Sunday, June 04, 2006

Belgian Beer no.56: St. Feuillien

Again, a Belgian beer with tradition. The Brasserie St. Feuillien was founded in 1873, and has been brewing beer ever since. At the beginning one Belgian beer in particular, the Grisette. Then the brewery extended its activities to other Belgian beers as well, in particular the St. Feuillien – the one I tried out (the Blonde version). I found the beer to be quite bitter, with hints of citrus, yet a robust and balanced blonde beer.

As you probably got used to by now, every Belgian beer I taste and discover brings with it another set of Belgian beers. St. Feuillien is no different. There is the Blonde (7.5%), the Brune (7.5%), the Triple (8.5%), and the Christmas version (9%).

Besides the St. Feuillien, the brewery also produces the Grisette range of quite light beers (talking in Belgian beer terms): the Blonde (4.5%), the Blanche (meaning white beer, 5%), the Amber (5%) and the Fruits des Bois (meaning wild berries, 3.5%). Once I will get to try any of them I’ll let you know. Cheers!

Farm chicken with St. Feuillien (serves 4)

1 chicken of 1 ½ kg
2 bottles of St. Feuillien Blonde
50gr butter
flour for dusting
1 large onion
¼ l cream
1 (cube) chicken stock
salt and pepper

Cut the chicken into 4 to 5 pieces, season and lightly dust the pieces with flour. Put the butter in a hot pan and brown the chicken on all sides. Set aside. Brown the onions and vegetables (if you so wish).
Place the chicken back in the pan and cover with the beer (2 bottles of St. Feuillien). Let the chicken cook over low heat.
Once done, take the chicken out, reduce the sauce, then strain it and add the cream.
Season well.
Serve the chicken with the sauce, and side vegetables.

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