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Brunehaut Bio Blonde 
Posted: 17 November 2015  Beer Republic 5.0 
Brunehaut Bio Blond from Belgium While I won't put this blonde in the ranks of the greats, I'll comment that it's a huge step up from the organic Belgian wheat I sipped prior. The other tasters were smitten with Brunehaut's organic and gluten-free mission, though neither eats an organic gluten-free lifestyle even remotely.  And that probably had the expected boost Brunehaut wants it to have on consumers. Organic and gluten free in 2015 still connotes a sacrifice and if the sacrifice ain't huge, it's enough to get a compliment.     
Avg price/liter: USD 9.69   ABV %: 6.5  Type: Pale Ale  Germany 
       


If Brunehaut didn't exist, someone else would step in to become Brunehaut.  Well, I hope not exactly.   Brunehaut's beers, based on the two I've tried, haven't been all that amazing.        

Someone, I meant, would step up to brew organic and gluten free beer.  In the future, we'll have specialty gluten free organic IPA producers, gluten free organic amber ale producers, and gluten free organic producers of styles that haven't yet been invented.       

Brunehaut's only claim to fame so far is that they produce barley on their own farmlands and, with a special process, remove the gluten from the beer during brewing.  Their organic blonde is mean to have a scent of acacia, even of small white flowers.    

While I won't put this blonde in the ranks of the greats, I'll comment that it's a huge step up from the organic Belgian wheat I sipped prior.  I had considered this beer a write off and brought it over to a friend's where three of us would share eight bottles of beer I was bringing over, not all of them (including this one, I figured) close to decent.       

Was I trying to pawn off second rate beer to buddies?  That was one tiny benefit.  I realized a long time ago that what I treasure may be valued as slop by others; and what I deride is elsewhere revered.  It's not like any of the beers I am offloading come cheap or that I am asking cash from others for the privilege of sipping.  But why should I keep them tucked away in the maid's quarters so that my wife and I (which means me most of the time) are forced to sip them later just to get rid of them.         

If my verdict on a bottle is in and I don't require a second bottle to validate, that remaining brew will go on the top of the list for beers to gift or share.       

The other tasters were smitten with Brunehaut's organic and gluten-free mission, though neither eats an organic gluten-free life style even remotely.  And that probably had the expected boost Brunehaut wants it to have on consumers.  Most people would be impressed a blond beer, marketed as a pale ale, could taste so good being organic and gluten free.         

It's not good.  It's average.  But organic and gluten free in 2015 still connotes a sacrifice and if the sacrifice ain't huge, it's enough to get a compliment.       

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