Orval (Brasserie D’Orval)

Style: Brett-Spiked Belgian Pale Ale 6.9% ABV Bottled On: 09/25/2014 Brewery Notes: “Orval beer is a high fermentation beer. The ageing process adds a fruity note, which strikes a subtle balance between the beer’s full-bodied yet complex flavour and bitterness./ The beer was first brewed in 1931 and owes its unparalleled taste to the quality of the water, the hops and the yeast used. The … Continue reading Orval (Brasserie D’Orval)

2014-2015 Quetsche Tilquin À L’ancienne (Guezerie Tilquin)

6.4% ABV Style: Lambic aged on Plums From: Rebecq-Rognon, Belgium Technical Features: “Beer made from 60% malted barley and 40% wheat; When boiling, only aged hops are used; Natural contamination by the air during cooling; The day after brewing, contaminated wort is brought to blendery and pumpt into oak barrels; Spontaneous fermentation in oak barrels for a period of 1 to 2 years; Fermentation of … Continue reading 2014-2015 Quetsche Tilquin À L’ancienne (Guezerie Tilquin)

La Vermontoise (Hill Farmstead Brewery & Brasserie de Blaugies)

Style: Belgo-American Saison 6.0% ABV From: Dour, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “The Hill Farmstead brewers traveled to Brasserie de Blaugies to share in the kindred bond of farmhouse brewing. The result is this classic saison brewed with spelt and an abundance of Amarillo hops. A true expression of noble Belgian tradition and artistic American innovation from the families at Brasserie de Blaugies and Hill Farmstead.” The … Continue reading La Vermontoise (Hill Farmstead Brewery & Brasserie de Blaugies)

Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach) Style: Flanders Red aged w/macerated cherries, raspberries, and cranberries 7.0% ABV From: Roeselare, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “Rodenbach Caractère Rouge was developed in 2011 in collaboration with top chef Viki Geunes (2 Michelin stars). This exclusive beer is created by adding an extra six months’ fermenting maceration with cherries, raspberries and cranberries to beer that has already undergone two years’ maturation in oak casks. The … Continue reading Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Saison D’Epeautre (La Brasserie de Blaugies)

Style: Saison 6.00% ABV From: Dour, Belgium Importer’s Note: “Saison D’Epeautre is a saison beer made in a unique traditional style, using spelt and barley malt in the mash. Very dry and light in body, with a hint of wheaty tartness and a hardy texture that expresses the character of spelt, a primitive strain of wheat.”It is one truly feisty brew, with an outrageous pop and … Continue reading Saison D’Epeautre (La Brasserie de Blaugies)

Fleur Sauvage (Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar)

Style: Barrel-Aged Belgian IPA/Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale 6.0% ABV Imported by 12% Importer From: Baarle-Hertog, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “Barrel-aged Belle Fleur I.P.A. (13 months) impossible combination of sour, sweet and bitter.” Information on this beer is scant. The brewer’s website doesn’t even note that it exists, and all anyone really knows is that it’s their Belle Fleur IPA aged in barrels. Do we know what kind … Continue reading Fleur Sauvage (Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar)

Oude Lambiek (Geuzestekerij De Cam)

Style: 3 Year Old Unblended Lambic 5.0% ABV Bottled In: 2012 From: Gooik, Belgium Distributor’s Note: “One of Belgium’s most sought after Lambics! Karel Goddeau is the Master Blender at the Geuzestekkerij De Cam in Gooik, the pearl of Payottenland in Flemish Brabant. De Cam occupies a barn on the grounds of a museum of folk life in Gooik in the heart of Lambic country. It … Continue reading Oude Lambiek (Geuzestekerij De Cam)