Monthly Archives: March 2021

Vedett Extra White

Duvel Mortgat – Vedett Extra White 4.7%

Duvel Mortgat – Vedett Extra White

This is a light golden coloured ale, with a spicy orange aroma. It has a spicy sweet taste of a Belgian White Bier, with notes of coriander and marmalade orange.

This is a pleasant Belgian White Bier style but lacks the flavour strength of Hoegarden.

Vedett Extra White is brewed by the Belgian Brewery Duval at the Moorgat Brewery near Antwerp.

Hells Lager

Camden Town Brewery – Hells Lager 4.6%

Camden Town Brewery – Hells Lager

A pale golden ale with an almost black current aroma. It has a light malt taste with a light hop bitterness.

This is a drinkable sweeter lager typical of the UK style, without the bite of a German style pilsner.

Camden Town Brewery is based in Kentish Town in London. It was an independent smaller brewer but is now part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing combine!

Common Grounds Coffee Porter

Magic Rock Brewing – Common Grounds Coffee Porter

This is a black ale, with a smokey toasted coffee bean aroma. The taste is of smokey coffee from the toasted malts, with sweet vanilla notes. It is a good malty-coffee porter and is eminently drinkable.

Magic Rock Brewing is based in Huddersfield in Yorkshire and began brewing in 2011. Common Grounds Coffee Porter is brewed with 7 malts and a blend of 7 coffees in collaboration with a local coffee roaster Dark Woods.

Last Train Oatmeal Stout

Fourpure Brewing Co – Last Train Oatmeal Stout 5.1%

Fourpure Brewing Co – Last Train Oatmeal Stout

This Oatmeal Stout is a black coloured ale, with a rich toasted malt aroma and notes of deep roast coffee. It has a sweet malt and coffee q taste with a following light bitterness of the toasted black malt and hops. A very mellow stout and very drinkable.

Future Brewing Co has its craft brewery based in Bermondsey, south London. They began brewing in 2013. Last Train is a London stout based on barley malt and oatmeal. It’s name is inspired by winter evenings exploring in central London and the need to catch the last train home!

Orval Trappist Ale

Abbaye d’Orval – Orval Trappist Ale 6.2%

Abbaye d’Orval – Orval Trappist Ale

Orval is a dark golden ale, with an orange marmalade aroma. It is a green hop and bitter orange tasting ale, with woody and green leaf notes and a light sharp-sour background.

Orval is brewed at the Abbey d’Orval in Belgium. It is fermented and dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with a specific special yeast – Brettanomyces.

The brewery was founded within the Abbey in1931, to finance the extensive refurbishment of the abbey. The Orval Ale recipe was invented by Pappenheimer, a lay worker and master brewer from Bavaria, employed by the monks. It carries the official destination of “Authentic Trappist Product” and is a particularly famous trappist ale.

Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

Rodenbach – Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale 6%

Rodenbach – Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

This is a dark red – Chestnut coloured ale with fruity apple sharp aroma, with hints of the oak barrels used for maturing. It has a sharp sour fruit taste, with a smooth finish.

This is an oak aged red ale, reminiscent of a beer made with wild yeasts giving the ale a fruity sour taste.

The Rodenbach Grand Cru ale is brewed by a 2 stage process of top yeast fermentation and bacterial fermentation from lactic acid bacteria, similar to fermented dairy products or sauerkraut. It is subsequently blended one third young ale with two thirds of oak barrel 2-year matured ale. It is a typical ale produced around Roeselare and Kortrijk, in the Flanders region of Belgium. These ales were brewed before the use of hops was introduced to Belgium, so the bacterial fermentation was used to preserve the ale.

The Rodenbach Brewery produced a range of sour beers.

St Stefanus Blonde

Brouwerij Steenberge – St Stefanus Blonde 7%

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – St Stefanus

This is a Belgian Abbey style blonde beer, which is dark golden in colour and a toffee – marmalade aroma with spicy notes. It has a warming maltiness and light bitterness and the spice notes of a Belgian White Bier attributed to coriander.

The St Stefanus brand is a premium range produced in Belgium by the Japanese brewing company Asahi. On the label it claims to be an Abbaye beer and carries a date of anno 1295, which is the date when this the monks of St Steffanus began brewing. The Abbey ultimately passed its recipe to the Van Streenberge family brewery, now owned by Asahi.

Julius 54 BC

Hoegaarden – Julius 54 B.C. Strong Blond Belgian Beer 8.5%

Hoegaarden – Julius 54 B.C. Strong Blond Belgian Beer

Hoegaarden – Julius 54 B.C. is a darker golden ale, with a toffee aroma with spicy notes. It has a strong warming malt sweetness, with hints of sweet-bitter liquorice and spicy clove running to the finish. The warmth of the ale lasts well after swallowing.

Julius 54 BC is a typical strong Belgian blond ale, not a trappist style ale, brewed by the international combine Inbev, originally based in Leuven, Belgium and the brewer of Hoegaarden Beers.