Unfiltered and Unpasteurized Mistinguett

This beer is produced in the depths of the Belgian Ardennes by the Brasserie Sainte-Hélène, a microbrewery nestled in the little town of Florenville (province of Luxembourg), a stone’s throw from the French border. Historically, this little brewery, launched by Eddy Pourtois, exists since 1995, but marketing really started in 1999.

The brewery’s Mistinguett is a Belgian Blond Ale with a total alcoholic strength of 6.5%. We can say that it corresponds in every respect to what we can expect from this type of beer; the bitterness may be a little high for the style, but barely – 36 IBUs, while the upper limit is 30 in theory. Actually, this is a detail.

With a medium body, with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, this beer is at first rather sweet, then balances quickly towards a delicate bitterness despite a honeyed finish. A thirsty blonde, simple, and with a medium but persistent carbonation. An absolutely enjoyable beer, made to please.