Cookie Beer – Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes (Belgium)


Cookie Beer – Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes, 8% ABV, 33cl., (Ecaussinnes, Belgium)

  • Style: (flavoured – Speculoos) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Sickly sweetened ginger star anise creamy light toffee malt
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $5 CAD (after 10% off) – 33cl, January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, acquired taste

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours muddy brownish orange with a large super foamy lasting head, 5mm layer of retention, dense clusters of very active streams.

Nose: nutmeg, clove, white pepper (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy-crisp, incoming sharp sweetness

Mid-palate: sickly escalating (lvl-8-sweetness), cinnamon, ginger, star anise, toffee malt, zingy alcohol

Finish: star anise exhale, sugar rush headache.

Summary: Likable creamy texture but very heavy on the sugars, ginger, and star anise flavours. Difficult to sip without starchy food. Unbalanced – too sweet, too spiced.