Beer O'Clock on Tour moved on to France this week. It was never going to be a big beer drinking few days as we were in Paris to celebrate Lizzie's birthday, and really when in France you should probably drink at least some wine!
With this in mind my haul, which you can see below, was very small. Just 3 French beers, 2 from the same brewery accompannied my beers posted from Luxembourg and the solitary Belgian representative. Leffe was bought purely because I'd never seen it in a can before! Anyway with limited ammunition, here's what I've got.
|The national lager.|
For example you could have to drink Kronenbourg 1664. At home I think this is a fine beer that I'm more than happy to drink if offered. In France however, it was horrendous. So bad it almost became the first lager poured out on this trip. It was far far too sweet and there was close to no hop presence to balance this out. A really disappointing beer.
|Great if you can find it!|
Pelforth Brune is nowhere near as easy to get, but I think I liked it more than Pelforth Blonde. I picked up a can of this in the supermarket and was quite impressed when I drank it very late one night after a big wine dinner. It was a smooth dark(ish) beer, which would be good with either food or on it's own.
|Canned is better!|
Possibly the biggest indictment on French beer is that all it's neighbours produce good beer. Even tiny Luxembourg produces a better lager than the French have managed to! You can read more about my review of Bofferding here.
The biggest problem I have with beer in France is that it's so expensive! Compare it to Georgia 3 weeks ago where I could get 15 beers for $10 where as in France it won't buy you one! The next biggest problem is that the beer, or at least the beer I tried, was crap. My advice would be to avoid France if you are after good beers or if you must have beer there bring lots of money or investigate the micro scene more than I did. I'll leave you with one thought though... The wine's very good in France!
|A small French haul...|