Friday, September 14, 2012

Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes: La Meule

Type: Golden Ale
Origin: Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes, Switzerland
ABV: 6%

After a basketball game in Philly, what better to do than haul out on the town and search for some fine beer? I found this beer in exactly those circumstances one night long ago. 

Good beer has been around forever. And good herbs have been around forever. So leave it to the Swiss to put two and two together and make an awesome beer with herbs.

The essential body of this beer is not too far from Duvel or other Belgian style golden ales, but to spice it up, there is also a fine measure of sage. At first thought, you'd think they might not get along so well, but golden ale and sage are a fine combo. It harkens back to the days of the gruit, but I'm pretty sure there is a good measure of hops in there as well.

Like so many things from the old world (ie 1979 Victoria's Secret catalogs)...

La Meule has all the right things in exactly the right proportions.

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