This historic event is being marked with the special release of Cuvée 800.
Brewed in the Cistercian Abbaye du Val-Dieu, Cuvée 800 is a special blond ale rich in authentic taste, roundness and complexity and also offers a subtle touch of hops. » Pours clear blonde, good white head. Smell is citrussy, yeast. Taste is fresh, bitter, very malty, mild citrus notes ( yet very clearly citrussy ) ok yeastyness, the scent mkes you expect way worse. Pretty ok in general. Bit sweet at the start maybe ( canfy-like aspects, pretty sure they’re from the hops ) but nothing really unbalanced.
This beer’s presence is a noticeable result of a powerful nose that initially imposes its authority, followed by an equally imposing tinged flavor of nobility with a very stylish character. Languid, velvety tones accumulate, with natural roasted malts. There is a definitive, generous largesse to the beer’s sweetness, from real cane sugar, with a dark ruby majestic aftertaste. Its status ranks well above beers in its category.
The beer Cuvée des Jacobins is unblended old lambic, aged for at least 18 months in (French) oak barrels from the cognac region. These oak barrels are called ’Foeders’ in Dutch. It has a robust character but is beautiful and sophisticated with a full body and overtones of vanilla, dried cherry, stone fruit and cocoa. It is a complex, beautiful sour beer. Pours an intense ruby red, with a very small pink head which slowly fades, but leaves good lacing. Nose is sour cherry and balsamic vinegar. Taste follows the nose. A delightful sour lambic.
Light Belgian ale aroma, with yeast, hint of citrus, and inherent sweetness. Cloudy medium amber with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium body with very active carbonation, but not harsh on the tongue. Alcohol burn. Starts with pretty good sweetness, with light fruity characteristics. Yeasty notes with a bit of tart towards the finish. After has some dry bitterness to it, but casts off a sourish hops and muted chemical bitterness.