Belgian Beer

10 09 2005

Delirium Tremens The best of the bunch. Clear, crisp, effervescent, and enough taste to last a savory moment. Not as creamy or fruity as the Chimay Triple.
10

Triple Grimbergen A little more body than Delirium Tremens, but not quite the clarity.
10
Double Grimbergen Too Darkish and like that.
6

Chimay Gold Label Molassesy. Darker than expected, but clear and without burden. Not bitter, slightly sweet.
8.5
Chimay Classic I don’t really like this one.
Chimay Triple Smoothest of all … perhaps not as effervescent, but it’s the creamiest. Mild carmels, no molasses. Very subtle, not intense. This is the bomb.
10

La Fin De Monde Probably the clearest of all. Not too sweet. Hints at hops without any of the burden of over-hopping. This is often not too expensive.
9.5

Hoegaarden White Ale Not very tasteful, but clear and wonderful.
7.5

Triple Bornem Fluffy, lite, clear, but not as much taste as the masters. Not sweet, nor bitter/fruity.
7.8

Pranqster Taste like Henry’s
2.5

Hair of the Dog Triple Brewed in Portland, OR. Heavy Sediment. Molasses with nothing more. Only slighty better than a run of the mill domestic brew.
3

Duvall Hoppy, but not like Henry’s. A lite homebrew. Dry … Not fruity (maybe citrusy). Effervescent like the Belgians, but only that—like a good Heineken or Beck supreme without the skunk.
8.5

Augustijn Ale Triple Lite. Fizzy. Not too Sweet. Very sedimenty.
8.5

Abbey of Leffe Blonde Ale Big green bottle. Nothing objectionable. Nothing extraordinary.
9

Bruegel Amber Ale Stubby bottle. Wonderfully smooth. Almost perfect, except the taste doesn’t stay with you.
8

Gulden Draak Big white bottle. Too molassesy. Not sweet enough. A typical Dark Beer.
6

Grain d’Orge Biere Blonde Des Flanders (France) Perfectly Amber Tasty.
8.5

Maudite Brewed in Canada. Bubbly but not at the top. Amber aftertaste. Slightly, ever so slightly, carmelly. No real aroma—Nothing objectionable.
8

Kasteel bier Biere du Chateau – Prune Beer
. Dark but not like a Guiness. Fruity, Very smooth. Not overly bubbly. No bad ‘Bocky’ aftertaste
8

La trappe (Quadruple) Flat. Dated. Too bad.
0

Lucifer Basically a Heineken. Slightly skunky slightly bitter. Very light.
5.5