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Of Cats & Cherries

06/03/2007 Leave a comment
Liefmans Kriek on draught and the warning is that it is unsweetened. No
matter as the acid cuts straight through the thirst, just site the very
Welsh like weather in Antwerp.

Secondly, De Koninck (The King), Winter Koninck, dark, full of flavour and
warming. Gently sippable and in a wonderful glass. Classical music playing
in the background.

So I wanted to a Geuze ( a mixture of old & young Lambic) and this was the
result Brouwerij Fonteinen Oude Geuze (6% by volume), slightly acidic, as
you would expect and very thirst quenching and should be on Dr Tiki’s
wedding list. Still raining!!

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Brussels Tasting – Day 2 – Part 1

05/03/2007 Leave a comment
Back in Brussels and I’m back in the Lambic. Something that I couldn’t get
this morning. Rodenbach Grand Cru, it has a lot more bite than the vanilla
version. At 6% it tastes a little bit like a winter warmer. Very moreish and
ruby red. A relaxing drink.

Again, ignore the glass. Still on the Flemish ales, this time Liefmans
Goudenband – Gold Riband. Smooth and dark, not tasting the 8% by volume that
it is. This should be a sipping ale but it goes down far too smoothly. Comes
in corked, paper covered bottle. For a spring evening, it works.

Now for Wallonia and a Saison, you have to try them to know them. This one,
Saison Dupont, is bottle conditioned. Slightly cloudy and dry, it comes in
at 6.5% by volume. Good for the mildness of global warming.

Echt Kriekenbier, I would guess from the spelling, Flemish. All I can say is
wow, subtle cherry taste, 6.8% and a rather wonderful glass. That’s my lot
for tonight apart from some Belgian chips. Antwerp tomorrow!

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Brussels Tasting – Day 2 – Part 2

05/03/2007 Leave a comment
The best country for beer, no doubt.
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Ostende – Cream & Rain

05/03/2007 Leave a comment
It’s a long way to go to Ostende to see two Thomas of Rhondda coaches. No
300 beers as it doesn’t open until 16:30 on Mondays, Argh!! Nevermind as
it’s Rodenbach all the way in one of the many cafes. Lots of cream on the
coffee too.

Despite what it says on the glass it’s Brugge Tripel and while it may look
like a lager, it has a 8.7% bite. It’s a lot lighter than other triples I
have had but with the Herald Tribune & DLT it’s doing the business :-).

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Lambic Evening

05/03/2007 Leave a comment
With a Beagle and a Flemish Internet dating couple.

So OK it’s much warmer than this time last year, very spring like. All the
locals are wandering around and enjoying it. Had some local chips from a van
on the way up the hill.

So, they are out of Cantillon Framboise but they have Framboise Girardin and
Framboise Boon. Both are acidic but not as much so as Cantillon. The Boon
(Boon) is dated 2005 and has a more complex taste, it also has it’s own
glass. Both are 5% by volume. A very good start.

Liefmans Kriekbier, a Kriek based on a dark beer instead of a lambic.
Heavier but very pleasant. However my teeth are beginning to get rather
sticky. 6% by volume. The way forward!

Lindemans Pecheresse – peach beer only 2.5% by volume but a rather gentle,
refreshing taste. slightly cloudy but a refreshing taste with a peach after
taste. More forward.

Oude Geuze Boon – The Perfect Marriage. Old & young Lambic. Rather pleasant
aroma but a far better acidic taste that would cut through any thirst. 8% by
volume, a sipping beer.

And Ostende on Monday.

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The under the Channel bit

04/03/2007 Leave a comment
Got upgraded to check in via the Premium Business gate. DPM must be in this
year. Fresh doesn’t work by default in Europe and the Eurostar’s sandwiches
come with a side salad. The ironing board marks the area of highest Wifi
strength on my floor. Off to Chez Model Lambic next.
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Flanders 2007 – First Segment

03/03/2007 Leave a comment
509, The DSC, Oyster Card, Travelodge Kings Cross & Spoons practice.
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