And so we come to the third of three official tastings of northern French bières de garde, which we enjoyed with some friends a few days ago here at 40b40 headquarters in Brussels. Hellemus Blonde des Flandres -- like the brilliant 3 Monts, the acceptable La Goudale, and the nutty La Choulette Blonde -- is a strong blonde ale, this time of 8% ABV.
The comments, not altogether coherent, burst out with the cork:
“It’s like Kwak with big hops.”
“Very fruity. It has an aroma of citrus and pineapple.”
“No, wait. Grilled pineapple.”
“It smells like a piece of fruit. Or a Brooklyn lager.”