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Beer Tastings / Re: Duivel Dark
May 14, 2024, 09:44:59 AM
Yes Viv,
What a great beer this is  :appauding-1:
Boon is doing a re-branding these days!

New labels, new glasses too. Same beer (VERY important)

Something tells me that this will be a HUGE succes story  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u

Hi folks,
What follows are pictures made at Snelle Duve last week.
For mouth watering purposes only :)
All beers and food were truly outstanding  t_u  :appauding-1:

Quote from: Jay on May 08, 2024, 06:43:14 PMYou said it Filip, 10/10 for that glorious spread...Belgian hospitality captured beautifully  :appauding-1: 

Jay  t_u

Actually Jay, the best part was that smokey lard with crumbly last bits of the pork.
Not that many places here in Belgium still offering it.
It was a rather small portion, so it was finished too fast :) But... after asking, we got a second portion at no charge.
Belgian hospitality! YES  :appauding-1:

Hi John,
For your info:

The meatplatter:

Smoked farmers ham
Cooked ham on the bone
Old fashioned paté
Slice of cooked salted bacon (we say in dialect "schelle van de zeuge" = "slice of the sow")
Headcheese (brawn)

The cheese platter:

Young cheese
Old cheese
Wijnendale cheese
Watou cheese
Sint-Bernardus cheese

This message makes me hungry  yummy ... and thirsty too  :drinking:

Chit Chat / Re: Non Belgian beers
May 08, 2024, 08:45:40 AM
Quote from: John B on May 07, 2024, 05:03:06 PMAnd yes Filip, so true ... I don't like when breweries call their beer "Belgian" when they are not made in Belgium.
I'm just thinking of this John, and suddenly I come up with Irish coffee.
Irish coffee is very common here in Belgium after having lunch or dinner as a dessert or digestive.
Not made in Ireland. We call it an Irish coffee, and not an Irish "inspired" coffee.  :find:
This ofcourse is a preparation and not a readily available packaged drink in a shop. There lays that difference I think.

Chit Chat / Re: MBCC 2024
May 08, 2024, 08:35:18 AM
Hi Jay & Linda,
Enjoy your trip to the MBCC.
looking forward to the pix. They sure will be very enjoyable as usual  t_u  t_u
Hi folks,
It's always such an utterly pleasure heading to Herberg Wijnendaele Wandeling nearby Bruges at Torhout.

A great 60+ beers location, where eating is the main thing to do.

When I go there, I always order their Sint-Bernardus Abt straight from tap!

That's 5 Euro for a big volume, more than 33cl. to be precise.
From tap, it always tastes so much more fresh. Especially the hops!!

Katrien went for the ever delicious Bush Caractère. A crystal clear amber colored 12 vol% beauty.

Time for food folks !
Nice that we got that small appetizer when waiting for our food.
It's round shaped crackers with surimi mayonaise salad.

We choose to go for the mixed platters. They are called the Breughel platters.
Sharing is caring, so we ordered the cheese AND the cold meat platter at €17.00 each, and shared everything with eachother by cutting in half.
That makes much more choice, more flavors, and ... more fun  :appauding-1:

The platters are served with these complementary side dishes.
Lard with small bits of pork crackling, Wostyntje mustard (after all we are in Torhout), pickled gherkins and pickled small onions.
There is also that dish of boiled potatoes in their jackets. SOOO delicious  t_u

Farmers bread was presented too. That's where you put the lard on.

A close-up of the piping hot potatoes. Quite an essential addition if you ask me, it simply completes everything !

Folks, if going for a truly Burgundian treat, this is your place!

That's 10/10 for sure, but be prepared to make a reservation when arriving later than 5pm!


Chit Chat / Re: Non Belgian beers
May 07, 2024, 09:50:12 AM
Quote from: Jay on May 06, 2024, 12:50:47 PMIt's not a beer that's ever going to challenge those from our beloved Belgium but credit where credit's due.
Wisely said Jay  t_u
This beer looks very inviting. That color, and that haziness.
It's always such an honor when non-Belgian breweries use the name "Belgian style".
Still, when observing your beautiful picture, I can see this beer isn't from Belgium.
The design on the can and the shape of the glass are not so Belgian inspired. Although some Belgian breweries do use that glass shape too. (Cabardouche for instant)

Anyway, it's damn good that great efforts are done to make something similar to what's brewed over here in Belgium.
If a Belgian style tripel occurs that's so freaky amazing and so similar, or even better than what we have here, I can only encourage to make much more of that Belgian style!
But please, they shouldn't use the name "Belgian beer" on their label., which all too frequently happens.

Hi Viv,
That's what I'm asking myself too.  ???
I tasted them all, but somehow, the footages (I'm sure I took pictures from all the beers) didn't go public.
They sure were all very delicious.

This one was published on the BBB FB group.
That delicious 75cl. Chardonnay barrel aged Preuske Prente Belgian Brut at 10.5 vol%.

Beer News / Re: Bush Mystery!
April 16, 2024, 11:08:51 AM
Hi Viv,
Maybe it was an expirement from the brewery.
BTW: The 75cl are always bottle refermented.
I simply can't believe that such an error would have been occured and above all, unnoticed.
Note that the Bush triple is bottle conditioned inside the small 33cl. and also inside the bigger 75cl bottles.
Is there a future plan to make all 33cl Bush Caractère bottle conditioned?
I think we need some patience and future sure will reveal things.
Beer News / Re: Bush Mystery!
April 15, 2024, 06:00:33 PM
Quote from: John B on April 15, 2024, 04:53:46 PMSounds like your explanation makes sense Filip, but perhaps the good folks at Dubuisson know something else?  :chin:

Cheers! - John 

Maybe, maybe John.
The future will tell John.
Actually, this is the second time in my life that I have this experience.
You won't believe this but the first time was in Thailand !

Chang is the best known lager in Thailand and is "always" a clear beer.
Till ... I got some hazy ones in 2016.
It is still a mystery to me why those two Changs were hazy. They looked unfiltered to me, which is an impossibility.

Beer News / Bush Mystery!
April 15, 2024, 01:26:32 PM

A beery mystery occured last weekend!!

When hitting beer pub Daverlo Sport-, Lees- en Eetcafé ( last Saturday, and ordering a Bush Caractère ambrée, I was very surprised to find out that the beer was..... hazy!

When looking inside the bottle, I saw a yeast sediment  :exclamation:
This looks like real bottle refermentation to me.
But, that would be the ever first time I have a bottle conditioned 33cl. Bush Caractère.
Officially, only the big 75cl. Bush Caractère has that extra treatment.
This happened to me earlier that week as well, so that Saturday visit was done as a confirmation, because actually I wasn't really sure if during our first visit I really noticed that yeasty sediment (I could have been dreaming  ;) ). That second visit is only a confirmation!

The beer had a much more creamy mouthfeeling and also a more fruity yeasty flavor. More complexity too.
Wauw, not bad at all, but very unusual to me, because I expected a crystal clear amber colored beer.

The best before date is 05 Jan 2025. (that's important to know  C:-) )

Anyway, quite a unique experience, and that platter of young Chimay cheese was a great pairing.

But ofcourse that needs more investigations, so I went to my nearby supermarket to buy me a 4-pack, also to expect a hazy beer.

But see, crystal clear and no single yeast cell inside that bottle!
This is how the beer should look from 33cl bottles.
Now, I was thinking that bry. Dubuisson has changed their view, and changed towards bottle conditioning with the 33cl. bottles too.
But this simply can't be true folks.

Looking at the best before date (29 Nov 2025) I noticed that this beer is about 10 months younger!

There can only be one explaination.
I think the bottling went wrong, and a part of the lowest and last part of the fermentation tanks is bottled too with the yeast sediment from that tank added, which could not be the real intention.
But.... ofcourse I could be completely wrong :)

Anyway, that didn't spoil our appetize, and that Spanish meat platter and mixed cheese platter was a feast !!

Belgian beer tasting is always a pleasure and full of pleasant surpises  t_u

Beer News / Re: Exploding bottle
April 14, 2024, 09:58:23 AM
Quote from: Viv on April 14, 2024, 08:20:10 AMHi Filip,

I've managed to taste the other 2 bottles without any drama.
Just fairly small gushing which was very easy to deal with.



Lucky you Viv!!
The bottle sure must've had a failure. It is actually a minor point compared to cans.
But I still prefer bottles though  t_u

Beer Tastings / Leffe tripel
April 13, 2024, 10:08:05 AM
Being a Belgian beer lover, one needs to savor all Belgian beers IMHO.
I spotted this beer at supermarket Jumbo, and thought, why not to buy me a 4-pack at €6.52, that's €1.63 for one bottle.

Leffe blond is everywhere, but this tripel isn't that easy to find over here in Belgium.
Bottle refermented, unfiltered(!), and weighing in at 8.5 vol%.
A good head is formed with pouring.
Nosing gives orange peel, coriander and maltsweetness. Not that hoppy though.
Yes, coriander and orange peel are also greatly tasted. Makes it quite a refreshing beer.
It's also a quite sweet dense beer. Nothing dry.

Wauw, this beer is really very good for such a mass produced industrial Belgian beer.
I really can't complain, and the price is not expensive either.

Beer Tastings / Re: Tripel Karmeliet from can !
April 13, 2024, 09:56:32 AM
Quote from: Trappist on April 11, 2024, 08:19:39 PMBUT !!! How wrong could I be  :ohno-1:

When consulting today, the price is even much lower  :eyes:  :eyes:  :eyes:  :eyes:

That's a stunning €0.96 for one single bottle when buying two 6-packs!!

No problem guys,
I bought me 4 six-packs yesterday at that stunning price!!!
And see, today that price went up again from 7.69 to 9.30 Euro.
Call this some lucky shot folks  t_u