The Gabriel is a Spruce Beer 6.5% alc./vol. A beer that is balanced in terms of hoppy vs malty. Inspired by the traditional Acadian methods.
Formerly, spruce beer was produced using spruce branches [the word spruce derives from the former French word ‘’prusse’’ and entered the English language in the 16th century to become Spruce]. Acadian were boiling the branches for 3 hours until the bark peeled off. They were adding molasses and once the sweet liquid was at room temperature, they were adding yeasts which were made of hops and mashed potatoes.
Spruce beer was regularly, if not daily, enjoyed by the Acadians. They said the beverage gave them health. In fact, if it made them healthier it was because in the process of making the spruce beer, boiling water would kill bacteria in the water taken from open wells, in the middle of their farm, near livestock.
A Philadelphia-Acadian is a cocktail made by combining half and half of Spruce beer (Gabriel) and Brown-hazelnut beer (Evangéline).
Type : Spruce beer
6.5 % alc./vol.
Availability : Regular product
Price 750 ml : 10.21 $
A pale golden in color with a light white foam. With low retention because of the resins from the spruce. Beer should be clear, but it is not filtered, could be lightly cloudy.
Slightly malty, balanced by earthy hops. Light resinous aroma from the spruce branches which were boiled for 3 hours.
Moderately hopped with moderate malty flavors. The balance between hops and malt is equal. Bitter hops should linger in the aftertaste. There is no diacetyl.
Medium body and a moderate carbonation, this Ale has a soft finish and is not astringent.
Gabriel Lajeunesse is the childhood friend of Evangéline. He is the son of Basile, blacksmith of Grand-Pré. They grow up together as brothers and sisters but, as teenagers, fall in love with each other. They become inseparable and get engaged.
The day after their engagement is a feast day in honor of the young couple. The neighbors gather at the Bellefontaine’s where guests are greeted by music, dance and a feast. The joy of Gabriel’s and Evangéline’s engagement is short-lived. The very day of the celebration, the English soldiers arrive. These had been preparing for a few days to take the village, their ships anchored offshore.
Evangéline Bellefontaine and her lover Gabriel Lajeunesse are forced to separate shortly after their engagement during the Deportation.
Days, months, years follow one another … but Evangéline cannot be found.
One day, a terrible disease spreads in Philadelphia. Gabriel, who suffers from fever, will die in the hospital in the arms of his beloved.