Thursday, 17 July 2014

Beers of the World Cup - #18 France - Brasserie St Germain, Page 24 Blanche

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is now behind us and I still have quite a few beers to work my way through. Next into the #beersoftheworldcup arena is 1998 World Cup winners, France, with Page 24 Blanche from Brasserie St Germain.
The Saint Germain brewery is located in Aix Noulette in the north of France and has been brewing craft beers since 2003. Locally sources raw ingredients are used to create their 'bières de grade' which are brewed by traditional infusion mash methods before being cold stored for several weeks. These bottle conditioned ales complete their maturation and undergo a final fermentation in the bottle.
Page 24 Blanche pours with a cloudy pale yellow colour and a loose foamy head that does reduce a little but is still with you until the bottom of the glass. As you would expect from a wheat beer, there are clear aromas of citrus with clean lemon notes very noticable. To taste, the beer is actually not as lemony as the nose would suggest with strong malt flavours competing with the citrus. There is also a good balance of spice in the beer resulting in a very rounded finish in the mouth. I'm a big fan of wheat beers and found the Page 24 Blanche very drinkable and definitely one that I would stock in my fridge at home.

Keep up to date with my progress on Twitter as I try to complete my challenge and you can let me know which French beers you would pick, using the hashtag #beersoftheworldcup



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