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Belgian White Beers

This Classic Belgian style, an unfiltered wheat ale, white-gold in color, with a rounded, spicy tang.  Pale color and a beautiful cloudy glow.

 

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%

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Bellegems Witbier 5.5 -1/4L- 8.4fl.oz

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Bellegems Witbier is made by the traditional recipe of a white beer: a perfect harmony between barley and wheat. The wheat gives the beer its light colour. While cooking the wort, hops and specific herbs are added. After the cooking process, the sterile wort is being cooled and fresh yiest is added. The high fermentation is the base of the fruityness in the whitebeer and the spicy aroma's result in its fresh character.

After fermentation the beer is lagered and matured. This is to not loose the cloudyness in the beer. After that the beer is not filtered but suger and fresh yiest is added to be filled in bottles. For 2 weeks, the beer has to rest in hot chambers for the process of refermentation. The final smell and taste results from this process.
 

Blanche de Bruxelles 4.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Very cloudy, very pale gold color with a frothy, foamy head. Aroma is lightly floral fruity. Quite fruity flavor, tart, somewhat citrusy--with a spicy coriander backbone. Modest wheat flavor with an acidic finish. Light bodied, appropriate to the style. A quite decent White.

 

The origins of the Lefebvre brewery, located at Quenast (in the Brabant region of Wallonia, the French speaking district of Belgium) in the valley of the Senne, goes back to 1876. In this year, Jules Lefebvre, gamekeeper, farmer, inn keeper and brewer, inaugurated his new brewery. Pubs were opened around the neighbouring porphyry quarries so that the numerous workmen, made thirsty by stone working, could come to refresh themselves.Jules and Augustes in front of the first brewery

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Blanche de Namur 4.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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The Blanche de Namur is pale, cloudy and milk like. It is mellow, thirst quenching and sweet. Its cloudy appearance is created when cold but disappears if the beer gets warm or if it is kept in a cold place for too long. Its aroma is fine and fruity and releases the aromatics used (coriander and the dried peel of bitter oranges). The characteristic bitter orange taste can be intensified by adding a slice of lemon in the glass. It should be tasted between 2° and 4°, chilled in the top of the refrigerator and goes well with not very spicy dishes, such as fish, white meat and poultry.

 

 Logo Du Bocq BreweryEverything 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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Blanche Du Hainaut 5.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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The mixture for this beer, organic barley and wheat malt was created in 1999. Except for the organic hop, also organic coriander and organic orange peel are added to  the wort while boiling. This white beer is a light, melow with a touch a bitterness, but also very refreshing due to the fine balance between its acidity and the touch of coriander and orange. The production is being controlled by Ecocert and has the label Biogarantie®.

Celis White 5.5°-1/4L - - 8.4fl.oz

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Celis White is a white wheat high fermentation beer with a touch of fruit and herbs. When served cold, it gets its cloudy white cover and refreshing light taste. Celis White is a delicious white beer that gets all the time it needs to develop naturally. 

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 as well as in 25.4 fl. oz. / 750ml champagne bottles with cork and metal cage. 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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Hoegaarden Rosé 4.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Just as natural, light and refreshing as the famous Hoegaarden Witbier but with a fruity raspberry taste. A wonderfull combination of the sweet, accessible taste of fruit beer and the light and refreshing character of Witbier.

Brugs White 5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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"Brugs" is a white beer from Western Flanders, based on a traditional Brabant brew. The name comes the Flemish "Brugs Tarwebier", which means "White beer of Bruges". Brugs was first brewed in Bruges, Belgium's answer to Venice. Every bottle of Brugs bears the "golden tree", harking back to the trophy traditionally awarded to the knights that won the tournaments held in the city back in the Middle Ages. The beer is pale yellow, slightly cloudy beer with a refreshing tartness. It's made from wheat and hops and is seasoned with bitter orange and coriander. The beer is unfiltered, as with all beers on lees, which allows it to keep the natural cloudiness given by its yeast. Often served with a slice of lemon, the beer has very low bitterness and a dense, creamy head.

 Jan Hugheins of Bruges, the Venice of the North, set up his own brewery there in 1455. In 1587 the related 'T Hamerken inn opened its doors. These two events brought about an important evolution in the production of Brugs beer. Amidst the trading activities of the flourishing city the brewing traditions were passed on for centuries. The crisp Brugs white beer has its roots in the city of Bruges. White beers have a marked place in the beer culture. High-fermentation beers were the first beers to be brewed. Not until the 1920s did low-fermentation beers emerge. High-fermentation beers later became important again and in the 1980s white beer regained its former popularity. Brugs, a white beer with a past, is at the heart of the beer culture and tradition: it is an unfiltered, high-fermentation beer undergoing a second fermentation after bottling. This attractive product is positioned as an easy-to-drink beer and thirst quencher.

Serving hints:

  • Store the bottles in a cool place (2 to 4°C). It is advisable to store the bottles standing up.
  • Empty the full contents of the bottle into a degreased, rinsed and wet glass, making sure the bottle does not touch the foam.
  • Allow to overflow a little and remove excess foam.
  • Rinse the bottom of the glass, dip dry, and serve on an appropriate coaster accompanied by the bottle.

Brugs is an authentic Belgian white beer for sparkling and surprising people who like something different.

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Grisette Blanche 5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Grisette Blanche belongs to the rich family of Belgian white beers. It is therefore very refreshing in summer. However, it remains a full-bodied, savoury beer offering lots of contrast. Its head is typical of wheaty beers - creamy and compact - with an opaque, hazy appearance.

 

 

 

Grisette Blanche Beer LabelAt the start of the century, in Hainaut, every small brewery produced a top-fermenting beer which was drawn from wooden barrels. This traditional beer was the pride of the local breweries and quenched the thirst of the most demanding customers !

At the St-Feuillien Brewery, this beer, of which the formula is a carefully kept secret, was called the Grisette. For some years now, the St-Feuillien Brewery has revived the tradition and now offers four new types of Grisette beer.

The Friart Brewery was founded in 1873. At that time, different types of light beers were produced there, including the Grisette, a heavier beer, which was consumed in cafes in and around Le Roeulx.

In 1920, production was transfered to more modern buildings where most of the current installations can still be found. This brewery dates from 1893. From 1950, a wide range of beers began to be brewed here (Pils, Belgian, pale ale, stout, etc.) and, of course, St-Feuillien.
For reasons relating to the sector, the production of most of these beers was stopped in 1970 and attention was then focused on the production and commercialization of St-Feuillien.

Since then, the equipment has been constantly upgraded, but no changes have been made to the traditional production principle of the beer that is brewed here.

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Ezel White (White Donkey) 6.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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In Flanders, "Ezel" {donkey} is a nickname given to specific people or even entire village communities. However, as the people of this area, the word "Ezel" symbolizes not so much stupidity, but patient and dogged perseverance, a perseverance that is quite conscious of its own quality. The same applies to this ale: brewed from raw materials of the highest quality, it has a mellow taste that shows a real personality. Orange aroma. Sweet, malty, orange and honey flavor. More then moderate full. Moderate long finish, little bitterness.

 

 

The old Bavik breweryHow it all begun. In August 1894 Adolphe De Brabandere, farmer at the "Hof ter Koutere" submitted an application with the town council of Bavikhove for permission to “build a brewery”. One of his children, Joseph De Brabandere, concocted that very same year his very first brew. Joseph De Brabandere died in 1929 at the age of 54. After some difficult years, his son Albert took the lead of the brewery and under his impulse the company grew steadily.

The growth.Before 1950 the beer was exclusively sold to cafés and individuals. After 1950 deliveries were made to beer merchants. This was also theTruck delivering beertime that pils beer became popular. Till then, mainly table beer was brewed in addition to the draughts beer that was supplied to cafés.   The sales network was extended and now it became possible to purchase the Bavik and Bon-Val products through the beer traders and the cafés in West- and East Flanders and in Hainaut. In the meantime father Albert had been married for some time and he had 5 children of which 2 sons: Ignace and Vincent. They both contributed to the flourishing business of the Bavik Brewery. In the midst of the seventies, the beer trade was in trouble because of the success of the department stores. Therefore the brewery invested in another market segment, the sector of restaurants and cafés. In 1975 they had 150 customers and when they celebrated their centenary they counted about thousands of clients.

Ezel White LabelToday, four generations since its establishment, Bavik Brewery is still a family run business. Despite the many take-overs and the fusions in the beer sector, we wish to safeguard our independency in order to assure the quality and the regional identity. As one of the largest independent breweries in Belgium, we wish to continue working in the future to maintain our beer culture.

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Blanche des Honelles 6°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Appearance is spot on for a whit. Huge white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing, body is very hazy copper/bright gold. Smells sweet and spicy, berries and citrus, with spices dominate this one. Very big malt in the flavor, there is also quite a bit of fruity flavor there, slightly metallic, but another great beer from this brewery.

Hoegaarden Grand Cru 8.7° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Hoegaarden Grand Cru has a prominent fruity flavor balanced with a spicy clove aroma, followed by delicate hints of citrus and vanilla. Hoegaarden Grand Cru has a delicate hazy peach color and its sweet taste is well balanced by its bitterness and body.

 

FPierre Celis The Creator of Hoegaardenrom the producers of Hoegaarden Wit Beer (Now InBev). Although the beer is very different, it shares some characteristics with weissbiers, particularly in the spicy, lightly fruity aroma. The beer is also slightly hazy, but its colour is more golden. The palate gives away the strength much more obviously than the nose, but still contains hints of spice - coriander? Complex fruit notes are present in abundance, pineapples being a particularly noticeable (and unusual) contribution. There is a bite in the back of the throat, suggestive of a liqueur (or perhaps a wheat beer with a shot of schnapps in it). Aftertaste is fairly light, with a touch of vanilla amongst the fading fruit and spice. This is a terrifically complex and well-balanced beer, ideal as an aperitif or for savouring in small quantities.

Hoegaarden Brewery was founded by Pierre Celis in Hoegaarden in Flanders. Celis revived the witbier tradition in 1966 when he created a beer with the traditional ingredients of water, yeast, wheat, hops, coriander and dried Curacao orange peel. After a fire in 1988, the brewery was bought by Interbrew and Pierre Celis moved to the United States where he set up the Celis Brewery in Austin, Texas also making witbier. The brewery is now owned by Inbev.

History

Towards the end of the 2nd World War the Belgian brewing industry was almost destroyed as the German troops looted most of the breweries for anything valuable. In 1957 the last witbier brewery in Hoegaarden closed. Pierre Celis established his brewery in 1966, giving birth again to the old style Belgian wheat beer wit. In 1978 he built a bigger brewery named De Kluis. After a fire at the brewery in 1985 Pierre got financial help from the Artois breweries (Interbrew from 1987). In 1989 Mr. Celis retired, sold his brewery to Interbrew and left for Austin, Texas. In 1992 he opened up a new wheat beer brewery called the Celis Brewing Company.

In 2004 Interbrew merged with Brasilian Ambev to form Inbev and De Kluis was then part of the world’s biggest brewing group. On November 30 2005, InBev announced a restructuring of their Belgian organisation under which the Hoegaarden brewery would close and operations would be moved to Jupille. The beer Julius would no longer be brewed at all. This sparked protests from Hoegaarden locals, upset at the loss of the town's most famous symbol. In December 2005 it was decided to close the Hoegaarden brewery and move the production of the beers to the Jupille brewery in southern Belgium. Brouwerij de Kluis is often just called Hoegaarden due to its former location and the name of the famous beers.

Tradition

Hoegaarden tradition states that the first Hoegaarden of the day must be finished in three gulps. The amount taken-in during the first and second gulp is of no concern as long as the third gulp completes the pint.

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Struise Witte 5°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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From the 2008 best brewers in the world. Natural cloudy wheat beer with light yellow golden color and nice creamy froth. The smell is complex with noble aromas of fine malts, citrus skin, exotic herbs and yeast. Very refreshing and tasteful.

SANTA ROSA, Calif., January 29, 2008     Tens of thousands of beer reviewers around the world, many having tasted over 1000 beers, have chosen the best brewer in the world -- and that brewer is Struise of Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Struise however doesn't have a brewery. And they're not professional brewers either. The Belgian brewing team of Carlo, Peter, Phil and Urbain, does its brewing in its spare time away from working their day jobs. They have a relationship with a brewery in Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium -- not far from the former world champion brewers at Westvleteren Abbey -- where they bring in their own ingredients and brew on their own equipment.

The result has unequivocally been nothing short of world class. “Not being a commercial brewery that needs to turn over product in order to stay alive means that we can wait until our beers are perfect before releasing them,” explains Carlo. This means their distributors in Europe, American and Japan, are patient. And their consumers are just as patient. It's not uncommon to get your Struise after sitting on a waiting list at a mail order beer shop.

Struise is all about innovation. They tapped into the online beer scene many years ago and, unlike most other European brewers, have used internet resources to experience beer from around the world, most notably from the United States and Denmark. They've created a unique style of beer making, harmonizing popular styles from around the world with their own pure invention.

 

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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche 4.4° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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There is no other beer like Timmermans Tradition Lambicus Blanche anywhere in the world. It is made by bringing together lambic with the process used for brewing beers based on malted wheat. By the addition of spices such as coriander and dried orange zest, a beer is created with a light, fruity flavour, deliberately cloudy and subtly spicy. Should ideally be drunk from an authentic stoneware pot.

Hoegaarden White 5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Hoegaarden White is the authentic Belgian wheat beer, top fermented and then refermented in the bottle. Hoegaarden white has a distinctive hazy yellow color. This is a sweet/sour beer with a little bitterness - slightly spicy, with a strong touch of coriander and a hint of orange. Decidely very refreshing. Best served cool at 3°C

Brunehaut Bio Blanche 5.5°

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Pours a pale and cloudy yellow with about an inch of fluffy snow-white head that fizzles down to just a ring in a couple of minutes. Lively carbonation bubbling up all the way until the last sip. The nose is kind of flat and bland. A twang of wheat, some lemon, and herbal spiciness. Immediate sweetness on the tip of my tongue and then a parade of fruit: banana, apricot, and lemon-y sourness. Powdery yeast lends some dry earthiness. Finishes peppery with a hint of tea-like hops. As it warmed it left a lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue that felt a bit out place. Light and crisp with generous carbonation makes for a very drinkable beer and the dry finish makes another sip all the more attractive.

Steenbrugge White 5°-1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Steenbruge Wit pours the typical hazy yellow & straw-gold body beneath a head of bright white that settles quickly to a thin cap. Average retention and lacing. In the nose it's delicately spicy (coriander) amidst gently fruit and a hint of malt. It's a touch lemonish, along with notes of apple, and perhaps light pear. The flavor follows suit, and the delicate citrus fruitiness dominates, followed by a bump of gentle malt, and then soft spice as it prances off into a delicate, semi-sweet finish. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently zesty. There are more flavorful witbiers out there, and there are more full-bodied witbiers available, but there aren't many that are so delicate and refined - yet still have character. Nicely done. Remarkably easy to drink!

Applebocq 3.1° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Naturally cloudy product, color verging on pale yellow. Nose: body varying between apple and cinnamon on a bitter coriander-orange spiced base. Taste: characteristic of tart apples (old variety). Sweet product with a touch of wheat.
Remarks: serve well chilled (as for Blanche de Namur; half-fill your glass and, before filling it, shake the bottle so as to benefit from the entire palette of flavor and the cloudiness that distinguish this product).

 

Everything 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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Titje Blanche 5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Whitebeer from the Silly brewery. It possesses a highly refreshing flavour where the coriander plays the perfect thirst-quenching role. Upon tasting, the dried orange peel arouses a noticeable quiver.

 

 

 Titje 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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Troublette 5.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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A mildly yeasty and delightfully fresh wheat ale that has on it's label a cute little snail on a lilypad, looking curiously down into the pond. It is best enjoyed chilled on a hot summers day. It tastes magnificent: Like a Hoegaarden but with more zest and more fruit than your mass produced beer, it doesn't get much better than this.

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 as well as in 25.4 fl. oz. / 750ml champagne bottles with cork and metal cage. 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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Blanche des Neiges 5°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Its lightly cloudy, pale-yellow body reveals hundreds of very tiny bubbles rising slowly to take their place beneath its short head of bright-white foam. The retention is just fair, and it drops shortly to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering; but it does leave some attractive, thin splashes of lace. Hints of lemon zest and delicate pepper appear in the nose amidst a candy sweet maltiness and banana-like phenolics. The body is light but it's gently effervescent carbonation warms to becomes lightly foamy in the mouth, thus giving it the impression of a bit more malt. It's very smooth across the palate. The malt is sweet and mildly dextrinous, but the candyish character of the nose is replaced by a more floral character until the finish where some bubblegum appears alongside a touch of citrus that lingers on to become very much like fresh orange rind. Very well balanced and quite unique!

Pater Lieven Wit 4.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Smooth and light, has a little orange and coriander aftertaste. Easy drink. Serve cold with soft goat cheese.

Watou White 5°-1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Watou's Wit Bier/Biere Blanche is a classic example of a Belgian style Wit. Pale yellow hazy (hefe) color with a nice rocky head that left perfect Belgian Lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is fresh, The flavor is in balance with the aroma reflecting the use of corriander and orange peel for spicing. A quick dry finish leave the palate wanning for more.

Vedett Extra White 5°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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A foggy light yellow beverage, a white thick head, no lacing. The smell is fruity, lemon, orange and banana, a bit spicy but also some cheese (yeast). The taste is citric, lemon, rhubarb and elderberries, a bit spicy, clove. High carbonation, refreshing, soothing but dry. As many wheat beers very refreshing, ideal for hot summer days.

Wittekerke White 5° -1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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This white beer receive the bronze award in the world beer cup 2006. Is is a tasty top-fermented beer. You will recognize Wittekerke White by the dense, creamy head. The flavor is rounded and has a spicy subdued bitterness. The celebrated beer connoisseur Michel Jackson becomes lyrical while describing Wittekerke as "creamy, aromatic, with a clean, teasing, perfumy fruitiness and faintly herbal tartness".A refreshing starter !

 

The name means simply "White Church", in Flemish (the language of Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. This language is a form of Dutch). An imaginary small town called Wittekerke is the location of a popular soap opera on Flemish television. In the series, the local beer served is Wittekerke, but the brew is not imaginary: it can be found in Belgian bars and cafes. The name of the series neatly ties in with the term Witbier, the Flemish way of describing a wheat beer.

Wit means "white". Wheat beers are often described as "white" in Belgium, Germany and elsewhere, possibly because the head formed is unusually pale, or perhaps because they are traditionally served yeastily cloudy. The Belgian style of "white" beer is usually made with equal proportions of raw wheat and unmalted barley, and traditionally also included a small proportion of oats. Today, few examples retain the oats, but Wittekerke does. The oats impart an extra silky smoothness to the beer. Like most Belgian "white" beers, it is spiced with ground coriander seeds and dried Curacao orange peels. This beer has never before been imported to the Unite. Like Belgian Hoegaarden and the American Celis, Wittekerke is a beer of conventional strength (it has 4.0 per cent alcohol by weight, 5.0 by volume), intended primarily as a summertime refresher.

Wittekerke was created simultaneously for the television series and consumer by the De Brabandere family brewery, in the small town of Bavikhove, near the old linen city of Kortrijk (also known by its French name Courtrai), in West Flanders. The brewery is better known for its Petrus Oud Bruin ("Old Brown"). That is a reddish-brown, wood-aged, ale in the sweet-and-sour style of the region, and a competitor to the famous Rodenbach. Several other styles are made by the brewery, under the Bavik and Petrus names. The latter sounds suspiciously similar to a famous Bordeaux wine. "Our name was inspired by the oldest Pope, explains chief executive Ignace De Brabandere.... "and the holder of the keys to heaven".

The brewery is in the fourth generation of the De Brabandere family, who were originally farmers. They established the business in 1894, and still display in their guest bar the original application to the town council for permission to build the brewery. Also on display are a family tree and a glass case more than a yard wide containing a copper model of the present, 1950s, brewhouse.

Tasting note:
Wittekerke pours with a dense, creamy, head, and has an attractive, opalescent, greeny-gold, colour. It is very aromatic indeed, with a clean, teasing, perfumy fruitiness and a faintly herbal tartness. The body is light but smooth. The flavours are rounded, with much subtlety and complexity. At first it seems spicily dry, but there is also a light, underlying creamy sweetness.

Food pairings:
A refresher but also a delightful aperitif. Or try this beer with a creamy, fruity, dessert or pie.

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St Bernardus White 5.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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This traditional Witbier (Wheat beer) has been developed in cooperation with Master Brewer Pierre Celis, the Godfather of Hoegaarden and Celis White. It is brewed in West Flanders using local hops. This beer as well has a second fermentation in the bottle, giving this beer its specific taste (5.5% alcohol content). Cloudy and hazy pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas.  Nice Creamy head that sticks to the sde of the glass. Fresh lemons and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel. A very refreshing brew.

 

St Bernardus breweryWater, pumped up from a depth of 150 meter is the basis of all St. Bernardus beers. This water is not only the purest but has also a historical background. Scientists have proved that the water that is pumped up now, is originating from rainfall from the time of Jeanne d’Arc. The water seeped to Watou through a pervious stratum of sand from the St. Omer area in France. After brewing, the beer is maturing in a natural way and subsequently bottled unfiltered. By adding sugar and yeast, the beer gets a second fermentation in the bottle, carbonating the beer in a natural way. This gives the beer a beautiful and large froth.

The brewery is located in the most remote corner of West Flanders, in the middle of “Le Plat Pays”, in the heart of the hop area in West Flanders, a beer is made that fancies most of the beer lovers.

In this poetry village, called Watou, time is apparently passing by slower than in the rest of the country. Life over there is different, quieter; where people live in accordance with nature, where tradition and values are honoured as if they stand the tooth of ages. This is the case of the beer brewery for instance.

Due to the anti clerical policy in the beginning of the past century, the Catsberg Abbey Community, located in the northern part of France, decided to move to Watou, a small village only a couple of kilometres further away but located in Belgium. They transformed a farm into the “Refuge Notre Dame de St.Bernard” with the production of Abbey cheese as main production. With the yield of the sales, they financed the Abbey activities.

In the early thirties, the attitude versus the Clerical in France got better and in 1934, the Abbey community decided to dispose of the Belgian annex and to bring back all activities to France. Shortly after the Second World War, the Trappist Monastery St. Sixtus decided to stop to commercialise their beer as they wanted to call upon non-residents.

An agreement was made : inside the walls of the Trappist Monastery there would brew only beer for their own consumption, for sales to the public at the gates of the Monastery and also for a few taverns whom where connected to the Monastery. Mr. Deconinck on the other hand would brew and commercialise the Trappist Beers under licence (for a period of 30 years) A new brewery was constructed and Mr. Deconinck started to brew the Sixtus beers with the help of the Masterbrewer of Westvleteren, who brought along his wisdom, knowledge and the original recipes.

In the beginning of the 60’s, the sun-in-law of Mr. Deconinck, Mr. Claus stepped into the brewery and negotiations started to renew the license. This was finalised in 1962, again for a period of 30 years (until 1992)

In 1992, the agreement came to an end because the Trappist Monasteries (5 in Belgium and 1 in the Netherlands) decided that the qualification ‘Trappistenbier’ could only be given to beers brewed inside the walls of the Trappist Monastery.

Therefore, since 1992 the beers brewed at the Trappistenweg 23 in Watou are commercialised under a new brand name ‘ StBernardus’ (referring to the Refuge de Notre Dame de StBernard – cfr. supra).

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