I have had this bottle of Rochefort 10 for a while and decided it was time to take a break from Normandy beer and have something else. I have had it before but it was even better this time around. Chocolate, dried fruit with plums being the most evident dominate this beer. Yum.
Back to Northmaen and this Blanche is thin, watery and pretty boring to be honest.
A much better offering is the Rouse. It is 7% but does not feel it. It actually has a metallic aroma mixed in with the strong malt. It is a very malty beer with a hint of roast coffee and chocolate. Nothing to get excited about but after the Blanche I was in beer heaven and easily impressed. As a beer on its own it is decent but I could pass on it when I have alternatives but as a French Craft beer this is pretty damn good.
The Brune was quite disappointing too. 6% but it was like a very weak porter. Chocolate and toffee on the nose. It was quite bitter with some chocolate but was very thin and had little to no carbonation. With the quality Irish and British Porters and Stouts out there, this one is not even in the macro league when it comes to flavour. I would rather have a Murphys or Guinness in its nitrokegged draught version than this.
Probably the most interesting was the Christmas ale. It is essentially a 7.5% Belgian style wit. The aroma is malty, yeasty with mandarin shouting to make itself known.
This is what the Blanche should have been to be honest. It is not that Christmasy compared to a normal Wit but it did remind me of Christmas.
That was all of the Northmaen. I do have some 750ml bottles left but they are ones I have already tried so that is all I have to mention. The Blonde, Rousse and Noel (if you can find it) are worth trying with the Rousse being my favourite.