Enlightenment Brut (Bière De Champagne) - Enlightenment Ales
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Reviews by OtherShoe2:
4.31/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours hazy honeyed gold with a big thick white head initially. 1/8th inch skim bubbly white head/ring with a little splashy foam. Pretty.
Tropical fruit, vanilla, wood, and a little yeast in the nose. Nice.
Best description is a Belgian tripel with alot of fizz and a dry finish. Juicy tropical fruit, mild bitterness, a little cracker, a little bread, vanilla, wood, alcohol. As pallet clears, modest bitterness turns dry and clean. Really good.
Medium bodied because of the carbonation. If you let this go flat, this would be full bodied.
Great brew. Been staring at this for a year and pulled the trigger. $17 a bottle is…creeping toward my top end, but boy is this worth it. Complex and well crafted, and drinkable at 11%. Only other one of this style I've had is Infinium by Sam Adams. SA is absolute sewage compared to this, and actually is more expensive than this. Seek this, trade for this, try this.
12-29-2013 20:17:23 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
My second attempt at a beer from Enlightenment Ales is their No1 beer, Bière Brut, batch 4. Cold 750mL bottle served -- per instructions -- in a (large) flute. Beer pours slightly cloudy straw yellow with lots of bubbles rising towards a thick white head. Looks like it could *be* a rather dark (yellow) champagne, if the head is allowed to fall. Aroma is slightly yeasty.
My first sip is intensely carbonated with tiny bubbles. Would be carbonated to a fault in any other style, but perfect here. Flavor is really delicate and I find it hard to describe. Grainy, but not malty? Dry, but not hoppy. I say dry, and it is definitely Brut but not Extra Brut (or Natural). Allowing the beer to settle in the mouth brings out the Belgian flavors. This one brings out flavors from Leffe Blonde, or even Westvleteren Blonde. Of course, where those beers are around 6%, this boasts 11% ABV -- but you'd never guess it from the lack of alcohol harshness/burn, residual sugar, heavy mouthfeel, or heavy hop load typical of high gravity ales. Which is not to say it's not more heady than Belgian Pale Ales. I figured the use of "multiple yeast strains" was a gimmick (why not just use the one that works?), but based on the result I can't doubt anything the brewer's done here.
It's been a long time since I tried Infinium, but I think this is way better. The execution here is excellent and drinking this is a real treat, if not a beer for everyday.
01-14-2013 04:11:49 | More by hreb
Enlightenment Brut (Bière De Champagne) from Enlightenment Ales
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.