Review: Microbrasserie Nouvelle France Zeste Noire Porter au zeste de citron

Merci Stef for sending this my way! Today I'm checking out Zeste Noire Porter by Microbrasserie Nouvelle France. I've been somewhat familiar with Nouvelle France for a very long time, longer than most craft breweries - they were the first brewery that made me aware that a gluten-free beer existed with their Messag√®re Blonde.. and that's back in 2003-2004. I only tried their beer once and that was back in 2014, where I recalled stating it was not bad, especially for a gluten free Pilsner. Now here we are, several years later, actually reviewing one of their beers for the first time, their Zeste Noire Porter au zeste de citron, which is a Porter with lemon zest (and has gluten). 

From the can: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, thick sticky head, our Porter offers rich flavours of biscuit, chocolate, and coffee with subtle touch of lemon zest added during the brewing process. 5.4% ABV / 20 IBU. Wheat Barley, Oat for malt/grain, Centennial (100% QC), Magnum, Columbus

Very dark, near black appearance with a moderate amount of caramel/cookie dough head on top that diminishes rather quickly to have a minimal to almost no head on top.. just a few bubbles here and there. 

Aroma: This has winter in a can kind of vibe to me - Winter means stouts and porters to me and this is exactly it. It's rich, earthy, sweet and bitter - there's notes of coffee and rich dark maltiness, a surprising amount of peanutty aroma that I really didn't expect, as well as a bit of milk and dark chocolate, and a hint of peat. Quite sweet.

Taste: The first thing I get from the tasting notes is a very peanut-forward presence again, though not quite peanut buttery. It's sweet with notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. The beer is quite earthy with a lot of roastiness to it.. but I do get a bit of lemon zest popping up once every sip or two... which I'm not sure if I like or not, so I'm thinking I'm not really liking as it's a very roasty-forward Porter to begin with. 

Overall Thoughts: Decent Porter - it's rich, earthy, bitter, chocolatey.. so pretty much what I want in a Porter but the lemon zest is seriously unneeded, but definitely something a bit more experimental for a Porter. Would I drink this again? Yeah, for sure!

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