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Friday, May 11, 2012

High & Mighty Beer Company "Pas De Dieux"

Summer is coming folks. And just as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the farmhouse ales and summer brews will return to the shelves of your favorite packie (or, if you're not from the Boston area, your favorite liquor store).

 Summer ales are always a sight for sore eyes. They mean winter is gone, the weather is warmer, and the Red Sox have a chance at another title (ok, not so much this year..). It means its time to set up the grill and lawn chairs. Time to sit on the deck and throw back a few cold ones, and when you do that, you don't want some high abv brew that's going to kick your ass after only two or three.

As I perused the shelves of my favorite packie recently, I stumbled upon a selection of brews from High & Mighty Beer Company, of Holyoke, MA. There was a wide variety of brews from High and Mighty from which to choose. I scanned the labels, carefully read the description of the contents, and grabbed a bottle of..

Pas De Dieux
High & Mighty Beer Company, Holyoke, MA
 4.5%ABV

I had to look up the translation for "Pas De Dieux" for this posting.According to freedictionary.com, it means:

1. A dance for two, especially a dance in ballet consisting of an entrée and adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.
2. A close relationship between two people or things, as during an activity.

So, I'm guessing the play on words here refers to the close relationship of the brewer to his craft, or of the drinker to the beer, or perhaps of the ingredients in the beer to each other? I really don't know. But it does sounds like some skill and intensity is involved in the dynamic with this phrase, and that certainly is apparent in this beer.

According to the High & Mighty web site, this beer is made with an imported French yeast, and is their interpretation of a French farmhouse style ale.

It pours a golden yellow, lots of carbonation and bubbles, with a thick, puffy white head.

Smell is fruity and yeasty, with notes of bright citrus.

Mouthfeel is lively and active. Lots of carbonation, it tickles the tongue, but is very light overall.

Taste is yeasty and fruity at first, with notes of citrus- orange peel, lemon, banana, and cloves. This is followed by a nice fresh bready taste. Finish brings in a nice, mildly hoppy bitterness to balance off the bright citrus fruit notes.

I found this beer to be supremely refreshing. It has outstanding flavors that are crisp, bright, and in outstanding balance with each other (perhaps this is "the dance", or "close relationship" implied by the name? Just a guess). Nothing overwhelms anything else, and at only 4.5% alcohol by volume you can enjoy several with no guilt or worry.

I highly recommend this beer for summer drinking on the patio with friends, around the grill, at the beach, or wherever.


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