Black Forrest Ale

(The following is a transcript of the tasting.)

Welcome to Tasting Notes for Ale Gateau Foret Noire from the Unibroue Brewing Company in Shambal(?) Quebec. Let’s see if it meets expectations.

Peter: I’m Peter LaFrance for BeerBasics, and this is tasting notes, meeting expectations. Today we’re going to be tasting Ale Gateau Foret Noire, which is a beer—a Belgian-style beer from the Unibroue Brewery up in Quebec, and it says it’s ale brewed with spices, tart cherry juice, with natural flavors added. It’s at ten percent alcohol by volume, and according to the label, it has an international bitter unit of 20, and a SRM of 35. SRM of 35 that’s the color sketching, so that’s probably going to be a very dark beer.  So let’s start with the idea itself. It’s definitely a Belgian-style ale. It has cherries, Gateau, and Foret Noire, Black Forest. We’re gonna have a slice of black forest cake. That’s what it looks like. Now, does it meet expectations? Let’s find out. Our tasting—ohhh, we have a gusher here. Helping us out with the tasting notes today is, once again….

Jerry: Jerry Scott.

Jim: Jim Bennet.

Peter: And we are in the Henry Street Ale House. It looks like a very tightly knit head. Alright, let’s take a look at the color.

Jerry: Very dark. Very red.

Peter: Definitely a very dark red color. A closely knit head. And, the aroma. Not too much of an aroma actually. And the first taste is definitely is black berries. What do you say Jer?

Jerry: Absolutely. Very very effervescent. Actually wonderful taste, really complex. Berries, cherry.

Peter: There’s an underlying bitterness to it.

Jerry: There is.

Peter: I was wondering whether it would be the bitterness from the hop or possibly the yeast they use, because they you have a Belgian yeast.

Jerry: There’s definitely a Belgian yeast—

Peter: What do you think Jim?

Jim: It tastes almost like a little wine. Got a lot of berry flavor.

Jerry: Typical for a Belgian-style, too.

Peter: Alright, one more sip. And, black forest cake does it meet expectations? Yes it does.

Jerry: Yes it does.

Jim: That’s delicious.

Jerry: Delicious.

Peter: I’m Peter LaFrance from, hoping all of your beers meet expectations.

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