I’ve been meaning to try this organic Belgium artisanal ale for several years, but it isn’t readily available in the area of North Carolina where I live. When I ran across it recently I bought a bottle right away. After trying it for the first time I wish I would have brought a six pack. Brunehaut actually has a few gluten-free beers, and if the others are as good as this Blonde ale, I’ll be stocking up on all of them!
Brunehaut Brewery claims that this beer is brewed with its own barley and uses their own unique and natural gluten-removal process that puts the gluten level under 5ppm. This is well under the 20ppm standard for considering beers (and other foods) to be gluten-free.
As always, I have to warn those of you with Celiac disease that many people believe that despite testing, gluten-removed beers aren’t safe. Speaking as someone who has celiac disease, and is very sensitive to gluten, I did not get sick after drinking this beer, and I greatly appreciate the lower parts per million standard of 5ppm that Brunehaut adheres to with this is beer,
The heady taste of barley ( yes barley) and the smooth, bubbly body and the the dry finish make this beer a keeper.
Look – very carbonited, poured with a big foamy head with lacing and a pale opaque golden color.
Smell- very malty and yeasty smell that is slightly floral
Body – smooth, foamy and crisp
Taste – well balanced and drinkable with yeasty, earthy flavors and a dry and slightly bitter finish.
Winner: Belgium – Gluten-free Beer – Silver Medal 2016
6.50% Alcohol by volume
Brewed by Brasserie De Brunehaut, Brunehaut, Belgium