Looks like this French beer quest has some momentum! It turns out that once you start looking for something, you really do see more of it. Since I’m feeling optimistic, I’m covering two beers from the same brewery: the Blonde and the Ambrée from Moulins d’Ascq. According to their website, the company was started in 1999 by Mathieu Lepoutre. He decided to make organic beer because he believes it is the best way to preserve the natural flavor of the ingredients, as well as being better for the environment. The beer-lover and tree-hugger in me are equally thrilled.
The Ambrée poured out cloudy, with a medium amber color. It was quite effervescent, with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Nick said it was fairly typical of unfiltered amber beer, with a nice balance of malt and hops. Like the Félibrée, another organic beer, the Moulins d’Ascq Ambrée had a certain unrefined, farmhouse aspect to it, though I would be less likely to use the term “flawed” when describing it.
The Blonde was cloudy as well (not surprising, considering all of Moulins d’Ascq’s beers are unpasteurized and unfiltered) with a thick head composed of large bubbles. The golden-colored liquid has a grassy hop aroma which comes through on the palate as well. Sweet, citrus-y yeast flavors balance out the hops for a very smooth quaff.
Moulins d’Ascq also produces Blanche, Triple, and Bière de Noël. I will be on the lookout for those, especially the latter – ’tis the season!
Originally published on Croque-Camille.