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Food Pairings / Re: Kings - Brugge
November 23, 2023, 08:33:22 PM
Hi John,
Tree trunk ?? Ah, you mean "boomstammetje".
That's a description for a tree trunk shaped minced pork & minced veal meat sausage with cheese, coated with bread-crumbs, topped both ends with dried parsley, giving that tree trunk with bark image.
Very popular here in Belgium and also in Holland.
Yes...... delicious !!!
Food Pairings / Kings - Brugge
November 23, 2023, 12:42:36 PM
So shocked and sad I was when I noticed a couple of months ago that Kings (formerly called De Kingsclub) here in Bruges went bankrupt.
About 3 weeks ago we went there, and indeed the place was shut down with the message bankrupt on the entrance door.
But see, last Sunday the place was open again, as if nothing has changed.
This place is not really a beer pub to be precise.

They offer about 30 quality beers at reasonable prices.
Normally we always go for their precious Gouden Carolus Whisky Infused from tap, from which you always get about 40cl. @ minimum :) (€4.80)
But that day the tap was dry, but they still had the Gouden Carolus tripel from tap, which was a great relief.
I like this place because it has that local feeling (no tourists), easy free parking, no need for reservation, and great affordable tasty comfort food too.
It is quite some relaxing Sunday afternoon time spending, just outside the busy Bruges' centre.
Also: Friendly staff (as usual).

Starting with an excellent unspoiled Karmeliet tripel.
Unspoiled because ABInBev hasn't changed the original recipe after the take over from Bosteels brewery.
This is one of the ultimate best triples from Belgium!

Gouden Carolus triple from tap and a gorgeous Trappist Rochefort 10!

Gouden Carolus triple from tap is always such a fresh experience.
A beer that has it from that fresh spiciness (coriander included), actually quite similar spicy to the Karmeliet triple.
From tap it comes with that delicious looking creamy head. A surplus factor  t_u
After the foam settles, one gets that beautiful lace looking foam remainings (see picture), decorating the inside of the glass. Just beautiful!!

As said, they didn't have the Gouden Carolus Whisky Infused from tap, but this beer easily replaces that.
What a great Trappist beer folks!
Coriander spiced, as today we are 100% sure of  t_u
11.3 vol% strong, and having such a malty sweet'n spicy perfumy flavors, so hard to copy!!
Most probably the best beer in the world IMVHO :)

Needless to say that the food is excellent.
Katrien had a lasagna and I had their normal spaghetti.
Tasty satisfying comfort food at it's upper best folks!

For more details about Kings, feel free to visit their website at

Beer Tastings / Re: La Corne Quadruple
November 23, 2023, 11:11:34 AM
Hi Viv et al.
Finally had this beer!

Available these days amongst the new seasonal Xmas beers.

Wow, what a great quadrupel.
Sweet, malty, oaky, woody, spicy, and that boost of 12 vol%.
A beer to sip with care and high satisfactions.

Notice the change of label, which I truly like   :appauding-1:

 t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u

Cheers  :beer:

Food Pairings / Three recent beer&food pairings
November 19, 2023, 11:05:47 AM
Just thought to show some recents beer&food pairing images.

This one was done after our trip to the Ardennes a couple of weeks ago.
It's always a must to bring back some local beers and also some local cured smoked meat from a local "boucherie"
Cuvėe de Bouillon Red - 9 vol%, paired with a rich platter of Ardennes charcuterie, mainly smoked cured sausages.
Two of them are prepared with beer!
Satisfaction guaranteed 🙏💯

A very nice beer at Leon's Birth Day Fest 💯👍🙏
Leon has become 4 years young, and is the son of my sister.

Côte à l'os "saignant" @ home with a great Belgian beer "Avec les Bons Voeux" from brasserie Dupont. 🙏

Great treats  t_u


Beer Tastings / Re: St.Louis Kriek Fond Tradition
November 19, 2023, 10:48:27 AM
That's one the most intriguing beers from Belgium.
That Kriek and their normal Fond Tradition are actually spontaneous fermented outside the Zenne valley.
Quite special !!!
Beer Tastings / Re: Monachus Barrel Series #4
November 13, 2023, 10:41:10 AM
Wow Jay,
That's really a big compliment for Rudy  :appauding-1:
Beer News / Re: Karmeliet Grand Cru
November 13, 2023, 10:35:29 AM
Great scoop Jay,
But not really sure if that rye will be justifying that 3 times more expensive.
But for that, I need to taste first......
Beer Tastings / Re: Brune Moare
November 13, 2023, 10:22:30 AM
Quote from: Viv on November 06, 2023, 12:03:37 PMEven Pontefract cakes
( look them up Filip ! )
I really needed to look up that one Viv.
We call them "muntendrop". Very popular in the Netherlands though.
Beer Tastings / Re: Fagnes Triple
November 13, 2023, 10:14:43 AM
Hi Viv,
That's an excellent brew we also had a couple of weeks back in the Ardennes.

Lovely stuff  t_u

Beer News / Re: New glass Westvleteren
October 25, 2023, 06:00:56 PM
Quote from: Viv on October 25, 2023, 03:36:43 PMAlways looks better when there is some beer in the glass though!!!
I'll make that a first-priority Viv :)

The Saint Sixtus Abbey was founded on November 4, 1831.
From 1834 the monastery was an independent priory of the French Trappist Congregation.
In 1836 the monastery was connected to the Westmalle Abbey.
In 1871 the monastery was elevated to an abbey.
This is what the monastery looked like then.
On the right we see the old abbey gate, behind it is the old abbey church.

At the rear left is the brewery (with chimney), which was put into use in 1839.

Period 1850-1899

Beer News / New glass Westvleteren
October 25, 2023, 11:06:24 AM
This was posted yesterday on the BBB Fb group.
The brand new Trappist Westvleteren tasting glass!

And yes, I do understand the concept  t_u

Beer Tastings / Re: XX Pale Grand Cru
October 23, 2023, 11:49:33 AM
Quote from: Viv on October 23, 2023, 09:07:40 AMFilip, don't wait for Rodenbach's
foederbier; try this and enjoy instead!     
I sure will Viv!
What a beer you had there! i'm amazed!!!
Beer Tastings / Re: Rochehaut Triple Blonde
October 18, 2023, 09:59:30 AM
Thanks Viv, we sure will enjoy !

My 2 preferred beers are the triple and the Hivern'ale at 10 vol%.
The latter can be seen here, and was tasted at their great tavern that is attached to the brewery.
They have it from tap there.
I would love to taste their Icestout at 11vol%.
But it is much possible that this one was a one-off brew  :chin:
Beer News / BBB Facebook Group is Booming
October 17, 2023, 03:04:45 PM
A boom into already more than 15.000 members!
That's quite some impressive figure folks.
And .... ofcourse .... asks for a massive moderation.
You don't want to believe how many "scum" wants to be member. Porn, graphic images, off-topic movies, name it....
The majority of FB groups that reached a 10.000 member do know, and become a "private" group.
But the thing is that becoming a private group is a non-reversible action. You just can't go back to public, which ofcourse is understandable.
I will NEVER make that group private!!! also because I want to make Belgian beer reachable to everyone on planet earth. A dedication.
I just wonder how things will evolve now... It's about 300 new members per week by now  :chin: