B.A.L Ambrée - Brasserie Artisanale Du Luberon
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3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
According to the spec sheet from the brewery, this is a "rich and spicy bière de garde". This was a 330ml bottle purchased from Porters Northwood in Sydney.
Pours a clear but bright deep amber colour, with a solid film of off-white crowning. The head forms large bubbles at the edges, so gives the impression of being more persistent than it is. Some patchy, spotty lace. Body looks fluid, but has a nice heft to it, and very fine carbonation. Looks pretty good.
Hmm, I wasn't expecting that, but on the nose is a noticeable spicy acidity. Slight wine barrel oak, and a slight olive bite—a little similar to a Flanders Red. Some dusty powdered sugar sweetness comes through, along with some faint husky grain notes. I'm not convinced it's intentional, but it works well enough.
Taste is lighter, but maintaining a slight weak acidity along with some faint sugary overtones and a mild herb-and-grain finish. On the back is a faint soda-water tang along with just a hint of puke. It's not all that good—eventually, the emptiness on the palate accentuates the sugary notes, making it feel a little sickly.
Feel is light, but not awful.
I'm still not convinced that the acidity is intentional, but I believe it helps, even by virtue of the fact that it distracts from its other flaws. Having tried the other two in the range from BAL, it's fair to say I wasn't looking forward to cracking this one open. But, intentional or not, the faint funk makes this one clear stand out from the others.
01-15-2013 05:27:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
B.A.L Ambrée from Brasserie Artisanale Du Luberon
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.