I have to hijack the wine board to report on some smashin beers. Especially Cantillon (Belg) and the French Thiriez were lovely beers. De Ranke's XX Bitter is a perennial favourite of mine also.
Brouwerij 'tIJ Plzeñ
Nice hoppy stuff. Fresh and lively and savoury, very dry. Brilliant!
St Peters Brouwerij Zinnebier
Also very hoppy, but with a sweet, yeasty and honeyed layer to it. Very nice stuff but not as nice as the Plzeñ.
Oud Zottegems Bier
Interesting shitty nose that I liked very much. The palate was utterly devoid of any personality and had no mid-palate at all. :confused: Why after such an interesting nose is the palate such a let down?
De Dolle Brouwers Oeral Bier
Lovely stuff, if a little too sweet on the nose. But it does have excellent amounts of hops. Lovely!
De Dolle Brouwers Ara Bier
A little sweeter than the Oeral, but also with more depth and impeccable balance and divine amounts of hops. Lovely!
Thiriez Etoile du Nord blonde houblonné France
An almost Sauvignon Bl -like nose of pea, pee and hops. Oh my God .... the hops!!!!
Such divine amounts of them mixed with a pronounced earthiness. The palate is about as dry as the Sahara, very intense and very hoppy! Beautiful stuff. I love it!
Thiriez La Blonde Esquelbecq France
Also very hoppy, but not as extreme as the North Star - should have been served before it. Nice but not as intense nor as personal. Great anyway.
Kerkomse Trippel 2005
Sweet, but balanced. Not particuarly memorable for me, though better than any other Trippel I've tried before.
Kerkom Adelardus Tripel
Balanced also, but candied. I guess Trippels just aren't my style.
Struise Pannepöt 2006
Why make such stuff? Sweet. Boring. Commercial. Deadly dull. Utterly unmemorable.
De Ranke XX Bitter
Lovely, immensely hoppy - like the North Star but not as earthy, more elegant. I preferred the earthiness of the Etoile du Nord, but I can see myself on other days preferring this. But both were hard core personal beers. Lovely!
Cantillon Fou' Foune
This is the Apricot Cantillon. Through the Brett and Musar-like scents, a clear scent of apricot (surprise, surprise) appears. The palate is drier than the Sahara, wild, with harsh rasping acidity reminding me of .... yup, you guessed it ... Musar!
Cantillon Kriek 2003
The cork had the year branded on it. The best Kriek I've ever tried. So pungently Bretty, cherryish, mineral and nuanced yet volatile that as a Musarlover I can't help but to fall in love. The palate is rather Musary also. I'm in love!
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.