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Beer Tastings / Duchesse Cherry
Last post by Viv - January 08, 2024, 12:08:43 PM
DUCHESSE CHERRY  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u

Flemish Red with added cherries, from Verhaeghe with an ABV of 6.8%. New brew for

Pours a deep ruby burgundy, with a large frothy bubbly head. Some lacing.

Aroma of cherries, almonds, malts and berry fruit.

Thin bodied, and with a high level of carbonation, it's vastly complex, layered,
balanced and has good depth of flavour. Like the ( outstanding ) base beer it's
sharp, tart, acidic, puckering, sour, bitter-sweet, with lots of fruit- cherries,
raspberries, strawberries, sherbet, grains, caramel, vinegar, citrics, apples,
grapes, butter, vanilla and ice cream. Plus lots of woody oak. Silky smooth,
easy drinking, refreshing, and a lot more mellow when warmed.
Essentially a sweeter and more cherry-fruited version of the base beer. Still
a wonderful and high quality brew! However, the cost equates to double the base
beer so I don't think it's justified really. Value does come into it, so adding
ingredients, or doing anything else, must produce a better brew than the base
otherwise it simply isn't justified for me. Ok for a one-off tasting but I'll
stick to the base beer in future thank you! 



Beer Pub Experiences / Re: De Snelle Duve - Snellegem
Last post by Viv - January 08, 2024, 09:03:02 AM
Hi Filip,

I will definitely look out for this beer so as to have another tasting
as there's obviously been a huge improvement in the quality!


New Breweries / Re: update Jan 2024
Last post by Viv - January 07, 2024, 04:45:21 PM
Hi Filip,

I can't find any information online about the demise of the breweries listed
but am saddened because Pirlot, Demanez and de Feniks made some great brews!
I never had the pleasure of tasting anything from the other 2.

I'm sure though that in the last 5-10 years there have been more outstanding
Belgian brews to choose from right now than ever before in history, along
with more styles, and far more 8.00+ ABVs that are available, particularly
Triples and Quadruples, along with Strong Blondes, Darks and Ambers.

Some of the older traditional family breweries have introduced some much better
brews than they had produced/relied on in the past, eg des Fagnes, Omer Vander
Ghinste, de Brabander and Roman to name but a few. Overall quality has increased

Let's hope that at least some of the wonderful brews that have been produced by
now bankrupt breweries can be produced somewhere else!!!



Beer Tastings / Viven Smoked Porter
Last post by Viv - January 07, 2024, 04:32:22 PM
VIVEN SMOKED PORTER  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u

Smoked Porter from van Viven, with an ABV of 7.0%. New brew for me.

Pours jet black, with a huge rocky bubbly creamy head. Excellent lacing.

Smokey, burnt malts, hops, spices, chocolate, mocha and coffee aroma.

Medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a slick, thick, almost viscous oily and
treacly texture. Some complexity, balanced and good depth of flavour. Silky mooth,
smokey, dry and bitter, with lots of plain chocolate, mocha, coffee, burnt malts,
caramel, peat, old leather, and praline with a strong hoppy finish. Again, a very
high quality brew.



Beer Tastings / Viven Champagner Weisse
Last post by Viv - January 07, 2024, 04:30:39 PM
VIVEN CHAMPAGNER WEISSE  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u

Wheat beer brewed using Champagne yeast, from van Viven with an ABV of 4.8%. New brew
for me.

Pours a cloudy pale golden blonde, with a huge rocky bubbly foamy head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma of spices, hops, malts, florals and grains.

Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Some complexity, nicely balanced and rounded, with
excellent depth of flavour especially for the low ABV. Smooth, creamy and mellow with
hops, malts, honey, caramel, grains, and florals. Earthy, dusty, yet perfectly elegant
and refined throughout, with a spicy fruity, wheaty dry and bitter finish. ( no banana
or coriander! ) Excellent high quality brew!



Beer News / Re: De Bierboom
Last post by Trappist - January 07, 2024, 10:29:26 AM
Quote from: Jay on January 07, 2024, 02:14:19 AMIt's not game over, more a new chapter. We'll still see Rudy and Marina at the beer festival (is he still continuing to brew?)
Yes Jay,
It's not game over, and indeed a new chapter!!  t_u
And the new De Bierboom, whatever it will be called next, will still be beery!!
As I understood from Rudy, there could still be beer tastings organized, even the famous Beer Swap.
But that needs an approval from the new owner(s) ofcourse.
Not sure if Rudy will brew further on. I really think so, but that'll be on a very small scale... ie, homebrewing.
I fear that brewery De 4 Monniken will always be a beer firm. The plans for installing a real brewery are taking much too long by now. I fear it won't happen at all.

Beer News / Re: De Bierboom
Last post by Jay - January 07, 2024, 02:14:19 AM
Such sad news, we have so many very happy memories of both days and nights spent at De Bierboom (remember the big barking dog) but all things must come to an end.

It's not game over, more a new chapter. We'll still see Rudy and Marina at the beer festival (is he still continuing to brew?) much like we still bump into Daisy, these people are icons of Bruges (like yourself Filip)

Proud to call all above true friends, a real heartfelt honour

Jay  :animated-belgium-flag:
Beer News / Re: De Bierboom
Last post by John B - January 06, 2024, 04:58:34 PM
Oh nooooo. So sad to hear this. I wish Rudy and Marina all the best in the future, as well as to the new owners.

Cheers - John
Beer News / De Bierboom
Last post by Trappist - January 06, 2024, 01:14:20 PM
Sad news  ::::::(

Rudy and Marina are stopping with running beer pub De Bierboom here in Bruges.
The place is taken over by someone who will make it a tapas and beer tavern.
I'm not sure if the annual beer swap can take place again, but it seems that with an arrangement with the new owners it could actually take place again.
I'll keep you informed when news arrives......

Good luck Rudy and Marina for a still "beery" future. Enjoy !!!

New Breweries / update Jan 2024
Last post by Trappist - January 06, 2024, 11:15:47 AM

Br. des Beaux Jours
Rue de Sart-Dames-Avelines 8a
De Zoeten Inval
Pastoor D. Van Hautestr 17

Gentse Steenweg 132
8340 DAMME


For the first time in the last (14) years, no more increase, but a decrease in total numbers, from 430 to 417.
23 new ones have been added in 2023, BUT many more 36 have discontinued (so - 13 in total)

OTOH, the increase continues with the beer companies.
That list got an update today too

De Feniks / Demanez / Bobbi / Brouwateljee / Pirlot