Frenchies Bistro & Brewery
from Australia (New South Wales)
Highest RatedGolden Steam (64 / 100) Average score63 / 100 (Solid)
Lowest RatedKiss From A. Rose (63 / 100) Number Tried2
Golden Steam
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 19.01.18 on tap
Overall:
64 / 100
(Solid)
On tap at Untied. Had no idea of the style (because the bar staff here don't really give a shit. I'm not sure why you'd send beer here generally) so it was a bit of a surprise based on my review when I found out it's supposed to be a NZ pilsner.

Pours a golden colour with huge stream of bead throughout. Head is nice and white and foamy and sits in a pillow on top of the glass. Sticks around nicely; looks pretty cool, interesting.

Smells floral and fairly fruity. Slight barnyard aroma lingering behind it. Touch of earthy spice but otherwise quite light and refreshing. Quite pleasant.

Tastes quite similar; undertones of earthy funk with some nice floral and fruity notes over the top - peach, apple-pear and some creamy sweetness as well that makes it all quite soft if a little too sugary. Especially on the finish where it could use something more earthy or grounded to balance it out. Nice though; quite quaffable.

Fair texture, good body to it. Fizz doesn't really show through too much.

Yeah a decent summer beer but a little sweet and feels a little light on as a result.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Kiss From A. Rose
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 12.10.17 on tap
Overall:
63 / 100
(Solid)
French-hopped, rye spirit-infused BdG, brewed for GABS 2017. Done as a bit of a welcome to the scene for Frenchies Vincent and Thomas (in this case, Vincent) who are branching out/moving on from their work at Flat Rock Brew Cafe in Naremburn. Tried this at the festival in Melbourne on tap.

Pours a pale straw colour, fairly cloudy. Head is cream-coloured with a dense nitro cream texture to it as well. The head is very dense and unexpected for the style. Looks good.

Smells fairly much what I'd expect. Champagne yeasty dryness on there with hints of orange and other tangy fruit. Pretty straightforward; don't get a lot of rye spirit. Not bad but not hugely inspiring.

Tastes as expected too. Quite vinous, with some oaked chardonnay kind of character including the dryness but also the sweet character possibly from the rye. Spicy notes to it as well, with some light fruit midway. Slightly astringent towards the back and a bit phenolic. Quite pleasant.

Decent body, nice tingly texture from the carbonation, maybe a bit thin. Good for the style.

Feels a bit disappointingly standard given what was promised. Just feels, tastes and drinks like a straightforward Biere de Garde. Decently put together though.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5