Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tasting Notes: La Maitresse

Brewery: Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 6%
Date Poured: October 2008

Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles is an artisinal brewery in the Belgian province of Luxumberg. I found this bottle in a beer store at the center of the village of La Roche-en-Ardenne in the same province.

A luminous cloudy yellow-gold with a billowing snow white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves behind a lot of fine lacing. The aroma from this ale is quite herbal and floral. Some crisp pale malt in the nose as well.

Very lively in the mouth. Herbal bitterness (perhaps from the woodruff?) intertwined with a citrusy and strident hoppiness. Underpinnings of a full bodied sweetish malt. Nice body for an ale that claims to be only 6% ABV. Nice carbonation scrubs the tongue as it finishes. A clean aftertaste save for the bitter hops and perhaps the herbal bitterness of the woodruff. Exceedingly drinkable and refreshing. A very unique and surprisingly well-crafted ale. Get some if you can. 

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