Thursday, September 1, 2011

Loirette blonde: a natural beer

One of the many appealing things about the Auberge de Chassignolles, about which I've been raving recently, is the fact that they stock a really good beer, alongside their natural wines - the Loirette Blonde from Brasserie de la Pigeonelle in Touraine.

According to the label it's made from organic ingredients, unfiltered and unpasteurised without any additives although I see it does contain sugar.

That makes it taste quite sweet though not nearly as sweet as Leffe, say. And oddly the 75cl bottle isn't as rich as the 33cl one though there is some variation between bottles. (Yes, I tried a number of them.) There's also something of a wheat beer about it though it's made from malted barley.

Apparently it's the favourite beer of the Loire's natural winemakers which I suppose makes it a natural beer. Anyway, it's delicious - look out for it.


  1. Fiona. It is made in Céré-la-Ronde (or Céré-la-Blonde!) and we would have driven past the small brasserie on the way to the Clos Roche Blanche last October.