The beers of September 2023
For the launch of Beerscovery, we are offering you 6 craft beers from 3 French-speaking Craft breweries which stand out both for their mastery of the great classics and for their creativity when it comes to unique seasonal beers.
Summer products, easy to drink and not very bitter.
All the beers present in the box are limited editions; 3,000L were brewed per beer only.
BadFish - Small Batch #72 (Exotic White)
|Mousse:||Slightly pink mousse, medium persistence|
|Taste:||Acidity marked by wheat and passion fruit. Fruity aftertaste|
|Degree of alcohol:||5%|
|Ideal serving temperature:||4°C|
|Food & beer pairing:||Tuna, mango and passion fruit tartare|
|Malts:||Wheat malt and pilsner|
|Bitterness:||2 / 10|
An exotic and original white! Tropical fruits in a wheat beer to give it beautiful fruity and thirst-quenching notes.
What is white beer?
Origins of white beer
White beer, also called "Witbier" in Dutch/Flamingo or "Weissbier" in German, has its roots in Belgium and Germany. Historically, it was brewed on Belgian farms during the winter months for consumption in the summer.
The main characteristic of white beer is the use of a significant proportion of unmalted wheat malt, sometimes up to 50%, unlike most beers which are mainly based on malted barley. It is this wheat that gives beer its milky or hazy appearance.
The taste of white beer is sweet, light, with a certain acidity. It offers aromas of citrus, coriander, and sometimes banana or clove, especially for German versions. This comes in part from the yeasts used for fermentation and the spices added during brewing.
White beer is generally a top-fermented beer. This means that fermentation occurs at relatively warm temperatures (between 15 and 24°C), and it is the yeast that floats to the top of the vat during the process that is used.
It is often cloudy because of the wheat proteins and yeasts still present in the liquid. Its color ranges from pale yellow to golden. The foam is generally fine but abundant.
White beer is served cold, generally between 4 and 6°C. It is often presented in a large glass which accommodates its generous foam. Some like to roll the bottle before serving to thoroughly mix the yeast deposit at the bottom, thus enriching its taste and cloudy appearance.
White beer is a refreshing drink, ideal for summer, but just as pleasant all year round. With its sweetness and complex aromas, it appeals to a wide range of palates and has established itself as a must-have among craft beer lovers.
BadFish - Ginger Witt
|Dress:||Slightly coppery and cloudy|
|Mousse:||Fine and light, light persistence|
|Smell:||Notes of spices and wheat|
|Taste:||Light acidity, balanced by the kick of ginger|
|Degree of alcohol:||5.5%|
|Ideal serving temperature:||5 °C|
|Food & beer pairing:||
Chicken, ginger and lemon
|Malts:||Pilsner, wheat malt and wheat flakes|
|Hops:||Herkules and Simcoe|
Nothing like a hint of ginger in a white beer to give it a little kick, spicy and refreshing notes.
What is Wit?
Origins of Belgian Wit
Witbiers, or Belgian white beers, have a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. Originating from the Flemish regions of Belgium, they were traditionally brewed on farms during the winter to be enjoyed when the warm weather arrived.
Witbiers are distinguished by the use of a high proportion of unmalted wheat, often supplemented with malted barley. But what really makes them special is the addition of spices and citrus peels, usually coriander and orange peel.
These beers offer a rich aromatic bouquet: citrus notes, accentuated by the addition of orange peel, mingle with the spicy sweetness of coriander. The presence of wheat gives a certain creaminess on the palate, while providing a slight refreshing acidity.
Like many Belgian beers, Witbiers are top-fermented beers. The yeasts, working at higher temperatures, produce a rich palette of aromas which contribute to the complexity of these beers.
Belgian Wit is often pale and muted in color, a legacy of its high wheat content and suspended yeast. When poured, a white, fine and persistent foam crowns the glass.
A Belgian Wit is ideally enjoyed chilled, between 4 and 6°C. It is traditionally served in a flared glass which allows its aromas to flourish. A slight circular movement of the bottle before serving allows the yeast to be resuspended, reinforcing the cloudy character and aromatic complexity of the beer.
Belgian Wit is a celebration of the Belgian brewing tradition, combining ancestral know-how and aromatic richness. Whether on a sunny terrace or in the shelter of an estaminet, it invites you to a refreshing break full of flavors.
The Nebula - Chela (Rosé Ale)
|Dress:||Rosy and clear|
|Mousse:||Slightly pink mousse with medium persistence|
|Smell:||Notes of grape and peach|
Soft peach attack, dry and gassy finish.
Persistent tangy freshness
|Degree of alcohol:||5.3%|
|Ideal serving temperature:||7 °C|
|Food & beer pairing:||
Burrata, roasted peaches and arugula
|Malts:||Pilsner and Carapils|
Summer creation from the La Nébuleuse brewery, this beer combining wine and beer will surprise and disturb your taste.
What is a Rosé Ale?
The Rosé Ale style doesn't really exist, it's an invention to best describe this crazy recipe combining grape must (Chasselas) and peach.
Everything is possible in beer, as long as it's good...
The Nebula - Baie-Tise (Sour Cherry Gose)
|Mousse:||White, very persistent|
|Smell:||Lactose, red fruits|
|Taste:||Attack on acidity, very fruity mid-palate thanks to morello cherry and a salty finish.|
|Degree of alcohol:||5.5%|
|Ideal serving temperature:||6 °C|
|Food & beer pairing:||Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms and Roasted Cherries|
|Malts:||Pilsner, Carapils, wheat and roasted wheat|
|Bitterness:||0.5 / 10|
A Gose with morello cherry and salt from the Bex mine, it's good, it's Swiss, we want more.
What is a Gose?
Origins of the Gose
Gose originates from the German town of Goslar, from which it takes its name. Its first mention dates back to the beginning of the 16th century. However, it was in the city of Leipzig that it truly became iconic, to the point of being often referred to as the "Leipzig Gose".
Unlike many German beers, Gose incorporates malted wheat in addition to barley, giving a soft texture and roundness on the palate. But what really defines this beer is the addition of salt and coriander. Spontaneous fermentation using wild yeasts also gives it a slight tangy note.
La Gose presents a beautiful harmony between the sweetness of the malt, the salty freshness and a touch of acidity. The citrus notes of coriander combine with lactic acidity, offering a beer that is both complex and refreshing.
Historically, Gose was produced through spontaneous fermentation, that is to say without the addition of yeast, relying on microorganisms present in the environment. Today, some brewers continue to use this method, while others add specific yeast strains to further control the flavor profile.
The Gose has a slightly veiled coat, ranging from pale yellow to a more golden hue. Its foam is generally white, fine and moderately persistent.
Gose is ideally served chilled, between 4 and 8°C, in a flared glass. This shape allows you to capture its subtle aromas well. Unlike other beers, it does not need to be shaken before serving because its slight turbidity is natural.
Gose is a historic beer style that has seen a significant revival thanks to the craft beer craze. Its balance between salinity, acidity and malty sweetness makes it unique and particularly appreciated on hot summer days. A real invitation to discover German brewing traditions.
Dr Gab's - One Shot #12 (Double NEIPA)
|Dress:||Cloudy, straw yellow|
|Mousse:||Beautiful persistent moss|
|Taste:||Pineapple, mango, passion fruit|
|Degree of alcohol:||7.5%|
|Ideal serving temperature:||7 °C|
|Food & beer pairing:||Fish tacos, peach salsa and grilled corn|
|Malts:||Barley malt, oats, wheat|
|Hops:||Ernest and Citra|
A creamy and fruity double IPA brewed in collaboration with Brewworks.
Juicy? Do you want some ! Hazy? Here's !
What is a Double NEIPA?
Origins of Double New England IPA
New England IPA (NEIPA) originates, as its name suggests, from the New England region of the United States. Double New England IPAs are essentially more robust versions of the NEIPA, with a higher alcohol content, usually above 8%. This style was popularized by breweries like Tree House, Trillium, and The Alchemist with iconic beers such as "Heady Topper".
DNEIPA is brewed with a large amount of barley malts, often supplemented with grains like oats or wheat, which contribute to the beer's smooth texture and characteristic haze. Hops are the key element of this style, with modern varieties focusing on dominant fruity aromas. Hops are usually added late in the brewing process, or even after the main fermentation, during heavy dry hopping.
DNEIPA presents pronounced notes of tropical fruits, citrus, berries, and sometimes resin. Bitterness, while present, is often milder and less aggressive than in other IPA styles, emphasizing the juiciness and fruitiness of the hops rather than their bitterness.
DNEIPAs are notoriously cloudy, ranging in color from pale yellow to deep gold. Their milky appearance is often compared to that of fruit juice. This opacity is the result of a combination of proteins from cereals and compounds from hops.
Specific yeasts are often used for DNEIPAs, promoting a fruity flavor profile and a smooth finish. Fermenting at slightly higher temperatures can also help accentuate the fruity profile.
Double New England IPA is ideally enjoyed at a temperature of 7 to 10°C. A "tulip" type glass or a balloon glass are recommended to highlight the intense aromas of hops and allow good release of carbon dioxide.
Double New England IPA is a celebration of hops at their most juicy and fruity. It offers a unique sensory experience, combining aromatic intensity, softness on the palate and a beautiful roundness. A must-have style for modern hop lovers.
Dr Gab's - Summer Cure (Apricot Season)
|Dress:||Slightly cloudy and clear|
|Mousse:||Nice thick foam|
|Taste:||Light acidity from the apricot and wheat. Fruity apricot note on the finish|
|Degree of alcohol:||4.6%|
|Ideal serving temperature:||4 °C|
|Food & beer pairing:||
Quinoa salad with fresh apricots and feta
|Malts:||Barley and wheat malt|
A light beer, slightly tart, easy to drink and with notes of apricots.
What is a Season?
Origins of the Season
La Saison originates from Wallonia, the French-speaking region in the south of Belgium. Historically, this type of beer was brewed during the cool winter months to be consumed during the summer season by seasonal agricultural workers, hence its name. This was to provide a refreshing and thirst-quenching drink to workers during the warmer months.
Saisons are top-fermented beers, typically brewed with barley malts, although other grains may also be included. The use of specific yeasts gives the Saison its distinctive character, often spicy and fruity. The hops used are generally of European origin, adding floral and sometimes spicy notes to the beer.
The Saison presents a rich and complex flavor. It combines fruity (citrus, stone fruit, sometimes banana) and spicy (pepper, clove) notes. Its ending is generally dry, which makes it particularly refreshing. Its bitterness is moderate, offering a nice balance with the malty flavors.
Traditionally, Saisons were often fermented at relatively high temperatures, which helped develop their spicy and fruity character. Many modern brewers maintain this tradition to produce authentic Saisons.
Saison is generally a golden to orange color, with lovely clarity, although some may be slightly cloudy. Its foam is white, fine, but persistent.
To fully appreciate a Saison, it is recommended to serve it at a temperature of 6 to 8°C in a tulip glass or a flared glass. These glasses allow you to better perceive the aromatic complexity of the beer.
La Saison is a rich and nuanced craft beer that testifies to the ancestral know-how of Walloon brewers. Its freshness and thirst-quenching character make it perfect for hot summer days, while offering a depth of flavors that will seduce the most demanding palates.