Vleteren Bruin 12° Oak Barrel Aged
Pours a very dark brown coloured beer, with a light beige head on top, almost two fingers in size, thick enough, with average retention and light lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dried fruit, honeyed caramel, light grape and port notes, vanilla, dark rum soaked bread, drier barrel elements. Taste is caramel and fruity port, dark toffee, yeast and honey, spicy bitterness, finishing with light chocolate and brown sugar. Smooth, medium heavy body. Pretty nice.
Bockor Brasserie LeFort 8.5°
Established 1854. By Felix Verscheure, greatgrandfather of Omer Vander Ghinste, in Kortrijk. Brasserie LeFort became part of the Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste in 1911. LeFort is a dark, complex ale with an intense taste. Refermented in the bottle. Nice reddish brown with big foamy head. Smells of red fruit and some mint.Aroma of dark fruits, figs, plums, some berries, nuts, alcohol. Nice taste, malty with dark fruits, caramel, toasted, some nuts, the alcohol also notable giving a warming feeling, some spices. Medium thick body, good and notable carbonation.Would go great with a meat dish. A winter delight. Demends time. And a conversation.
St. Stefanus Blond 7° – 1/3L
Available online at http://store.belgianshop.com/special-beers/1408-st-stefanus-blond-7-13l.html
With roots dating back to 1295, St. Stefanus Blonde is the original abbey beer contracted to the Van Steenberge Brewery. St. Stefanus Blond pours a light golden color with a good head that stays, lacing the glass as you drink it. Aroma is nice and yeasty, notes of bubblegum, barnyard, sweet hay, mild cheese, sweet earth, light floral tones. Big, bready mouthfeel, sparkling carbonation, fizzy yeast. Flavor is big, spicy, and bready with notes of cereal, lemon, and tart grains. The flavor has the same with a very nice bitterness to balance. Very well done.