Saison Dupont – Brasserie Dupont

Saison, 6.5%

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Saison, 6.5%, aged 6 months : Hazy golden color with storming activity and lots of floating yeast detritus (poured a bit too much). Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs, but thick lacing and a good swirl response. Flavors of apples, pears, green grapes, honey, sweet grains, wild yeast, wheat, coriander, and floral hops. Slick and smooth well rounded medium body with extra crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, slightly vinous, thick sugary grains, light hay and bardyard feel, flowery with a hint of cheese. Starts highly fruity with a light sourness, then the spices gradually develops on the tongue, making a highly complex spectrum of flavors. Incredible balance and perfectly intensified (even with the yeast). It’s not the funky, heavily yeasty type of Saison, more fruity and subtle. Overall exquisite quality craft, a guideline for Saison styles, ultimate Belgian interpretation.

Grande Réserve 17 – Unibroue

Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10%

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Thick veiled copper color, with a pink hue, and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 20 minutes, with some strong legs, a swirl easily reconstructs the head. Flavors of plums, prunes, cherries, vanilla, toffee, honey or maple, oak, clove, dark grains and herbal hops. Rich malty feel, delicious super fruity taste. Slick, almost creamy, full body with some extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, vinous and dry, bitter herbs with plenty of lingering dark fruits, densely spicy, oak bareel aged feel. Makes a nice appetizer though. Belgian qualities with a robust barleywine feel.

Overall : Exquisite quality; sexy lovely look, super warming, yet decently fresh for the ABV. Nice complexity with an inviting smell. Although it didn’t age well for 2 years in a cellar, it was overly vinous and harsh, with not much developed aged feel. Not the worth to cellar me think, better fresh.

Orval Trappist Ale – Brasserie d’Orval

Belge d’Abbaye, 6.2%

Une ambré belge de la plus haute qualitée, je la considère l’exemple parfais d’une trappiste d’abbaye Belge authentique. Saveurs de fruits, levures sauvages (fromage) et un fort houblons.

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After 2 years in the cellar, I can now say it’s an impeccable beer, the only flaw being the accessibility, but let’s forget about it. Because this beer should not be changed for you to enjoy, you should be the one to change and train yourself enjoy it! Has a veiled amber, super foamy beige head. A good swirl heavily thickens the foam, providing an incredible smell of cheese. Super rich flavors of berries, apples, clove, wild yeast and floral hops. Silky full body with champagne like effect. The finish is strong, slightly vinous and dry, leaves an uplifting sharp funky fruity fresh feel, with a pleasant barrel aged effect. Quite unique in style, like a Saison/Pale Ale/IPA kinda thing. Incredible quality, it’s a masterpiece!