Purchased through Rare Beer Club and poured into oversize wine glasses.
This brown “biere de garde” – really an abbey-style dubbel – comes from Brasserie Saint-Germain, based in the north of France, near the border of Belgium. Page 24 Brune pours a deep walnut brown with a sand-colored head that makes up in integrity what it lacks in volume. The curious and enticing nose boasts raisins, chestnuts, berries, and a hint of the grape vine. Delicious toffee, nuts, and dark fruits welcome on the first swallow, with a little bit of tartness entering the finish courtesy of the raisin and wine grape flavors. More roasted nuts come in as the beer settles on the palette, along with a caramel-y yeastiness and a little farmhouse spice. Brasserie Saint-Germain has brewed an exemplary dubbel with a balanced but complex blend of flavors.