Brasserie Artisinale et Didactique du Flo - Cuvée du Flo Blonde
- Alcohol by Volume: 7.50%
- Bottle Size: No
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass, Tulip or Tumbler
Hey you, in the back—Attention S’il vous plait!
On the nose, expect big malts, with a bit of butterscotch, and hints of apples and other fruity esters. There is a subtle tartness implied in the aroma, hinting toward sourness. At the same time, it smells rich and even a bit creamy.
Anyone getting anything else?
There’s a distinct thread in there that we should all know and love in our small, bucolically-brewed beers.
Anyone? Yes, you in the front…
That’s right, there’s a wonderfully authentic earthiness and even a touch of “barnyardy” must. We also get some hints of lime meringue and unripe bananas, with plenty of floral hops coming through as well. For those advanced tasters out there, you might also detect powdered aspirin (akin to flavored children’s aspirin, actually). Take note folks, this is a wonderfully complex beer—we’ve only just described the appearance and aroma!
The flavor is quite forward, even a bit rustic and charmingly rough around the edges. Expect a very sprtizy/carbonated beer, which can help sharpen things up a bit. Fruity notes dominate, reminding us of over ripened oranges and maybe even papaya—but with quite a bit of yeast-derived esters at play, there are going to be additional tropical fruit notes that may change over time. Look for lightly toasted, caramel focused malts. The farmhouse-like notes in the aroma show up in the flavor profile as a firmly rooted funkiness, but it remains subtle, coming over more as an earthy mustiness. This beer is sweet-leaning, overall, but not cloying. Cross an orange with a banana and a smattering of cloves, and you get a pretty good idea of the major players on the palate. Though there’s much more at work here.
Anyone else have anything they’d like to add?
Yes, we agree with that, there are some spice notes, including very subtle suggestions of ginger and cloves.
Yes, very good, there are some notes of honeycomb (wax included—in fact, there’s a fair amount of scented wax-like flavor at play here) and a touch of plastic-like phenols. Are these flaws? Not at all, it’s the result of wonderfully expressive yeast, and it all works together quite pleasantly. At times, we found that the alcohol broke through, giving a nice little bit of warming in the belly. Cuvée du Flo Blonde finishes with notes of plantains and rose petals. Overall, this medium-to-full bodied brew is layered with rustic intensity. Its appearance in the Rare Beer Club represents the very first time that it has been distributed outside of the small Belgian region where it's made. As you read about earlier, this is handmade by a very small brewery, and even though there will be a little bit available outside of our club, there’s just not much to go around, so this will remain a difficult to come by brew. In addition, our members will get it approximately 4 months before it can be found, in very limited quantities, elsewhere in the US. So enjoy your private study sessions with this brew folks—you’re already well ahead of the curve. Class dismissed.
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