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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

La Rouge Flamande

Like most place names around Dunkirk, the name Esquelbecq is originally Dutch – it means “acorn brook”.  The village once boasted five breweries, all closed by World War II, but mash tuns steamed again in 1996 thanks to Daniel Thiriez. His is a determinedly artisanal operation producing bottle conditioned speciality ales made from entirely natural ingredients.

La Rouge Flamande is a superb example, named after the Flemish Red breed of dairy cattle and first brewed in 1999 to mark the unveiling of a statue of such a beast in nearby Bergues.

It’s a slightly hazy ruby amber colour with some yellowish bubbly head, and a malty nutty aroma with dense spice and a touch of hop resins. The palate is sweetish but beautifully biscuity with a sappy, meaty note of crystal malt and hints of red fruit and smoke.

A wash of hops heralds more roast and biscuity notes on the finish, with a very faint touch of coal dust in a soft, satisfying finish. Lovers of maltier, milder British bitters should find this very much to their taste – so do have a cow, dude.

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