Okay, I take back almost everything bad Steve ever said about France. I have to say, I was rather pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've seen it on the shelf for years, but have passed it by. The swing-top bottle struck me as a Grolsch wannabe, and I already had the impression that the French were and should be better known for wine than for beer. However, this was brought to me as a gift, so I gave it a spin. Hmm. Not bad at all. Amber, of course, with fairly thin carbonation, but a nice little hops bite and balancing malty sweetness. On further research, this is listed as an English Dark Ale style; I'd say they weren't altogether too far off. Now I'll take a guess, based on the brewery's name, that they're located in the Alsace-Lorraine region, which has flip-flopped back and forth between German and French control several times through the years. So maybe it's reasonably good because of the German influence. I dunno. I do know, though, that if someone were to offer me this beer again, I wouldn't turn it away.
Reviewed: May 07, 2005