I kegged Wheaty Goodness a week ago so it was time to give it a go from one of the bottles. I have to say I am not a big fan of what I tasted. It is a hoppy wheat beer, not something I have made before and the only hoppy wheat beer I have ever tasted is the wonderful Schneider/Brooklyn Hopfen Weisse and this is nothing like that. It does have a nice hop aroma and is fruity from the Rakau hops at the end however the taste is just weird. It starts off very sour with plenty of hop character. There are no banana or clove esters you would expect from a wheat beer. This might be because I fermented at 18c and not the higher temp I might have needed. It might also be because there was an infection. I do not know if there was or not and never having had an infected beer (by infection I mean a wild yeast got in there and fermented the beer) I do not know what to expect. I will bring it to the monthly tasting on Thursday to see what others think. The beer is very young so it may mellow out and I may even acquire a taste for it assuming it is not a bad batch. Either way, it was an interesting experiment.
Back to Normandy beers and the next Hotteterre beer is the Rousse. I actually have two bottles it seems. A 500ml bottle which is odd for a non UK & Ireland beer as well as a normal 330ml bottle. The aroma is malty caramel and fizzy. The taste has plenty of malt, dried fruit and a nice bitter sweet finish with a hint of liquorice. Not a bad beer actually.
The Hotteterre Brune is the last from this brewery. Chocolate and dried fruit are evident in the aroma and this follows through to the taste with the addition of a little vanilla and a nice bitter finish. Not bad but a little boring.
I got two bottles of La Géante for the simple reason that they are in nice 750ml brown swingtops which are always handy. It pours a hazy light amber with a massive foamy white head. On the nose the Belgian yeast is obvious along with malt, Candy and caramel.
It tastes quite lovely with malty caramel and a citrus bite. There is an interesting sourness on the finish and also a nice hoppy bitterness. The alcohol leaves a nice warm coating in your throat. I also think I detected a little honey. Not as good as La Goudale but a good Bière de Garde.