The summer on the terrace, on the beach, in the garden or in its lounge armchair, is not only the relaxation by tasting a good fresh beer. It also brighten up good readings! And for you, dear readers fervently carried towards the thirst to always know more about the brewing world, here are 2 new publications which will interest you.
CANS & HEAT WAVES !
If the spring of 2017 was rather gloomy and cold, we can notice on the other hand that the summer rang before the hour, with a very generous sun as well as temperatures over the averages of season. Very fast, Belgium took back taste in the pleasures of terraces as well as in the tendency on the return towards beer cans. These even widened their varieties thanks to new recipes, sometimes completely without warning for certain categories where we never expected them. Often banished by the beer purists, the can, thanks to the generous rays of sunshine, succeeded in regaining prestige by increasing even new amateurs. Too long, the beer can is considered to contain only thirst-quenching beers, and involved only brews of productions of low fermentation, like pils but also some fruity. They did not enjoy either a good reputation because its clients also possessed an image of “drunkards”. What from now on is not any more really the case. We shall however point out with the client, that once consumed it would rather be very correct not to throw cans simply on public highways and in the nature. The beer is deserved but it is necessary to prove it by this simple and ecologic gesture.
For this double press review, we traveled the most objectively possible, this very specific market.
COLONEL ARCH (6%) AT ITS COMMAND !
It indicates a method of American style brew,what is implying one more time a bitter character. In spite of actually pronounced bitterness (50 EBU), as very often all the US productions, it also aligns its softer and more malted parts. Its image rather reminds me to an owl, giving it some rank and respect. Its severity is a little as an iron fist in a velvet glove. It calls on to a very particular and still too much underestimated hop but nevertheless already considered for its delicious tolerance with its partners of recipe. To open the can of 50 cl will allow you to find the time to appreciate its qualities which seems to postpone in the course of swallows. It possesses excellent easily digestible qualities, which give it assets to accompany a barbecue of red meat and fish
POLARIUS HIGH IN TASTE BUT OF LOW FERMENTATION
Its name reveals the preference of its star hop, the Polaris. However it is accompanied with a more conventional partner as « Hallertau Mittelfrüh ». The latter assists it to reach a closer taste of a premium Belgian lager reminding better the Bavarian and Czech pils. Its flavor is also more malted what balances it more flexibly in spite of a very modest 5%. To describe its succulence, I would compare it with a trampoline jump, and thus repetitive up to her full last drink. It gets intense closer to the classic productions accompanying the conventional BBQ. It tolerates the very spicy accompaniments and from then on it assumes its fireman's role to limit the consequences of burns of spine on the tongue. In progress of tasting, it reveals an attachment and a lot of delicious sympathy.
BLANCHE DE THINES (4,8%) SOIL OF BRABANT WALLON.
Thines is a small village situated in the south of Nivelles in the province Brabant Wallon and is a real agricultural attic. The malt and the wheat grow there generously, where from the reference to this white beer. In can version it keeps all the peculiarities of a traditional white with less acidity as well as a weakening of the coriander. It excels by its thirst-quenching flavor and in this version gets a better sensation of freshness.
CALL ME « GORDON » !
The brewery John Martin has been one of the first ones in Belgium to develop an important range of beer cans. It so produces types of multiple flavors and in different dresses. Blonds, ambers and browns mix for most great pleasure of the brewing tastes. It are also the beers of this range that offer the highest alcoholic percentages, until more than 14% ! Useless to specify that these beverages are not intended for the big thirst but well for the terrace tasting for example on beautiful sunny days. The top of the range includes thus 2 novelties, the «Gordon Finest Carbon 14» (14,1%) presenting a combination of flavors and temperamental strong aromas warning you of its very big seriousness. The bitterness is very present and rolled up by a certain sweetness as a foam at the end of waves of a Scottish sea crashing on the wild cliffs. Drunk freshly, it will gradually reveal in the course of the tasting.
In the same tone of Scottish tradition the « Xplosion Honey Whisky » (9%) associates alcoholic flavors of the key drink of the homeland of the kilt with the nectar of the bees, the honey of which is extremely refined because resulting from coastal flowers lining the Scottish Sea soaked with the salt winds of the big wide. Its careful tasting because of the high tone of alcohol, is still appreciated much farther than its conclusion.