Month: February 2016

4 Stars, St. Bernardus, Tripel

Watou Tripel by St. Bernardus 

Pours a light gold with bright white head. Orange citrus and faint floral aromas, surprisingly light spiciness for a Tripel. Flavors playing very well with each other, fruit, grain, plenty of spicy character and a nice lingering spicy bitter finish. Maybe not the most classic Tripel but very enjoyable.

4 Stars.

2 Stars, Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis, Dubbel

Achel Trappist Bruin Bier by Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis

Poured a dull brown with a nice beige head. Sweet aromas of malt, caramel fig and fruit. Initially sharp on the tongue  but overall fairly mild. Predominantly sweet fruit flavors then bitterness takes over. One would think the sweetness and bitterness would balance out, but no.  Label may say bruin but this is a dubbel by another name. 

2.5 Stars.

3 Stars, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Strong Ale

Brunette by Hopduvel

Pours a dark brownish red… or brunette if you prefer. Very large beige head… Label derived bad pun possibilities aside. The beer gives off strong caramel and malt sweetness aroma right there with Belgian yeast spiciness. Caramel is the dominant flavor with a fruit sweetness undertone. Some bitterness but not enough to balance out the sweetness of the beer.

3 Stars.

4 Stars, Abdij O.L.V. Koningshoeven, Quad

La Trappe – Quadrupel by Abdij O.L.V. Koningshoeven

Poured a clear brownish orange; beige head with some real staying power. Dark fruit, fig, mostly spicy yeast ester aromas.   Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Malty sweetness, peppery at the back of the throat, not bitter, alcohol warmth. The beer mellows and the flavors mesh as the beer warms, or maybe that’s just the 10% ABV talking but I think not. I am not sure if there is such a thing as a Quad that I do not like

4 Stars.

4 Stars, Abdij O.L.V. Koningshoeven, Strong Ale

La Trappe – Isid’or by Abdij O.L.V. Koningshoeven

Brother Isidorus Laaber was the first brew master of the Onze Lieve Vrouw of Koningshoeven Abbey. Originally brewed on the 125th anniversary of the brewery’s founding but now part of the permanent lineup.

Poured a rich but hazy amber with small bubbles making up the white head. A combination of malty, caramelly, fruity aroma with some classic Belgian yeasty spiciness. Large amount of carbonation greats you followed by overwhelmingly caramel flavors, light bitterness with a fruity finish. Nice.

4 Stars.

4 Stars, De Dolle Brouwers, Strong Ale

Stille Nacht by De Dolle Brouwers

Poured a murky apricot with almost no apparent carbonation. Aromas of malt, caramel, fruit and some sweetness.  Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Loads of complex flavor; sweet fruit (apple, banana, tropical) flavors are at the front, good alcohol punch, faintly herbal, some yeasty spiciness, lightly bitter with fruit and malt as a long lasting finish. Great sipping beer, which is probably a good idea since it weighs in at a hefty 12% ABV.

4.5 Stars.