Bière de Champagne / Bière BrutA rare specialty beer style with few examples available worldwide, Bière de Champagne embodies the fruity, estery, spicy phenolic character of many Belgian Ales, with the body and fine bubbly texture and mouth-feel of Champagnes and other sparkling wines. With the time and care involved in its production, it gives the term “specialty beer” new meaning. DEUS Brut des Flandres, for example, goes through a months-long process of three separate fermentations, including a bottle fermentation (bottle conditioning), after which the bottles travel from Belgium to France where they go through the remuage process (collecting the yeast in the bottle necks by inverting the bottles) and riddling them (slightly turning the bottles over a period of weeks). The yeast is then removed from the bottles by dégorgement, where the yeast is frozen in the bottle neck and the frozen bung of yeast is driven out by pressure. Refreshing, yet subtle and refined, these are ideal as an aperitif and for celebrations.
|Taste/Smell||Crisp, Spicy, Tingly, Light- to Medium-bodied|
|Alcohol-by-Volume (ABV) Range||9 – 12%|
|Popular Examples||Deus Brut des Flandres, Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve), Samuel Adams-Weihenstephan Infinium|
|Serving Temperature||Cool, 46-54°|
|Cheese Pairing Ideas||Goat Cheese (Chevre)|
|Food Pairing Ideas||A variety of shellfish and other seafood|