Saturday, September 20, 2008
Not for the pot, but the glass
I usually cook with French beer and then use the tiny bottles they serve it in for yeast propagation or as the perfect nip bottle for strong beer. I'm not sure of any greater insult to throw at a brewery but it's often hard to find anything good at all to say about the average French beer. Invariably they are lagers with little flavour and plenty of gas and Kronenbourg is no exception, however this brewery's Premier Cruz is a cut above the normal stuff, so much so that I plan to hunt down another bottle very soon to have in reserve. It is a very pleasing amber colour and its hefty 6% abv gives a wonderful fullness, padded out further by caramel and toffee. The bottle suggests that there is apple in there too but I can't spot it. There is some lovely hop character that rounds everything off nicely. I am going to Paris on honeymoon next month and wasn't terribly hopeful about the beer scene while there because I had no intention of dragging my wife around in search of craft beer. This tasty drop from one of the major French brewers will keep me quite contented if it is available. I won't be cooking with this one. In fact I'll be hunting down some food to have with it.