Chimay 150 / Spéciale Cent Cinquante 10°

Our New Beer: Chimay 150 / Spéciale Cent Cinquante 10°

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To celebrate the 150 years spent at the Abbey Of Scourmont, the Chimay Trappist brewery has developed this exceptional anniversary beer brewed specially for the occasion.
Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is slightly tart with citrus, orange peel, some toffee and hints of caramel. Notes of spices like pepper andcoriander with hop. The taste has spices, sweet fruits and hop bitters. the aftertaste is a little sweet with nice bitter and spices. This is a treasure!

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Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition 10,5°

Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition 10,5°

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The Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition is a tribute to Jozef Van Steenberge and the 230th birthday of the brewery. This exclusive Gulden Draak combines the technology and the craftsmenship of the traditional brewing process. By letting the beer mature on whiskey barrels it gives it a distinctive and gental finish that you have never tasted before.

Pours cloudy amber orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is a sweet fruity and quad-like, though with a touch of wood and whiskey-booze that make it less sharp. A dull, sweet flavor with light wood and whiskey character…slightly boozy and quite smooth. Very good. Pretty fresh and lively.

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3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel 6°

3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel 6°

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3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel is an assembly of 1,2 and 3 year old lambic. The popular term “doesjel” means doze off and refers to the secondary fermentation in the bottle that did not happen here. Doesjel has no foam and the authentic taste of lambic beer aged in oak barrels has a strong presence.
Clear golden with a white layer of head. Aromas of dust, cheesy funk, light mint and some rubber are what I could make out. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, no carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. Lack of carbonation softens this considerably. Very enjoyable.

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St-Bernardus Abt 12 OAK Aged 11°

St-Bernardus Abt 12 OAK Aged 11°

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St Bernardus Abt matured for 6 months in Oak Calvados barrels.
It pours deep brown with a thick beige head. Nose is light weird herbs, brown sugar, sweet, light soap, brown banana… Taste: sweet malt, brown sugar, dried fruit, yeast, oak, caramel, cherry and cognac. Body: Full body with a great, crisp, carbonation. A very very nice brew.

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Oud Beersel Framboise 5°

Oud Beersel Framboise 5°

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Framboise is a classic among the Belgian beers created by adding whole fresh raspberries (250 g/l)to a blend of young and old lambic. Framboise Oud Beersel is the missing link between beer and wine.

A reddish pink appearance with a moderate head. Aroma is light with raspberries and some tartness. Flavour is sour at the front and then sweetens with the raspberry flavour and then ends with a sour note. Tastes like fresh raspberries, with a lot of earthy peaty yeasty notes, and a tart, rather dense finish. Very well done.

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St. Louis Fond Tradition Kriek Lambic 6.5°

St. Louis Fond Tradition Kriek Lambic 6.5°

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Pours a deep red that borders on purple witha trace light pink head. Aroma is dark cherries, sour, sweet rose, raspberry tart. Tastes of mildly tart kriek juice with light lactic sourness in the back, touch herbs, pits and metals in the back. Nice carbonation, fruit juice body. Not the most complex kriek or anything but a very enjoyable beer.

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Horal Oude Geuze Megablend 2015 7°

Horal Oude Geuze Megablend 2015 7°

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The Toer de Geuze was organised for the first time in 1997. Boon, De Cam, De Troch, 3 Fonteinen, Lindemans and Timmermans opened their doors for the public. Since then the open brewery day of the Payottenland and the Valley of the Senne has become a biannual event. The previous edition of the Toer de Geuze took place on 19th October 1997, 3rd October 1999, 22nd April 2001, 27th April 2003, 3rd April 2005, 22nd April 2007, 26th April 2009, 1st May 2011, 21st April 2013, and 3rd May 2015.
HORAL Megablend 2015
This year, HORAL had again issued a Megablend. This old gueuze was especially made at the occasion of the Toer de Geuze 2015 and is a mixture of young and old lambic of 3 Fonteinen, Boon, De Oude Cam, De Troch, Hanssens, Lindemans, Oud Beersel, Tilquin en Timmermans.

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