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Strong Pale Ales

It is a tradition for almost all self respecting Belgian brewery to have a blond beer in their range, that is somewhat higher in alcohol then a regular Pilsner. These beers are not lagers but Ales. They were the first answer at the beginning of the 20th century on the emerging popularity of the blond Pilsners. Later on since the demand of the lighter Pilsners became so dominant, practically all breweries were forced to brew Pilsner as well.

 

However this historical fact leaves us with an interesting blond golden beer style that is easy drinking, but so much fuller of taste and flavor.

 

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Satan Gold 8° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The name and a portrait of the Prince of Darkness himself on the label. Satan Gold is deceptively light on the palate, but, how to put this . . . rather passive-aggressive. Nice malt, bracing hop bitterness, and a hidden power that brings you under its spell before you realize there’s anything sinister afoot. Resistance is futile. Drink up! There’s nothing to fear. Mwah-hah-hah-hah!

 

 

UDe Bock Familynlike the other famous devilish Belgian brews – Duvel (Moortgaat) and Lucifer (Riva) – it is made in a very small family-run brewery. The very homey De Block brewery turns out only 7000 hectoliters of beer a year (compared to about 400,000 annually at Moortgaat and about 150,000 at Riva. It’s quite a charming place, a turn-of-the-century steam-powered brewery that still has most of its original equipment, including a classic wood-clad coolship that is still in use.

In the 14th century, when the first breweing guilds became very popular, Henricus De Bloc already had obtained the brewing right, as a vassal of the Duke of Brabant and Bourgundy.

However it is Louis De Block, at the same time miller and agriculturist and married with a brewersdaughter from the rural Baardegem, who would give the start for the brewery De Block. With ambition, persistance and love of work they surely should succeed.

Supported by their children, always growing in the finesses and details of the trade, it was a pleasure to work. Everyone liked the beer very much and the whole family was honoured and recognised for their great job.

And with the time, their generations passed by, the roaring twenties with father Alfons De Block, his brothers and his sisters, and later changing of the guards, and every season turns....like the continous brewing the yeasting and the lagering of their fanous and well appreciated beers, until they are <<àpoint>>, ready to be drunken, like a real Block beer, like it always has been. The process of making beer, made of finest flavours of hops, from own region, made of malts and grains and spices, so carefully elected, and the brewery's own yeast culture, scientifically elaborated are the basis and the tradition given from the one generation to another as an endless connection from young to old.

Quality is the real and only foundation for all the De Block  beers, they may listen to names as : Satan, Kastaar, Abbay beer Dendermonde, Sint Timotheus, special 6 and so on.

They are loved by such a great deal of connaisseurs all over the world.

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Carolus Ambrio 6.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Ambrio has its roots in the traditional beer of Mechelen known as “Mechelschen Bruynen” or "“Mechelen Brown”. The Anker Brewery is the only one still brewing this type of beer. The recipe has its origin in the 14th century. The present version is a little more heavy and contains more hops.The balance between the different malts, the fine hops and typical tastes of spices creates a perfect harmony between the powerful taste of brown beers and the freshness of the blond beers.

This fresh aromatic and pithy light-brown drink can be served cool.

Duvel 8.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Duvel has a fruity dry aroma, owed to the finest hops, that reminds experts like Michael Jackson of Poire William concerning its bouquet and pallet. Its dry but still alcohol-sweet flavour makes the beer an excellent thirst-quencher, with a pronounced hop aroma. Thanks to the balance between a fine aroma and subtle bitterness, this beer occupies a unique position in the rich Belgian Beer tradition.  Duvel is the perfect companion for appetisers, digestives and every other occasion.

 

In 1871, Jan-Leonard Moortgat, son of a brewer’s family from Steenhuffel, founds the Duvel Moortgat farm brewery together with his wife Maria De Block. At that time, the newly born brewery is only one of the 4,000 breweries in Belgium around the turn of the century. The start is not exactly easy: Jan-Leonard does some pioneering work during those first years, trying to sell a number of high fermentation beers like Stavelot. With varying success. Thanks to a combination of perseverance, brewer’s passion and craftsmanship, Jan-Leonard Moortgat gradually builds a loyal client base for his high fermentation beers. The middle classes of Brussels also appreciate his beers, and he is able to open a epot in Laken. The start, as it turns out, of a success story that has already lasted for 130 years.

Around the turn of the century, Jan-Leonard’s sons Albert and Victor join the business. Albert becomes the brewer, Victor takes care of deliveries by horse and cart to Brussels. English ales enjoy considerable popularity during this period. The First World War brings them to Belgium.

1923: The launch of Duvel. Initially, the beer is baptised “Victory Ale” to commemorate the end of the First World War. Until shoemaker Van De Wouwer changes history when he describes the beer as “nen echten Duvel” or “a true Devil” during a tasting. Divine inspiration? From 1923 onward, the beer is sold under this name. Production starts slowly with only a few crates in 1923. The beginning of the seventies is the era of the big breakthrough, when a well-thought out marketing strategy educates an ever-increasing number of people about the qualities of Duvel. Real lovers probably know that a variant of the classic Red Duvel exists, this being Green Duvel. Itwas created in the sixties for the ‘Gentse Feesten’, Europe’s most important open-air festival, that was looking for a lighter beer at the time. Green Duvel is still available in the core region around the brewery as well as in a number of select hotel and catering outlets in Brussels. As a tribute to the success of its flag-bearer, the group is renamed from Moortgat to Duvel Moortgat at the time of its listing on the Euronext stock exchange.

End of the sixties: Creation of the Duvel glass . Duvel is and remains unique, despite its many imitators. At the end of the sixties, the Duvel glass is the first tulip shaped glass that allows a full 33-centilitre bottle to be poured in one glass. No similar beer glasses had existed up until that time. The glass is completely attuned to an ever more complete experience of the beer: The round shape releases Duvel’s heavenly flavours and aromas. Since the glass narrows towards the top, it helps to preserve carbon dioxide and therefore the head. It also allows a better division between beer and froth in the same glass, where a classical glass would leave only froth. 

The inner circle inside the bottom of the Duvel glass also causes the subtle sparkling of the beer up to its luxurious head. For the last couple of years, this engraving has been in the shape of a ‘D’, the first letter of the Duvel logo!

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Ciney Blond 7°-1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Sweet & citrusy. Yeasty & hay. Sour cherry hops. Sugar. Golden amber clear with light lacing white head. Medium body & light carb. Feathery. Papery & bit of metal. Light sweetness, sugar & citrus. Hops gives bitter end. Kind of watery but pleasant.

23 June 1978: a milestone in the history of special beers. That day a Cuvée de Ciney Brune was drawn for the first time in café "Rubens", underneath the church tower of the pleasant Walloon village of Ciney. It was Roger Demarche who designed this beer and toured the region to sell the first barrels. The beer was successful and soon developed from a local beer into a national asset. Its success meant that in 1980 a crisp blonde beer joined the powerful brunette. Halfway the 1980s this top-class beer was perfected and was known from then on as Ciney. Now that Ciney is part of Alken-Maes it will get every opportunity to satisfy consumers throughout the country.

Product specifications:
High-fermentation beer staying clear at low temperatures unlike other special blonde beers. Alc. 7 % vol.
Flavour: A mild and pure blonde beer, with a fruity flavour set off by a well-balanced pleasant bitterness.

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  • Store the bottles at 6°C
  • Pour into a degreased, dry glass, making sure the bottle does not touch the foam.
  • Pour slowly and carefully to create a nice large head.
  • Put the glass and bottle on the appropriate coasters.

Ciney is characterised by the traditions of a village where people enjoy life. This tradition is reflected in the beer’s personality. Ciney is still brewed according to the original recipe.

 

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Delirium Tremens 9° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Lovely presentation in a big white ceramic bottles, the blue foil tops, and the pink elephants and dancing alligators. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden color with a tremendous rocky and foamy white head that billows out of the glass and lasts almost forever and coats the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Nose is fruity and spicy with notes of fresh citrus, sweet malts, and pepper. Very smooth and creamy mouth feel with a fine carbonation. Taste is lightly fruity with notes of citrus, sweet honey, and spicy hops. Finish is crisp and lightly sweet.  Simply delicious.

 

The oldest brewery in activity in Ghent. Ever since 1654 there has undoubtedly been some kind of brewing activity in the "Appelhoek" in Melle.

In 1902, Léon Huyghe settled in Melle. Barely four years later, in 1906, he bought the brewery, which he named "Brouwerij-Mouterij den Appel". During the First World War, several breweries got into trouble, and after the war the brewing-coppers, which the occupying forces had claimed, had to be replaced as quickly as possible. (Nowadays, one of those coppers hangs above the bar in the museum as a kind of decorating dome).

 

In 1938, the brewery was renamed "SPRL Brasserie Léon Huyghe." When the brewery was radically reformed in 1985, production and company divisions were formed. All of this coupled with considerable financial investment.  The production of traditional Pilsnen beer was switched to high fermentations beers. For the first time export was considered.

In December 26th 1989, the famous "Delirium Tremens" was born. The particular character and the unique taste of "Delirium Tremens" result from the use of three different kinds of yeast. Its very original packing, which resembles cologne ceramics, and the colourful label contribute to its success. The label depicts the different phases of the production of "Delirium Tremens" the "Pink Elephant" was up and ready to conquer the world. To celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution in 1989, the topical beer "La Guillotine" was launched. In 1997, our show-beer "Delirium Tremens" is nominated "best beer in the world". A gold medal during the "world beer championships" in Chicago (1998) confirmed that worldwide recognition.

 

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Sloeber 7.5° - 1/3L- 11.6fl.oz

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Sloeber is the Flemish name for an epicure, somebody who likes the good things in life in a somewhat naughty way.  The Sloeber pale golden ale has a malty nose, rather hoppy and dry on the palate with hints of orange. Full of character, it is one of the best examples of the Belgian strong blond ales at 7.5 % alcohol by volume…a great companion for copious meals and other naughty activities! The best drinking is at 8°C

 

1545 was the first year the brewery was mentioned as ‘De Clocke’ (The Bell) on an official document, and defined as the site of a well known tavern-hotel- farm where horses culd be exchanged or rested. As in all such places of that era, the publican brewed his own ale, ale, being the most important beverage for young and old. It was Justistius Roman who ran the place in that time.  The brewery was built along one of the main roads between North West Germany and France, in the village of Mater (today a suburb of the Flemish city of Oudenaarde.)  The name “Roman” could mean that the family was of Roman descent, and probably settled in the area in the first century A.D. 

14 generations of the same family built this brewery up into the largest brewery in East Flanders. Today, the brewery has grown, and over the centuries become a very large, impressive building, built into closed fortress with a large open space in the middle. This was the result of the many dangers and wars that tormented Flanders in the last 5 centuries, and against which the brewery had to defend itself. Today, the open space is used for rock concerts, where beer flows on-line straight from the brewery-tanks, for a festive a string of summer weekends each year. 

Up until World War II the brewery built its success on ales, especially the typical Old Brown style of Flemish beers.  After the war, the brewery jumped on the Pilsner bandwagon. Its Romy Pils became, and is still tol this day, one of the best selling and most appreciated Belgian Pilsners.  Even so, the brewery’s international success is built on its world famous ENAME Abbey ales, the strong blond SLOEBER and the old brown ale ADRIAAN BROUWER, brewed in the same style as the original ancient family recipe..

The Roman Brewery in Oudenaarde

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Bush 10.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Created in June 1998, Bush Blond is a discovery in the Belgian strong blond ale style in which it plays undoubtfully a major role. It has a 10.5° alcohol content and a light and glistering blond color. Sweet aroma, some fruitness (light banana and a little citrusly as well). Very creamy and full mouthfeel. Strong alcohol tones dominating with a hopsy aftertaste. A Brewery Dubuisson's signature Ale.

 

The Dubuisson Brewery has a rich history and strong values, giving it the kind of au thenticity that few other breweries can boast… Created in 1769 by an ancestor of current managers Hugues and Vincent Dubuisson, the Dubuisson Brewery is the oldest brewery of Wallonia. Remarkably it remains located in the same place to this every day… 8 successive generations of brewers have followed and we are proud to say that the Dubuisson brewery remains 100% independent.

The BUSH variety of beer was created in 1933 by Hugues Dubuisson’s grandfather. His original recipe has remained unchanged for over 70 years, making it the oldest Belgian beer brand available on the market. Since our foundation, the Dubuisson Brewery has remained faithful to unchanging principles and values :

  • Producing beers of high fermentation, which are entirely natural and without any additives.
  • Producing beers encompassing character and offering well-defined tastes and aromas.
  • Not wish to produce “tag” beers (a single beer recipe marketed under different name tags), Therefore, no Abbey beers here.

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Cuvée Des Trolls 7°C - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Sunny and bubbly orange/yellow blend, creamy foam. Fresh and scented, full and well-balanced and highly digestible, it has an alcohol volume of 7%. It is characterized by all of the unique Dubuisson Brewery qualities. Specifically, it is brewed in the traditional way, it is 100 % natural, it has no additives and it possesses unquestionable character. Solid and thin lacing all the way down. The touches of bitterness, sourness and sweetness are carefully proportioned to make it a distinctively balanced  beer. Liquid Trolls Gold !

 

The Dubuisson Brewery has a rich history and strong values, giving it the kind of au thenticity that few other breweries can boast… Created in 1769 by an ancestor of current managers Hugues and Vincent Dubuisson, the Dubuisson Brewery is the oldest brewery of Wallonia. Remarkably it remains located in the same place to this every day… 8 successive generations of brewers have followed and we are proud to say that the Dubuisson brewery remains 100% independent.

The BUSH variety of beer was created in 1933 by Hugues Dubuisson’s grandfa ther. His original recipe has remained unchanged for over 70 years, making it the oldest Belgian beer brand available on the market. Since our foundation, the Dubuisson Brewery has remained faithful to unchanging principles and values :

  • Producing beers of high fermentation, which are entirely natural and without any additives.
  • Producing beers encompassing character and offering well-defined tastes and aromas.
  • Not wish to produce “tag” beers (a single beer recipe marketed under different name tags), Therefore, no Abbey beers here.

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Hapkin 8.5°-1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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HAPKIN has a very good fresh, flowery, Saaz hop aroma, a very big creamy head, a soft malt character, and a spritzy, perfumy fruitness drying toward the finish. Hazy pale orange colour, fine dense creamy head and a beautiful lacing, estery and honeyish with spicy and "cellar" notes, fresh, sparkling and bitter, some sugary notes, slightly oily, long bitter honeyish and spicy finish - deeply pleasant, fresh and robust.

Let us turn the clock back to 1100... At that time the Count of Flanders, known as ‘Baldwin Hapkin with the Axe’, commissioned the Cistercian friars of the Ten Duinen abbey to brew a strong blonde beer for his people. The friars produced a heavenly nectar making the Count and his soldiers invincible in battle. The renown of the Count’s beer soon spread all over the county and his beer is the basis of the current Hapkin so much enjoyed by those who prefer bitter beers with much character.

Hapkin owes its unique character to a very specific brewing process. French summer barley is used to brew this strong beer with its fruity aroma. The Saaz hops are added on four different occasions to achieve a mild bitterness. Hapkin undergoes a final fermentation after bottling.

Product specifications:
Hapkin has a flowery aroma thanks to the Saaz hops, a mild malty character and a sparkling, perfumed fruitiness that lingers awhile and then gradually fades away after drinking. Hapkin has a unique, imposing and creamy head.
Alc. 8.5 % vol.

Flavour:
Hapkin is a strong blonde beer with a fruity aroma and a mild bitterness, undergoing a second fermentation after bottling.

Serving hints:

  • Store the bottle at 8°C standing up.
  • Pour into a degreased, dry glass, making sure the bottle does not touch the foam.
  • Fill the Hapkin glass slowly in one go so a large head will develop.
  • Serve the glass and bottle on the appropriate coasters.

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Moinette Blond 8.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The "Moinette blonde" is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. This beer is considered as “the showpiece” of the brewery Dupont. Coppery blond with many fine hop aromas. It  is a very refreshing beer, thanks to its subtle balance between sweet, bitter and fruity. The selection of the yeasts gives this beer its typical aroma and taste. A real refermentation in the bottle, which continues for a long time in your cellar, results in a complex taste and harmonious bouquet.

Enghien Blonde 8.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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In harmony with its aroma, its taste is a bitter orchestra with a well controlled touch but without severity, offering fullness where necessary in the middle and at the back of the mouth. It is a harmonious recital of getting the most out of the quality of its hops and the purity of its malts.

 

 

DOuble Enghien LogoLast century saw large farms in Hainaut brewing barley and hops. Silly is a village lying in the Ath, Enghien and Soignies triangle and is crossed by the Sylle, the river from which the village takes its name. Silly possesses a brewery that was founded in 1850 as Cense de la Tour, and that is today operated by the 5th generation.

From 1947 the Brewery became more prominent than the farm yet was still only producing top fermentation beer like Grisette, Saison and Scotch. Several years later in 1950 when the Brewery already had a chain of bars, it began producing a bottom fermentation beer Pils as part of its product range.

1975 is noted for the purchase of the Tennstedt Decroes Brewery in Enghien which meant that it could add Double Enghien to its range, today available in two forms: brown ale and lager.

1990 saw the creation of a white beer known as Blanche Titje. This beer together with Saison de Silly, Double Enghien and Divine, have contributed to the growth of this independent and traditionally based family business.

But it doesn't stop there! Research efforts have helped in producing the latest family beer, a pink grapefruit flavoured white beer: Pink Killer, with a bright promising future.

Over recent years the Brewery has been enhancing its export business.

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Omer Traditional Blond 8° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Omer, gold award winner of the World Beer Cup 2010, made me very curious. Looks pale golden, with a good fluffy white head. Decent carbonation, good lacing. Smell is a bit faint, but pleasant of citric hops. Taste is good: malts, citric hops, some spice notes like pepper and clove. This beer has a real bite to it. The alcohol is well hidden, the aftertaste is long lasting bittersweetness. Drinking a bit more of this, it gains in significance: the spicyness is really great. Nice and demanding experience.

Caracole Amber 7.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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From Brasserie Caracole, is a quite complex artisanal Wallonian ale with amber/orange color, and thick white rocky head with a good lace. Suggestions of a floral wheatiness in the mouth with spicy, sweet aromas gives a refreshing cool feel. Chalky yeast bitterness rounds it off in the finish.

BRASSERIE CARACOLE

Truly artisanal Brasserie La Caracole is located in a small village Falmignoul, Province of Namur, Wallonia in southern Belgium, close to the French border. Their products are being distributed in Belgium, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland and Japan. Their portfolio consists of four stock ales: Caracole 8% abv, Nostradamus  9.5% abv, Saxo 8% abv, Troublette 5% abv. All beers are presented in 11.6 fl. oz. / 33 ml.
 
wooden-fired oven at the Caracole breweryAll styles are bottle conditioned (second fermentation with yeast in the bottle), unfiltered and unpasteurized. The recurring theme on each label is that of spiral snail shell from which the brewery takes its name. Apparently the snail is the emblem of Namur and the word for a snail in local Namurois dialect is "Caracole".
 

The Brasserie Caracole is known to warm the water with a wooden-fired oven. The bottling and labelling are made manually.

The brewery was already existing in 1766 under the name Brasserie Moussoux, then changed its name Brasserie Lamotte in 1941 and was finally taken over in 1992 to become the Brasserie Caracole.The Caracole brewery

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Quintine Blonde 8°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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A zesty, sparkling lemon and pine aroma that seems more a natural fragrance than a notion derived from hops. The intensity of the aromas seems to imply a lively mouthfeel, and it holds true. Yeasty and a bit gritty throughout, hints of green apple or lemon sweet-tartness give way to a flour-like dullness and the shadow of cooked sweet onion. The raw feel of the beer continues through an aggressively hopped finish and mild astringency.

The Brasserie Ellezelloise (pronounced “EL-ZEL-WOZ”), is located in the town of Ellezelles in the gentle “hill country” of Belgium. Founded in 1993, the tiny brewery manages to produce 1000 hectoliters per year - the most of any brewery of the Belgian Artisanal Brewers Guild. Housed in a picturesque converted barn in French-speaking Belgium, the brewery includes a cozy café to which the local folk and connoisseurs from Brussels love to repair on weekend afternoons. There you can enjoy a wonderful Ellezelloise brew, served by the brewer, Philippe Gerard.

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Triple Moine 7.3° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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This special beer, with a pale and lively look to it, has a fine and generous head. Its aroma is a mixed flavour of fruity, green apple and fine hops. It has not a very bitter taste, and is mellow and round with a lot of character. The Triple Moine is brewed from pale malt, English hops and fine German hops. It is aromatised in the brewing roorn with three natural aromatics. It can be kept for about 18 months with maderisation possibly occurring if kept any longer. It is tasted at a temperature of 5° to 12° according to taste and goes wonderfully well with braised meats.

 

Triple Moine LogoEverything began in 1858 when Martin BELOT, farmer in Purnode, started brewing a beer in his farm. In the very beginning, the beer was only brewed in the winter, when there was no work for his farmworkers on the fields.
The discovery of a well of water of outstanding quality and quantity close to the farm was, of course, an additional asset.

The brewery proposed a very wide range of products, going from table-beer to strong beers, passing through a large mix of densities, colours, bitterness and tastes.
The brewer distributed the beers himself to his customers, mostly within a few kilometers around the brewery. It was after the first worldwar that the beer
La GAULOISE top-fermented brown beer, started to be brewed.  From the very beginning, this beer has been very successful. La Gauloise brown is nowadays the oldest beer brewed and produced by Brasserie du Bocq.

The Old BreweryBrasserie du Bocq was a PLC since 1949. 100% family concern, the brewery still remains independent of all Belgian or foreign brewing groups. All the farmactivities and door-to-door deliveries were definitely stopped in 1960. The delivery of the beers started through supermarkets, drinkmarkets and beermerchants.
By taking over the Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in 1967, Brasserie du Bocq added two new beers to its range of products : SAISON REGAL and REGAL CHRISTMAS. 
The Belot family decided at that period to specialize in the production of special top-fermented beers with refermentation in the bottle.

In 1983, Brasserie du Bocq stopped all production at Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in order to concentrate the entire production of beers in Purnode where the production equipment is being modernized with own cash. Taking advantage of the query for traditional beers, Brasserie du Bocq started with the exportation of its products. And this became a success. Indeed, Belgian beers have an excellent reputation all over the world.  Brasserie du Bocq exports mainly to France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Japan … The production volume has doubled in seven years and reached almost 60.000 hectolitres in 2000. With actual sales of more than 6.250.000 Euros, Brasserie du Bocq is considered as being one of the most important independent breweries of Wallonia.

Moreover, Brasserie du Bocq has the necessary production facilities and adequate sales department in order to bear a contract brewing production. This way, the company provides an outstanding know-how and industrial tool to its customers.

Brasserie Du Bocq

Today, nothing has changed in Purnode, at least in the art of brewing. Even if the company has widely extended its local activities, it nevertheless remains a family concern.
Be sure this story will last for many years and that the beers of the Brasserie du Bocq will animate for ever and ever this charming little village of Purnode.

At Brasserie du Bocq, two brews a day are produced : one brew contents about 22.000 litres or 220 hectolitres.

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Bon Secours Blond 8° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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This beer from Caulier is a strong ale that pours a hazy yellow with a hint of orange, with a high-rise white head. It has quite an attractive nose, with a big hit of toasty, sweet malt and barley sugar, before a herbal character really pushes through, with notes of aniseed, and eucalyptus. On the palate this beer is thick-textured, sweet and unctuous, with a chewy, dry malty character. A core of lemony, tangy fruit tugs away, giving this a sensation of brightness through the mid-palate, and adding a welcome acidity to to the rich, sweetish finish.

 

 

Brasserie Caulier LabelThe Caulier brewery wanted to give connoisseurs a taste of the past, and opted for traditional production in which the beer is not filtered or pasteurised, is free of biochemical and chemical additives and is not injected with carbon dioxide. From mashing to tasting, ours beers are always natural and live. We set great store by the quality of the raw materials – water, malt, candied sugar, hopes and yeast. Péruwelz is renowned for its abundance of natural springs we draw our brewing liquor from 50 meters underground, below a layer of quartzites, and is due to its remarkable quality. To brew light, amber and dark beer, we mix palemalts with lightly caramelised roasted malts. At the end of the boiling, we add white or brown candied sugar crystals. The finest aromatics hopes are selected and our top fermentation yeasts carry out the principal fermentation. The beers are then kept cold for several weeks, during which time they clarify and develop their individual flavours. Just before drawing off, we add a quantity of sugar and young yeast so that the beer will ferment again in the bottle, in a method used in champagne production.

Each stage of brewing is closely monitored by the laboratory so that customers can be sure that they are drinking perfect beer.

Bon Secours The different stage of production.

Crushing: the malt is ground through carefully adjusted cylinders, allowing the husks to be separated from the maltdust without being damaged.

Mashing: mixing of the brewing liquor and maltdust. The temerature are increased and the mixture is stired to convert the starch in the malt into a variety of sugars.

Filtration: the maltdust are used as a filtering material, clarifying the wort. The spent grains are rinsed with hot water and used as cattle feed.

Boiling: the wort is heated and kept at 100°C for two hours. Hops are added at various stages and candied sugar is added at the end of the boiling.

Decanting: in the whirlpool the flakes of azotized matter in the matter wort are deposited in the center. The wort is completely clarified.

Cooling: in the plate exchanger, the wort is cooled by the cold brewing liquor and transfer its energy to it. During cooling, sterile air and top fermentation yeast are injected.

Fermentation: the yeast transforms the sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide, producing heat. The young beer is kept at 24°C. At the end of the fermentation, the young beer is cooled to precipitate the feast.

Storage: the beer is kept in the cold for several weeks, during which time it matures and develops its flavour. It clarifies.

Drawing off: before drawing off, candied sugar and yeast are added. They restart fermentation, carbonate the beer and add vitamins.

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Saxo 7.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The head is very thick and white with fine bubbles that leave a close and even lacework effect on the side of the glass. It is spicy on the nose, with light fruit, vanilla and yeast also present - very much like a tripel should smell. The pervasive aroma is of pineapple, something that continues through into the mouth. It is warming, dry and spicy, with more vanilla and coriander. There are lemons, zest, apples and pineapples. The finish is short - malt and vanilla with a slight alcohol hit - leading to a long drawn-out aftertaste where the alcoholic strength really shows. It is light malt and vanilla; dry, but slightly cloying (and again, very smooth). In short, this is a gorgeous tripel-style beer - well balanced bitter-sweet complexity.

BRASSERIE CARACOLE

Truly artisanal Brasserie La Caracole is located in a small village Falmignoul, Province of Namur, Wallonia in southern Belgium, close to the French border. Their products are being distributed in Belgium, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland and Japan. Their portfolio consists of four stock ales: Caracole 8% abv, Nostradamus  9.5% abv, Saxo 8% abv, Troublette 5% abv. All beers are presented in 11.6 fl. oz. / 33 ml. metal crown bottles.
 
wooden-fired oven at the Caracole breweryAll styles are bottle conditioned (second fermentation with yeast in the bottle), unfiltered and unpasteurized. The recurring theme on each label is that of spiral snail shell from which the brewery takes its name. Apparently the snail is the emblem of Namur and the word for a snail in local Namurois dialect is "Caracole".
 

The Brasserie Caracole is known to warm the water with a wooden-fired oven. The bottling and labelling are made manually.

The brewery was already existing in 1766 under the name Brasserie Moussoux, then changed its name Brasserie Lamotte in 1941 and was finally taken over in 1992 to become the Brasserie Caracole.The Caracole brewery

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lucifer 8° -1/3L- 11.6fl.oz

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This champagne of the ales is a fine, natural ale of golden colour. Lucifer is named after the most famous play of the master writer Vondel. Its special yeast is providing a rich bouquet. Lucifer is preferred by the real connoisseur and is often served as an aperitif. If you prefer it without the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, then pour it slowly without shaking.

Pauwel Kwak 8° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The beer pours a limpid golden amber color, the head is gigantesque, frothy, and the lace is in fine sealing sheets. Mostly malt in the nose, fresh and clean maybe a light touch of yeast, pleasant at any rate. Very sweet at the start, the top skimpy in feel, the finish is purposeful in its acidity, the hops delectable, dry and long lasting aftertaste, and some alcohol bitterness.

 This is a good intro to Belgian brews.

A kwak served in a Belgian pub

 

The beer that is known simply as Kwak is famous for being served in one of the most unusual glasses in the world.

More than two hundred years ago there was a small coachman’s inn in Belgium known as De Hoorn. It was owned by Pauwel Kwak, who first brewed his own tasty rich amber ale in 1791.

The inn enjoyed a good trade and a healthy profit until Napoleon unleashed his infamous Codex. Contained in this new array of laws was the stipulation that no longer could coachmen drink beer with their passengers. This was a blow to Pauwel, but he quickly came up with the idea of serving his home-grown beer in curvaceous glasses contained in wooden holders, which coachmen could easily hang from the side of their vehicle without fear of it splashing or falling over.

Thus the legend of Kwak was born. However the recipe for Kwak was soon fated to be handed over to the Bosteels brewery in the town of Buggenhout, which has been family-owned now for six generations. The brewing of this fine malty amber beer, brewed in the zuur Flanders style, remains with Bosteels to this day.

Kwak is 8% alcohol by volume. The fulsome froth leaves a lacy head before reaching the rounded sphere at the bottom of the glass, where the beer enjoys an enticing revival. There is a slight yeastiness to this beer, tingly and warming, easy to go down.

A slight hoppiness with a hint of dried fruit and a mild toffee punch, followed by a long, slightly fruity finish. The aroma of Kwak is mildly sweet and syrupy, but malt predominates. This beer, the colour of light chocolate, enjoys a lively carbonation. It is full-bodied, top-fermenting, reminiscent in some ways of barley wine.

Whatever the origins, historic or a modern unique selling proposition, drinking Kwak from its glass is a unique and novel experience. The unwary often try to gulp the beer, failing to notice that the shape dictates that a torrent can pour out when the air reaches the bowl.

Beer & Food Pairing: Smoked, boiled, steamed or broiled seafood. And they can enhance the spiciness of highly spiced cuisine. The fruitier pale ales also will complement lamb, beef and game, or try them with liver pate. Try a Pale Ale with Hummus, Spicy Mexican or Thai.

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Deugniet 7.3° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Pours out a golden/yellow hue with a small, soft head, with low carbonation. There is little lacing. Soft nose, with some orange peel, slight spices, and citrus. Hints of honey, sweet orange and grapefruit.

Full of citrus sweetness, with orange, grapefruit, tangerine and some mild honey, caramel and marmalade flavours. Slight clove spiciness to the finish. Quite a different, and interesting brew. Mild mouthfeel and low carbonation. Superb price for a delicious tasting beer.

Loterbol Blond 8° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Loterbol is a crisp blonde ale that is very tasty and mightily satisfying. It drinks much stronger than its 6.8% alcohol by volume would suggest, and tastes a little spicy, though no spices are used in the brewing. The exotic palate of this beer comes from the unique strain of yeast. ‘Loterbol’ is a Flemish word for a fool or prankster, an allusion to the deceptive smoothness and drinkability of this beer.

Selected as one of the fifty best beers in the world by Men's Journal magazine, July 2005.

 

The Duysters Brewery may well be the smallest commercial brewery in Belgium - annual production of both its beers is only about 650 cases. DuyLoterbol Brewerysters Brewery flourishes in the shadow of one of the world’s largest breweries, Interbrew, in the nearby town of Leuven. But there is no mistaking this exquisite hand-crafted brew for the mass-product of the nearby beer factory.

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St Feuillien Blond 7.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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This light ale has a deep golden color with a smooth, frothy head. It is very perfumed with an unmistakable hint of aromatic hops and a fruity (citrus) note from the spices used in production.
The body has an intense yet distinctive bitterness and a strong malty taste which is a delight to the palate. The overall effect, however, is a slight dryness and hoppiness. All these features make St Feuillien Blonde an excellent and very drinkable beer.

Satan Red 8° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Satan Red is a reddish amber brew, not as hoppy as the Gold, but hoppy enough, and satisfyingly malty, with earthy, spicy notes. You might say this is a very, very warming brew.

Doesn't let you unmoved, a beer thqt's enjoy to taste and appreciated among friends, refreshing, quenching, made for those fine, beautiful moments of life, a perfect balanced beer.

 

UDe Bock Familynlike the other famous devilish Belgian brews – Duvel (Moortgaat) and Lucifer (Riva) – it is made in a very small family-run brewery. The very homey De Block brewery turns out only 7000 hectoliters of beer a year (compared to about 400,000 annually at Moortgaat and about 150,000 at Riva. It’s quite a charming place, a turn-of-the-century steam-powered brewery that still has most of its original equipment, including a classic wood-clad coolship that is still in use.

In the 14th century, when the first breweing guilds became very popular, Henricus De Bloc already had obtained the brewing right, as a vassal of the Duke of Brabant and Bourgundy.

However it is Louis De Block, at the same time miller and agriculturist and married with a brewersdaughter from the rural Baardegem, who would give the start for the brewery De Block. With ambition, persistance and love of work they surely should succeed.

Supported by their children, always growing in the finesses and details of the trade, it was a pleasure to work. Everyone liked the beer very much and the whole family was honoured and recognised for their great job.Satan Red Label

And with the time, their generations passed by, the roaring twenties with father Alfons De Block, his brothers and his sisters, and later changing of the guards, and every season turns....like the continous brewing the yeasting and the lagering of their fanous and well appreciated beers, until they are <<àpoint>>, ready to be drunken, like a real Block beer, like it always has been. The process of making beer, made of finest flavours of hops, from own region, made of malts and grains and spices, so carefully elected, and the brewery's own yeast culture, scientifically elaborated are the basis and the tradition given from the one generation to another as an endless connection from young to old.

Quality is the real and only foundation for all the De Block  beers, they may listen to names as : Satan, Kastaar, Abbay beer Dendermonde, Sint Timotheus, special 6 and so on.

They are loved by such a great deal of connaisseurs all over the world.

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La Chouffe 8°-1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The head is full and strong and maintains its presence throughout. It has a fine lace that clings to the glass, and an amber/golden color. La Chouffe has a great combination of effervescence and creaminess that adds an interesting character to the mouth feel and the taste. The smell is earthy and fruity with a hint of apples and pears. Taste is a complex and somewhat subtle mix of sweet and bitter that makes it very drinkable and not overwhelming.

Malheur 10°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Pours a pale golden into an old style champagne looking glass from the brewery. Very healthy head and effervescence. Looks somewhat like champagne. Smell is delicate but full of nuanced aromas of nougat, honey, bitter hops, and apple. Very interesting. Taste is fantastic. Light honeyed malt and nougat up front, but dry, followed by a creamy sweetness, and finally a bitter, dry, hoppy finish. Light but creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Extraordinarily drinkable for the abv!

Affligem Blond 6.8° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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A rich golden color with heavy tight creamy looking foam that cling's to the sides of the glass. Complex in flavor with a beautiful balance of malts and hops to bring out the great flavor with just a bit of bitterness. It was creamy smooth with just the right amount of sweetness. Wow, what a beer.

La Guillotine 8.5°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Appearance is a hazy golden apricot hue, foamy white head that eventually recedes to a thin cap. Spicy nose, peppery, clove and banana, sweetish fruit like peach or apricot, some boozy pear, sweet malt. Flavour is peachy and peppery, boozy malt finish, but that taste of fruit comes back to linger on the aftertaste. Big boozy mouthfeel, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known. Probably one of the best specimens I've had from this family brewery so far, it has a well rounded character, and a very memorable one at that.

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva 10 (Porto Barrel Aged)

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Poured a hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt with light port notes and a somewhat spicy yeast undertone. Taste is also a good mix dominated by a solid sweet Belgian style malt base with some spicy yeast notes with light peppery edge and a light woody and port barrel finish. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering for a brewer who rarely disappoint.

Hommelbier 7.5° - 3/4L - 25.3fl.oz

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Hommel is the local abbreviation of humulus, from the botanical name for the hop plant. Confusingly, it also means bumble bee in Flemish. Poperings Hommelbier is a hoppy, golden-bronze, ale. it is made from a blend of winter, summer and aromatic pale malts, at a starting density of 16 Plato; soft water, from the brewery's own well; Brewers' Gold and Hallertau hops, both grown in Poperinge; and top-fermented with a very attenuative yeast that precipitates quickly.

 

 

Van Eecke Brewery in PoperingeNear the Channel ports and battlefields of the French-Belgian border, a hop-growing region spreads toward the town of Ypres. It is a small region, but one rich in the folklore of hops and beer. Its hop capital is slightly smaller town, Poperinge. Neither town has a brewery, but there are three in the yet-smaller community of Watou. There is even a statue of an unidentified brewer in its main square. One of the local breweries is the family-owned enterprise of Van Eecke. This began as the estate brewery of a local chateau in 1642. Van Eecke's speciality is called Poperings Hommel Bier.

The beer is primed with white sugar, and re-yeasted for bottle-conditioning. The finished beer has 7.5 per cent alcohol by volume and 40 units of bitternes, though it tastes lighter on both counts. Some drinkers feel, and I am inclined to agree, that it has a faintly honeyish yeast character - or is this thought deposited by the bumble bee?  There is also a rose-like floweriness, from the bottle-conditioning. The beer certainly has a great deal of hop aroma and flavour, remniscent of orange-zest. It also has a late, spicy, cumin-seed, dryness, again from the hop. This beer is very refreshing and cleansing when served lightly chilled.

The Van Eecke brewery traces its origins back to 1629, when, for the first time, a document mentioned the local castle was adjacent to a brewery. Indeed, at that time, the noble family living in the castle secured the right to call themselves the "Earls of Watou".

During the French Revolution the plundering French troops burned the castle and the brewery. The noble family escaped the guillotine by running off to England. Only the brewery was rebuilt by a local farmer in the same year of the destruction, under the slogan "Revolt all you want, but we still need beer here." The brewery was named "In de Gouden Leeuw" (In the Golden Lion), which is a wordplay in French. Many country inns in France are named "Au Lion d’Or" (in the Golden Lion), but the pronunciation is exactly the same as "au lit on dort" (in the bed one sleeps). The brewery in Watou had of course also its own pub, and offered room for travelers. Not understanding the French wordplay, the local farmer called his establishment in Dutch the "Gouden Leeuw", as he must have seen so many such names in France, but ruined the wordplay at the same time

Van Eecke Brewing KettleThrough marriage the Van Eecke family became the masters of the brewery in 1862, where they brewed top fermenting country ales. The brewery had only a local significance until well after WW II. With the revival of the authentic local ales in combination with TV and modern marketing in the 1960's, the beautiful delicious beers of the brewery became a hot commodity in bars and fine restaurants all around Belgium and Northern France.

The village of Watou is well known in artistic Europe for three major events during the summer: a Poetry festival, a Contemporary Art Exhibition in open air, and a festival of Gregorian Music. Watou is also one of the three remaining cities/villages in Belgium with three breweries. Indeed, besides Br. Van Eecke, Watou is also home of the two independent family breweries St. Bernard and De Bie. Br. Van Eecke finds its water in its own well under the brewery. The actual layer of water starts to give problems at certain times in the year, thus new and deeper drilling up to 1800 feet is planned. The malts are bought in Northern France (the border is only 5 minutes away), and the hops are bought locally. Indeed, Watou is part of the city of Poperinge, the last remaining area in Belgium where hops is cultivated on the local farms, and has been for centuries. The brewery uses only their own yeast-strings, cultivated in their own laboratory. The same yeast is only used for seven generations. Then they start with newly cultivated yeasts from the original.

Poperings Hommel Ale is the most famous and best selling beer of the brewery. The demand is at times so large, that the production can’t follow. It was based on the request of the city council of Poperinge in 1981 for a special beer for the local hops-festival. Br Van Eecke repositioned and reformulated one of its beers to create the Poperings Hommel Ale. The Hommel Ale is so unique that it has gained a large international customer base. Its best characteristic is the high bitterness, created by the use of very high quantities of the local hops. The re-fermentation in the bottle adds an extra dimension to the beer, and you, the consumer, discovers a very round mouth-feel, a full bodied and flowery aroma, with an alcohol strength of 7.5 %.

Michael Jackson visits the Van Eecke BreweryThe brewing is very classic: after heating the water and the malt in the mashtun, the sweet liquid is filtered through an over one-hundred-year-old plate-filter. In the next vessel the wort is boiled for 90 minutes, and it is during this process that hops and spices are added. Then the liquid is filtered again, cooled down to fermentation temperature, and stored in large fermentation tanks.

Br. Van Eecke brews four more beers: the Watou’s Wit, a Belgian White, and three Abbey Ales under the Kapittel Logo: the Pater (6 %), the Prior (9 %) and the Abt (10 %). Hommel is the local word for hops. Hops was the main industry for Poperinge until well into the 1950’s.

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Charles Quint Gold Blond 8.5°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Pours a very clear gold, with good head, but dissipates quickly, leaving a fine layer of bubbles, and a little lace. Smells of green grass, coriander, banana, and brown sugar. Tastes malty with a nice mild green hoppiness, and a note of tropical sweetness. Mouth feel is light, mildly sweet at the beginning, finishing dry. This is a satisfying beer, treading the line between a blond and a tripel. Very well balanced.

Barbar (Belgian Honey Ale) 8° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Born of the ancestral know-how of a family brewery, Barbar beer will please you with its malt taste and subtle flavour of honey. It is brewed using water drawn from artesian wells on the site of the brewery, at Quenast, a small village to the south of Brussels. This area is well-known for the quality and the diversity of its beers. Barbar beer is prepared from a secret and harmonious mixture of barley malts, hops and honey carefully selected by our Master Brewer. The traditional brewing method, associated with our unique strain of yeast, and the secondary fermentation in the bottle, gives Barbar the authentic flavour of a very special ale. Served chilled (5°C).

Queue De Charrue Blond 9° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Nice white big foam. Color is very pale, almost as a white beer, and cloudy. Aroma is fruity, spicy, glazed fruits, cake, some lemon, coriander. In the mouth I feel cake, some fruits, maybe apple or pear, cream. Slightly sourness and very refreshing.
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Judas 8.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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On the same lines as Hapkin or Duvel but different and great in its own little ways. The appearance was fine a bit hazier than I expected yet the head was par to style. Not as dry as I expected either with a big juicy fruit middle and fresh bitter finish that was a bit hay like. Nice rolling smoothness with a bitter-sweet palate yet a bitter semi-dry end.

 

The road to perfection is difficult, but rewarding. High-fermentation beers have a very long tradition and are at the heart of Belgian beer brewing. Among the large variety in the market only a few beers really stand out. Judas is definitely one of them. Brewery engineers with many years of experience worked hard to perfect the strong blonde Judas beer, which was launched in 1986. Careful product development combined with in-depth consumer studies created a beer renowned for its sheer drinking pleasure. Its excellent quality was acknowledged by the awarding of a silver medal at the "Monde Sélection" in 1989. Judas is a high-fermentation beer, still being brewed according to traditional principles. Only the finest barley and selected Bohemian hops are good enough for the production of Judas. After bottling this strong blonde beer undergoes a second fermentation and is left to mature for a long time, which results in a rich body and a rounded flavour. The balance between a fine aroma and subtle bitterness gives this beer a unique position in the rich Belgian beer tradition.

Product specifications:
Judas uses a mixture of hop varieties from Bohemia and other regions. Following fermentation the beer is quickly matured in the cellar until it has obtained its unique flavour. Judas undergoes a second fermentation after bottling. When it is poured into the typical cup-shaped drinking glass the beer develops a generous head.
Alc. 8.5 % vol.

Flavour:
A strong ochre-coloured beer, bitter-sweet, mild and with a full, rounded flavour.

Serving hints:

  • Store beers undergoing a second fermentation after bottling standing up at 6 to 10°C
  • Pour into a degreased dry glass, making sure the bottle does not touch the foam.
  • Use the specially designed Judas cup-shaped glass.
  • Pour carefully, leaving the yeast on the bottom of the bottle.
  • Put the glass and bottle on the appropriate coasters

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Limited brew - Cuvée van de keizer Red 10° - 2008 Brew - 3/4L- 25.3fl.oz

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Blond rich beer that is brewed each year during the easter period. It contains several types of malt and during brewing 3 herbs are added. It's golden blond color, it's high alcohol concentration of 10 %, it's full and balanced taste make this beer into a source of vitality and strength which will appeal to the demanding beer taster. For ideal tasting pour out gently in one pull to a temperature round 7-8° C. Served with pride it is drunken with respect. This pleasant golden blond beer is chosen for he who loves a richer, somewhat spicy and refreshing beer. Best drunk after 3 years in the cellar.