I am, as a matter of habit, not a fruity beer sort of guy.

The Radner trend has passed me by. The lambic of Belgium are interesting but not enthralling.

So it was a bit of a surprise when I dropped into Tooth and Nail, one of my local micros, and came home with this “Biere de table.”

Discretion "biere de table" from Ottawa's Tooth and Nail

On a perfect summer Saturday afternoon it’s  pretty damn good.

The brewery description says it is brewed with dried fruit, berries, hibiscus and rose hips. To my nose, it smells like yeasty jujubes, and on the palate, the berries come forth and sparks fly on your tongue.

At only 3.5% ABV, you can be fairly relaxed with these and let the summer breezes take your mind away from day to day worries.

Am I giving up on stouts? No way. Will this end up a summer semi-regular? Quite likely.

  • ABV: 3.5%
  • IBU: n/a
  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Fruity, citrus
  • Rating: 3.5/5
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Bob LeDrew

Bob LeDrew

Bob LeDrew has gone from bootlegged bottles of Alexander Keith’s as a teenager to living in an Ottawa neighbourhood within a short bike ride of six microbreweries. Bob enjoys beer, whisky, and writing about himself in the third person, when he’s not writing about someone else in the third person or playing a ukulele.
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