Only the truth can set you free!

Last night I drank a surprisingly nice stout beer… I could fully recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it!

It’s called Struise Cuvée Delphine. The name comes from Delphine Boël, the unlawful daughter of King Albert II.

As you maybe know or not know, Struise has another beer called Black Albert. The Black Albert is a tribute to Albert II, our sixth king (Belgium). So the Cuvée Delphine is based on the Black Albert, but matured on Four Roses bourbon barrels for 12 months.

Also nice to know is that Delphine Boël has created the artwork for its label. The label speaks for itself!

Taste:

  • Notes of oak
  • Vanilla flavour
  • Coffee
  • Brown sugar

And it has the amazing alcohol level of 11%…

I will definitely drink this again!

By the way, I drank this in a bar called ‘Le Trappiste‘ in Bruges, Belgium. I can highly recommend it if you adore beer. As you can see on the picture, there is a wide choice of top beers!

Cheers. Cathy

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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.

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

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

Préaris Quadrupel

Hi folks!

Here I am again 🙂

We tasted another beer last night, the Préaris Quadrupel.

In 2011 it was chosen to be the best hobby beer in Belgium. It has a 10% alcohol level.

We have chosen this beer, because it is brewed nereby! Only 5 kilometers from our door.  Unbelievable, right? The brewery is called ‘Vliegende paard brouwers’. If I try to translate it from Dutch to English: ‘The flying horse brewers’. Crazy name 😉

It has an aroma of burned malt, caramel, a little bit of vanilla & dark fruit. I think it would perfectly fit after a meal, as a dessert.

Cheers!

Cathy

Inauguration new brewing room ‘De Halve Maan’

De Halve MaanGood evening!

Two weeks ago was the inauguration of the new brewing room of ‘De Halve Maan’.
They are known for their Brugse Zot & Straffe Hendrik. It was a grand opening with of course a lot of  their delicious beers, a stunning Power Point presentation that explained the history, girls dancing in front of the new kettles and a lovely dinner/barbecue.

Do yo know what Brugse Zot means? Maybe you can guess it if you see the label on the bottle 😉

Cheers,

Cathy