STAND n° 15 : BROUWERIJ JESSENHOFKE :
It is the 3rd consecutive year that this small brewery of Limburg from the region of Hasselt participates to the festival. She had amazed numerous visitors at the same time by the originality of names almost without vowels, raising at the same time mystery but explanatory. They conjugate in 6 versions quite defined originally. Someones evoke the flavours of Limburg, others the festive spirit of its occupants. Over the years she runs away an indisputable place on the card of beers of the province.
STAND n° 16 : BRASSERIE LA BIGOTE :
She finds refuge with the brewery Authentique of Frédérick Baert, let us say that the alchemy of the hop is very present in the beer. His felty initials by a moustache (from the Spanish language « el bigote »), sometimes in the proud looks, sometimes with its lowered tips, evoke the image of the perfect consumer of beer leaving foam imprints on the hairs of this very male whim. At the same time, the brewer so reminds his long stay in Spain.
STAND n° 17 : BRASSERIE ENIGMA :
This new brewery proposes due to its name, actually a certain enigma. This one lives especially with the attractive products which she proposes. Aiming to be friendly the brewer found the good definition of his productions, in particular for one of the freshest and very delicious aiming to be “low in alcohol but terribly characterful to taste”. This brewery proposes a great deal of originalities so much with the flavours implanted in the bitterness, the fruity as well as the black beers tinged with roasted malts. They are named « TAMERA BLONDE TRIPLE (9%), « RAGARÖCK BLONDE (5,5%, « BLACK FUEL QUADRUPLE (9%), « DRAGORA BLONDE » (7%), « LUPULIN MONSTER IPA » (7%), « HADES IMPERIAL STOUT » (10%) et « SANDERIJN SAISON » (7,5%) all presenting a terrifying look! Present for the first time in Tournai and still underestimated by the general public, she will amaze very certainly the visitors of this festival.
STAND n°18 : BRASSERIE SAINT-FEUILLIEN :
It is unmistakably one of the flagship breweries not only of Belgium, but also on the international level. The range Saint-Feuillien is crowned every year during brewers festivals or beer contests. The St-Feuillien Grand Cru continues its impressive growth and it is very normal because it is one of the best crus on the Belgian brewing card. Let us not forget either the Season, the IPA Belgian Coast as well as the fruity Grisettes. A stand in Tournai who will have a constancy of public!
WHILE WAITING FOR THE SPRING!
Still some patience and we shall see as for the snowdrops, numerous brewing novelties to be born. Nevertheless, with this relatively wet and cold winter, certain new beers are premature and will already be present on the Belgian market.
BRASSERIE BIRRA DEL BORGO.
This average brewery situated in the region of Rieti in central Italy, has just seen opening doors in exclusivity nearby the Delhaize stores. The Italian company is rich in proposal of types of beers. However, 3 of them received the consent for a presence in the shelfs of the Belgian hypermarket.
DUCHESSA (5,8%) :
It is about a very elegant blonde topped with an invigorating foam collar just like this region where earthquakes are regular (cf. L’Aquila). Its flavour is slightly bitter decorated with a lot of rounding off. Its introduction is “prickly” on the tongue and develops only its modest bitterness in the before last stage to release in conclusion at touch rather malted but at last a dry final. It defines itself as rather thirst-quenching beer.
LA DORATA DEL BORGO CORTIGIANA (5%) :
It joins in the alcoholic tones of the previous one with despite more body in bitterness and especially a nose rather citrus fruit. Its composition gives more place to more typified hops and offers a less active sparkling activity what does not allow it to impregnate the prickly in the tongue. Its blonde dress is more veiled but offers nevertheless a constant silky foam as well as a very good bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant but serious!
LA REALE (6%) :
This amber possesses an amber dress in this trio of Italian beers. It confirms what we expect from this type of ale. Thus, it is without surprise that we detect a link with the flavour of a pale ale showing wooded but not caramelized smells. It does not really point bitterness and lets all the leisure to develop its smoked spirits of malts, supported of a woody flavour and deprived of any sweetness. It is consumed with a lot of attention because of this hot and complex character at the same time. Its foam is generous but not centralized and rather hanging on the edges of its glass.
Henry Brousmiche is a passionate of adventure, of journeys in Africa and of beers. It is through these last ones that he expresses with knowledge, the happiness of his experiences. He proposes at the moment 2 crus in the colours of the African continent.
The COUAGGA (7,4%) contradictorily to Africa is a white beer representing the zebra. It is simple and complex at the same time, giving rhythm stepwise to the importance of its malts including the important content of wheat. As the zebra alternates the colours, in this case it is the flavours which are overlapping their temper by the fruity, a light acidity and a certain hopped character. This combination gets to this beer a perfect moment of thirst quenching, especially during suffocating days.
The NYALA (8,4%), in reference to the antelope of the mountains, is more generous still juggling with flexibility, a complexity of in depth rich flavours. It expresses an assuring sensation thanks to its caramelized zest accompanying a regular bitterness mixed with a certain sweetness. This amber so symbolizes the perfect balance which its animal symbol owes to possess in high mountain.
During the next number in mid-March, we shall discover 2 new Trappists, among which that of Spencer (USA) bringing out the « PEACH SAISON » 4,3%, being so the very first fruity beer in this category. Finally, on the English side, it will also be a great premiere with the launch on the market of the first English trappist of the Mount-St-Bernard abbey of Whitwick near Leicester.
But before leaving, this small wink on the occasion of the month “Mineral tour”. The brewery Moortgat/Duvel has just brought out under the label “Vedett”, a sparkling water in can, showing in complete safety a 0,0%.