Archive for the ‘Belgium’ Category

Site: http://www.sintbernardus.be/en/beers.html#abt12

Strong abbey ale, 10%

Comments: A fairly classic high alcohol Belgian beer, with a reasonably well balanced flavour. Dark in colour, fine off-white head and some retention. Initial flavours are very mellow, with no noticeable hop aroma, and the sourness of the malt only coming after the initial taste. The slightly fruity characteristics develop with the sourness, but the end result is still somewhat lethargic. This could be very good if you want a strong but not too aggressive beer. This is certainly not a bad beer, but probably won’t be remembered given the competition in the Belgian Trappist style.

Overall score: 6.5/10


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Site: http://www.delirium.be/delirium_nocturnum

Tripel, 8.5%

Comments: A dark beer, in the European overbrewed style. Quite aromatic, with the belgian wheat sourness coming in clearly, and not much in the way of roasted malt flavours. The malt is the main flavour here, however due to the high alcohol and triple fermentation, the beer is not overly sweet, even with the caramel and toffee characters which come quickly to the fore. I can’t really detect much hop, but the malt is enough to keep the flavour going to the end. A very good beer, but I think I prefer the Delirium tremens.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.cuveedestrolls.com/EN/biere/

Blonde, 7%

Comments: A Belgian blonde, with the classic Belgian wheat aromas, some sourness from fermentation, and a fruity aftertaste. Straw coloured, with some cloudiness, a coarse white head and some retention. Initial flavours are very mild, with little aroma hop present. The later flavour, however, develops well, with initial sweetness and some aromatics. The estery flavours then develop into the aftertaste, which is moderately complex, and lingers on well afterwards. This is a very pleasant Belgian blonde, but not quite at the level of some of the more classic beers in that style.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.chimay.com/en/chimay-rouge.html?IDD=129&IDC=287

Trappist Red Ale, 7%

Comments: A classic Belgian Trappist beer, with sour characters coming from the lambic fermentation, definite malt flavours, and a fruity finish. This is one of my favourite beers. Initial flavour is not particularly sweet, but is very fruity, with the malt and sweetness coming in soon after. Higher alcohol is noticeable in the mouth feel, and highlights the fermentation flavours, which trail into the aftertaste. The use of sugar is noticeable, giving a touch of caramel to the colour and flavour. Bitterness is higher than in many Belgian beers, but still is not dominant. A brilliant beer.

Overall score: 8.0/10


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Site: http://www.delirium.be/delirium_tremens (But go to www.delirium.be and watch the video)

Blonde, 8.5%

Comments: It’s hard to review this, as it’s generally regarded as one of the best beers around. It’s a Belgian blonde, so has the sour notes of a lambic, plenty of fruity wheat flavours (coriander and a touch of passionfruit), and a spicy aftertaste. Golden straw colour, fine white head and good retention. Aroma mainly comes from the wheat flavours and the alcohol, with the early flavour also being dominated by the wheat. Hop is subdued, but is more present than in other Belgian beers, and the carbonation, high alcohol and hop all contribute to a light but definite aftertaste. This is a very good beer, even within the strong field of Belgium.

Overall score: 8.0/10

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Site: http://www.grimbergenbier.be/

Blonde, 6.7%

Comments: A carefully flavoured Belgian blonde. Coarse white head with little retention and a golden colour. Aromas are mainly from light malts and fermentation characteristics, with plenty of slightly fruity notes. The early flavour is mainly given from the use of wheat, so you get the classic banana-like flavour, but this fades, leaving a mainly honey flavoured beer. Mouthfeel is quite moderate, with clear body to the beer, but not enough to weigh it down. Not much in the way of bittering, but that works quite well in this case. A fairly sweet and easy drinking Belgian abbey ale, which I’d be happy to return to.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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