About the beer
A yellow/gold best bitter with a good balance of malt and fruity hop on the nose and palate. As remarkable as the General himself, this beer sparkles in the glass and appeals to both ale drinkers and lager lovers. As well as looking good, it tastes good, with fresh and fruity flavours tripping across the tongue hand in hand with a soft and comforting malty centre. The sweetness follows through an ultimately more bitter finish.
A stronger IPA than Lady Emily, we highly recommend trying Bosquet alongside meals such as barbequed ribs, marinated chicken, fajitas or even a stir fry. Bosquet’s citrus flavours accentuate the sweetness of the food to create a truly mouthwatering event in your mouth.
So who was General Bosquet?
Pierre François Bosquet (1810–1861) may not be one of the more well- known of the French generals during the Crimean War, however he had a profound impact on the war and his iteration on the fateful Charge of the Light Brigade – ‘C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est de la folie’ – it is magnificent, but it is not war: it is madness – will forever remain one of the most poignant reminders of the brutality of war and the expendability of the soldiers. After successful campaigns in Africa, Bosquet became revered for his combination of tactics and sense of morality, fundamental qualities for a man in high command.
Before the Crimean War, he had risen to the rank of general of brigade, and was thus one of the earliest generals chosen to command at the war. He served with distinction at the Battles of Alma, Sevastopol and Inkerman, where his timely arrival was paramount in achieving an Allied victory. He was badly injured whilst leading the storming of the Russian forces at Malakov and this only served to heighten his stature amongst the Anglo-French forces.
By the end of the Crimean War he had established himself as one of the greatest soldiers in Europe and was awarded the Marshal of France, one of the greatest military distinctions possibly bestowed by France, and also the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. However, his failing health led to his premature death at the age fifty.
Raugh, H. (2004). The Victorians at war, 1815-1914. [Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO] p. 93.