February 27, 2017

Belgian Strong Dark Ale

On the same path as the Belgian Dark Ale but obviously higher in alcohol with more of an all around character. The alcohol character can be deceivingly hidden or can be very bold and in your face. Look for lots of complexity within a delicate palate. Hop and malt character can vary, most are fruity and may have mild dark malt flavors. Phenols will range from minimal to high and most will be light on the hops. All in all most are spicy and alcoholic.

Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

C / 2.7
Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

A deep, mahogany Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins, and Belgian-style yeast.

Original Release Date: 03/1998
Food Pairing Recommendations: Steak, duck, game, wine-reduction sauces, Blue cheese, goat cheese, ham, mussels
Glassware Recommendation: Goblet or Snifter
Tasting Notes: pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty
Wine Comparable: Bordeaux

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

B / 3.5
Gulden Draak

Information:
Did you know that the Gulden Draak is named after the golden statue at the top of the Belfry in Ghent ? The statue was originally donated to the city of Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey) by the Norse king Sigrid Magnusson in 1111, during one of the first crusades. Approximately a century later, Boudewijn IX, Count of Flanders, ordered it to be transported to Flanders. In 1382, the cities of Bruges and Ghent even waged a battle over this statue. And who do you think won ?

At the table :
This “barley wine” blends in well with and in stews and specifically in Ghent or Flemish beef stew. It also comes into its own in sauces that accompany red meat, especially in a bordelaise. It is also eminently suited for desserts, especially pure chocolate desserts.

In the glass (according to the brewer):
Color: dark with a caramel-coloured head
Gravity: 23° Plato
Flavor: alcohol, burnt malt and coffee
Taste: very full body with hints of chocolate, caramel and alcohol
Finish: bitter-sweet, very long finish

Thanks to the re-fermentation in the bottle and the cask, this beer can be cellared for years imparting new rich flavours!

Chimay Bleue (Blue)

A+ / 5.0
Chimay Blue

Chimay Bleue (Blue), 9% abv darker ale. In the 75 cl bottle, it is known as Grande Réserve. This copper-brown beer has a creamy head and a slightly bitter taste. Considered to be the “classic” Chimay ale, it exhibits a considerable depth of fruity, peppery character. The taste continues to evolve and develop with a few years of age, and is extremely popular with the Belgian population.

This top fermented Trappist beer , refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.

Delirium Nocturnum

B+ / 3.9
Delerium Nocturnum

Delirium Nocturnum is the sister Belgian ale to Delirium Tremens. Delirium Nocturnum is Belgian ale that is strong, complex, and has lots of flavor and character. Delirium Nocturnum is a triple fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle.

Delirium Nocturnum is brewed in Belgian Family Brewery in Brouwerij Huyghe which is just outside Ghent, Belgium. The brewery is over 350 years old. It began in 1654 and is still at its original location and is still family owned. It’s known by many beer fans as the brewer of the well-reputed and amusingly named “Delirium Tremens”.

When Delirium Nocturnum (and Tremens) began being imported into the United States and Canada, it was quickly banned and taken off the shelves because of its name and the law that forbids the sale of an alcohol product that promotes “excessive drinking”. It was refused to be allowed to be licensed for consumption, fearing the beers’ names would encourage alcohol abuse. The dictionary defines the word ‘delirium’ as: ‘an acute mental disturbance characterized by confused thinking and disrupted attention usually accompanied by disordered speech and hallucinations’, and, ‘frenzied excitement’. It was also found offensive to people who have had the “DT’s” which indicates a violent sickness induced by withdrawal after alcohol abuse. To avoid not being imported, Delirium was imported under the name ‘Mateen Triple’ for a while until the ban was lifted in the United States and Canada.

Because of the living yeast added for refermentation in the bottle (bottle conditioning), the taste of Delirium will change (and often improve) with age due to both metabolism by the yeast and the effects of oxidation in the bottle.

Trappistes Rochefort 8

A / 4.5
Trappistes Rochefort 8

Yellowish-brown colour, with a more pronounced aroma, more fruits and a slight amount of Demi-Sec. This variety constitutes the largest proportion of production.

Trappistes Rochefort 6

A / 4.4
Trappistes Rochefort 6

Reddish colour, almost like autumn leaves, very consistent texture with a slightly spicy aroma and an intense taste of caramel, fruit, and hints of raisins. It is only brewed about once per year, representing approximately 1% of total beer production, thus is quite difficult to obtain.