Waterloo Double 8 – Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium)

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Waterloo Double 8 Dark (aka Strong Dark) – Brasserie Du Bocq, 8.5% ABV, 33cl., (Purnode, Belgium)

-bought this the same time as the triple 7 in 2012 (B). Also brewed at John Martin brewery in Genval, Belgium.


 

on the back label:

“This 100% natural craft beer originated in one of the oldest breweries in Belgium, the ‘Brasserie du Marché’ in Braine-L’Alleud (Waterloo), which was founded in 1456. In 1815, during the battle of Waterloo, the allied troops drank this beer, which was recognised for giving ‘Strength’ and ‘Courage’ …. Waterloo, the Beer of Victory!”


 

  • Style: (Belgian Strong Ale) Dubbel
  • Taste: Balanced rich chocolate barley malt sweet alcoholic
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

 

Visual: (cellared for 3 years) Pours dark beer bottle brown with large suspended sediment, a decent sized foamy head, 2mm layer of creamy retention, lots of tight singular streams.

Nose: brown sugar, molasses, caramel barley malt. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, creamy-tingly

Mid-palate: background bitter dark chocolate, light sticky (lvl-6-sweetness), chocolate barley malt, hints of dark fruit, light roast

Finish: alcohol zingy, molasses malt exhale, almost woody almost dry.

Summary: A very nice rounded mouthfeel with just enough sweetness and good rich chocolate malty backbone. Drinks very smooth for a 8.5%. The chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass is a bit unsightly however. I prefer this to the tripel 7 blond.

Waterloo Triple 7 – Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium)

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Waterloo Triple 7 (aka Triple Blond) – Brasserie Du Bocq, 7.5% ABV, 33cl., (Purnode, Belgium)

-Wow, old one, 2012. Now brewed at John Martin brewery in Genval, Belgium.

on the back label:

“This 100% natural craft beer originated in one of the oldest breweries in Belgium, the ‘Brasserie du Marché’ in Braine-L’Alleud (Waterloo), which was founded in 1456. In 1815, during the battle of Waterloo, the allied troops drank this beer, which was recognised for giving ‘Strength’ and ‘Courage’ …. Waterloo, the Beer of Victory!”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Apple juice barley malt honey fizzy-sweet mild oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store, Vancouver
  • How much: ~$4 (after 10% off) – 33cl., October 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good for the unassuming

Visual: Pours amber orange with a small head, thin murky retention, lots of avg speed streams, dark sediment at the bottom of the glass and bottle.

Nose: apple juice, honey, liquid barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, micro-fizzy-tingly (MAIN) pressed apple juice, barley malt, hints of oaked whiskey

Finish: tangy-zing, trace alcohol bitterness, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Fairly easy-drinking, big on apple sweetness, good mouthfeel, a nice meal beer, a tad cloying.

Corsendonk Christmas Ale – Brasserie du Bocq (Turnhout, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Corsendonk Christmas Ale – Brasserie du Bocq, 8.1% ABV – 25cl., (Turnhout, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“On the palate this silky smooth ale is predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes, and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty.”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: creamy -> alcohol/malt/brown sugar -> licorice/bittersweet finish
  • Where I got it : Hastings Liquor Store
  • How much: $20/6 x 250cl. + branded glass, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, just once.

Visual: I bought mine as a 6-pack which included a free glass. As a collector of fine beerware, this was pretty much a no-brainer. Pours hazy medium-dark brown with a small lasting ultra-foamy micro CO2 head, lots of thick lacing, several moderate-speed streams.

Nose: initial reaction – burnt toast?!/charcoal, malts, molasses. (6/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: super-creamy mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (7/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) malt, turbinado sugar, dark rum (HINT) cola

Finish: mild licorice, malty bittersweet fizzy finish.

Summary: It has a strange “burntness” up front but is alright once you get used to it. Good character, body, and balance.

Brussels Apple Fruit Beer – Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium)

Brussels Apple Fruit Beer – Brasserie Du Bocq, 3.2% ABV – 33cl, (Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium)

on the back label:

“A very refreshing beer with a mild apple taste sharpened by some cider nuances. Produced with wheat and malt and flavoured with apple juice (30%).”

  • Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Pressed apple juice -> wheat/mild tangy -> med sweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10%), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: def yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orangish/yellow with a nice foamy head, good retention, not much CO2 activity. Fruity pressed red apple cider on the nose. Very creamy up front, fruity unfiltered pressed woody apple juice up front, wheat, tangy backdrop, light sourness, 6/10-gentle sweetness. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. Superbly refreshing and easy-drinking.