Who knows? Who really cares?
All I know as that the girl on the label of French beer Bellerose seems to be having a swell time. I picked this up almost on impulse, although the 50's pinup did sort of swing things. It just looks so artsy and, well, French, and that's like catnip to the art student. Beyond the superficial yet shamelessly pleasing aesthetic of the label, however, there's quite a good beer. The nose gives plenty of spicy, zesty, citrus hop notes with light malty undertones, not unlike a decent Tripel or Biére de Garde (or at least the one example of the style I've tried). The taste is even better, with apricot and peach joining the citrus fruit bouquet before the clove flavour kicks in with that cool bitterness that I'm really starting to love in a beer. All the while there's a smooth caramel malt underpinning the dominant hop flavours of the beer, and true to the label, it's very refreshing and satisfying.
I didn't expect a whole lot from this Northern French bombshell, but as it turns out she's quite the fox.