Brewed by Dauphiné
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Saint Martin d’Hères, France


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
La Mandrin au sapin, née bière d’hiver, a de belles saveurs résinées et épicées. Elle vous transportera dans nos magnifiques forêts Alpines. Sa robe cuivrée laisse deviner son tempérament de feu, adouci par une belle rondeur.

La naissance de la Mandrin au sapin
Ma première dégustation de "sapinette" (bourgeons d’épicéa macérés dans de l’alcool et du sucre) a fait germer en moi cette idée de bière au sapin. C’est un dimanche de ballade familiale en Chartreuse que j’ai cueilli les premières brindilles épineuses de sapin et d’épicéa. Les essais en marmite furent décisifs : oublié l’épicéa, c’est sur le sapin que je jetais mon dévolu pour la confection de la Mandrin au sapin. Mon choix de malts allait être complété par des variétés de houblons aromatiques puis par les épines de sapin du Vercors et de la Chartreuse, soigneusement séchées.

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deusax (456) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 1, 2012
probably one of the best of Mandrin’s brewery. I had this one several years ago. I will complete when I’ll drink it again.

Travlr (26948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at Churchkey, tasted side by side with the Noix. This one had maybe a bit of pine aroma if I use my imagination, but the taste is green apple skins. Interesting.

JohnnyJ (5573) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle purchased in Paris. Orange/amber pour, off-white head. Sweet caramel malts, fruit, and piney spruce. Not very interesting of a beer despite. I am not a big fan.

jaghana (6418) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle 33cl. A cloudy amber beer with low head. Aroma is grainy, lightly toasted, with some fruit presence like honey and wood. A bit acid but drinkable, interesting but not exceptional.

ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sweet malty nose, some caramel and a definite citrus/resinous note which I guess is fir mandrin. Lightly tart, lightly sweet taste, light acetic acid, but it’s very mild. Finishes with a good dose of citrus. Quite nice. Glad I didn’t get a bottle from the prior batch.

EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle shared by ryan. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a nice light tan head. Flowery fruity aroma with notes of apple, tropical fruit and citrus. Some must and funk. Flavor is moderately sweet, with spice, maybe coriander. Fruity with citrus and pineapple. Slight tartness with a bitter orange peel finish. Interesting beer. Slightly medicinal and the sweetness was a bit much for me, but otherwise a good beer.

beastiefan2k (4246) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2010
330mL stubby bottle in mini-Duvel tulip. Now this is an interesting beer, as the commercial description says, its a sweet beer with a spice. Well that is exactly what one gets. The beer has a sugary sweetness mixed with a orange yeast character and then a spice, its not spruce, it’s spruce-like... so its fir. It pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a medium head that fades at a normal pace. The fir does not offset the sweetness, its all just mixed together. I am not in love with the beer but I like what the brewer did, original and interesting. BB October 2010, batch #344.

fonefan (53067) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle 330ml.
Unclear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, light nutty, light to moderate hoppy, yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100111]

KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2010
Hazy orange with a tiny white head. Spizy aroma with malt and hints of fruits. Spicy flavour wit hints of hops and malty notes. Finished spicy and dry.

fiulijn (21537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2010
Tasting at Papsø’s
Cloudy amber color. Aroma of vegetables and cabbage. Weak and dry mouthfeel, some vegetables, quite nasty, lightly herbal but not really pine trees... Very bad.

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