Brunehaut, founded in 1890, is a brewery from the French speaking portion of Belgium. Today, they produce 2 lines of beers that can be found in the United States: St. Martin and Brunehaut. St. Martin is a stellar line of Belgian Abbey beers with a truly exceptional Brune (I’ll review these beers sometime soon.)
Their Brunehaut line includes a blonde ale and an amber ale that are unique in the fact that they’re organic, vegan, AND gluten free. Gluten is a naturally occurring protein that can be found in wheat and barley and thus in beer. While most people have no problem at all consuming gluten, people who suffer from Celiac Disease can’t consume gluten because it causes considerable health problems. While there aren’t a lot of people who suffer from Celiac Disease, there is a larger segment of people who are gluten intolerant, including some people who simply choose not to consume too much gluten.
In the past, these people either had to avoid beer or suffer through a sorghum beer. Today, there are many good gluten free beer options for people. The two best, though, are made by Brunehaut. They brew the beer normally then use a proprietary organic process to filter out the gluten to less than 5 parts per million (ppm). Most groups set the safe threshold at around 20 ppm.
Appearance: Amber with brown highlights and an off white head. Good head retention.
Aroma: Milk chocolate, chocolate malt, and fruity esters.
Taste: Tastes of chocolate malt balls, cinnamon with a touch of additional spice on the finish. Medium body.
Overall Impression: This is a fine beer in its own right. For those who can’t or won’t drink gluten, this beer is a savior.
Availability: Increasing nationally. Look for it in better beer stores and specialty groceries.
(Please note, the American labels don’t include the gluten free badge because of various government labeling laws. The beer is still the gluten free product.)
I know a couple gluten-haters who will be interested in this. I wonder if their gluten elimination process is similar to Widmer Brothers’ Omission.
I’m not sure. I contacted them and the best answer I could get was “a one of a kind organic process.”
It looks from Omission’s label like Widmer uses a giant, Wile E. Coyote-style Acme magnet as part of the process.
Maybe the wrter of this article needs to learn the proper use of “there” “their” and “they’re”.
And maybe I need to learn to spell!
Doh! I’m usually pretty good at catching that particular grammatical faux pas, but I was doing this post from my new IPAD and didn’t catch it during my editing process. Irregardless (see what I did there), I hope you enjoyed the content if not the grammar. I usually catch most of the mistakes as I’m a bit of a stickler for decent grammar. I used to grade college history papers, awarding a full 1/3 of the grade as grammar.
I’m sure I would have caught them eventually as I re-read my posts frequently to check for mistakes or add information. Thanks for the catch!
Brunehaut’s two gluten-free labels just won Gold and Silver medals in the US Open Beer Championships (for the second straight) year.
Congratulations! It is the best Gluten free beer out there, but I just tell people to think about it as a great Belgian beer that just happens to be gluten free.