Beer #162 Cantillon Classic Gueuze

 

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

 

Name: Classic Gueuze

Style:  Gueuze

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon website

Country: Belgium

Region:  Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

How served: 750 ml corked & capped bottle poured into Drie Fonteinen tumbler

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Steamed tilapia with a spicy lemon marinade.  Great Pairing!!!

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 16th, 2011  

Note:  This was bottled on October 3, 2008.

 The beer poured a hazy light orange with a small fluffy white head and many tiny bubbles like you would see in a glass of champagne.   The nose was funky and barnyard like, with hints of lemon zest.  The taste hits you first with some funk and mildly tart on the acidic side, and then I picked up some lemon and green apples, and end up very dry.  The mouthfeel was of a light to medium body and a very nice level of carbonation to tickle the tongue.  The drinkability was fabulous and like the label says is a Classic Gueuze which I can drink all day.   

 On the Label:   

A blend of one, two, and three year-old lambics, refermented in the bottle. Store and serve at cellar temperature (50-55 F/10-13 C).  Do not serve cold!  Pour gently (leaving behind the yeast sediment) into a wine glass or traditional Belgian tumbler.

 From their Website:

Gueuze 100% Lambic

In the 18th century, a Benedictine monk, dom Pérignon, discovers the champaign method by blending different non sparkling white wines. One century later, a Brabant brewer blends different lambics and brings about a spontaneous fermentation in the bottle. The Gueuze is born.

 Up to the 19th century, the people from Brussels and Brabant mostly drank two beers, Lambic and Faro. The glass bottle and the discovery of Dom Perignon will bring about a revolution in the small world of the Brussels brewers. The Gueuze became the icon of the Brussels beers.

Lambic, which is the base for the making of Gueuze, is a spontaneous fermentation beer. All beers made with Lambic are naturally sour, but some will be more sour, more bitter or “softer” than the others.

 The Gueuze is the result of a well-considered blending of Lambics of different ages and with different tastes.

 The Lambic beers from the Cantillon brewery, which are conserved in oakwood barrels, are called “young” after one year, but they will reach their full maturity after three years. The young beers contain the sugars which are necessary for the second fermentation in the bottle. The three years old beers will contribute their taste and their flavour.

 The main task for the brewer, however, is tasting. He will taste about ten Lambics from different barrels in order to select five or six which will be used for the Gueuze 100% Lambic presenting the typical characteristics of the beers from the Cantillon brewery.

 The bottles are closed with a cork, capped with a crown-cork. They will remain horizontally in a cellar for a year on average, in order to allow the sugars to be converted into carbon dioxide (second fermentation in the bottle). The saturation of the beer is slow and natural. When the Lambic becomes sparkling, it is called Gueuze. At that moment, this crown-jewel of the Cantillon brewery will leave the cellar of the brewery and find its way to the cellars of the lovers of the traditional Gueuze.

 Every blending will produce a different Gueuze. Since we work according to a natural process, it is impossible to make a standard beer.

 This beer is not only unique because of its brewing process, but also because it can be conserved for a long time. When kept in a good cellar, a Cantillon Gueuze will still have an exceptional taste and flavour after 20 years.

 The Gueuze 100% Lambic Cantillon represents half of the production of the brewery.

The Gueuze 100% Lambic is available in 37,5 cl (1/2) or 75 cl (1/1) bottles.

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Summary of the Oct 2010 Bon Beer Voyage Belgium Beercation (Day 3)

Summary of the Oct 2010 Bon Beer Voyage Belgium Beercation

 Day 3 Monday October 25th            (Sailing from Bruges to Ghent)

Our Barge, The Iris

 This morning we had the pleasure of a relaxed breakfast while being able to enjoy the scenery as the barge sailed slowly from Bruges to Ghent through the canal.   We played a few rounds Beer Cap Bingo for some cool prizes.

View during the Morning Sail to Ghent

Rainbow seen during the Morning Sail to Ghent

After another gourmet lunch on the barge we met up with a much smaller canal boat for an informative tour of the historic city of Ghent from the water. 

View of the Ghent waterway from the canal boat

View of the Ghent waterway from the canal boat

After the canal boat tour we all decided to fortify ourselves with a beer before we headed over to see the “torture” devices at the Gravensteen Castle (now a torture museum). 

Café ‘t Galgenhuis

We headed to the smallest bar in Ghent, Café ‘t Galgenhuis, which is an old “hangman’s”  or gallows house turned into a bar. 

 Here we tried 4 different beers from the same brewery Brouwerij Haacht NV.:

Haacht Wit Bier (Excelsior)- a Witbier of 4.8% abv,

Tongerlo Bruin– a 6.0% abv Belgian Dark Ale and    

 

Charles Quint Blond

 

Charles Quint Bruin

both the Charles Quint (aka Keizer Karel) Blond and Bruin.  The Blond is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 8.5% abv and the Bruin was a Belgian Strong Dark Ale of 9.0% abv.  

Charles Quint Blond and Bruin tasting at Café ‘t Galgenhuis

inside Café ‘t Galgenhuis

Gravensteen Castle

Gravensteen Castle Knight

Thumb screws from the Gravensteen Castle

After our visit through the Gravensteen Castle and seeing all the medieval torture devices we could stand, it was time to calm our tortured nerves with another beer. 

 Our closest stop was ‘t Waterhuis aan de Bierkant.  This canal side gem has a beer list of over 150 beers. 

‘t Waterhuis aan de Bierkant

We shared:

Reinaert Grand Cru

Reinaert Grand Cru -a Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 9.5% abv by De Proefbrouwerij,

Buffalo Belgian Bitter

What a huge fluffy head on this Buffalo Belgian Bitter

Buffalo Belgian Bitter- a Belgian IPA of 8.5% abv brewed by Brouwerij Van den Bossche,

Gouden Carolus Noël

Gouden Carolus Noël, a 10.5% abv Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Brouwerij Het Anker,

Rochefort 10

Rochefort 10, a Quadrupel with an abv of 11.30% brewed at the Brasserie de Rochefort  and the House Beer Mammelokker, a 6.0% Bruin.

inside ‘t Waterhuis aan de Bierkant

After our visit to the Waterhuis we walked next door to sample some of the 200 types of jenever at ’t Dreupelkot.  

 

't Dreupelkot ad and Pol behind the bar

  

 

Pol at ‘t Dreupelkot pouring some jenever

 At ‘t Dreupelkot we were greeted by Pol, a Santa Claus looking character.  We tried the vanilla, the chocolate, the banana and various mixtures of these before we convinced the new jenever junkies in our group to leave the bar!

 After our jenever experience, we took a short walk to De Dulle Griet.

Dulle Griet "Mad Meg" the Red Cannon in Ghent

After we all saw the cannon we went to the “other” Dulle Griet.  

 

De Dulle Griet

Dulle Griet has over 250 different bottle beers on their menu.  Their specialty is their famous “The Max”, which is Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels poured into a Kwak Yard Glass.   As you may know, these glasses are not cheap, so in order to deter sticky fingered visitors from making them into souvenirs, patrons ordering “The Max” must take off one of their shoes as collateral.  The shoes is then put into a basket and hoisted to the ceiling by a pulley system.  When the glass is returned, so is the shoe! This bar can get crowded, so as a courtesy to your fellow imbibers, if you plan to have a Kwak, wear your odor eaters, please! 

"The Max" at De Dulle Griet

While in Dulle Griet we tried:

St. Bernardus Abt 12, Prior 8 and Rodenbach Grand Cru

St. Bernardus Abt 12– a 10.5% abv  Quadrupel brewed by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV.

St Bernardus Prior 8– a Dubbel at 8.0 abv by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV.

St Bernardus Witbier– 5.5% abv Witbier also from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV.

Bob's 1st ever "tart" beer as he tastes Rodenbach Grand Cru

Rodenbach Grand Cru– a Flanders Red Ale at 6.00% abv from Brouwerij Rodenbach NV 

Bush De Noël

Bush De Noël– a 12.0% abv Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères

Geuze Boon a Gueuze of 6.0% abv from Brouwerij Boon

Gouden Carolus Classic a Belgian Strong Dark Ale -of 8.5%abv Brouwerij Het Anker.

Janet has the Delirium Tremens and is seeing Pink Elephants

Delirium Tremens a 8.5% abv Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed at Brouwerij Huyghe.

cheers at De Dulle Griet

Afterward we stopped by a nearby bottle shop where a few of us to the opportunity to do a little beer hunting & gathered up few bottle to bring back to the barge as well as back home.

Dinner tonight on the barge was spectacular, we had salmon…

Dinner is served

and we shared a few beers and a few laughs as we reminisced about the day’s adventures.

 Next up is Day 4. We will visit 3 breweries then meet our Barge, the Iris, in Bassrode where we will spend the night before heading to Antwerp and Brussels.

 

 Link for Summary of Day 1

Link for Summary of Day 2

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Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery Vintage Sour Beer Tasting

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery

Vintage Sour Beer Tasting

Jan 09, 2011

 The Funky Buddha is located at 2621 N Federal Highway Boca Raton, Fl

561-368-4643

Website: http://www.thefunkybuddha.com/

 

Our 1st 15 beers Tasted at the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery

 

Here is the order of the beers we tasted.

2003 Liefmans Goudenband & 2004 Mort Subite Gueuze

Beer #1

2003 Liefmans Goudenband

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin                      

Brewery:  Brouwerij Liefmans   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Oudenaarde

ABV: 8.0% Abv

This beer was much more sweet, then tart.   I’ve had the opportunity to taste Goudenband on many occasions and it is usually a mildly tart and refreshing beer. This 2003 version was good, but not at all tart. 

Beer #2

2004 Mort Subite Gueuze

Style: Gueuze                      

Brewery:  Brouwerij De Keersmaeker  

Country:  Belgium  Region: Asse-Kobbegem

ABV: 4.5% Abv

 

2003 Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vielle

 

Beer #3

2003 Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vielle

Style: Lambic – Cherry                      

Brewery:  Brouwerij Oud Beersel   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Beersel

ABV: 6.5% Abv

 

2004 Rodenbach

Beer #4

2004 Rodenbach

Style: Flanders Red Ale                      

Brewery:  Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Roeselare

ABV: 5.1% Abv

2010 & 2003 Rodenbach Grand Cru

Beers #5 & 6

2010 Rodenbach Grand Cru

&

2003 Rodenbach Grand Cru

Style: Flanders Red Ale                      

Brewery:  Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Roeselare

ABV: 6.0% Abv

It was very interesting to try the “regular” Rodenbach, the 2010 & the 2003 Rodenbach Grand Cru side by side.  In terms of tartness I would have to say that Rodenbach was mildly tart, the 2010 Grand Cru was about 2x’s tarter & the 2003 kicked up the tartness factor to a very enjoyable puckering level as it was about 4x more tart then the 2010 Grand Cru. 

 

2005 Cantillon Kriek

 

Beer #7

2005 Cantillon Kriek

Style: Lambic – Cherry                     

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

2005 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

 Beer #8

2005 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

Style: Lambic – Cherry                     

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

 I found in comparing the above 2 beers, that the Lou Pepe Kriek was much more tart, smoother and more refreshing then their regular Kriek. 

 

What's on Draft at the Funky Buddha

 

2005 Cantillon Iris

 

Beer #9

2005 Cantillon Iris

Style: Lambic                      

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

 Iris is a “Hoppy” Lambic. 

2005 Panil Bariquée

 

 Beer #10

2005 Panil Bariquée

Style: Flanders Red Ale                     

Brewery: Panil   website

Country:  Italy  Region: Torrechiara

ABV: 8.0% Abv 

2005 Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru

 

 Beer #11

2005 Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru

Style: Lambic                       

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

Cisco Winter Woods

 Beer #12

Cisco Winter Woods

Style: Flemish Braggot                     

Brewery:  Cisco Brewers Inc   website

Country:  USA  Region: Nantucket, Massachusetts

ABV: 9.0% Abv

This was one heck of a great brew.  I would like to try some more of their “the Woods” series brews.

2003 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise & Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze

 

Beer #13

2003 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise

Style: Lambic – Strawberry                     

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

Beer #14

2003 Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze

Style: Gueuze                      

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

The Following beers are extras that some of the guest brought with them to share & I had a chance to taste.   

Funky Buddha Tasting

 

2005 Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions

 

Guest Beer #1

2005 Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions

Style: Lambic                      

Brewery:  Brasserie Cantillon.   website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Brussels

ABV: 5.0% Abv

Similar to Iris, as this is also a “Hoppy” Lambic.

2009 Horal’s Oude Geuze Mega Blend

 

Guest Beer #2

2009 Horal’s Oude Geuze Mega Blend

Style: Geuze                     

Brewery:  Blend from 8 HORAL members (3 Fonteinen, Boon, De Cam Oude, De Troch, Hanssens, Lindemans, Oud Beersel and Timmermans). website

Country:  Belgium  Region: Multiple

ABV: 7.0% Abv

This one interesting Geuze as it was a bend of 8 different Lambics from 8 different breweries.   I feel that as good & enjoyable as this Geuze was, the Geuze you could try from some of those individual breweries would have been better.

Lost Abbey Veritas 008

 

Guest Beer #3

Lost Abbey Veritas 008

Style: American Wild Ale                      

Brewery:  The Lost Abbey   website

Country:  USA  Region:  San Marcos, California

ABV: 8.0% Abv

This is the latest version of the Veritas series which is this 008 is also part of the Lost Abbey’s “Tea” series of beers.

 

My Change of Pace from the Sour/Tart Beers to End the Day

Sex Panther Black IPA

Style: Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/ India Dark Ale                      

Brewery:  Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery   website

Country:  USA  Region: Boca Raton, Fl

ABV: 7.0% Abv

This Funky Buddha Black IPA was up there with the best of the Black IPA’s I’ve tried to date.  If you’re a hop head, you would want to try this one for sure.

 

My Top 5 Beers of the Day, in No Particular Order:

2003 Rodenbach Grand Cru

2005 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

Cisco Winter Woods

2003 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise

Sex Panther Black IPA 

 

My 2 Least Favorite Beers of the Day, in No Particular Order:

2003 Liefmans Goudenband (I normally love Goudenband, but not this one)

Lost Abbey Veritas 008 (Too much tea going on in this beer for my taste)

Beer # 78 Chapeau Winter Gueuze

Chapeau Winter Gueuze

Name: Chapeau Winter Gueuze

Style:  Gueuze

Brewery: Brouwerij De Troch  website

Country: Belgium

Region:  Wambeek

ABV: 5.6% Abv

How served: 12.7 oz capped & corked bottle poured into an Alexander Rodenbach glass.       

My Overall Opinion: OK.

I paired this beer with: Lemon Pepper chicken.    

Tasted on:  Monday February 22, 2010.

Note:  As a Gueuze fanatic I was really looking forward to trying this beer.  I also haven’t had any beer from De Troch to date, so I was curious to taste one of their beers.   The presentation of a capped and corked bottle got me thinking of Fantôme, so my expectation was raised a bit.  The aroma was good with a hint of cherries. Then a huge let down on the taste.  This was a bit too sweet for my taste.  It didn’t have a bad taste & it didn’t have an over powering cherry flavor, it just tastes as if it was sweetened with fruit syrup.  Now I do not know if fruit syrup was actually added to this Gueuze, it just tasted like artificial flavor to me.

 I need to go have a different beer now to get his taste off my palate.  Maybe a nice crisp St Bernardus Tripel will do the trick.

 From their website: Visit the bucolic countryside around Brussels and discover Wambeek and the Brewery De Troch, which produce the “CHAPEAU” fruit beers. A 19th century land-use plan of the area mentions a brewery owned by a certain Petronnella De Troch. Even older records indicate that her father, Pieter De Troch, was running a brewery on the same site in the late 18th century. Petronnella married Egidius De Troch and in 1898 their son Louis took the family business over. Louis Married J. De Neve, and their son, also Louis, inherited the brewery and farm in 1936. The same Louis married M.L. Van den Moortel. Their nephew Jos Raes and his wife M. Vanderhasselt took on the family tradition in 1974 and have been running this rare craft brewery ever since. In 2002, their son Pauwel Raes jointed his parents into the family business.

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Beer Travels in Belgium Part 4 (Gent)

This is the 4th installment of our Beery Adventures in Belgium.  We visited Bruges, Gent, Mechelen, Antwerp & Brussels over 7 days, meeting with vendors for our beer travel company, BonBeerVoyage.com.  During our whirlwind week, we were able to visit over 50 beer related places and tasted over 50 different beers.

With Bruges behind us, we are now going to focus on Gent.  During our 2 nights and 1 day in Gent we visited 9 bars, discovered a new brewery and tasted 13 different beers.

De Dulle Griet at night

De Dulle Griet bar

 

Our 1st visit was to De Dulle Griet (50 Vrijdagmarkt).   De Dulle Griet is a cool, quirky bar which you will find on the square called Friday Market (Vrijdagmarkt in Dutch).   The bar is named after a very famous medieval supergun from Gent.  You can see this large red canon on display just outside the Friday Market on the canal front.  Dulle Griet has over 250 beers to choose from,  including their famous “The Max” which is Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels poured into a Kwak Yard Glass.

Ceiling Shoe Basket in De Dulle Griet

 As you may know, these glasses are not cheap, so in order to deter sticky fingered visitors from making them into souvenirs, patrons ordering “The Max” must take off one of their shoes as collateral.  The shoes is then put into a basket and hoisted to the ceiling by a pulley system.  When the glass is returned, so is the shoe! This bar can get crowded, so as a courtesy to your fellow imbibers, if you plan to have a Kwak, wear your odor eaters, please! 

Malheur 12 at De Dulle Griet

Ruth starts off her night with a Rochefort 10

After searching the packed pub both upstairs and down and not finding a seat in the house, Ruth & I were fortunate enough to be invited by another couple, on a holiday from Holland, to share the next available table.   I started my night off with a Malheur 12, which is a Quadruple and 12% abv from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV .  Ruth started with a  Rochefort 10, also a Quadruple at 11.3% abv from  Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy).   After we finished our Quadruples, we said goodbye to our new Dutch friends and left to check out one more pub before heading off to dinner.

Den Trollekelder

As we walked to Café Den Trollekelder (17 Bij Sint-Jacobs) we heard what sounded like a jazz band practicing nearby.  So as I went to check out Den Trollekelder, Ruth went to track down where the great music was coming from. 

Den Trollekelder's troll window

Den Trollekelder's troll window

The 1st thing I saw upon approaching Den Trollekelder were all the trolls in the window.  The 2nd thing I noticed was the beer list hanging in the window, at a quick glance it appeared they had about 150 beers.  Great list, now to find a seat.  As I entered I noticed how empty the place looked.   I walked through the 2 levels and the only person I saw was the bartender.   I thought this was strange, given the fact of how crowded Dulle Griet had been and how good the beer menu looked.    I headed back out the door to find Ruth who hadn’t appeared in this troll den yet.

Trefpunt

I saw her standing next door in front of Trefpunt (18 Bij Sint-Jacobs) talking to an elder man with a small plaid shopping cart.   The stranger my wife was chatting it up with was Coen, a local artist and poet.   He apparently carries all his poetry in that shopping cart.  He confirmed that the jazz band we heard would be playing shortly in Trefpunt, which is a music and theater café.   We went in & found a couple of seats at the bar near the stage.    They have a small beer list of 6 beers on tap and 18 bottled.  We both managed to find a something to our liking.

Mike & Ruth toast with an Orval & Rochefort 8 in Trefpunt

Ruth stayed with Rochefort and this time ordered a Rochefort 8, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 9.2% abv from  Brasserie de Rochefort. I matched her Trappist with an Orval, a Belgian Pale Ale.  It is 6.90% abv and brewed by Brasserie d’Orval S.A.  

Coen and Ruth got into a conversation about everything from the French Poetry to Bob Dylan. This was followed by her attempt at interpreting his Flemish reading of one of his poems, (the Rocheforts obviously somehow endowed her with translating superpowers).  By the time the band started to play we were starving so after the first set we headed out in search of dinner.  

Aba Jour

Board welcoming you into Aba Jour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to the beer enthusiasts’ restaurant Aba-Jour (20 Oudburg) which serves Italian & Belgian fair.   Aba-Jour had 6 beers on tap, 55 bottled plus 10 specials on their menu board including Vin de Céréale and Stille Nacht 2003.

Rochefort 6 in Aba Jour

Drie Founteine Oude Geuze in Aba Jour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we waited to be seated for dinner, we sat at the bar and Ruth went for a Rochefort trifecta and ordered the Rochefort 6, which is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 7.5% Abv from  Brasserie de Rochefort.   I went with Drie Founteine Oude Geuze,  a 6.0% abv which is a Gueuze from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Cantillon's Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio in Aba Jour

With my spaghetti dinner I stayed in the Gueuze family and ordered Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio,  a 5.0% Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon.

 

Ruth holding a haiku by Coen

Above is a Haiku, written that evening for us by Coen (Coenraed de Waele ) with one of the 7 or so pens he had in his jacket pocket for such occasions.  (For those of you not familiar with Haiku, it is a Japanese form of poetry written in 3 lines, the 1st line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the 3rd line has 5 syllables.) This is what it says.

 Hear close harmony.

Some Americans in town.

My mind runs open.

                        By Coenraed de Waele

 The next morning and early afternoon we spent touring around Gent.  During our rounds we came across 2 beer bars, which were unfortunately closed at that time of the day.  

 

Het Verdronken Land

The 1st one was Het Verdronken Land (57 Steendam) which is a tapasbar.   They have about 50 beers on their list and is only a short walk N.E. from Den Trollekelder.

 
 
 
 

Delirium Café

Delirium Café entrance

The 2nd beer bar which was closed was Delirium Café , (2 Klein Turkije).   The Delirium’s entrance would lead you to their basement bar.  This is the sister bar of the famous Delirium Café in Brussels, but is has nowhere near the 2000 beers you will find in Brussels.  It does, however, have an impressive 150 beers on its menu.      

Gruut in the Christmas Market

While we walked thru the Christmas Market we came upon a booth promoting a new brewery in town named Gruut.   We had a sample of their Belgian Amber Ale which is, as the name says an Amber Ale at 6.6% abv.  We found the beer, the way it was made and the beer glass all very interesting, so we inquired about the Brewery.  Once we found out it was about a half mile away, we headed off to see…

Gruut Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

Entrance to Gruut

Gruut Gentse Stadsbrouwerij (10 Grote Huidevettershoek) is a Hop-less brewery.  The head brewer a female.   They currently make 4 beers, a Wit Beer 5%abv; a Blond 5.5% abv; an Amber Ale 6.6% abv and a Bruin 8% which at the time was in production but not bottled yet.  

Gruut's Amber, Blond & Wit bottles

Gruut is the name of a medieval mixture of spices and herbs used to make beer instead of using hops.  Gruut was also the name of the local currency in the middle ages which was used to pay the taxes on the amount of Gruut used.  

 

Gruut

Gruut

Gruut

Here at Gruut they use modern equipment and brewing techniques in the old-fashioned tradition.

The bar/brewery/tasting room is very modern and nice.  And it’s worth the visit just to see the restrooms…

Gruut's Mens room

Gruut's Blond & Wit with some snacks

With a snack of hard cheese and salami, Ruth enjoyed the Belgium Wit Beer and while I had their Belgium Blond.

 

‘t Gouden Mandeke entrance

A peek inside ‘t Gouden Mandeke

A peek inside Gouden Mandeke

The walk back into town from Gruut made us thirsty so we stopped off at ‘t Gouden Mandeke (9 Pensmarkt) for a beer.   This was a quaint bar with baskets hanging along the beams of the ceiling.  They were very crowded and there was no place to sit, not even at the bar.  A quick peek at the beer menu revealed that they had about 50 beers, a good selection, but nothing we couldn’t find elsewhere in town. With a thought of a later return visit, we headed off to find a place where we could sit and enjoy a beer.  

‘t Galgenhuisje

We walked to the end of the block to ‘t Galgenhuisje (5 Groentenmarkt).  This is the smallest bar in Gent.  The location was where they used to hang people, hence its name “the Gallows House”.  They had 4 beers on tap and 14 bottled beers.   They made up for the small beer list with a great atmosphere.   Amazingly enough, a couple was leaving as we arrived so we were able to grab one of the few tables that fit into this doll house sized pub.

Ruth & Mike toast in ‘t Galgenhuisje with a Westmalle Triple & Gentse Tripel

I had the Gentse Tripel, which is an 8.0% abv Tripel from the Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.  Ruth drank a Westmalle triple, which is a 9.50% abv Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle).   We meet a great couple sitting at the table next to us.  After a while of chatting across our tables, we invited them to join us at our table, which made for an easier conversation.  And opened up a table for another group!

‘t Galgenhuisje with our new friends

She is a native of Gent and he is also a native from Gent, but he now lives in Canada a few months out of the year.   We enjoyed their company so much that after we finished our drinks here the four of us walked across the street to…

 
 
Het Waterhuis Aan De Bierkant

Het Waterhuis Aan De Bierkant  (9 Groentenmarkt).  Waterhuis is wonderful bar, if the weather is nice you can grab some grub and a beer outside while enjoying the canal view and people watching.  Inside it is a two story bar with a casual atmosphere.   They have an excellent beer menu; that night they had 16 beers on tap and over 150 bottled.   

I drank a Oud Beersel Oude Gueze Vieille , a 6% abv Gueuze which is brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel,  Ruth had the N’ice Chouffe, which is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 10% abv.  This is a Christmas beer made from by the Brasserie d’Achouffe which was van ‘t vat (from the tap). 

Oud Beersel Oude Gueze Vieille

N’ice Chouffe

 

Waterhuis cheers with friends

Our new friends and drinking companions treated us to a round.  We look forward to sharing a few with them when we return to Gent during our Belgium Beer Barge Tour in October!

It was then off to dinner after consulting with the locals.  We ate at a restaurant called Coeur d’Artichaut (6 Onderbergen). It had a kind of modern sparse décor, high ceilings, black and white.  Great atmosphere, great food, great end to a great day!  All while having the proper glassware for my Duvel too!

Gent at night:

Gent at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beer Travels in Belgium Part 3

This is the 3rd installment of our Beery Adventures in Belgium.  We visited Bruges, Gent, Mechelen, Antwerp & Brussels over 7 days, meeting with vendors for our beer tour company BonBeerVoyage.comDuring our whirlwind week, we were able to visit over 50 beer related places and tried over 50 beers. 

This entry focuses on the 3rd day of the trip.  We finished our time in Bruges by visiting 3 more bottle shops, 3 more beer bars, a gourmet chocolate shop and a cigar shop which serves beer in its backroom bar.    

The 1st bottle shop of the day was de Bier Tempel  (7 Philipstockstraat). 

de Bier Tempel

A short walk from Cambrinus (see below) heading towards the Grote Market, you will spot this bottle shop on the right side of the street.   They have a nice section of beers as well as glassware at competitive prices. I wasn’t planning to buy any beer today, but when I spied a bottle of Rodenbach Vin de Céréale, I couldn’t resist.  It is a Flanders Red Ale at 10% abv, which was only bottled once.  Since I was already going to make a purchase, I also picked out a bottle of Catherine The Great, which is brewed by Brouwerij Smisje.  It is a Belgium Imperial Stout, aka Foreign/Export Stout and is 10.0% abv.  

Catherine The Great & Vin de Céréale

De Kuppe

De Dolle Oerbier

It was still early in the day, but not too early for a beer, so we walked to De Kuppe (19 Kuipersstraat) as I knew they opened early.  As the sign says on the window, they have about 100 beers to choose from including De Dolle Oerbier, my choice for that morning.   Oerbier is a Belgium Strong Dark Ale at 9.5% abv. brewed by De Dolle Brouwers.

Since it was only around 11:30 am on a Monday, not too many other bars were open. We took a chance and walked 4 ½ blocks to ‘t Poatersgat (82 Vlamingstraat), but they were closed.

't Poatersgat

‘t Poatersgat is a cellar bar, with a stellar beer list!!!  They have over 100 beers to choose from. Although we didn’t have the chance to enjoy it this time, the inside is a lot larger than you might expect from looking at the door.  It is like a large cave with very tall ceilings.  Since it is just outside the “main” section of town, it usually is not as crowded with tourists.

After seeing ‘t Poatersgat closed,  we then looked across the street to see that De Zolder (53 Vlamingstraat), was also closed.  This is a fairly new place and like ‘t Poatersgat is located in a cellar setting.   They have about 60 different beers to choose from on their menu.

Since we were striking out on our beer hunting expedition, we decided to try another bottle shop and then head out to find the most unique chocolate shop in town.

Bacchus Cornelius

Bacchus Cornelius

We walked around the corner from ‘t Poatersgat to get to Bacchus Cornelius (17 Academiestraat).   This is a very upscale bottle shop, with has a very comfy sitting area with a fireplace in the back room.  They carry over 450 different beers as well as glassware.  We ended up buying Advokaat which is a thick yellow pudding like liquor.  It is a blend of egg, sugar and brandy; it is very delicious and is 22% abv.  You can eat it with a spoon like a pudding or pour it over ice cream.

Off of Steenstraat is  a square called Simon Stevinplein.  In this square you will find both  Jerry’s Cigar Bar (13 Simon Stevinplein) and The Chocolate Line ( 19 Simon Stevinplein).

Jerry's Cigar Bar

In Jerry’s Cigar Bar you can find cigars, if one indulges in such, and about 13 beers or other  apéritifs which can be enjoyed in the bar in the back of the shop or on the square.

The real treat to be found on Simon Stevinlpein is The Chocolate Line 

The Chocolate Line

In  The Chocolate Line you will find the most amazing chocolate shop.  Even Keith Richards has shopped here. They have a very unique line of chocolates, including some made with basil, sun dried tomato and olive oil! Yes, it sounds bizarre, but somehow it works.

2be front entrance

2be's Great Wall of Beer

The largest bottle shop in town is 2be (53 Wollestraat).   This is an extremely large shop.  On display between the front entryway and the bar in the back you will see the “Wall of Beers”.  This is an amazing display of almost all the beers of Belgium with the matching glassware, a real must see for beer geeks.   On the top floor of the shop you have many different chocolates and other Belgian specialties including some of their beer collection.  Downstairs you will find the rest of this huge beer selection with appropriate glasses for sale next to their respective beers.  

2be back porch at night

In the back you have an inside bar and an outside area overlooking the canal to have a beer. It is especially atmospheric in the evenings or on a nice afternoon…or anytime, heck you are in the most beautiful city in Belgium, drinking the best there is to offer, what more could you ask for?  

Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

One of the best places in town to grab a great lunch with a huge selection of beers to choose from is Bierbrasserie Cambrinus  (19 Philipstockstraat).  At Cambrinus you will find a beer menu which has over 400 beers and a food menu full of cuisine a la bière.

Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

Gulden Draak

Ruth and I both had their Flemish Carbonades, which is a beef stew prepared with Gulden Draak and served with applesauce.   I paired mine with a Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, this was a 2004 vintage and is brewed by Brouwerij Boon , this Gueuze is 8.00% abv.   Ruth had the Gulden Draak, which one of her favorite beers.  Gulden Draak is a Belgium Strong Dark Ale and brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Mariage Parfait

Mariage Parfait

Next in this series we will explore what Gent has to offer…stay tuned!

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