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Desperados beer

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(UNOB HQ)

Desperados Beer: with tequilla. And yes, it's weird

Desperados Beer: with tequilla. And yes, it's weird

Desperados beer (5.9% ABV)
Brasserie Fischer, France (yes, FRANCE!)
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As well as a slightly downbeat song by The Eagles, Desperados is now a beer, too. And what a beer! Could this be a modern classic?



In short, no. It couldn't. In fact, this beer has a huge identity crisis (which I'm sure is simply a marketing ruse by those oh-so-clever French at Brasserie Fischer).

First you have the name: Desperados... obviously Mexican. Then comes the bottle, which is a blatant rip-off of Sol and many other similar Mexican beers. Then the flavouring, which is tequila. Yes. Tequila-flavoured beer. Continues below

But it's FRENCH. You'd never have guessed. One for beer trivia nights.

It pours a kind of orangey-amber colour, which isn't a problem. What might put you off is the smell. In Britain, a common way to make your evening go further if you're the driver is to drink shandy. This is a simple mix of beer and lemonade.

Desperados beer smells a lot like a cheap beer shandy. It's also strongly reminiscent of... skunk. Not an up-close-and-personal spraying, more a distant, skunk passing your house in the night during summer kind of whiff.

Get past that impediment and you might actually like the taste. As long as you're not expecting it to taste of beer, of course. If you can ignore the smell, it's very similar to ginger ale. Obviously the 5.9% ABV adds a mule kick to this donkey.

No, don't get me wrong. This is not a terrible drink. However, it bears very little resemblance to beer. Desperados isn't a bad tipple if alcopops are too sweet for you, but beer? You'd have to be desperate to prefer this to a nice crisp IPA.

It seems lots of people have fallen for this odd "beer" -- see the fuss about trying to locate Desperados beer all over the world! And... Where can I find desperados in Australia?

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Sep 04, 2014
where you can got desperados beer NEW
by: Anonymous

I tested three different kinds of desperados beer in St Martin, Caribbean. You can buy it in the south part of the island in any supermarket store Made in France. Also made in Poland (Zywiec Inc) by a France's license,but cannot be exported. No available in US but available in Canada.

Jun 07, 2014
It's OK NEW
by: Anonymous

Just tried it. They had a deal at a local shop for 6.99 12 pk!!! I said, "Why not try it". Very unique, a nice pleasant summer brew. Tasted like when a while ago we were putting a shot of Limon in a corona. BTW, I'm an avid IPA guy, but this is different.

Dec 14, 2013
PLEASE yes i am begging typing from my knees! NEW
by: Anonymous

Last time I had it was when I was in France and I literally thought it was from Mexico. Till now since 2005 I couldn't find it. Thanks for the info. One of my favorite beers of all times and when I speak bout it they look at me as if I were talking about a mythical creature but I always swore that it's real. How can I can get my hands on them from Orlando FL???? Please!?help!?

Oct 04, 2012
I truely enjoyed this beer in Europe NEW
by: Dragon2126

I was in Europe for work. I am not a huge beer fan. But I tried it in Switzerland and loved it. I then drank it in London and Germany as well. I am back
home and sadly can not find it at all.

Aug 28, 2012
Awesome beer NEW
by: Anonymous

Drank this in Switzerland and would love to buy it here. Your review is harsh this is a great beer.

Jul 22, 2012
love it NEW
by: Anonymous

all i drank in poland, amazingg!

Dec 01, 2011
Ew. NEW
by: Pete

That's it.

Sep 08, 2011
best beer around!
by: Anonymous

quality beer! straight out of the bottle with a wedge of lime!! 1st had it in germany 1990 only now being sold in pubs in uk. hard to find in shops though only cash and carrys sell it more than 3 bottles a time.

Aug 13, 2011
LIES!
by: JJKRUM

yeah man you are very wrong! I love my IPAs as much as any beer lover and even though yes, its different, the quality is very high. And I like that its not like every other beer. What's wrong with you? Afraid of a little change, man?

Jul 27, 2011
desperados
by: Anonymous

totally in love with it since first try now in ontario and sad because cannot find it:(

Jul 04, 2011
lovee
by: Anonymous

it is freeeaken amazing!!! i love love love it but its so hard to get a hold of and a little to expensive!

Jun 25, 2011
Where is beer sold in US
by: Anonymous

Where can I find in Georgia?

Apr 30, 2011
Oh My God, My Third Favorite Beer!
by: Anonymous

Wow, this reviewer is way off. I lived in France for years. I was spoiled by the food and drink. My neighborhood cafe had Hoegaarden on tap for a euro/pint. . . which is what I'd have at lunch everyday, which in no way is indicative of a drinking problem. Oh yeah, France is sweet. Anyway, my absolute favorites were the Belgian and Flemish beers: Blanche de Bruges (a lemon flavored white beer) and Lindeman various fruit lambics were my two most cherished. But for drinking on the medieval quarter's quay like an American hipster in Lyon, it was freaking Despe', baby! They're f-ing delicious, never mind the review. The tequila flavor is subtle (it's been three years since I came back to Philly and I can still smell it in my memories--really, it's delicious) and the sweet lime flavor is stellar, nothing like the lime-flavored swill sold by American breweries. Maybe now that Stella (and you should know that in France, Stella Artois is the real cheap, watery stuff, no lie) and Budweiser are bed-partners, maybe some genius will bring Desperados to America. It's flat out tasty, and it's got that French sense of humor and bad-assery, too. I love it!

Apr 06, 2011
need help to find it in florida
by: susi

I love this beer. Where can I find it in Jacksonville Florida????

Apr 06, 2011
need help to find it in florida
by: susi

I love this beer. Where can I find it in Jacksonville Florida????

Jan 14, 2011
Amaizing taste!
by: Anonymous

....but hard to find....specially in Michigan

Jan 06, 2011
I like it too
by: Judders

As above, I like the taste, so who cares!

Nov 07, 2010
whan I fund it in NY_NJ
by: betty boop

where can I find it in NY-NJ area. Please email: nturco@aol.com

Jul 07, 2010
Good summer Beer!
by: Avanos

I've tried it in France for the first time 1 week ago and found it in Quebec at the SAQ.

Jun 12, 2010
Desperados is sold in most SAQs...
by: Ashley Cotter-Cairns

...or at least the ones where they make an effort.

Jun 12, 2010
Desperado beer in Quebec
by: Gord

Does anyone know if they sell Desperado beer in Quebec or NB --thanks

May 07, 2010
I like it !
by: Anonymous

Who cares, if it is beer or not, I like it.

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