Brewed at Contreras brewery, Tonneke 5° is a orange amber beer with top fermentation, without secondary fermentation in the bottle or keg. It is a typial Belgian Ale . The beer was already brewed in 1818. Hazy pale amber; slim cream-coloured head, fast gone. Slightly roasted & caramalt nose; bit herbal finish. Again a fresh, grainy & herbal taste on top of sweet & light roasted malts. Biscuit finish. Quite carbonated, the little head notwithstanding. Very refreshing. Nice, refreshing ale.
Brewed by La Binchoise brewery, this beer is a Belgian special beer, amber, refermented in bottle, to which a dry hopping brings a wind of freshness and modernity.
Clear amber colour with a fine head and a correct lacing, floral hoppiness with notes of caramel, medium-bodied, fine bitterness, the finish is quite dry, moderately malty with reminiscence of caramel – fresh and subtle Orange to pale in color. Little to no head. Low carbonation. Aroma is slightly citric and phonelic hinting at roasted malts. Light body, roasty and citric flavor. Clean finish, dry with little aftertaste.
Christmas is fast approaching and winter beers are coming into their own. The Verhaeghe Brewery is also releasing a beer called ‘Barbe Noël’ (Christmas beard), which undergoes primary fermentation in cylindrical conical tanks for fourteen days, then secondary fermentation, until 10% alcohol is reached.
Poured into a glass, it reveals a golden-blond hue with a white head where aromas of spice, coriander, caramel, wood, yeast and fruit prevail. The palate has sweet and bitter flavours of malt, caramel, fruit, yeast and hops. The body is oily in texture and carbonation is low, giving a bitter, spiced finish.
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°
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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.
From de Struise Brouwers brewery, this quadruple beer has been aged for 3 years in red wine barrels from Chateau Margaux!
It is dark brown in color with a beige foam. According Struise an aroma and bouquet of red wine – fruity red wine, with a taste of berries and black cherries. Caramel malt with light smoke and chocolate flavors. Fruity elements of red fruits from the aging in barrels of Chateau Margaux, these flavors adding light vanilla and wood tannins. The finish is soft smoky, fruity and slight hoppy.
« A true seasonal beer, as refreshing as it should be! Taste it in the summer, sitting at a terrace table … » Originally, season beer was a beer brewed before the summer and intended for summer-season farmhands. It had low alcohol content and a marked bitterness that made it really refreshing.
The brewery wanted to offer a truly seasonal Season with production limited in time.
As Laurent Agache’s parents had created a cottage-type aperitif based on fresh elder tree flowers, greatly appreciated for family festivities, the brewers have tried to use that flower for producing our Season.
The elder flower, combined with the Sterling hop, was wonderful right from the first tests: the bitterness of the hops underlined by the flower brought a new and really nice freshness.
The following year, shortly after the flowering of the elder tree, the Saison Cazeau was launched on the market.