Waardamse Tripel

Tasting: Waardamse Tripel

WARNING: this is one of the best ‘new’ beers I have tried this year! :-)

I admit, the label is not very attractive, but it’s definitely yummy. It’s a blonde triple brewed with only pilsner malt and three types of hops. A perfect balance between bitter, sweet & fruity.

As you all know the Bruges Beer Festival took place in the beginning of this year. There the beer was chosen (by the visitors) as the best beer! So that means quite a lot!

It’s produced by ‘Brouwerij Stokhove’. But unfortunately it’s very rare to find/buy.

Would you buy it, if I put it online on my webshop?

Cheers!

C.

Beef stew & Grimbergen

Recipe: Beef stew with brown spiced biscuits & Grimbergen

Yes! We are famous for our beer, waffles and French fries… But another total classic is our Belgian stew. You can prepare it in many different ways (ask any Belgian grandmother …. ;-)) So today, I’m sharing one recipe to make it. It was my first time and it went really well! Only I had a bit of bad luck with the meat… sometimes it’s hard to get it soft.

But you have to take your time. You have to have a lot of patience, but your patience will be rewarded, believe me!

What do you need? (4 pers.)

  • 1 spoon of flower
  • a bit of butter
  • 30 cl Grimbergen Blond (BEEERR!!)
  • 1  spoon of mustard
  • 1 kilo beef
  • 4  small onions
  • lots of herbs!
  • pepper and salt
  • oil
  • 3 spoons bouillon
  • 50 g Speculaas (brown spiced biscuits)
 Heat the oil (small pieces) and put your onions in a big stew-pan on a low fire. Meanwhile, take another pan and put some oil and butter in it. Put it on a high fire. It has to be really hot before you put your meat in it. Then, bake your meat until it has a nice and crusty brown layer (it has to happen fast).
After that, put the flower on your onions and poor your beer on it. When that is done, you can add your meat. Also add some (25 cl) water, your herbs and bouillon.
Now you have to play the waiting came!!
You should at least let it on a really low fire for an hour and a half.
Then, you can add your brown spiced biscuits (crumb!) And of course some pepper and salt.

DELICIOUS!

Good luck! And let me know if you have questions…

Cathy

Brugse_Zot_by_buddhabar

World premier!

You will never believe this! Soon we will have an underground beer pipe line in Bruges. Brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ wanted to connect their two production sites. And they were very innovative :-)

It is a world premier! The brewery already made some big investments so they could keep on brewing in the historical centre.
They needed to transport the beer with tank trucks to their other ‘factory’. Meaning +- 10 trucks a day.

De Halve Maan is known for their Brugse Zot. And every Brugse Zot is produced in our little town. Anyway it’s certainly better for the environment.

The pipe will be 3 km long. I need to move there and build a little tap!!

Cheers :-)

Cathy

Hops

What about hops?!

Hi there!

Today’s blog is about hops! It is so popular lately…

It’s the female flower of the hop plant (see image above). And it gives a rather bitter, grassy, floral, spicy, lemony,… taste to your beer.

It all comes down to acids that the hop resins contain: alpha & beta acids. In a nutshell, the alpha acids favor the fermentation of the beer. So they are responsible for the flavor of the beer. The beta acids do not contribute to the taste, but to the aroma of the beer. So that is why, there are two kinds of hops: the bittering ones and the aroma hops.

If the hop is added during the final 30 minutes of boil, it imparts the ‘hop taste’. If it’s added during the final 10 minutes, it imparts the ‘hop aroma’. If the hops are added after the wort has cooled and while the beer ferments, it’s called ‘dry hopping’.

And guess which country is flooded with hops? :-)

No, it’s not Belgium.

Love,

Cathy

Background …??!

Hi there!

Quick message to let you know that I’m working on a new background for the beer bottles. I like this background a lot! I have no photoshop experience, but tried some tutorials to make my logo look ‘burned’ into the wood. I like! But it has to be smaller of course. What do you think?

Any suggestions?

Love,

Cathy

Burned

Gallery

Historium & Duvelorium

Hello everyone!

This weekend we payed a little visit to our neighbors :-)

We started out at the Historium. You really need to go there with an open mind. It’s more of an experience and attraction than a museum. You are led into different chambers and with the audio guide you can follow a story. It’s made really life like with special effects (music, scent, objects)… It’s an ‘ancient’ love story (15th century), but I will not tell you anything about the content. No spoilers ;-). I think the tour was about 35 minutes.

After that you can have a drink at the Duvelorium. If you adore Duvel, you really need to go there. And you will definitely go crazy. I added some pictures so you can get an idea. Sorry for the poor iPhone-quality, but I didn’t have my fancy camera with me…

You can also buy three little beers to taste the different beers of Moortgat. You always get other beers. This time we had a ‘La Chouffe‘, ‘Maredsous‘ and ‘Liefmans‘. Price: 8,5 euros. (Click on the beers to order them online at my webshop Taste Belgium)

After that, you should of course visit the Bruges Beer Museum. It’s next door! 

See you soon?!

Cathy

Heineken

Heineken everywhere??!

I’m surprised.

We are just back from our holidays in the South of France (for the curious people, we stayed in a little village called Vacquières). And what did we see? In EVERY bar or café there was Heineken on draft. Let’s say, 5 years ago, that wasn’t the case at all. I thought the French were quite chauvinistic? It used to be 1664/Kronenbourg.. And to be honest, I liked that a lot more.

I must say I silently hope that it changes again and that France can be proud of it’s own beer…

Or am I wrong? Are there any french bloggers here that know more?

Bye the way, you mustn’t be fooled by all the mass production of beer (and wine ;-) in France. You can find a lot of variety beers there too. For example the Ch’ti beer, that is now well-known thanks to the film ‘Bienvenue chez les Ch’ti’s‘.  If you like French films, you should definitely put in on your list! 

Cheers!

Cathy