Friday, December 07, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Over the next couple of posts you'll have the one or the other beer tried in no particular order in the regular Brussels beer bars, at tastings or visits to different breweries.
Here the Equinox. Brewed by the Brasserie de la Senne, it is a winter beer with heavy malt and chocolate taste. At 8% a solid winter beer.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
(Just in case, the beer bar where we tried these beers is Café de Torre. I understand a well known beer bar for those in the know.)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
How do I put this? I am looking for the right word ... still looking ... this is the most FANTASTIC book ever! Do I sound a little bit over the top? Well, that's because this book is so FANTASTIC.
Ok, enough. Perhaps I should tell you more about the book. All Belgian Beers, Les Bieres Belges, Alle Belgische Bieren is a very much hot off the press new book on Belgian Beers. Which explains why I am writing about it. This is a Belgian Beer blog after all. Plus it's almost time for Christmas so if you don't know what to get/ or what to receive this is perfect timing.
The book arrived yesterday. A lot smaller than I thought, but also a lot thicker (over 1500 pages). A very compact little book, but oh my God, the information in it! And I thought we tried a lot of beers. You don't know a thing about Belgian Beers till you have seen the amount of beers in this book.
Over 750 Belgian Beers have made it into the book, together with information on: fermenting and beer style, composition, alcohol content, colour, how to serve the beer and at what temperature, description of the character and taste. And as if this isn't enough, there is also space for personal notes at the bottom of each page. To give you an idea, I spent about 1h yesterday reading up on ... beers. I don't read on beers. I drink beers. But there you go ... Plus the photography is pretty good, and I also got to discover a whole lot of new beer glasses.
What else could I tell you about this book? It costs 35euro (that is 51USD or 25GBP) and it gets shipped world wide. Perhaps not the cheapest book on the planet, but think about this: Christmas presents (!) and trust me, you'll probably have enough Belgian Beer to read on way into next year.
Did anyone get the book already? Now available on Amazon as well.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Text and photo: Michael
PANNEPOT 2006 “Fishermans Ale”
Brewed by De Struise Brouwers, our first taste of this beer was in Brugs Beertje, a compact, no frills type of pub, but with a seriously huge selection of other beers.
Poured into an unusual (for Belgium) oval shaped Struise Beer glass, it looked appealing well before it was tasted. Dark, almost black body, with a thick creamy beige head. On the nose, to be honest, I can’t remember smelling anything unusual about this beer, but to taste it was fantastic. I’ve seen other write ups on this beer that mention dark sugar and fruits, but for me I sensed Blackcurrant and Liquorice – rather like one of those traditional hard boiled sweets. At 10% abv, on the face of it, it is a strong beer, but the flavours completely and pleasantly disguise the alcohol.
PANNEPØT 2006 “Old Monk’s Ale”
Sampled in De Garre, Bruges, a quaint backstreet pub just off the main square, and on the beer menu as “Pannepot”, at first sight, this was identical to the one we had in Brugs Beertje. However to taste, it seemed more rounded, and the liquorice was less prominent – but still an amazing taste.
Looking at the two bottles, and glasses we had on our table, they looked identical, but closer inspection revealed we had two different beers.
Cue a spot the difference competition, and we eventually realise several differences:
· Spelling Pannepot v PannepØt
· De Struise Brewers Crest (DSB) on one bottle and not the other.
· Border of the label Claret on one bottle, Dark Beige on the other.
· “Old Fisherman’s Ale” on bottle, “ Old Monk’s Ale” on the other
· A lighter coloured head for the “Old Monk’s Ale”
· More prominent liquorice in the “Old Fisherman’s Ale”
The waitress did not realise that there was a difference in the two bottles that she had served, and subsequent internet searches have yielded nothing for the “Old Monk’s Ale”. We did however learn that the “Ø” brew was for the Danish Market, but each one identifies the one with the “Ø” as also being “Old Fisherman’s Ale”. So the “Old Monk’ Ales is a bit of a mystery at the moment.
Eitherway, both are a fantastic beer. Would love to know where it’s commercially available if any one knows.
Additional Photos - “Old Fisherman’s Ale “ v “ Old Monk’s Ale” Bottle
Additional Photo “ Old Fisherman’s Ale” v “Old Monk’s Ale” - Poured
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Poechenellekelder: Rue du Chene 5, 1000 Brussels, Tel: +32/2/511 92 62
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Having a love/ hate relationship with Krieks I particularly liked this one, as it keeps the sharpness of the cherries intact. And not too sweet.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
A very malty, amber beer. Not my thing overall, but not a bad beer. Brewed by de Haacht, it saw its revival this year (production of this type of beer stopped in the 80's). 5%
Friday, September 21, 2007
Step inside, and you ‘re in a grocers shop – look to the right, and you see your first hint that perhaps this place does sell beer – walk a few yards down the aisle and you will think you are in Beer Heaven. It is an Aladdin’s cave of Belgian Beer. Way to many for me to write down, but the card suggests in excess of 300 different types of beer for sale.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sort of another great brune. Really, if you get the chance to try it, do opt for this alternative ( I am thinking here Chimay drinkers ... etc). Ename Dubble, an abbey beer, 6.5% (ay ay ay) but a great beer. Of course there are three other Enames: the blond, the tripel, and the cuvee 974.
Who said this task of trying all the Belgian beers is boring?