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Site: http://www.brasserie-sainte-colombe.com/pages/bieres.html

Blonde, 5.5%

Comments: A fairly standard french/belgian style blonde. Opaque and straw coloured, a fine white head but little retention. Quite carbonated, with only subtle hopping. Quite a sweet flavour, but with little malt, wheat or fermentation characteristics. Aftertaste is dominated by the carbonation, giving a slightly odd mouth feel. I’d be happy to drink this on a hot day, but won’t be looking for it again.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.brasserie-lancelot.com/biere-blanche-hermine.php

Bière blanche de froment (White Wheat beer), 4%

Comments: A very pale wheat beer, in a similar style to Hoegaarden. A fine white head but very little retention. Light in flavour, even for the style, this beer the sweetness that one might expect, but doesn’t manage to have the aromatics that make this style work. Some citrus characteristics, but not enough to entice me to look out for this again.

Overall score: 5.0/10

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Site: http://www.brasserie-sainte-colombe.com/pages/bieres.html

Amber ale, 5.5%

Comments: A slightly cloudy amber ale, with fine off-white head and moderate retention. Not a particularly definite aroma, very little hopping present initially. The initial flavour is a balance between the caramels of crystal malt, and what I suspect is a bit of malted wheat thrown in for good measure. This gives a fairly sweet and slightly fruity flavour, with only a slight touch of bitterness. Overall, a pleasant but unremarkable beer.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.brasserie-lancelot.com/biere-cervoise-lancelot.php

Cervoise, 6%

Comments: This beer is mad, but in a good way. Instead of the current standard Barley-Hop-Water-Yeast blend, this beer attempts to emulate a classic gaulish beer, and so is flavoured with 7 plant extracts and honey. This gives a very different aroma and flavour to the beer. An opaque amber colour with coarse off-white head and reasonable retention. The beer is still brewed from a malted barley base (and so still classifies as beer), but the aroma is unexpected. Initially the aroma is quite sour, and the early flavour follows this through. Next comes a slightly bitter note, where the various herbal flavours are present, but I struggle to identify them. (Si les brasseurs lise ca, ils sont quoi ces plantes?) Finally, the honey comes in to round off the flavour, with quite a sweet but aromatic aftertaste. To conclude, there is probably a good reason that the current preference for hops and barley developed – this beer rejects that reason, but in so doing, gives something very different to what I’m used to, and something that I will certainly look for again.

Overall score: 8/10

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Site: http://www.brasserie-sainte-colombe.com/pages/bieres.html

Hefeweizen, 5.5%

Comments: This is another Breton beer, this one being in the style of a classic german Hefeweizen. Cloudy dark golden colour, with a fine white head and good retention. Aroma, like the initial flavour, is intensely flavoured with the classic wheat character – more than a subtle hint of banana, orange and passionfruit. Hop is present but quite subdued, as is to be expected for the style. The aftertaste is again dominated by banana flavours, leaving a beer which is more hefeweizen than most of the german ones I have had. If you like wheat beer, this is very pleasant and well done, but avoid it if you don’t like the style.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.brasserie-lancelot.com/bieres-brasserie-lancelot.php

Blonde, 6.0%

Comments: Yet another beer from the Brasserie Lancelot, this time describing itself as being similar to a Trappist beer. A slightly opaque golden amber colour, moderately coarse white head and moderate retention. I must confess that I don’t immediately think of Trappist beers when I drink this – it’s not as sour as a Lambic, but is certainly more aromatic and higher alcohol than most english ales. Quite a solid amount of hop in this one, without the bitterness being overwhelming. A full yet light mouth feel, a very pleasant beer.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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On a side note, I met one of the guys from this brewery today, at the Rennes markets!

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Site: http://www.brasserie-lancelot.com/bieres-brasserie-lancelot.php

Red ale with Elderberry, 5.5%

Comments: This is a dark red ale, with an initially stellar head, but little retention. The aroma is a little odd, I don’t really get too much elderberry, but more something which reminds me of jelly crystals. The flavour is quite fruity (as you might expect), without much bitterness, and with a hint of caramel. I suppose it’s pleasant enough, but I doubt I’ll be looking out for it again.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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