Verhaeghe Barbe Noël 10°
Produced by the brewery De Ranke
Despite Simplex being an ale, it has all the characteristics of an old-styled pils. It is a blond, unfiltered, unpasteurized, hoppy and bitter beer that remains low in alcohol. Resulting in a straw blonde, highly drinkable beer with plenty of flavor and character.
Pours clear golden with a medium, staying creamy white head. Aroma has mild yeast, crisp malts, grassy hops. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has crisp malts, very soft esters, grassy, piney bitterness. Lingering bitterness, full feel at the end. Wonderful.
De Ranke Simplex 4.5°
Available at https://store.belgianshop.com/special-beers/2221-de-ranke-simplex-45-13l.html
From Ab-Inbev brewery
The hop selected for this Leffe Royale is the hops Ella, original hops from the Derwent Valley in Tasmania. This hops delivers woody, fruity notes of oak, black tea, passion fruit and blackcurrant. Hopping raw.
Probably the most complex Leffe Royale so far. Definitely not a main-stream beer, but high quality. Ella hops is known for it’s complex flavor that doesn’t showcase one or two main flavors and so does this beer. The hop flavor is well embedded in the overall beer aroma.
It is of course advisable to taste the Leffe Royale Ella in its chalice glass. We will appreciate it as an aperitif of course, but also at the table with your summer barbecues for example.
LEFFE ROYALE ELLA 7.5°
De Struise Brouwers Blue Monk 10°
From Cazeau brewery
Cazeau Saison 5°
Brewed by Ab-Inbev brewery
Highly anticipated during the holiday season, it perpetuates the tradition of master brewers who kept their best barley and hops to stir once a year and distribute it during the winter holidays.
This winter beer reveals moderately malty flavors, notes of brown sugar, hazelnuts, caramel, some fruit and subtle spicy touches.
The mouth is also sweet and slightly spicy. There are notes of caramel, coffee and cooked fruits. Lightly hopped, this smoked beer offers a nice length in the mouth.