Drenchfoot Brewery

Last week I was the lucky recipient of a pack of beers sent to me by a friend. They’re produced in his local town Thetford  by Paul Foot, a mate of his. This nano brewery was established in 2018 and over the hot Bank Holiday weekend I was grateful to quench my thirst with some great beer.

Dragon Slayer
Dragon Slayer

First up was Dragon Slayer, an English Best Bitter. The sample I was sent weighed in at 4.5% ABV, slightly higher than on Paul’s Facebook page. IBU 41. As you can see the beer pours a lovely hazy amber with a thick, white, rocky head of foam. The aroma is a heady mix of floral hops, using East Kent Goldings, Amarillo and Cascade. The mouth is refreshingly salivating and flavours are balanced with biscuity malt pushing back against the hop flavours. The beer finishes dry and clean with a bitter-malt linger and is very sessionable. I would happily have sunk a few more.

Don't Panic
Don’t Panic

Next was Don’t Panic, a Session IPA at 4.3% ABV and a hefty 68 IBU. If the name is familiar, Thetford was the setting for the classic UK sitcom Dad’s Army back in the day when even I was a small lad. This beer pours a much lighter amber colour with a lovely thick head. The aroma is a mix of fruity and spicy hops and caramel from the malt. The fruity aroma reminds me of penny sweets when I was that young lad. Surprisingly the flavour is not dominated by the hop bill but is much more toffee and caramel. However, the IBU asserts itself on the finish as there is a long, bitter linger and overall it finishes clean.

To Pee Or Not To Pee
To Pee Or Not To Pee

My last beer was an American IPA, To Pee Or Not To Pee. Again pouring a light amber with another deliciously rocky head the aroma is a lovely mix of floral and fruity hops with notes of citrus, black pepper, pine and earthy. The flavour is very fruity with more citrus – orange, lime and grapefruit. The malt bill perfectly balances out this riot of flavour and you are left with a fresh, clean, creamy and long bitter finish. Fantastic. ABV 5.6% IBU 63.

Hopefully, once lockdown eases you can get yourself some bottles of Paul’s beer. If you want to experience it on tap, visit the Black Horse, Thetford.

Samples courtesy of Jim Collins. Cheers Jim!

https://paulfoot.wixsite.com/drenchfoot

 

Hommelbier Limited Edition Fresh Harvest Update – Vintage 2019

One of my favourite breweries, based in one of my favourite villages. Brouwerij Van Eecke is located just off the village square in Watou, located near the French border in West Flanders. The brewery was founded in 1862 and passed into the neighbouring brewers Leroy family in 1962 (the Leroy brewery is based in Boezinge and is called Het Sas). Since November 2016, both breweries have finally merged under the Leroy Breweries banner, with this site being re-named Leroy Watou. Famous for their range of Kapittel Abbey beers, a beer was developed in 1981 by Karel Leroy to celebrate the Poperingse Hoppefeesten which takes place every 3 years.

Hommelbier
Hommelbier

Hommelbier is a dark straw beer that pours with a thick white head of foam with a slight bead. The nose is a lovely mix of yeast, malt and hops. Two varieties of aromatic pale malts are used and 4 hop varieties which bring about the unique aroma and flavours (Hommel is the local dialect for hop). The taste is rounded and full-flavoured that is best when the beer warms up slightly and is rich, malty, spicy, slightly sweet with a hint of caramel and a little citrus. The finish is long, spicy, dry and bitter and very salivating. Personally, I find the 75cl bottles are better suited to this beer than the 33cl ones. ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2014
Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2014

Since 2012, every year a limited edition new harvest beer is also made using the fresh local hops from that year’s harvest. These hops are harvested from the Poperinge area and are Saphir, Magnum, Challenger, and Brewers Gold. Brewing commences 3 days after the hops are picked. The beer once again pours a dark straw colour but the white head is much thicker. The nose is still malty and honey-sweet but much more floral. This citrus-hop aroma is joined by pepper spice and hints of pineapple and banana. The taste is creamier and richer than the regular Hommelbier and is full of pale malts and hop bitterness. Beneath the hop bitterness there are flavours of bread, fruit, honey and spice. The finish is much drier than the regular beer. ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2015
Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2015

The 2015 edition was even fresher than the 2014, probably due to the lack of 12 months-plus ageing in the bottle. The same dark straw colour is topped off by a huge white head of foam. The yeasty, hoppy and floral nose is also spicy and sweet with vanilla and ripe pears and a hint of baking soda. The mouth is massively fizzy with citrus hops, herbs, malts, spices and more soda. A bitter and dry finish that is salivating and leaves you wanting more of this delicious beer. ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Limited Edition 2017
Hommelbier Limited Edition 2017

Missing a bottle of the 2016 Vintage, I was keen as mustard to taste the 2017 version which didn’t disappoint. Pouring a hazy gold with a white rocky mountain of foam, this vintage is once again full bodied and refreshing. Aromas of aromatic flowers, honey, lemon, spices and yeast lead you to an amazingly spritzy mouth full of rich, sweet caramels, hops, oranges, spices and vanilla. A lovely, lingering bitterness reminiscent of orange peel leaves you with a salivating mouth that is ready for another. Delicious! ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Limited Edition 2018
Hommelbier Limited Edition 2018

I always get excited to taste the new Vintage and this year proved no different. The familiar aroma of Belgian yeast developed into a boozy, floral nose both sweet and spicy with notes of melon and peach. A huge mouth is massively effervescent as showcased by the steady beading within the hazy amber/gold beer. The taste is very bitter and fresh with spicy notes from the recently harvested hops. Spicy notes and honey sweetness underly the huge hop flavours and the finish is a long and lingering bitterness. Once again the beer is thirst-quenching and quaffable – shame I only bought two bottles! ABV 7.5%

Fresh Harvest 2019
Hommelbier Limited Edition 2019

The 2019 vintage yet again pours a deep straw/light amber and is topped with a huge white rocky head of foam. Aromas are dominated by the local hops and Van Eecke’s Belgian yeast strain. The taste is rich and complex and showcases its complex malt bill with the gently bitter local hops providing balance. The mouth is refreshing and effervescent and you are left with a dry and bitter finish. Van Eecke has now been rebranded as Leroy Watou which makes sense. I managed to get hold of more of this vintage than normal but unfortunately two of those bottles were infected by Diacetyl. Hopefully this is a one off. Abv 7.5%

Draught Hommelbier
Draught Hommelbier

https://www.leroybreweries.be/

Hommelbier Limited Edition Fresh Harvest Update – Vintage 2019

One of my favourite breweries, based in one of my favourite villages. Brouwerij Van Eecke is located just off the village square in Watou, located near the French border in West Flanders. The brewery was founded in 1862 and passed into the neighbouring brewers Leroy family in 1962 (the Leroy brewery is based in Boezinge and is called Het Sas). Since November 2016, both breweries have finally merged under the Leroy Breweries banner, with this site being re-named Leroy Watou. Famous for their range of Kapittel Abbey beers, a beer was developed in 1981 by Karel Leroy to celebrate the Poperingse Hoppefeesten which takes place every 3 years.

Hommelbier
Hommelbier

Hommelbier is a dark straw beer that pours with a thick white head of foam with a slight bead. The nose is a lovely mix of yeast, malt and hops. Two varieties of aromatic pale malts are used and 4 hop varieties which bring about the unique aroma and flavours (Hommel is the local dialect for hop). The taste is rounded and full-flavoured that is best when the beer warms up slightly and is rich, malty, spicy, slightly sweet with a hint of caramel and a little citrus. The finish is long, spicy, dry and bitter and very salivating. Personally, I find the 75cl bottles are better suited to this beer than the 33cl ones. ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2014
Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2014

Since 2012, every year a limited edition new harvest beer is also made using the fresh local hops from that year’s harvest. These hops are harvested from the Poperinge area and are Saphir, Magnum, Challenger, and Brewers Gold. Brewing commences 3 days after the hops are picked. The beer once again pours a dark straw colour but the white head is much thicker. The nose is still malty and honey-sweet but much more floral. This citrus-hop aroma is joined by pepper spice and hints of pineapple and banana. The taste is creamier and richer than the regular Hommelbier and is full of pale malts and hop bitterness. Beneath the hop bitterness there are flavours of bread, fruit, honey and spice. The finish is much drier than the regular beer. ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2015
Hommelbier Ltd Edition 2015

The 2015 edition was even fresher than the 2014, probably due to the lack of 12 months-plus ageing in the bottle. The same dark straw colour is topped off by a huge white head of foam. The yeasty, hoppy and floral nose is also spicy and sweet with vanilla and ripe pears and a hint of baking soda. The mouth is massively fizzy with citrus hops, herbs, malts, spices and more soda. A bitter and dry finish that is salivating and leaves you wanting more of this delicious beer. ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Limited Edition 2017
Hommelbier Limited Edition 2017

Missing a bottle of the 2016 Vintage, I was keen as mustard to taste the 2017 version which didn’t disappoint. Pouring a hazy gold with a white rocky mountain of foam, this vintage is once again full bodied and refreshing. Aromas of aromatic flowers, honey, lemon, spices and yeast lead you to an amazingly spritzy mouth full of rich, sweet caramels, hops, oranges, spices and vanilla. A lovely, lingering bitterness reminiscent of orange peel leaves you with a salivating mouth that is ready for another. Delicious! ABV 7.5%

Hommelbier Limited Edition 2018
Hommelbier Limited Edition 2018

I always get excited to taste the new Vintage and this year proved no different. The familiar aroma of Belgian yeast developed into a boozy, floral nose both sweet and spicy with notes of melon and peach. A huge mouth is massively effervescent as showcased by the steady beading within the hazy amber/gold beer. The taste is very bitter and fresh with spicy notes from the recently harvested hops. Spicy notes and honey sweetness underly the huge hop flavours and the finish is a long and lingering bitterness. Once again the beer is thirst-quenching and quaffable – shame I only bought two bottles! ABV 7.5%

Fresh Harvest 2019
Hommelbier Limited Edition 2019

The 2019 vintage yet again pours a deep straw/light amber and is topped with a huge white rocky head of foam. Aromas are dominated by the local hops and Van Eecke’s Belgian yeast strain. The taste is rich and complex and showcases its complex malt bill with the gently bitter local hops providing balance. The mouth is refreshing and effervescent and you are left with a dry and bitter finish. Van Eecke has now been rebranded as Leroy Watou which makes sense. I managed to get hold of more of this vintage than normal but unfortunately two of those bottles were infected by Diacetyl. Hopefully this is a one off. Abv 7.5%

Draught Hommelbier
Draught Hommelbier

https://www.leroybreweries.be/

Hedonis Ambachtsbier

There is a change afoot in Belgian brewing these days. Not so long ago new brewers were content to produce their own take on classic Belgian styles but we have recently seen a new wave of small producers looking outside Belgium for inspiration. New world hops and craft beer trends are embraced by these trailblazers and young Belgian beer fans have an amazing array of new brews to try. The influence of these brewers has also seen many more imported beers appearing on shelves alongside the established heavyweight classics.

Hedonis Craft Beer was founded in 2015 by Janos De Baets and Leopold De Ketelaere in Asper, south west of Ghent. As ‘Gypsy Brewers’ they brew their beer at other brewer’s sites. They are the founders of the non-profit ‘Gent Brouwt’, a group of Ghent brewers  promoting their crafted beers together, rather than against each other.

Suzanne
Suzanne

Suzanne is their Saison, using Spelt Malt and Hallertau Blanc hops. Pouring a straw colour with a huge white head of foam, the beer is a lovely spicy and slightly tart quencher with herbs and grapes from the hops. Definitely one for the summer.            ABV 5% IBU 35

Ouwen Duiker
Ouwen Duiker

Ouwen Duiker is their unpasteurised American Pale Ale, a hazy amber beer that has both Pilsner and Rye Malts. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a citrus bitterness from the use of Mosaic and Citra. They also throw in Tettanger and Magnum. The finish is dry and bitter with a hint of booze. A grower. ABV 7% IBU 35

Excuse Me While I Kiss My Stout
Excuse Me While I Kiss My Stout

A smoky oat stout, the beer has a rich full mouth with a flavour of smoke, coffee and chocolate. A very bitter linger from the Roast Malt, they also use Pale Ale and Smoked malts. Target and Golding hops add to the bitterness. Nice and warming, a perfect fireside beer. ABV 6.6% IBU 46

http://www.hedonisambachtsbier.be

http://www.gentbrouwt.com

Non-identical Twins. Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer

Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer
Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer

The wonderful award-winning Brouwerij Het Anker, located in Mechelen – a short 27 mile drive from Antwerp has been brewing fabulous beer since the 15th century. Famous for their Gouden Carolus range of beers they are one of the few breweries to have a small hotel integrated into the brewery walls. They also have a brasserie on site, which pours the full range of their brands while creating delicious dishes with the beers.

Cuvee van de Keizer Imperial Dark
Cuvee van de Keizer Imperial Dark

First brewed in 1999, this ‘Grand Cru of the Emperor’ is brewed every 24th February to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Quint, the ‘Holy Roman Emperor’. This exceptional beer pours deep dark ruby red/brown with a thick, dense head of foam. Aromas of plums, prunes and stone fruit give way to caramels, chocolate and a burning cognac which gives a hint of the 11% abv. The full-bodied, effervescent and rich mouth delivers deep sweet flavours of toffee apples and booze. The finish is long and lingering with boozy sweetness giving your tummy a satisfying warmth.

ABV 11% EBU 15 EBC 70

Cuvee van de Keizer Imperial Blond
Cuvee van de Keizer Imperial Blond

The Imperial Blond was launched in 2008 in homage to the 10th anniversary of its darker twin. A beautiful amber colour topped with a rocky white head of foam, the aromas are sweet with apricots, toffee, whisky, wood and oodles of booze. Again the mouth is rich and full bodied with a refreshing effervescence. Rich flavours of bourbon, honey, mead and syrup combine for a well-rounded taste before leaving you with a dry but salivating finish.

ABV 10% EBU 17 EBC 9.5

You can read more about the brewery in a previous post. Go to:

https://pauldav1963.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/brouweij-het-anker-tour/

 

 

Fuller’s and Friends, our new collaboration project launches at Waitrose in November

Fuller’s has teamed up with six regional breweries to create the first of the Fuller’s and Friends series of collaborations sold exclusively by Waitrose. Cloudwater Brew Company, Fourpure Brewing Company, Hardknott Brewery, Marble Beers Limited, Moor Beer Company and Thornbridge Brewery have each teamed up with one of our brewers to produce a range of diverse and delicious new brews.

Fuller's and Friends
Fuller’s and Friends

Galleon Dry Hopped Lager

A fresh, golden Helles-style lager with a floral citrus nose and a crisp hoppy and raisin taste. A very clean and salivating finish. Fourpure Brewing Company with Guy Stewart.

Galleon Dry Hopped Lager
Galleon Dry Hopped Lager

Pouring with a thick, rocky white head of foam, this golden lager has aromas of citrus, flowers, lemons and piney spice from the American Loral hops. Using just Lager malts, the beer is crisp and refreshing, and tastes hoppy with some raisin in the background. The beer finishes very clean and salivating, reminiscent of a Helles with a slight piney hop note in the background. ABV 4.8%

Matariki New Zealand Saison

A hazy, golden Saison with the recognisable aromas of Belgian yeast coupled with New Zealand hops. Effervescent and slightly tart, the mouth is gently floral with a complex spiciness. Clean and mouthwatering finish. Marble Beers Limited with Hayley Marlor.

Matariki New Zealand Saison
Matariki New Zealand Saison

This saison is a hazy golden straw colour with a full white head of foam. Aromas of lemons, oranges and peaches, freshly cut flowers from the Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Wai-iti and Pacific Jade hops and spicy cinnamon from the Belgian yeast give way to an underlying boozy background. The flavours are complex and rich from the use of Lager, Vienna, Wheat, Spelt and Rye malts with gentle floral hop notes and a pithy, slight tartness. The finish is clean, slightly bitter, dry and acidic. ABV 5.8%

Peat Souper Smoked Porter

A dark, ruby-red Smoked Porter with a massively smoky and peaty nose, made with seven different malts. Rich and full-bodied this beer delivers bitter chocolate and rye bread flavours over a background of smoke and alcohol. The finish is warming with cocoa, coffee and bonfire. Hardknott Brewery with Dave Evans.

Peat Souper Smoked Porter
Peat Souper Smoked Porter

A lovely deep, dark Porter that pours with a thick, dense beige head Peat Souper has aromas of roasted rye, bitter chocolate, smoke, malt and umame. The hops are all UK varieties, Bramling Cross, Sovereign and First Gold. The upfront malt flavours dominate and are rich and full-bodied with dark chocolate, roasted rye and tons of bonfire. Crisp malt makes up the majority of the mash together with a fantastic blend of Crystal, Chocolate, Imperial, Carafa 3, Rye and Peated malt creating these wonderfully deep flavours. The finish is of bitter chocolate, coffee grouts and smoke with a long, boozy linger. ABV 7%

Fuller's and Friends
Fuller’s and Friends

Rebirth ESB

Dark amber topped with a rocky white head of foam, the aromas are a complex mixture of caramels, citrusy hops and toffee apples. Full-bodied with layers of hop, tangerines and a pronounced bitterness before leaving you with a hoppy and warming finish. Moor Beer Company with Stewart Fettis.

Rebirth ESB
Rebirth ESB

A thick white head of foam tops a beautifully deep, dark amber beer with complex aromas of caramels, black peppercorns, green apple skins, toffee, lemon zest and yeasty spices from a complex blend of Celeia, Crystal, Enigma and First Gold hops. Crisp malt dominates the mash with additions of Crystal Light, Flaked Maize and a small proportion of Chocolate malt. The mouth is awash with rich tangerine flavours, smooth caramels and an upfront hoppy bitterness. The finish leaves you with flavours of orange skins and a warming boozy linger. ABV 6%

New England IPA

A dark amber beer with a dense white head of foam, New England IPA has rich aromas of apples, lemons, satsumas, freshly cut grass and spicy hops. The full-bodied mouth is very citrusy and pithy but balanced with a sharp bitter and salivating warming finish. Cloudwater Brew Company with Henry Kirk.

New England IPA
New England IPA

A clean white rocky head of foam sits atop a rich dark amber beer whose complex hop aromas from Chinook, Simcoe and Olicana are full of apples, lemons, satsumas, freshly mowed grass, peppers and layered hop spice. The full mouth is generated through a high proportion of Crisp malt with additional Wheat, Golden Naked Oats and Oat husks. The taste is zingy, floral and grassy with grapefruit, lemons, passion fruit and a sharp pithiness. The finish is lingering and bitter with layers of ogen melon and yellow grapefruit and is both warming and salivating. ABV 7%

Flora and the Griffin Red Rye Ale

A rich red/amber ale with a topping of thick white foam brings aromas of fruit, rye and alcohol. The taste is full-bodied and rounded with a lovely balance of treacle, fruit and spices. A chocolatey finish with medium hop bitterness and a warming, boozy linger. Thornbridge Brewery with Anthony Smith.

Flora and the Griffin Red Rye Ale
Flora and the Griffin Red Rye Ale

A thick white head of foamy goodness proudly adorns a deep tawny amber ale that has a complex mixture of aromas of roasted rye, bramley apples, oranges, spicy hops and sherry referring to the Centennial and Simcoe hops. The mash is mainly Crisp, Caragold, Rye Crystal and Rye Malt and the mouth is unctuous and cloying with treacly toffee and caramels and a generous helping of alcohol. The finish has a medium hop bitterness from the Goldings which is supplemented by spicy chocolate and booze and leaves you salivating for another. ABV 7.1%

https://www.fullers.co.uk/blog/beer-articles/fullers-and-friends

 

 

Milkhouse Brewery

Milkhouse Brewery, based at Stillpoint Farm in Mount Airy, Maryland began life in 2008 when Tom and Carolann bought the farm and the seeds of the brewery were sown. Establishing the brewery in 2012 and opening their tap room the following year, Tom has developed a range of 5 classic beer styles that utilises his home-grown ‘New World’ hops. Two years ago a new series of beers were launched – Stillpoint Reserve. These beers maintain a focus on utilising locally-sourced ingredients.

Goldie's Best Bitter
Goldie’s Best Bitter

Wifey picked up one of their standard beers, Goldie’s Best Bitter while browsing the weekly Farmers Market in Takoma Park this summer. A hazy amber been topped with white foam, Goldie’s aroma is of gently balanced floral hops. The full-mouth is well balanced with malt and not overpowering bitterness. There is a lovely bitter and malt linger. A true session beer and this wouldn’t be seen out of place in a London pub. I wonder if they deliver? ABV 4.2%

You can read more of their story at http://www.milkhousebrewery.com/

Paix Dieu Triple Prestige

Based in Peruwelz, Hainault, Belgium Brasserie Caulier has been brewing its Bon Secours range of Abbey beers with their retro bottles with a swing-top metal stopper since 1995.

Paix Dieu Triple
Paix Dieu Triple

Their Paix Dieu Triple is brewed only under a full moon! Hence, the various vintages that are available dating from month to month. Yep, this is a whacky place indeed. The result is a delicious deep golden brew that sits beneath a full head of white foam. Initially, the beer was lacking in depth of flavour due to over-chilling. However, it didn’t take long for aromas of gentle sweet malts, bananas, citrus, hops, coriander and spices to emerge. The mouth is rich and full-bodied with limes, toffee, vanilla and typically Belgian yeast flavours. The finish is boozy, bitter and a delicious linger of tangerine. The beer is named after l’abbaye de la Paix-Dieu in Amay. ABV 10%

http://brasseriecaulier.com

 

De Heidebrouwerij, Ede, Netherlands

The ‘Heather Brewery’ is located in Ede, Gelderland just West of Arnhem. Promoting ‘Real Craft Beer’ since 2012, their Edelthert Donker won gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge in 2015. Their other beers include a Pilsner, IPA, Tripel and a Honey beer. The brewery organises tours and tastings and you can even brew your own under the guidance of one of their brewmasters.

Vincent
Vincent

Deep straw-coloured with a white foam, the head dissipates quickly after pouring. The nose is hoppy and floral with hints of orange peel and spice. The taste has upper palate hop-bitterness with a rich blend of honey, butter and cream soda at the back of the mouth. The finish is bitter hop, creamy vanilla and orange peel. Inspired by the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, it uses pure water from the Veluwe region, barley and wheat malts, citrus hops, yeast and orange peel. Rounded and full of flavour this is a beer that you could settle down with for an afternoon. ABV 6.2%. They also brew a dark version.

Edenoartje
Edenoartje

Edenoartje is a dark, hazy-brown beer brewed with local barley. Beyond the beige head you smell aromas of bread crusts, plums and yeast. The mouth is full-flavoured with apples, caramel, coffee, spices and toffee and it is spritzy and refreshing. The finish is slightly bitter with a mocha-feel. It is also crisp and quick. ABV 5.5%

Pegasus
Pegasus

This richly complex dark ruby brown ale pours with a huge, rocky head of foam and delivers aromas of cocoa, cognac, dates, port, whisky and that familiar yeast. The mouth is rich with chocolate, coffee and booze and it finishes clean but then becomes bitter with chocolate, coffee grounds and, finally almonds. ABV 5.5%

A lovely selection of beers and I am keen to try more of them. Their tasting terrace is open Fridays and Saturdays but you can also make an appointment to visit on other days.

Beers courtesy of Yvonne, mum and Kitchen Queen of the Cafe ‘t Terastje, Genthof 45, Brugge. Sadly, Yvonne passed away in April this year and her warmth and kindness is missed by all those who knew her. God Bless and Rest in Peace x

Struise!

De Struise Brouwers started brewing their beers within an old school building in Oostvleteren in 2008. Their award-winning beers are highly rated but unusually hard to find in their home country outside of the Westhoek area. I picked up a couple of vintages of their flagship Old Fisherman’s Ale, Pannepot from Rudy Vossen’s excellent Cafe de Bierboom earlier this year. US beer fans can’t get enough of these rich, barrel-aged stouts so naturally it was time to taste a few myself.

Pannepot 2015
Pannepot 2015

This rich, full bodied dark beer is topped by a beige head that does lose its fullness pretty quickly. A complex aroma which speaks of alcohol, caramel, raisins and sherry leads you to flavours of burnt toast, chocolate and liquorice. The finish is long, rich and boozy with caramels, port, prunes and soy. Very warming. ABV 10%

Pannepot 2016
Pannepot 2016

The 2016 vintage is very similar in appearance, deep dark brown with a beige head. The nose is very different however, with a bubblegum-sweet, sherbet aroma mixed with coffee grouts and umami. The bold flavours are of bitter chocolate, cloves, coffee, liquorice, molasses and steeped stone fruits. Again you are left with a bitter, boozy, burnt lingering finish. ABV 10%

I can see why these beers are highly sought after. They are very complex and carefully crafted. You can visit their schoolhouse brewery in Oostvleteren on Saturdays between 14:00 and 18:00 hours. They also have a shop in Brugge, located in the Burg, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 until 18:00.

https://struise.com/