Belgium

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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Probably known more for their Fruit Lambic, Lindeman’s crafts a fine product in this grand cru with a nod to one of the Head Brewers Rene Lindeman.  Based on my research, this gueuze differs from their standard offering due to this unfiltered nature.  Classic gueuze beers were not filtered so in honoring the age old […] ... [Read more]

Oud Beersel Oude Gueze

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze

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Winning best ‘World’s Best’ & ‘Europe’s Best’ Lambic/Gueuze in 2011, I was interested to see how this beer would rank among the ones I’ve sampled.  To be honest, after sampling one style all the different breweries variations start to taste the same.  It has really stretched my palate trying to pick our subtle differences.  The […] ... [Read more]

Lindemans Faro

Lindemans Faro

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This is one of those unique beers only found in Belgium. The sub-style started when bartenders would put a little sugar or syrup into a young straight lambic right be for serving. In effect, the sugar would help balance out the high acidity found in these beers. A Flemish staple, it caught popularity and is […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Hop Burn (High)

Mikkeller Hop Burn (High)

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I stumbled upon this beer at my local liquor store and by the looks of the new label design (Keith Shore) this beer would be a hop bomb in a bottle.  Doing a little research I found out that this is part of a 2 beer series where Mikkel uses a top fermenting ale yeast […] ... [Read more]

Troubador Magma Belgian Triple IPA

Troubadour Magma Belgian Triple IPA

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In my experience there are two ways to make this beer.  1) Brew an IPA in the US, where more hops is better, then add Belgian yeast and 2) Brew a Strong Golden Ale in Belgium and add hops.  I’ve found that I prefer the latter and this beer confirms it.  The quality of this […] ... [Read more]

Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Gueuze

Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Gueuze

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I was not able to find much information on this brewery, but I’ve seen them on the shelves for some time now and they make a gueuze I decided to give them a try.  This blended lambic was aged for over three years before being sent out into the world so there in no need […] ... [Read more]

Abbey St. Martin Brune

Abbey St. Martin Brune

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Founded in 1096 St. Martin’s ales are now brewed by Brunehaut Brewery in the same time old tradition.  Only four beers make up this line so I choose the darkest brew.  A Dubbel by style, this beer has a slightly higher abv similar to that of Trappist Achel Bruin or St. Bernardus Prior 8.  The […] ... [Read more]

Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 2007

Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 2007

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A perfect marriage or harmony.  That is what you have here.  Unlike Boon’s standard Geuze which is a blend of young and old lambic, this beer is a blend of 3 year old lambic.  Therefore it is a vintage beer blended by the brewers for the purpose of pure enjoyment.  It is suppose to be […] ... [Read more]

Boon Oude Geuze

Boon Oude Geuze

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Reflecting over the last few months my taste for Lambic beers has taken off.  Boon’s traditional Geuze finds my palate after sampling their Mariage Parfait (a vintage blend) and some of my favorite gueuze beers from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and Girardin.  I’ll be honest, this brew quickly found its way to my top five effortlessly. […] ... [Read more]

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

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A few months ago I did some house and cat sitting for friends who vacationed to Europe.  My payment came in the form of beer bought in Belgium and I could not have been happier.  One of the brews purchased was this beauty from d’Achouffe brewery.  It is a hoppy Tripel (or an IPA with […] ... [Read more]