Year: 2020

4 Stars, Brouwerij Het Anker, Tripel

Gouden Carolus – Tripel by Brouwerij Het Anker

Per the Het Anker website, this beer was originally brewed for the Knights of the Golden Fleece in 1491 so I had to pull out the gold rimmed glass for this golden tripel with a long lasting creamy white head. Nice mild, spicy aroma with orange and malt sweetness working in harmony. A little spicy, citrusy followed by light hop bitterness and pleasant alcohol, finishes dry with a grain character. Easy drinking and refreshing with no overpowering flavors, completely hides it’s 9% alcohol.

4 Stars

5 Stars, Brouwerij Rodenbach, Flanders Red

Rodenbach – Barrel No 145 – 2009 Vintage by Brouwerij Rodenbach

Deep mahogany with a small amount of rapidly dissipating nutmeg head. Rich cherry, plum, subtle vanilla balancing with the strong sour aroma. The intense aroma belies the mellow, well balanced beer hiding behind. I was expecting something on the more sour end of the Flemish Red spectrum and am pleasantly surprised by the beers approachability. Juicy sour cherry followed by a rich vanilla oakiness, tingly acidiccness and a nice dry finish

5 Stars

4 Stars, Brasserie St Feuillien, Tripel

Triple by Brassiere St Feuillien

This beer is a bright amber with a pebbly, frothy white head. Inviting aroma leads to more fruitiness and yeast eaters than I was expecting, light maltiness plays in the background. High carbonation leads to a pleasant explosion on the tongue; juicy, malty with an long lingering aftertaste. There is a triple hiding somewhere in the background…

4 Stars

4 Stars, Brasserie Cantillion, Lambic

Mamouche by Brasserie Cantillion

Poured a hazy gold with a fair amount of head that rapidly dissipated to a wispy bright white. Aroma is complex and difficult to describe past classic Belgium Lambic. First reaction is, tart! Once your palate adjusts it’s quite juicy with a good amount of bitterness with a lingering sweet, tartness. Despite using words like sweet and juicy it is dry and unlike most lambics it is not brewed with fruit but with elder flowers.

4 Stars