Roman is a collaborative blend of beers brewed by both Brasserie Herman and Robin Biere Naturelle. It blends one of my favourite beers of all time, the famous Grisette d’Épeautre from Robin— which this time was hopped with Triple Perle and Triumph and refined in barrels with Robin’s house yeast— with a clean-fermented Pale Ale brewed by Herman and hopped with El Dorado. This version was assembled at Herman, although both breweries released their own interpretations. 😋 🤝 🍺
It opens with a signature Robin nose, reminiscent of their Grisette, but quickly the aromas become delightfully tropical with gentle notes of canned pineapple mixed with plenty of pepper and lots of slightly acidic citrus and pear. It’s very light and delicate on the palate, with hints of tropical fruits specking the soft cereals.
A meringue like head lends some body to this otherwise low ABV brew, complimenting the spelt profile nicely. Finally, it concludes with some zingy citrus and a dash of pepper, but is otherwise dry and crisp with plenty of cereal character persisting to the last sip. Overall, it’s a deliciously tropical twist on a classic, showcasing the character of both breweries. 🍍 🌾 🍐 Now to get my hands on the Robin version to see the differences! 🤤
Originally from England, Mike Davis came to Quebec ten years ago to study history. During this time he fell in love with the microbreweries of Quebec, which reminded him of English pubs. Now, he holds a Ph.D in History from McGill University, but works in the beer world as the Brand Ambassador for Microbrasserie 4 Origines.