Friday, December 07, 2007

Session 10 and Belgian Beer no.193: Plaizierke by Gordon Xmas

I thought this might be a good 'session' to introduce the official 2007 Christmas Market beer. And to celebrate almost 200 Belgian Beers.
This year's beer seems to be sponsored by Gordon. Last year the official Christmas Market beer was a Delirium Christmas, this year it is a Gordon's Xmas. As long as everyone is happy. Why I chose it? Well, because it is this year's official beer, and everyone going to the Christmas Market in Brussels will come across it. This and a very interesting mulled Kriek. Which I admit I didn't have the guts to try (Kriek. And mulled?)
There is very little else to say except that the Plaizierke 2007 is not as strong as Christmas beers usually tend to be. 8.8%. Enjoy it if you come across it.
Probably also a good moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from We will be spending winter down south (Brazil to be exact) so Belgian Beers will resume in January 2008. Thank you all for reading and contributing to Belgian Beers. Here is to 200 more :) At least!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Belgian Beer no.192: Cuvee du Grand Georges

I remember where we had this beer ... but not much else about it. Again an alias for a 'traditional' beer. Brewed for the Grand Georges (a brasserie in the south of Belgium), here the Cuvee du Grand Georges.

Belgian Beer no.191: Bon Secours Bien Etre

I simply had to buy and try this one. Apparently a 'diet' beer with no sugar added. The Bon Secours Bien Etre (which sort of means 'feel good')

The beer is brewed with the diet/health (and diabetics) conscientious in mind. No added sugar. Hm. A little skeptical on this beer at first, but you know what? I really enjoyed it. Because of the lack of sugar it is a very clear and crisp, clean blonde. Really pleasant. And pretty light at 5.5%. Brewed by the Brasserie Caulier.

Belgian Beer no.190: Equinox

We are slowly getting closer to Christmas. Which in beer terms means stronger beers, Christmas beers, and generally more alcohol.

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

La Taybeh - A First in Belgium

Hot off the press so to speak. La Taybeh, the first Palestinian beer, will be (is?) available on the Brussels market. The beer is produced under the licence of Ichtegem, by the Brasserie Strubbe. I will try to get my hands on one for the sake of
By the way, Taybeh means excellent in Palestinian.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Belgian Beer no.189: Bloemenbier

Same lovely, sunny terrace in De Haan. And another beer: the Bloemenbier. Very much 'the flower beer'. Loved this one as well. Probably a little too sweet for the usual beer palate. Hints of honey and flowers (sort of). Quite spicy. Loved the presentation, with the white paper wrapped around the bottle.

A 7% blond from the Brasserie De Proef.

(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.)

Belgian Beer no.188: Haanse Witte

Getting closer to the coast. We stopped in De Haan. (A very scenic coast city if you get the chance to visit!) And guess what? They have their own city beer, so to speak. The Haanse Witte (the white from de Haan?)

A little confused on who is brewing this one, as it seems to be Den Haene, on the other hand could it be Brasserie Strubbe? Nevermind this though. It was a great beer, light at 5.5% , and a perfect seaside white beer. Loved it.

Belgian Beer no.187: Lamoral Tripel

Still in Bruges, in the same bar, another beer. The Lamoral Tripel. Taking its name from a Flemish patriot during the Spanish rule of Belgium. At 8% it is a quite strong dark beer. More so and so.

From Brasserie van den Bossche.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Belgian Beer no.186: Slaapmutske Blond

I was sure I wrote about the beers we recently tried at the coast. Then again I might be mixing it up with this.
Beers at the coast. And in Bruges. First one up the Slaapmutske. Tried in a very nice bar in Bruges, which I will have to write about at a later date. I think the waiter thought I'm nuts aiming to blog about all the Belgian Beers. But let's try to make it to 200 by the end of this year!
Slaapmutske means more or less night cap (not my thing!). Brewed by the Slaapmutske Brewery, it is a blond 6.4% beer. Actually a nice beer.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Belgian Beer no.185: Villers Triple

Before we hit the breweries in the south, another beer tried on local ground in Brussels: the Villers Trippel. Brewed by the Brasserie Hyghe, it is a pretty straight forward 8.5% triple. A little hoppy, a little spicy, a little sour.
What I am more intrigued about is the Kira beer brewed by the same brewery. Of course, a beer I will probably not find in Belgium as it seems to be brewed entirely for USA export. So if anyone from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or Bronx reads this blog (anyone?) , tried the beer and would like to write a short review I would be most grateful :)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

All Belgian Beers


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

Belgian Beer no.184: McChouffe

(I promise the blurry photo had nothing to do with the strength of beers tried before or after.)
The McChouffe. For Chouffe fans probably nothing new. For me though yes. Sorry, but as such I am not a die hard Chouffe fan. I like the beer. And that's about it.
One question we asked ourselves with the McChouffe: why does the Achouffe Brewery think that Scottish beers are all dark ales? Perhaps I am wrong. Maybe Scottish beers are all dark ales. (Are they?!). The McChouffe is a Skotch from the Ardennes, a dark ale at 8.5%. Good beer.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Belgian Beer no.183: Durboyse Brune

Please enter the beautiful southern part of Belgium, their beers, and their breweries. We recently spent a (rainy!) weekend in Durbuy and got not only to try the beers down there, but also to visit some breweries. Stay tuned (that is what they say, right?)

We tried the blonde a while ago. Now it was time for the brune. Of course we tried the blonde as well (but as I posted on that one already ...). Between the two? I think I prefer the brune. A 7% from Brasserie Lefebvre, with hints of caramel and burnt toast - definitely a nice beer.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Belgian Beer no.181 and 182: PannepOt vs. PannepØt

Another guest 'beer', so to speak.

Text and photo: Michael

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During a recent trip to Bruges, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to Pannepot.

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

Belgian Beer no.180: Cuvee Mon Bijou

For whatever reason I found this beer ... romantic. Probably the name 'Mon Bijou' (jewelery)? Or the fact that it was specifically brewed for a hotel? Very 1930's drama and mystery to me.
Back to the beer though. The last one in this mini Delirium Cafe tasting. The Cuvee Mon Bijou is an alias of the Struise Rosse brewed by De Struise Brouwers. The beer is a 5% pils style beer, which apparently was a mistake: the brewers tried to brew a Struise Witte (white), but added the wrong yeast. The nutty taste went down well with the brewers and the Struise Rosse was born. And then labeled for the Hotel Mon Bijou.

Belgian Beer no.179: Montagnard

Still in the Delirium.

The Montagnard, a 9% beer from the Abbaye des Rocs. Quite a spicy beer, with hints of pepper. There is no added sugar to the beer. An interesting beer, much praised in the region it comes from.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Belgian Beer no.178: Betchard

The Betchard. A little difficult to place this one in the www, so good thing we take notes. The beer is brewed by the Brasserie de Tubize, and as far as I can tell is the only beer brewed by them.

A 5.5% blond, which apparently is brewed specifically for the In't Spinnekopke. Can anyone confirm this?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Belgian Beer no.177: St-Paul Blond

Return to Delirium Cafe (obviously!). Four new beers tasted and reviewed.
St-Paul Blond. Brewed by the Brasserie Sterkens. We still need to figure out why this beer was so expensive (10euro!) so if you have any ideas ... keep them coming.
An unfiltered, top-fermented beer, which I remember as being a little sour. 5.3%. Very unremarkable ... no oomph to it, so again, why so expensive? In any case the Delirium Cafe bartender was raving about it, so maybe I am missing something.

Beer Bar in Brussels - Poechenellekelder

Try saying this after a few beers :)

(Thank you to Keith, a reader of this blog for reminding me to write about this bar.)
Anyway, beside the unpronounceable name this is a great beer bar in Brussels. Although on a very touristic path (literally opposite the Mannekin Pis) this bar is a great stop. The beer list is extensive, the bartenders are more than enthusiastic about Belgian beers and the specials never disappoint.
We always include the Poechenellekelder on our 'visitors' must see tour but occasionally stop there off-visit, for a drink as well. They also serve some food and word of wisdom: if you do order the cheese, understand they actually refer to a whole chunk of cheese as sold in supermarkets / shops. So if inclined combine a cheese platter with a meat one. Trust me! I am a devoted cheese lover and yet, I always think they serve too much cheese ...

Poechenellekelder: Rue du Chene 5, 1000 Brussels, Tel: +32/2/511 92 62

Monday, October 29, 2007

Belgian Beer no.176: La Myrtille d'Amelie

Tasted by friends of mine who were kind enough to take a photo and share their experience. The Myrtille d'Amelie. A little confused on the who and what of this beer. Brewed by the Brasserie Val-Dieu, at 6%, with hints of berries. Strongly hoppy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Belgian Beer no.175: Procureur

Another beer in the Skieven Architek bar. This time the Procureur. Again little to none information on the back of the bottle, just that at 9% maybe a little bit too strong for an afternoon...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Belgian Beer no.174: Premium Kriek

Because a girl sometimes likes her cherry beer. (No idea why the photo came out fuzzy...)
Brewed by the brewery Vanhonsebrouck, Premium Kriek is a beer brewed following a traditional gueze technique, then adding 25% pure cherry juice. A very light beer at 3.5% which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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.
And because I am in a generous mood, a Belgian recipe using the Premium Kriek:
Sabayon with Premium Kriek
3 egg yolks
3 half egg shell (?) sugar
3 half egg shell (?) Premium Kriek
vanilla ice cream
red berries
Beat the egg yolks, sugar and Kriek together. Continue beating the egg mixture over low heat, till you get a smooth texture. Avoid cooking it over high heat as the eggs will scramble.
Fill a glass with vanilla ice cream, fruits and then pour the sabayon over. Add more fruit on top.

Beer Bar in Brussels - Toone VII

And another bar worth a try - the Toone VII. I completely ignored it even exists but a great find. An odd combination of puppet theater and great beer.

Belgian Beer no.173: Saison d'Epeautre

I can easily say this is now amongst my favorites. Tried again at the Bruxellensis, from the Brasserie de Blaugies, the Saison d'Epeautre. It is a special lager blond, although I did not feel that much of the lager taste. At 6% a decent beer, and really very nice. I was both surprised and keen to drink more.

Belgian Beer no.172: La Moneuse

Moving on ...
Have been a little busy on the work / real life side, so despite (still) drinking beer I didn't get the chance to blog about it.
Back to another beer festival, the Bruxellensis. We tried some new beers, amongst which La Moneuse.
Brewed by the Brasserie de Blaugies, this is a 8%, clear amber beer, very nice and very pleasant. I think I would like to visit this brewery to see what else they have on offer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Belgian Beer no.171 : Val Dieu Triple

Last one in the recent Moeder Lambic 'tasting'. No worries, we did have the 'usual' Belgian beers as well ... like the Kwak, the Delirium, and the Duvel - we did after all take family there for a true Belgian experience. On our side we opted for the more unusual ones.
The Val Dieu Triple. Strength and serenity? Apparently. At 9% it finished us off. A very nice blonde beer though, brewed by Brasserie Val Dieu. Asking for a blonde (and having drunk most of them) I think the waiter decided to finish me off - and brought me this one. A great beer, but I was a lot more impressed with the previous two.

Belgian Beer no.170: Plokkersbier

Same place, the next beer. I think the waiter was a little surprised we knew so many of the beers on offer. With this one though, he did surprise us.
Plokkersbier by Brasserie de Bie. A very interestingly spiced beer. Really, a mix which lingers on the tongue. At 7% not the strongest but a very interesting taste. Easy drinkable.

Belgian Beer no.169: De Graal Tripel

De Graal Tripel. This was a great beer! Honestly, if you haven't tried it yet, do. I personally would have loved to try De Graal Ginger as well (but really, you need lots of stamina for Belgian beers!).
A small tasting at Moeder Lambic took us through 3 new beers, this being one of them. De Graal Tripel is a 9%, heavy blond beer brewed by Brasserie De Graal. Somehow brewery and beers seem to be well known, yet a new discovery for us. Great beer though.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Belgian Beer no.168: Speciale 1900

A small break from the festival beers (there is the Bruxellensis beer still ...) and back to 'normal' bar drinking. The Speciale 1900. I didn't hear about it ever, but it was the special offer in one bar so we tried it out.

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

Beer Shop - Noel Cuvelier's, Poperinge

After some emails back and forth, we came to the conclusion this site misses a 'beer shops' section. People drinking beer, mostly like buying beer as well. And with specialized beer shops all over Belgium, why not share your (and my) finds?
Again, a section open to anyone who would like to contribute. First one to start it off and the originator of the beer shops idea, Michael.
Text and photo: Michael
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I would expect that most people from the UK who visit Belgium in their own cars like to stock up on their favourite Belgian Beers. I would also guess that the majority returning to the UK would do so via either Calais or Dunkirk, and would probably tend to go to one of the many beer warehouses in and around Calais.
The problems I have found with these warehouses are that they can be a bit pricey, are often full of tourist coaches, but moreover, they tend to concentrate on the mainstream Belgian Beers and therefore lack choice.
The only half decent warehouse I have come across so far, is right on the French side of the border, at a place that I think is called Callicannes – situated behind a petrol station yards from the old Border control.
About a mile or so on the Belgian side though is Noel Cuvelier’s Beer Shop.
Heading out of Poperinge, into the beautiful Flanders countryside, and towards the French Border, set about 200 yards from the main road , is what looks like a farm on the right hand side. (Left hand side if you’re travelling towards Poperinge!).
A small sign at the side of the road, suggests Beer is for sale. Driving up towards the buildings, one would be forgiven for thinking that that this small place in the middle of nowhere was going to be anything special, particularly when you are told that the building you are heading for (with all the crates outside) is for wholesale only, and you are redirected to what, one assumes to be the farmhouse.

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.

Grab a trolley and raid the shelves – you will very quickly realise that the only problem with visiting this shop is that you don’t have enough room in your car to get everything you want.
Once you’ve filled your trolley, take it to the cash desk, but don’t start putting the bottles on the counter. They don’t scan each bottle in, they simply tell you to get an empty trolley and decant from one trolley to the other, and count the bottles as you decant.
Puzzled? I was too, though when I looked at the till receipt at the end, I could see why – almost all bottles were €1.00 regardless of brand, with only the odd one at either €1.10 or €1.20. (Note though, as with all bottled beer in Belgium, there is a €0.10 refundable bottle charge to add on at the end).
Noel Cuvalier’s Beer shop is certainly on my hit list for my next trip – if you’re passing Dunkirk on the way back, it is well worth the small detour. I don’t remember his exact opening times, but it’s something like 8.30 till 12, and 14.00 till 19.30 every day, except Monday when it is closed.
Andreea (again): do you have a favorite beer shop in Belgium? Any tips / write ups on it you could share with us?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I have just been updating my Beer Resources (see right). So please let me know if I forgot linking to you ... and you ... and you.
On a different topic, voila.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Belgian Beer no.167: Bockor Blauw

The last one from the Beer Weekend.
You see, the problem with the Beer Weekend is that a) you can not get in anymore after 9:30pm, which is fair enough as the festival ends at 10:00pm and b) if you so happen to have to go the loo after 9:30pm (erh, hello, beer festival?!) the very clever (!) guards do not let you back in.
NOT fair. Wrong on so many levels. First, sorry, but who was behind the brilliant idea of placing the loos outside the Beer Weekend fence? (Oh, yes, the brewers booths are all fenced in).
Next time I bet there will be people loo'ing inside the fenced area after 9:30pm ... Simply stupid, stupid, stupid. Rant over.
So on to the last beer from the Beer Weekend. The Bockor Blauw (as in blue). Brewed by Bockor. Oh, and anyone wonder at all that I am only at beer no.167 and apparently there are about 3000 Belgian beers out there? Scary.
Bockor Blauw. A lot of fuss for a simple pils beer. The same as a pils, the Blauw distinguishes itself through a slightly deeper colour. 5.2%

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Belgian Beer no.166: Piraat

Same brewery as the previous beer no.165, same alcohol content. Piraat. Again a new beer which we didn't try out last time (festival) around. The beer undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, and is an amber beer at 10.5%.

There is a whole story about the Vikings who loved this kind of potent beer, which explains the ship on the bottle and glass. (See left.) Apparently this beer is a health energy booster. Which absolutely justifies then drinking lots of it.

Belgian Beer no.165: Gulden Draak

This is a totally new beer. The Gulden Draak. Golden Dragon? Brewed by the Brasserie Van Steenberge, and at 10,5% starting to be quite strong. (You might have noticed we are still at the Beer Weekend, and the alcohol amount has increased. Which might explain the increasing fuzziness of the photos!)
If you ask me this is quite a heavy beer, a dark hoppy taste; and well a lot to process.
Other beers brewed by Van Steenberge and featured on : Celis Blanche, Leute Bokbier, and Gentse Tripel.

Monday, September 17, 2007

My new MOO cards have arrived for
So, so cute. (I'm such a girl!)

Belgian Beer no.164: Ename Dubbel

Brewed by the Roman Brewery, I missed trying this is beer last year. Which doesn't mean, we don't know this beer. Au contraire. We love this beer.

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?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Belgian Beer no.163: La Cherie

Oh la la :)

Well, nothing more. 5%, cherry beer, by Val de Sambre. Very refreshing, very nice, very light for a Beer Weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Belgian Beer no.161 and 162: Ada Blonde and Ada Brune

Brasserie de Val de Sambre / Brasserie de l'Abbaye d'Alune - who knows? Another new beer tried during the beer weekend. Just for info, before you start wondering: the beer glasses you see behind the beers I blog about are not actual beers drank by us. Some yes but most of them just empty glasses left by the many (many!) visitors.
Back to the Ada beers. The blond and the brune one. The blond one, a strong 7% beer. Quite hoppy. The brune one, again a 7% beer, a little on the burnt toast/ caramel side.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Belgian Beer no.160: Arend

Lots of things make a lot more sense after the Beer Weekend. Arend was a totally new beer for most of us. Arend = Eagle (which explains the logo!). Brewed by De Ryck Brewery, I tried the very amber beer (5.5 % - notice the low alcohol trend? No worries, that will change).
De Ryck seems to be a very small, family owned brewery. Besides the amber, they also brew a dark brown beer, a cherry beer and a Christmas beer. Yey, more beers for me!

Belgian Beer no.159: Newton

First one in the Beer Weekend batch: Newton. Experience taught me that it is always better to start with the light beers at a festival - this way both liver and blog will benefit.
So I started with a Newton: part blanche, part apple juice. (Get it. Newton - Apple?) Sort of a cider. Very refreshing and pleasant if you are into ciders (I am!). At 3/5% also a breeze. From Brasserie Lefebvre.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Belgian Beer no.26 - Brugge Tripel revisited

Micheal does it a lot more justice than I did way back when.
Text and photo: Michael
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Seeing Andreea’s write up on Brugs Tarwebier reminded me that I had a Brugge Tripel on my ever decreasing shelf of beers from my last trip to Belgium.
I’m still a little confused if there is a difference between “Brugs” and “Brugge”, ( anyone ?) so for clarity, the bottle suggests the brewery is De Gouden Boom / N.V Palm.
This is one of my favourites. At 8.7%, and being a tripel, it is certainly a beer that you have to take your time over. It’s very malty and fruity, and from the first sip, you just know that it’s going to blow your head off if drunk hastily.
It’s difficult to identify the constituents of the “fruitiness”, but that’s what I really like about it – it’s very complex on the palette, and warm with it.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Belgian Beer no.158: Brugs Tarwebier

There is no mystery to this: we've been to Bruges. Which means that we had to try the local beers (of course!). Problem is some have already made it on to Belgian Beers. Not the Brugs Tarwebier.
We tried the Tarwebier. At 5% an ideal summer white beer. Although it wasn't too hot outside. But a nice beer. Maybe a little uneventful?
Editing after Boak's comment: problem is the photo shows the Brugs Tarwebier (a white beer) bottle with the Brugs Blond (a blonde beer) glass. A little confusing, I know. But two different beers. One is a blanche (a white), the other a blond, and a little stronger at 6.5 % . In conclusion we had the white beer.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Belgian Beer no.157: Moeder Overste

It was high time for some new beers. Strangely enough there was very little beer tasting lately. Then again there are not one, but two beer festivals coming up where we'll get more than our fair share of tastings.

Moeder Overste. The beer was on offer as the beer de jour. Tried it. A little too strong for my taste (8%) but a very nice beer. A triple style, which apparently needs to be served with a head. Same brewery as for Belgian Beer no.114, Saison 1900.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Session 6 and Belgian Beer no.156: Hoegaarden Rosée

'When God created man, it was just for laughs!' or maybe 'The difference between a man and E.T.? E.T. calls home.'
This and many other 'female' jokes accompany the newly launched publicity campaign for Hoegaarden Rosée, a newby on the market. Clearly, the beer was 1 - designed for the summer and 2 - aimed at women. So I went and got myself a six-pack (how girly does this sound, eh?)
A fruit beer (raspberry) combining the flavors of the traditional Hoegaarden White now with hints of fruit and summer. And my entry for Session 6 hosted by Beer, Beats & Bites: The Session!
Taste? Well it's a fruit beer. I had a very long love affairs with cherry beers and still like an occasional Kriek. But I kind of prefer the Blanche avec Citron (a Hoegaarden White with a slice of lemon) over their rosier version. Plus the Hoegaarden Rosee almost doesn't taste like beer (it's a 4.5%). It does look very pretty though. Very pink.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Belgian Beer no.155: Boerinneken

Here is an odd beer out: Boerinneken (the farmer's wife). I only took a photo of the bottle neck because there was no label on the bottle except the one you see. Very little information indeed.
Boerinneken is brewed by Den Ouden Advocaat, (but see comments for more precise information), which is more like a cooperative than a brewery (they also produce pralines, honey, etc). The Boerinneke is one in a pair of two: the Boerken (the farmer) and the above mentioned. The restaurant didn't have the male version though.
Boerinneken. A very strong blond beer, abbey type, at 9.5%. But a very interesting and pleasant taste. I really liked it, but it does go to your head. The beer is fermented in the bottle.