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

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

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

You want?

Hi everyone,

My stock is expanding…. It’s difficult to keep up with the tasting 🙂

What Belgian Beers do YOU like the most?

Press release Rodenbach Caractère Rouge 2014

Today was the press release of the new Rodenbach Caractère Rouge 2014.

The beer is actually based on the Rodenbach Vintage 2011. But it has macerated for six more months with fresh cherries, raspberries and cranberries. Fruity and healthy 😉

The feisty beer was combined with Vicky Geunes’ gastronomic creations… And off course, it matched perfectly.

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