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.

Brùton Momus – Birrificio Brùton (Lucca, Italy)

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  • My Rating: B+

Brùton Momus (Bruton Momus) – Birrificio Brùton, 10% ABV – 330ml., (Lucca, Italy)

on the back label:

“Amber coloured beer produced with high fermentation and with natural procedures at Brùton brewery. Our beer is not filtered, no pasteurized, it does not contain preservatives and refermentation in the bottle makes the  beer, if stored in a fresh place and protected from light, acquire complexity and become more harmonic with time.”

  • Style: (Italian) Dubbel
  • Taste: Brown sugar cocoa malty light coffee bittersweet
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 330ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A label with a man with a tan face with a brown background; The colour scheme matches the colour of beer well. It pours cloudy amber brown with virtually no head, a very thin layer of micro CO2 retention, some lacing, some barely visible slow and steady streams.

Nose: medium sweet brown sugar malts with some caramel and chocolate; good aroma. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, cocoa, fig

Finish: cola/molasses, light burpy, light roasted coffee bitter malty sweet, mildly metallic finish.

Summary: Super duper smooth; practically finished the whole bottle sipping and reviewing.

Grimbergen (Belgium)

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Grimbergen (draft) (Belgium) Rating : C+ Notes : pours root beer brown on draft, very small head, sticky lacing. Trace malts on the nose. Drinks with 7/10-sweetess, tastes of malts, cane sugar, light caramel, light fruitiness, somewhat thin on the body, finishing malty and light bitter. Low-med complexity, low-med depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. Kind of a letdown considering it’s rare where I’m from.

Corsendonk (Turnhout, Belgium)

Corsendonk (Turnhout, Belgium)

1) Pater / Abbey Brown Ale / Dubbel, 7.5% ABV – 75cl

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Semi-sweet bright cola -> malts/bread/root beer -> slight watery/mild bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark cola brown with a nice creamy foamy head, good retention and lacing, lots of active CO streams. Mainly malts on the nose. Drinks with a very creamy bright almost cola-like start, medium sweetness (5/10), transitions into malts, bread, hints of root beer, finishing mildly sweet and light clean bitter, but on the watery side. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. A beer that drinks like a COLA/ROOT BEER but without the sugary sweetness!

2) Agnus / Abbey Tripel, 7.5% ABV – 75cl

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Med-high sweet/creaminess -> coriander/tangerine/cloves -> tart/hoppy/off-dry finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden orangish/amber, nice large head, micro foamy CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Bright orange/lemon citrus on the nose. Initial burst of med-high (8/10) sweetness mixed with creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of coriander, tangerine, cloves, transitions into a tart, hoppy, off-dry soft bitter finish. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability.

Maredsous Bruin & Tripel (Belgium)

Maredsous (Belgium)

1) Brune / Bruin , 8% ABV – 330ml

on the back label:

“A brown or brune ale brewed under the supervision of the monastic community of Maredsous. Top fermented beer, brewed according to Benedictine tradition. Refermented in the bottle;, and conditioned for two months. Maredsous Brown should ideally be served at a temperature of 6-10 C.”

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Sweet malted caramel -> licorice/raisin/root beer -> tangy/sour finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark ruby with fine micro carbonation and decent head, nice lacing, and CO2 holds throughout the session. Sweet medium malts on the nose. A burst of 8/10-level sweetness up front, tastes of roasted malts, caramel, raisin, hints of licorice, and semi-dry root beer,tangy/sour finish. Med-high complexity, good mouthfeel with the CO2 balanced, med-high depth. Slightly watery mouthfeel.

2) Triple / Tripel , 10% ABV – 330ml

on the back label:

“High fermentation abbey beer, brewed in accordance with the Benedictine tradition of the community of Maredsous Abbey. The beer is refermented in the bottle during the two-month ageing [sic] period. Maredsous Triple should ideally be served at a temperature of 6-10C.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Aggressive alcohol -> super sweet pomegranate/tamarind/tangy orange -> off-dry woody finish
  • Where I got it: St. John’s Liquor Store, P.Moody
  • How much: ~$5, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours amber gold, beautiful and bountiful CO2 (champagne-like streams), ultra foamy head, foamy lacing. Nothing much on the nose. First sip the palate is hit with a torrent of aggressive alcohol, dissipating into very sweet (9/10) mix of pomegranate, tamarind, sour bitter orange, ending in a partially dry woody finish. Medium complexity, high depth, good transitions, great carry, okay drinkability. The alcohol is somewhat overpowering.

Westmalle Trappist (Malle, Belgium)

Westmalle Trappist (Malle, Belgium)

1) Dubbel, 7% ABV – 33cl

from ratebeer.com:

“A reddish brown trappist ale, malty and fruit, featuring a 3 week secondary fermentation.”

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts -> caramel/prune/plum/hops -> alcohol/bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: Gift pack w/ glass, ~$20, Feb, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy root beer brown with a nice foamy head and lees, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Sweet malts on the nose. Drinks with sweet (7/10) malts up front, half creamy half fizzy mouthfeel, caramel, hoppy background, dark plum/pruny fruit, finishes with light bitter with very detectable alcohol. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Solid overall.

2) Tripel, 9.5% ABV – 33cl

from ratebeer.com:

“A strong, dry and spicy trappist ale. The product of a secondary fermentation lasting 5 weeks.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Sweet fizziness -> chamomile/orange/coriander -> bitter hoppy finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: Gift pack w/ glass, ~$20, Feb, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with a small foamy head, lots of fast and slow-moving CO2 streams. Honeyed chamomile on the nose. Alcoholic fizzy sweetness up front (7/10), notes of orange, coriander, malts, chamomile, light sourness, and bitter hops at the finish. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. This one has an edge in complexity than the dubbel but is more taxing on the palate.

Ommegang Abbey Ale – Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Abbey Ale – Brewery Ommegang, 8.5% ABV, (Puurs, Belgium) *(Listed in the “1001 Beers you must taste before you die”)

On the front and back label:

“Brewed and bottled exceptionally in Belgium for Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY. Ommegang is a Belgian Abbey Ale-top fermented and bottle conditioned, yielding a rich, fruity, aromatic, burgundian brew. Ommegang Abbey Dubbel is inspired by the centuries-old brewing traditions of Belgian Trappist monks.Named after Belgium’s oldest medieval fest, every bottle of Ommegang is cause for celebration.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: deep, sweet, fruity, and bitter all-in-one
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek, Oct-2011
  • How much: $14, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours maroon-red/brown, 1-inch foamy head, sticky lacing, long retention, ultra-active fast moving CO2 streams. A bit of malt on the nose, muted. Initial creamy mouthfeel, predominantly 6/10 sweet red fruit (cassis), quickly transitions in to a dark fruit fig and 4/10 bitter dryness that is soft at first but grows stronger. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, long length, excellent transitions, full-bodied, great carry, excellent drinkability. Overall very smooth and drinkable, gets you buzzed quite fast.