Bellerose - Brasserie des Sources
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3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
From a Silly Saison in Belgium to a Blonde Bellerose in France - this time a suspect I may have a good beer in my glass as the French have really brought a smile to my face for the first time, well ever! More and more I've gone from decent French beer to even better French beer and with fingers crossed (and with the Jenlain Ambrée to beat) I carefully de-cap the bottle.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice that was washed thoroughly from the Silly Saison.
A: Presents with that odd clear golden body with weird bits of sediment floating around [this beer was bought cheap past its expiry date however I have always contended that "Beers do not expire!" so I bought it anyway which may have been a teensy mistake]. The head was white but it disappeared rapidly leaving almost nothing.
S: Despite that peculiar sediment this beer smells good, damn good; with notes of champagne, apple and pear esters, musty yeast, spicy phenols and hints of fresh hops - like a fine woman after a day of drinking at the racetrack... I realise and accept the bizarreness of that analogy.
T: The flavour is like being flung out of a trébuchet with notes of the above (just to recap: champagne, apple/pear esters, musty yeast and spicy phenols) with a floral hop flourish, and what appears to be lavender - yep that's right: lavender (or rose, which would make sense given the name). It's a bold and in your face drop with a measure of "Go on give this a go!" which I was totally unprepared for.
M: Medium bodied with a light but dense carbonation.
D: It is a weird ale. Too weird perhaps? Less potpourri with spice and more hops/malt maybe? I don't know what to think right now, this beer is definitely unique and sometimes unique sucks but in this case unique is making me scratch my brow taking sip after sip to decipher all that's going on inside my mouth. I may begin to loath this brew but right now I am still sipping, still pondering, and still wondering if those strange clear floaty things in the glass have skunked this ale or if this is how Brasserie des Sources intended it to taste - I may never know.
Food match: I give up on this one... cheese platter? Brasserie food? My tongue is far too confused for my brain to make the call.
06-18-2014 14:41:22 | More by doktorhops
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
To me this is a perfect day for a French country ale,a beautiful spring day.Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear light golden with a half finger white head leaves a sheet of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Musty notes in the nose along with bready malts,faint leafy hops are detected as well.A little sharp and prickly in the mouth from a good amount of carbonation.Dry on the palate with real crisp breadiness, herbal sharp hops in the finish,the dryness makes it very drinkable.A quaffing country beer that is uber food friendly,a good choice to start the beer drinking day.
04-21-2014 20:12:57 | More by oberon
3.56/5 rDev -9.2%
Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Super Market, and tasted in 2014.
Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and yeasty flavors with light bitter finish.
Overall : a medium beer in the style Golden Ale.
03-01-2014 18:03:02 | More by thierrynantes
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a teku.
A: Golden hue. Continually rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, tight, bubbly white hood. Settles to a thin layer of foam. A slight bit of spider web lacing.
S: Yeast, coriander, and clove.
T: Tastes like it smells... yeast a little lemon pith and some coriander and peppercorn.
M: Light and a little bitter sweet. Pepper remains in the aftertaste.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice effervescence and head, a little spider web lacing. Nose is yeasty and spicy. Yeast, citrus pith, and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.
02-01-2014 01:36:35 | More by bmwats
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Drank from my Mane Liquor tulip.
A - Pours a clear honey colour, with a two fingered head that reduces quickly, but does lace.
S - Plenty of yeast (Belgian) plenty of citrus and a little funk
T - HAs a bit of funk up front, and the hop is submerged and not present enough. The yeast too dominant. Bits of citrus and grain also present.
M - Medium body and mouthfeel.
O - Not a bad BdG but Tres Monts is a far better example.
12-22-2013 08:35:03 | More by eric5bellies
3.88/5 rDev -1%
Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, spicy phenols and orange peel.
Pretty similar flavours, more orange peel, spicy phenols, light malt and cinnamon. A little heavy on the spices but still nice.
Good moderately high carbonation.
11-29-2013 00:09:22 | More by CrazyDavros
Bellerose from Brasserie des Sources
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.