma, are generally moderate, allowing the yeast's fruity characteristics to shine. Variations of this beer may include additional flavor ingredients like spices, fruits or even herbs.

Styles and Variations

Although the term "blonde beer" may conjure up a specific image, there is actually a lot of diversity within this category, from light and thirst-quenching Pale Ales to stronger and more complex Belgian Blondes. Each style reflects brewing traditions and regional preferences, offering beer lovers a vast world of flavors to explore.

Appreciation and Tasting

Top-fermented blond beers are ideally enjoyed chilled, served between 6°C and 8°C. Their balanced profile makes them accessible to a wide audience, making them an excellent choice for craft beer novices while remaining appreciated by connoisseurs for their complexity and variety. They are the perfect accompaniment to light meals, mild cheeses or enjoyed alone as a refreshment.

Magic Hop - IPA

IPA - Magic Hop Brewery

Technical sheet

Eye:

Dress:

Apricot Yellow

Mousse:

Mousse:

Beautiful persistent moss

Nose:

Smell:

Orange blossom, tangerine

Taste:

Taste:

Sweet with a beautiful aroma of hops, citrus and exotic.

Alcohol:

Degree of alcohol:

4.7%

Operating temperature:

Ideal serving temperature:

6 °C

Pairing:

Food & beer pairing:

Trout Fillet on a Bed of Roasted Fennel and Orange

Malt:

Malts:

Barley malt

Hop:

Hops:

N / A

Note:

Bitterness

6/10

What is India Pale Ale (IPA)?

Find our complete guide to IPA beer right here.

Brasserie Septentrion - Boreale (Wit Sichuan)

Boreale - Brasserie Septentrion

Technical sheet

Eye:

Dress:

Slightly cloudy white

Mousse:

Mousse:

Beautiful persistent moss

Nose:

Smell:

Peppery, citrus

Taste:

Taste:

Light acidity complemented by aromas of Sichuan pepper and Timut

Alcohol:

Degree of alcohol:

4.9%

Operating temperature:

Ideal serving temperature:

4°C

Pairing:

Food & beer pairing:

Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche

Malt:

Malts:

Wheat malt, barley malt

Hop:

Hops:

N / A

Note:

Bitterness:

3/10

What is a Wit?

We explain everything about the different kinds of white beers right here .

Brasserie Septentrion - Dym (Blonde Smoke)

Dym, smoked blond beer - Brasserie Septentrion

Technical sheet

Eye:

Dress:

Blonde hair

Mousse:

Mousse:

Slightly persistent foam

Nose:

Smell:

Slightly smoky, herbaceous

Taste:

Taste:

Woody, slightly smoky aromatic note

Alcohol:

Degree of alcohol:

3.7%

Operating temperature:

Ideal serving temperature:

4°C

Pairing:

Food & beer pairing:

Dauphinois gratin with porcini mushrooms

Malt:

Malts:

Barley malt

Hop:

Hops:

N / A

Note:

Bitterness:

4/10

What is a Smoked Blonde Beer?

Smoked lager is an intriguing twist on the traditional lager, infused with unique smoky flavors. This smoky characteristic is achieved by using malt that has been dried over an open fire or by exposing the beer to wood smoke during the brewing process. The addition of these smoky notes adds a surprising complexity to the lightness and freshness typical of lagers, creating a rich and multi-dimensional taste experience.

Ingredients and Brewing Techniques

Besides the basic ingredients of traditional lagers like water, pale malt, hops and yeast, smoked lager incorporates smoked malt. This malt is often smoked with different types of wood, such as beech or oak, which gives the beer its distinctive smoky aromas. The smoking method and duration can vary, allowing for a wide range of flavor profiles, from subtle smokiness to intensely rich.

Sensory Characteristics

Visually, smoked lagers retain the clarity and golden color of traditional lagers, but with a nose that immediately reveals their difference. Aromas can evoke smoked bacon, burnt wood or even leather, adding an extra layer of complexity to their bouquet. On the palate, the balance between malty sweetness, hop bitterness and smoky flavors creates a unique and tasty taste experience.

Gastronomic Pairings

Smoked lagers pair wonderfully with grilled foods, strong cheeses or spicy dishes. The smokiness of the beer complements the grilled flavors of meats and can balance the richness of cheeses or the heat of spices, making these beers a great choice for summer meals or barbecues.

Fennek Brewery - Blackbass (White)

BlackBass - Brasserie Fennek

Technical sheet

Eye:

Dress:

White, cloudy

Mousse:

Mousse:

Beautiful persistent moss

Nose:

Smell:

Lemon, melon

Taste:

Taste:

Citrus, melon aroma, this beer tends towards a refreshing White IPA

Alcohol:

Degree of alcohol:

5%

Operating temperature:

Ideal serving temperature:

5°C

Pairing:

Food & beer pairing:

Citrus Sea Bass Ceviche

Malt:

Malts:

Wheat and barley malt

Hop:

Hops:

Cashmere and Huell Melon

Note:

Bitterness:

3/10

What is a white beer?

We explain everything to you in  our complete guide to Blanche beers .

Fennek Brewery - Kaboom (Amber)

Kaboom - Fennek Brewery

Technical sheet

Eye:

Dress:

Amber, coppery

Mousse:

Mousse:

Persistent moss

Nose:

Smell:

Biscuit, toast

Taste:

Taste:

Caramel, biscuit flavor

Alcohol:

Degree of alcohol:

5.5%

Operating temperature:

Ideal serving temperature:

6°C

Pairing:

Food & beer pairing:

Beef bourguignon

Malt:

Malts:

Lightly roasted barley malt

Hop:

Hops:

Fuggle and East Kent Golding

Note:

Bitterness:

4/10

What is an amber beer?

We explain everything to you in our complete guide to amber beers .