04.01.12 – Novotel, Besancon, France

There are times when just any old beer will do, and one of those is when you’ve travelled all day to get to somewhere you just don’t want to be. And you’re thirsty… And that’s where I was today. Most definitely thirsty. So to the bar…

First up was Heinekin. Now it’s never one of my favourite beers, but hey, I was thirsty, and that’s what there was. so let’s go for it. In it’s favour, it tastes something like beer. But it was tremendously gassy, and only tasted something like beer – not much of a malt taste, not much in the way of hops, not much at all. Tell me this one was an English lager, and I would believe it. Drinkable, but not one you would want two of. 3/10.

 

Next up was Kronenbourg 1664. Not a beer that would ever get in my top 10, but it’s a lot better than the previous pint. A more attractive, deeper golden colour hints at a better experience, and yes, it’s got a richer malt taste, a little bitterness, and nothing like the gas. It’s never going to set the world alight, but it’s pleasant and much more what the doctor ordered. 4.5/10

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