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St Rieul Bière brune sur lie

Beer sellers: Cave à bulles

ABV: 7% Origin: Trumilly, Oise (Picardie), France Website:

St Rieul bière brune sur lie avec sa medaille d'argent de Concours Général d'Agricole, Paris 2011

The single frog on the label of these impressive beers from northern France refers to a sweet little parable about standing out from the […]

Tri Martolod Blonde Artisanale

Tri Martolod Blonde Artisanale

Beer sellers: Cave à bulles

ABV: 4.6% Origin: Konk Kerne, Penn-ar-Bed (Breizh), France Website:

One of a cluster of small breweries in Celtic Brittany, Tri Martolod — or ‘Three Sailors’, a reference to a Breton folk song — was founded in 1999 in the fashionable seaside […]

Oc’Ale Bière Noire Stout

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 6% Origin: Lafrançaise, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Brasserie Oc'Ale

One of the surprises in store at specialist French beer shop Cave à Bulles in Paris is that craft brewing in France has now spread far beyond its historic home in the North, even to […]

Thiriez La Rouge Flamande

First published in BEER July 2007 as part of a piece on French beer. For more French beers see previous post. Beer sellers: Cave à bulles

ABV: 5.8 per cent Origin: Esquelbecq, Nord, France Website

Thiriez La Rouge Flamande

Like most place names around Dunkirk, the name Esquelbecq is originally Dutch – it […]

Sources Saint-Amand Germinal Ambrée

First published in BEER July 2007 as part of a piece on French beer. For more French beers see previous post.

NOTE: This brewery may since have closed.

ABV: 6.5 per cent Origin: Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Nord, France

Sources St-Amand Germinal Ambrée

The village of Saint-Amand, in a regional park southeast of Lille, was the […]

St-Sylvestre 3 Monts

First published in BEER July 2007 as part of a piece on French beer.

ABV: 8.5 per cent Origin: St-Sylvestre-Cappel, Nord, France Website

Saint-Sylvestre 3 Monts

Think of French booze and you first think of wine. But pride in fine regional food and drink is deeply embedded in French culture, and extends to […]

Rabourdin Bière de Brie Ambrée

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Courpalay, Seine-et-Marne, France Website:

Rabourdin Bière de Brie Ambrée

1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

Beer sellers: Cave à bulles. An alternative version of this piece appears in the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die.

Rarely can beer claim a goût de terroir of […]

Thiriez Vieille Brune

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Esquelbec, Nord, France Website:

Brasserie Thiriez

Daniel Thiriez seems incapable of making uninteresting beer: everything I’ve tasted from his self-named brewery has had something to say for itself as well as being consistently of high quality. The brewery is in the historic beer country of French Flanders, […]

Saint-Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle

Originally published in What’s Brewing June 2004

Origin: Saint Sylvestre Cappel, Nord, France ABV: 8 per cent Buy from Specialist shops, beer festivals

Saint-Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle

The low-lying countryside of northern France is dotted with farmhouse breweries. Much of this area was formerly Flanders: Dutch personal and place names are everywhere and the language […]