Brew Review – Andre’s Belgian Brown by Cigar City

Some time ago, I described how Cigar City’s Torcedores Series enabled Cigar City’s brewers to make a beer away from the influence and commanding presence of veteran brewmaster Wayne Wambles.

Well, I got my hands on another one, namely Andre’s Belgian Brown (Brown Ale, 5.6% ABV).

Torcedores Series Andre's Belgian Brown by Cigar City

Torcedores Series Andre’s Belgian Brown by Cigar City

Perusing the Cigar City bios, I can only assume Andre is Andre Guionnaud, one of their QA employees. But that’s an assumption. If anyone knows better, please let me know.

Anyway, back to the beer. I’m a big fan of Cigar City’s classic Maduro Brown, partly because of how light it is. Well, the Belgian Brown is even lighter than that. That surprised me a little. It’s got a light touch of malt flavor and aroma, just a hint of hoppiness on the tongue, and the taste tends to dissipate on the tongue rather quickly. The yeast is the most prominent characteristic of the beer. It’s unmistakably Belgian, but even that isn’t nearly as strong as, say, a Chimay.

It’s a very light beer. After a particularly hot day, this may be a good summery brown. And I enjoyed the Belgian aspects. I’m always a fan of Belgian beers and brown ales, and it was nice to see the two combined. Maybe more beers like this will be on the horizon.

Assuming Wayne lets his brewers play around again.

Drink Florida Craft,



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