Enlightenment Brut (Bière De Champagne) - Enlightenment Ales

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Enlightenment Ales visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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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.

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Enlightenment Brut (Bière De Champagne) from Enlightenment Ales
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