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

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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.

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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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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

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

New product online: Duvel mini

Good day!

Yet another new product for sale on my webshop.

The little brother of the Duvel 33cl: the Duvel mini (25 cl). I think it’s kind of cute 🙂

I guess I do not have to explain how Duvel tastes like? It’s one of our most famous beers.  I personally like it a lot.

Check it out here!

Cheers.

C.

New product online: Martin’s IPA

Hi everybody!

And again… a new beer online.  Also rather new and hoppy! I guess you are starting to know my favorite beers now… 🙂

A British IPA (Indian Pale Ale) with a peppery approach, a bit bitter but not aggressively.  A real great ale « made in England ». God save that Beer !

Visit my website: www.tastebelgium.com to order it!

See ya,

Cathy