Archives par étiquette : Belgian

De Struise Brouwers Blue Monk 10°

 
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.
Struise-Brouwers-Blue-Monk-Belgian-Beer

De Struise Brouwers Blue Monk

Cazeau Saison 5°

From Cazeau brewery

 
« 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.

Cazeau-Saison-Cazeau-Belgian-Beer

Cazeau Saison

Leffe Biere d’Hiver – Winter bier 6.6° 

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.

 

Leffe Biere d’Hiver – Winter bier 6.6°

Available at https://store.belgianshop.com/abbey-beers/2184-leffe-biere-d-hiver-winter-bier-66-13l.html

Leffe-Biere-d-Hiver-Belgian-Beer

Leffe Biere d’Hiver – Winter bier

Diabolici Fruits of Hell 8°

From John Martin brewery.

Having been brewed since the beginning of time at the gates of hell, Diabolici Fruits of Hell is the familiar and impish companion of our festive evenings. Savour this fruity brew in its exclusive chalice glass, adorned with a little Diabolici devil. The Diabolici were born in an infernal mash tub which they consider to be the most precious source in the world. This artisanal beverage is the fruit of a jealously guarded ancestral recipe. Diabolici Fruits of Hell is a fiery elixir combining a top-fermented beer and Kriek lambic. With an ABV of 8%, Diabolici Fruits of Hell owes its name to its creators, who bewitch the minds of those who merrily drink it. This legendary nectar is worthy of a magical world and is a legacy of our popular mythology.
Taste-wise … Strong cherry aroma accompanied by a subtle taste of cherry pie. Full-bodied with a long fruity aftertaste.
Diabolici-Fruits-Of-Hell-Belgian-Beer

Diabolici Fruits of Hell

Tournay Royale Réserve 11°

From Cazeau brewery.

Tournay Noire aged for 20months in oak barrel. Limited to 400 bottles Thin, loosely structured, yellowish beige head consisting of small bubbles which fizz away like the head on a glass of coke. leaving behind only a wafer-thin moussy rim but completely vanishing in the end, on top of a very, very dark bronze-brown beer, practically black in general appearance But with translucent chestnut edges, revealing a refined ’edge carbonation’.
Almost vaguely oud bruin-like, quite deep aroma of toasted bread, walnut liqueur, dry sherry, dry tree leaves, brown rum of high standard, oak furniture (quite pronounced), dried plums, maracuja, old red wine, dusty old shelves, treacle, caramel sauce, dried blackcurrants, hazelnuts, fig, butterscotch, bayleaf, candied pear, dried sage, vague vanilla (the oak again, no doubt), dry leather, old cloves, toasted peanuts, molasses, tree bark. Lots of dried fruits in the onset, candied sweetness but in a noble, restrained kind of way, dried fig and dried berries, raisins and dried banana slices, sweetish and sourish in balance… But still the sweetishness of almost muscovado-like brown sugariness elegantly prevails. Thick and near to syrupy, ’clean’, very smooth, gently carbonated mouthfeel, very filling but not thoroughly oily or viscous. Lovely smooth, almost resinous caramelly malt body, thick and mouth-filling, beautiful sweetish (cashew- or hazel-)nuttiness, light dark ’fondant’ chocolate accents here . And there, all drenched in this beautiful dried fruit sweetishness and sourishness, until, at some point before the finish, the wood sets in and provides not just a tannic, almost ’dusty’ dryness, but also very elegant retronasal oakiness, vanilla-ish but ’palpably’ woody as well. The nuttiness and toastiness of the malts travel even a little bit beyond this very pronounced woodiness, connecting beginning and end, with a trace of the treacle- or molasses-like dark sugariness to it as well, leaving a delicate sweetness behind at the back of the mouth. Some earthy hops and a well-positioned afterglow of rum-like, but otherwise not too outspoken alcohol do the rest.
This is a beautiful creation, all of Cazeau’s beers are of high quality level .
Tournay-Royale-Reserve-Belgian-Beer

Tournay Royale Réserve

Waterloo Récolte Hiver 6°

 

From John Martin brewery

Produced at Mont-Saint-Jean farm, in limited quantities, the new Récolte Hiver beer has enriched the Waterloo range. This farmhouse beer is a real local product – like its big sister, the Waterloo Récolte. Fresh and elegant, this brown ale is light and hoppy. Brown sugar and roasted malt gives it a dark colour and very nice caramelized end notes on the pallate. This is an outstanding craft beer, as refreshing as it is surprising in its similarity to the famous beer drunk by the English soldiers in 1815 during the famous battle. A real achievement in brewing …. and history!
Waterloo-Recolte-Hiver-Belgian-Beer

Waterloo Récolte Hiver

Brasserie De La Taupe Brewer’s Desire 7.5°

As the name says, Brewer’s Desire is the beer that the master brewer has dreamed of brewing for a long time, a nectar of the greatest rarity…
This 100% malt beer (pale malt and lightly roasted malt) is brewed with aged hops and boiled for an extended period of time. Different yeasts from the Pajottenland region, that have been isolated and then cultivated, are added to the cooling vessel. The famous Brettanomyces enter also into action, and do their secret & mysterious work.
This unique brew is allowed to mature for 2 years in oak barrels before being bottled, unfiltered, to undergo a final secondary fermentation with the same yeast. A single precious batch has been produced, to be shared among demanding connoisseurs.
Willem Van Herreweghen, master brewer, and Anthony Martin are delighted to present the result of this work and their passion.
This beer received a Gold medal in the prestigious Brussels Beer Challenge 2016.
Brasserie-de-La-Taupe-Brewer-s-desire-Belgian-Beer

Brasserie De La Taupe Brewer’s Desire

Gordon Xplosion Revolution 9°

« Revolucion » explodes totally when tequila enters on stage a little bit as the big winner but also tolerant of a conventional continuation of more traditional ingredients excluding by no means the presence of a bitterness in final but discreet thanks to a velvety hopping. It is somewhat as if the « XPLOSION REVOLUCION » unwound its delicious colored carpet with all the honours.
This beer is appreciated all year round, thirst-quenching by hot weather and reinvigorating by the warm preciousness of its tastes in case the weather report would be rather fresh. It is a real happiness itself, calling up to the pleasures of the tastes, delighted that you can now enjoy it.
 
It possesses a conclusion of which we do not grow tired, and in case of « Revolucion », it is rather comforting. This is what it will make it so close to you and will leave you no more than a mouthful. This beer is made to give the sense of real life as an ode to joy. Here is the recipe which will amaze you every putsch no matter the state of mind of the palace!
« VIVA LA REVOLUCION! ».
Gordon-Xplosion-Tequila-Belgian-Beer

Gordon Xplosion Revolution 9°

Fantôme Magic Ghost 8°

 

From Fantome Brewery

Hazy grass green beer! Good white head. Light crisp palate, semi dry. Very light and pleasant sourness come sherbet. Light pale malt with a pinch of spice. Nice light touch of green tea! Trace of lemon – lime in the semi dry finish. Highly unusual and refreshing and tasty.
 
Available at http://store.belgianshop.com/special-beers/2129-fantome-magic-ghost-8-34l.html
Fantome-Magic-Ghost-Belgian-Beer

Fantôme Magic Ghost

De Ranke Back to Black 9.5°

From De Ranke brewery .

This beer has been designed as an old export porter. It has been brewed as undrinkable bitter and then aged in wood for 9 months. The result is a strong dark beer that has a perfect bitter/sour balance.
Pours hazy reddish-brown, minimal head. Nose is rotting cherry, old vinegar, lactic sour, wine leaves, rotting sour fruit sour, almost vinegar, sour chocolate, sour coffee, sour cacao, berries. Taste is rotting cherries, bit watery, sour cherry compote, rotting oak, sour leaves, low vinegar, rotting cherry & dark berries profile is huge, carbonation is low, ancient barrel Oud Bruin,…. Little carbonation, sour fruit cherry compote, going to watery, sour cacao / chocolate,… Very tasty, very interesting brew.

De Ranke Back to Black 9.5°

 
De-Ranke-Back-To-Black-Belgian-Beer

De Ranke Back to Black