It’s Belgian Style!

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What’s a wonderful beer selection without some Belgian in it! The next variety that seems to sell a lot is our Belgian-Style beers, so here’s some cool information on the carefully hand-selected beers from Daniel I’ll be discussing.

Let’s start off with the “Trappistes Rochefort  8”.  This Belgian strong dark ale yields 9.20% in alcohol by volume. This beer pours a deep mahogany with intense carbonation present in the pour. Your nose will be greeted with sweet caramel malts, dark fruits like figs, raisins and prunes. It has a very well balanced aftertaste that subtly hides the alcohol. A very wonderful sipping beer that deserves to be savored!

The “Saison Dupont” is an awesome farmhouse ale. It has a nice golden body with a head over three fingers in width that will leave a nice lacing on the glass. You’ll smell citrus, floral, yeast, and a grassy barn yard aroma with orange rind. You’ll have a slight peppery taste at the end but with a hint of citrus still there.  This beer would be great for the hotter months to come!

“Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge” is a unique Flanders red ale. This beer is a copper-ruby color with a small tan head that fades quickly to a ring of foam. You’ll smell tart, earth and sourness. As the beer warms you’ll also smell hay. The sourness of the initial taste will be consumed by a bright, sharp red cherry flavor. With how tart it is, you can taste hints of raspberry or blackberry. As the lactic sourness slowly fades it will leave behind a dry, grainy flavor on the roof of the mouth. Overall this beer is for people who enjoy the fruity and tart tastes blended together.

Our “Chimay Speciale Cent Cinquante” tripel at 10% alcohol by volume is definitely something a Belgian beer lover should try. This special edition is a full bodied and distinctive beer developed within the abbey to celebrate and honor the 150th anniversary of the brewery. It’s produced with 100% natural ingredients and its pale golden robe and champagne sparkle is topped by a rich white head of foam. The distinctive bouquet evokes the rich, fruity and complex notes of the Chimay yeast in harmony with a delicate spicy note and the fragrance of fresh noble hops. It will also deliver a crisp hop finish that will delight the palate.

Lastly is the “Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw” Belgian strong dark ale hailing at 11% alcohol by volume. You’ll be greeted with a murky chestnut body. The smell is a little woody, but contains a super sweet scent of molasses, candied walnuts and caramel.  You’ll taste orange bitters and nutmeg as well. This is a medium-thickness beer with fairly high, but very creamy carbonation. Overall, this beer is very well balanced and a tad sweet. But for a strong dark ale, what more could you want when it comes to an array of fruits, spice and a bit of caramel?

We usually carry these Belgian ales so you should head on down and pick some up. These beers will also pair well with many meat or cheese dishes, so you can also dine in our store and grab the “Popeye’s Pizza” or the “Salumi” entrees during your visit!

Until then, stay tuned for our next variety of beers and leave with a fun quote of the day, “Everybody has to believe in something…I believe I’ll have another drink” ~ W.C. Fields.

Belgian Beers