For my second post in the (hopefully) ongoing French beer series, I will be spotlighting an organic beer called Félibrée.
Brewed in the Dordogne region using organic hop flowers, this beer is produced in small batches that apparently have a tendency to vary. The one I tasted had a light bitterness set off by a hint of acidity on the finish. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, which adds to the handmade feel of the beer.
Nick commented that it tasted a bit like a homebrew he once made. I concurred. Félibrée definitely has that homemade quality. It is by no means a perfect beer, but somehow that adds to its charm. If I wanted a sterilized, predictable macrobrew, I’d have a Kronenbourg. Like anything, when you start mass-producing beer, you lose a certain amount of character in favor of putting out a consistent product. The slight flaws in the Félibrée (a little too sour, a little funky smelling) render it endearing and charismatic in a way that a technically perfect beer can never be.
Originally published on Croque-Camille.