KATY VS. SASHA: Glutenberg American Pale Ale by Brasseurs Sans Gluten

American Pale Ale by BSG Glutenberg

Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting American Pale Ale by Brasseurs Sans Gluten.

Katy:

The LCBO lists five gluten-free brews and they all have a pretty similar crisp pilsner-style profile. How boring! If I was a celiac I'd probably switch to wine so I wouldn't be pilsner-ed to death.

Don't worry though my gluten-free friends, although it hasn't hit Ottawa yet, Brasseurs Sans Gluten from Montreal is available just across the bridge in Quebec beer stores. And no, they aren't offering a pilsner, but a Red, a surprisingly hoppy American Pale Ale and even a Belgian Double!

When I popped the American Pale Ale the copper-coloured brew had wonderful tropical notes, citrus zest and hints of sweet brown sugar. The hops come through on the taste with a sweet citrus bitterness followed by caramel, grain and a dry finish.

While Glutenberg American Pale Ale is a celebration for celiacs wanting to indulge in a brew, it's also simply a good beer to drink. 

3.5 out of 4 bottle caps

 

 

Sasha:

It seems like Gluten Allergies are becoming more common, which is why I was happy to review Brasserie Sans Gluten's Glutenberg American Pale ale for my gluten-free friends. 

The first thing I noticed is the interesting concoction of gluten free ingredients on the label –  which included buckwheat,corn and… quinoa??? I secretly hoped that there was protein in the beer from the quinoa, but alas, 0g  protein, however, only 174 calories!
 
The beer pours a slightly cloudy bronze color with a thin white head that sticks around long after poured and has a strong citrus aroma.
 
The bitterness from the hops hits your palate right away, along with hints of the citrus flavors and  a slight caramel sweetness.The bitterness definitely intensifies as the beer sits. 
 
Overall a solid gluten free choice.
 
3.5 / 4 bottle caps
 

 

American Pale Ale is available at Bières Du Monde (181 Rue Principal Aylmer, QC and Bières du Monde department in the Outaouais Fruterie in Les Galeries de Hull) - lesbieresdumonde.com

A selection of Quebec craft beers can be found at Bières du Monde

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