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Belgium & Belgium Style Tasting

April 10, 2017

Our Guys Night Out group took a break from tasting wine this month to have a Belgium & Belgium Style Beer Tasting. One of our members recently returned from Belgium with two bottles of Westvleteren XII or “The Best Beer in the World” in tow. Thus the impetus for the tasting. So we gathered together various Belgium beers from our beer caves and threw together a nice little tasting of the World of Belgium Beers. Below are pictures of each beer we sampled, roughly in my order of preference.

I easily found the Trappist Westvleteren XII or “Westy 12” to be my favorite beer of the evening. As one of my buddies said “it’s all about balance”. Balanced, smooth with full flavor. I can see why many consider it the best beer in the world.

After that my second favorite was the Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. Once again a very balanced beer, smooth with solid flavor that is dangerously easy to drink.

Third place for me this evening was the Trappistes Rochefort 10. Sounding like a broken record once again a well balanced, smooth with good flavoring beer that I would not hesitate to order time and again.

Honorable mention to the Orval Trappist Ale (right up there with the top three in my book but I had to pick three) Maredsous 5 Blond, St. Sebastiaan Dark and the Steenbrugge Tripel. All great beers in their own right and any of which I’d love to be aging in my beer cave.

Solid beers all evening, all of which I’d love to try individually again in the near future so I can properly sit and reflect upon what is in the glass. In the meantime enjoy the photos and “Prost” to my beer loving friends.

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I have a friend (floydtp) who has been bitten by the home brewing bug. He recently brewed and bottled his first Belgian Triple Ale and he asked me to take it for a test drive and give him my unvarnished opinion. Here are the results.

floydtp Belgian Triple Ale

floydtp Belgiam Tripel Ale

floydtp Belgiam Tripel Ale

Tasted February 3, 2013

Pours a deep golden to burnt orange color with a full and a pretty good, retentive head. Color is a bit darker than anticipated for a Belgian (should be more golden, less burnt orange) and is a bit cloudier than anticipated but a good visual appearance overall.

Throwing a decent amount of sediment which is contributing to the cloudiness of the ale. Needs to be stood beforehand and poured carefully as a result but it still came through. Maybe fine it a bit next time? For the record I did stand this and left a quarter inch in the bottle to minimize sediment.

Nose of malt, spice, mixed citrus fruits and a splash of ocean spray. Light yet attractive with aromas that are true to form.

Flavors of apricot, orange, lemon zest and malt. Light to medium bitters. Good flavor profile that is light to medium on the palate as anticipated. The only negative is there is a tiny bit of a bitter/earthy finish when I was anticipating instead a medium, pure and clean finish. Definitely not a detriment though.

Body is light to medium on the palate, fairly nimble and refreshing as anticipated. Just the tiny bit of bitterness on the finish is the only negative here.

Alcohol seems to be pretty in check, I’m guessing closer to the 7%-8 mark than the 9-10% mark. Seems within range. Tasted towards the lower end, feels towards the higher end if that makes sense. NOTE: floytp later told me it was about 8.4%.

Overall balance seems good and true to form for a Tripel Ale. Served double blind in a flight of Tripel Ales I’d likely say it was as solid effort that was within the profile and likely a lesser known Old World made Ale. It is a bit more nuanced than most up front, in your face American renditions.

Overall: Good job and a great first effort.

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