Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Advent Beer 10: Le Grimoire Shamans

Today'a advent offering brings us yet another fruity beer, but our first one from La Belle Province. Le Grimoire, out of Granby, QC, brings us a wheat beer flavoured with apple and cinnamon. Fruit flavours are often paired with wheat, but oranges and lemons are far more common. I'm a big fan of most stuff that tastes like apple pie, though, including (but not limited to) apple pie, so let's give this a shot.

Shamans pours a very light and pale straw colour, with a bit of haze to it, but without much of the cloudiness I expect from a witbier. It gives off the promised aromas of apples and even a bit of the cinnamon, but also some tangy yeasts and a bit of sourness.

It's a bit sweeter than anticipated in the mouth, and the apple loses some of the anticipated crispness of the flavour, in favour of something akin perhaps to a Jolly Rancher. It is smooth in the mouth, but some of the sour tang remains, but still not reminiscent of Granny Smith or McIntosh apples. The cinnamon comes mostly in the finish and brings some much needed spice to the party.

Not unpleasant, but I think I would be more akin to try Shamans again if I found it on tao somewhere.

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