Gluten Free Beer Review – Silver Medal Winner Brunehaut Blond Ale

Today I am sampling the Gluten Free Brunehaut Blond Ale. It is the newest import gluten free beer available in the US market and hails from Belgium. Brunehaut Blond won a silver medal in the 2011 US Open Beer Championships, which is impressive! Those of you in Europe have been lucky enough to have these beers available to you for some time.

The beer has a yeasty aroma and quite frankly just smells like a good beer. The beer pours with a rich off white silky thick head that fills the glass at first and then dissipates to a 1/2 to 1″ thick persistent head. The beer is a cloudy golden beer with lots of carbonation. It has a slight caramel flavor with some fruit and spice. It is a medium bodied beer and a slightly sweet after taste.

This is a very good blond beer and excellent to pair with pizza or seafood. It’s a great option if you prefer a gluten free beer that will not over power your meal. I’m not sure if most people would realize Brunehaut Blond Ale is gluten free. This is definitely a gluten free beer I would drink again.

Read more about this old brewery with a new twist, Brunehaut on Wikipedia, their website or Facebook.

For more information about Brunehaut in your area, contact C2 Imports. Also, here’s more info about this beer from C2 imports.

**One thing to keep in mind is this is, according to the importer this is a 5 ppm beer; for most folks this will be just fine. For those of you that are more sensitive, like my wife, you will want to proceed with caution.**

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Scottee Meade December 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I am gluten-intolerant (IOW, much healthier gluten-free, very reactive to small amounts of gluten, but never tested for celiac). I tried this beer for the first time this evening at Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC. It was delicious and I had no adverse reaction. I was surprised to learn that it is made from barley. No wonder it tastes so good!
The discussion on the C2 Imports website about the issue of this beer being labeled or referred to as gluten-free in the US is very interesting. It may be less than 5 ppm–apparently that’s the lowest concentration that labs are currently able to detect. It could be lower, but the lab can’t tell.
I’m eager to try their amber ale, too, and I’m going to ask for both of them at my local organic market and at other beer retailers here in Northern Virginia.

Pam November 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Is there anywhere in Tallahassee, FL that sells Brunehaut Organic Amber Ale gluten free beer? Or can it (and/or the Blond Ale) be ordered online?

Joey November 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Hi Pam,

The distributor in Florida is Micro Man Distributors (727) 736-2700. They can tell you where it is in stores. 🙂

Kathryn February 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Is there any place near Yerington Nevada 89447 to purchase this beer?? thank you

Joey February 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Unfortunately Kathryn,

Brunehaut is not distributed in Nevada at this time.

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