Vleteren Bruin 12° Oak Barrel Aged

Vleteren Bruin 12° Oak Barrel Aged

A DREAM!!!

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°

Bockor Brasserie LeFort 8.5°

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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.

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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge 7°

Rodenbach Caractère Rouge 7°

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The brewer allow the beer to macerate with fresh cherries, raspberries and cranberries. After this maceration in oak, the beer re-ferments in the bottle. The result is RODENBACH Caractère Rouge, an exceptional RODENBACH with fruit maceration and a 7% alcohol volume. The brew is more than unique and extremely exclusive, as only 900 75-cl bottles were produced. Geunes serves this wilful beer as part of his other unique range of beer varieties in his restaurant, ’t Zilte, at the Antwerp MAS museum. Pours gorgeously deep pink-red, juicy nose of raspberry and cranberry more than cherry. Taste like aroma with a sweet-sour balance that is out of this world! Medium body and carbonation. Words cannot describe how good this really is.Very, very good !!

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Grimbergen Rouge 6°

Grimbergen Rouge 6°

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Grimbergen Rouge combines the flavors of sweet strawberry, cranberry and elderberry with the spicy notes of an authentic abbey beer. Its ruby color and creamy pinky foam renew the traditional abbey beer. Pours a dark red colour with a thin head, The aroma has notes of raspberries, malt, and wheat. The flavor is sweet with notes of rasberries, malt, hay, and a bit of wheat. Goes into a mild fruity sweetish finish with lots of berries. Very refreshing!

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De La Senne Brusseleir Zwet Ipa 8°

De La Senne Brusseleir Zwet Ipa 8°

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Pours a translucent orange amber with a creamy off white head. Extremely lively beer, not just in the pour but throughout. Deep dark brown with a lasting head, it’s got the palate of a fizzy blonde. The aroma is very understated, with mild funk. While one expects a very rich dark fruit and spice profile from a Belgian winter, this one strikes me as almost a cross between Dupont’s Avec des Bon Voeux and a slightly tart Belgian black. The flavor is never allowed to move beyond fruity due to the high hop factor. The finish is bittered well yet balanced. Balance is it’s best attribute. Equinox inherently wants to go fruitbomb but the strict hop bittering wont let it. A superb brew with a refined disposition. Highly recommended.

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Monsieur Rock 6.6°

Monsieur Rock 6.6°

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A traditional beer made with modern techniques. Bottle fermentation and dry hopped beer. Bottle-fermented and dry-hopped, Monsieur Rock is a bottom-fermented beer brewed using traditional methods by Jean-Marie Rock, a master brewer with almost 40 years’ experience. Monsieur Rock is a blond beer with a 6.6% alcohol content. It is brewed using just 4 ingredients: Pilsner malt, aromatic hops, water, and a specially selected bottom-fermenting yeast. This very low-temperature, bottom-fermented beer is produced using the same methods as were used to make certain special beers more than 40 years ago, making it a traditional beer brewed using modern techniques. The fermenting period lasts for over a week, and the beer matures in the maturation tank at a low temperature in the presence of aromatic hops. A specific yeast strain is used for bottle fermentation.

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Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins – 5.5°

Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins – 5.5°

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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.

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