Month: August 2015

2 Stars, Blonde, Kustbrouwerij

Dunekuen – Goublond by Kustbrouwerij

Appearance is a fantastic hazy golden orange with a small, white, fizzy head. Smells of spicy yeast character and faint citrus peel, quite nice.  Tastes spicy, sour fruit, lightly bitter, finishes dry with a faintly grainy aftertaste. Light easy drinking beer, possibly could serve as an introduction to classic Belgian blond flavors without being overpowering.  Not a bad beer at all but overall underwhelms.

2.5 Stars.

4 Stars, De Struise Brouwers

Yepres – Reserva 2011 by De Struise Brouwers

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a finger of quickly dissipating brown head. Loads of fruit, predominantly cherry, as well as vanilla and oak aroma.  The first impression is tart, followed by sour fruit, cherry and oak again, some acidity but not overly so.   Like any good Flanders Red it is an incredibly complex beer that is difficult to describe; compares very well to the gold standards of Duchesse and Grand Cru.  I tied reviewing this beer once before but the bottle I opened was a gusher and I lost the vast majority of the beer all over my counter, very happy to have no such problem this time.

4.5 Stars