New product online: Dobbel Palm

Dear beer addicts,

Today I have a new specialty for you, a christmas treat.

Created for the festive season, Dobbel PalmI present you a Spéciale Belge Ale. Dobbel Palm is an amber-coloured beer with a pronounced malty and hoppy character. It also has caramel flavours with a honey-like mellowness.

Dobbel Palm was created in 1947 because Palm Breweries existed 200 years. And this beer is the annual end of the year gift to us! Of course you have to drink it in the typical glass.

It fits perfectly with some grilled food. This beer is ideal for a gift at the end of the year!

Christmas greetings,

Cathy

Arthur’s Legacy: White widow

Dear friends,

In my last post, I have told you about Arthur’s Legacy. Palm Craft Brewers presents a series of small craft beers (made in the microbrewery ‘De Hoorn’) in a very low quantity.

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Draft

Today I’m introducing you the first one: ‘White widow’. You can now drink it at the Bruges Beer Museum. They only brewed 600 liters, so you will have to be really really fast to taste a glass. It has a soft bitterness but at the same time it is also very fruity and spicy. They have added the hop sort ‘Comet’. It tastes like lemon, coriander and lemon grass. The beer hasn’t been filtered, so it is quite murky. It has a 7,1 % alcohol level :-).

It hasn’t been bottled, so sadly I cannot ship it to you guys! But I still wanted to let you know, because it tastes sooooo f***** good!

Cheers,

Cathy

New product online: Cornet 33 cl

Cornet is a top-fermented beer produced by a brewery called De Hoorn.Cornet

De Hoorn was a small brewery at Steenhuffel that has disappeared over time. But Palm Craft Brewers decided to rebuild the brewery in order to brew small craft beers in a very low quantity (they will be called ‘Arthur’s legacy’). The first beer by ‘De Hoorn’ is already a straight hit: Cornet.

And today I’m introducing it to you. It’s now available to order on my webshop.

This exclusive beer is a blond Belgian beer with a subtle wood, vanilla and bitter flavor. It has a 8,5 % alcohol level.

WBA

WBA

Important: Cornet won gold at the World Beer awards! (WBA)

Tip: if you like Duvel, don’t hesitate to order this one, you will love it.

You should definitely try it!

Love,

Cathy

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

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

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