News Christian Deglas - NEWS MARS 2017. BEER FESTIVAL IN TOURNAI : RECORD BEATEN !

For this new edition of the annual beer festival 2017 in Tournai the record of influx was beaten. About 40 Belgian and French breweries had been made an appointment to make discover their beverages, among which certain unpublished 

This year also for the first time, the organizers had planned a tasting competition, the one open to all the visitors for the allocation of the Price of the Public, the other one booked for a professionals' jury of the brewing sector, as journalists, distributors, members of clubs kind Zythos or other ones. In the program about 70 beers were shown to the menu distributed in 6 categories, blonds of -8%, blonds + 8%, ambers, browns, blacks and specials. This last category was canceled in last minute, fault with certain beers which were not delivered. The competition started at 10:00 am to end at 6:00 pm. Three breaks had been scheduled of which that of noon, to provide stomaches with food.

In the reading of the result, certain beers were neck to neck, to confirm finally excellent productions. We shall retain the good performance of the local breweries, as those of Bastogne but also the beautiful performances of the French representatives.


 

THE PRIZE-WINNERS BY CATEGORY.

BLONDES -8% :

  1. TROUFFETTE BLONDE (6,4%) : 65,39% BR. DE BASTOGNE
  2. BRUNEHAUT TRIPLE (7,99%) : 64,73% BR DE BRUNEHAUT
  3. LA DIÔLE BLONDE (6,5%) : 64,47% BR. DES CARRIÈRES

BLONDES + 8% :

  1. BON SECOURS (8%) : 72,95% BR. CAULIER
  2. LA CORNE DU BOIS DES PENDUS TRIPLE (10%) : 72,73%  BR. D’EBLY
  3. KAPITTEL TRIPEL ABT (10%) : 71,07% BR. VAN EECKE

AMBERS :

  1. ARDENNE GIVRÉE (8%) : 71% BR. DE BASTOGNE
  2. MUTIAU DE TOURNAY (6,1%) :  66,62%  BR. DU CAZEAU
  3. OLDMAN WINTER (7%) : 65,16% BR. AU BARON ((France)

BROWNS :

  1. SAINT-ALPHONSE BRUNE ((8,5%) : 70% BR. ST-ALPHONSE (France)
  2. SCOTCH DE SILLY ((8%) : 66,71% BR. DE SILLY
  3. BON SECOURS BRUNE (8%): 65.26% BR. CAULIER

BLACKS :

  1. AUTHENTIQUE STOUT NOIR (7%) : 74,16%  AUTHENTIQUE BRASSERIE
  2. LA BIGOTE STOUT DRY (4,5%) :  67,63%  BR. LA BIGOTE
  3. LA CORNE DU BOIS DES PENDUS BLACK  (8%): 67,08%  BR. D’EBLY


RÉSULTATS COMPLETS :

BLONDES – 8% :

  1. TROUFFETTE BLONDE : 26,16/4065,39%
  2. BRUNEHAUT TRIPLE : 25,89/4064,73%
  3. DIOLE : 25,79/4064,47%
  4. SAXO BLONDE : 25,38/4063,44%
  5. ARDOOIS BLOND TRIPEL : 24,89/4062,24%
  6. SAISON DUPONT : 24,84/4062,11%
  7. SAISON AVENA BIO : 24,47/4061,12%
  8. SAISON AVENA : 23,80/4059,50%
  9. LA CORNE DU BOIS DES PENDUS :
    23,74/4059,30%
  10. LA BIGOTE BLONDE : 23,53/4058,80%
  11. SAISON DUPONT BIO : 23,22/4058,06%
  12. BASTOGNE PALE ALE : 23,16/4057,90%
  13. BS 0028 GMK : 23,16/4057,89%
  14. BS 0037 CHILI : 22,37/4055,90%

BLONDES +8% :

  1. BON SECOURS : 29,18/40 • 72,95%
  2. LA CORNE DU BOIS DES PENDUS TRIPLE :
    29,09/4072,73%
  3. KAPITTEL TRIPEL ABT : 28,42/4071,09%
  4. SAINT-FEUILLIEN GRAND CRU : 28,38/4070,96%
  5. TRIPLE SWAF : 27,55/4068,86%
  6. TOURNAY TRIPLE : 27,09/4067,73%
  7. WITTE PATER TRIPEL : 26,47/4066,17%
  8. SAINT-MARTIN TRIPLE : 25,64/4064,09%
  9. MOINETTE BLONDE : 24,73/4061,81%
  10. LA PAIX DIEU : 24,18/4060,45%
  11. AUTHENTIQUE TRIPLE : 23,75/4059,38%
  12. BONS VŒUX BLONDE : 23,50/4058,75%
  13. VAPEUR EN FOLIE : 23,00/4057,50%

AMBERS :

  1. ARDENNE GIVRÉE : 28,40/4071%
  2. MUTIAU DE TOURNAY : 26,65/4066,62%
  3. OLDMAN WINTER : 26,06/4065,16%
  4. BRUNEHAUT HOPPYBRETT : 25,66/4064,17%
  5. SARAZEN : 25,53/4063,83%
  6. MOINETTE AMBRÉE : 24,60/4061,50%
  7. BON SECOURS AMBRÉE : 23,73/4059,33%
  8. VAPEUR COCHONNE : 25,53/4058,33%
  9. SAINT-ALPHONSE AMBRÉE : 23,14/4057,86%

BROWNS :

  1. SAINT-ALPHONSE BRUNE : 28,00/4070,00%
  2. SCOTCH DE SILLY : 26,68/4066,71%
  3. BON SECOURS BRUNE : 26,11/4065,26%
  4. SAINT-MARTIN BRUNE : 24,68/4061,71%
  5. RSRV QUADRUPEL : 24,47/4061,18%
  6. KAPITTEL PRIOR : 24,37/4060,92%
  7. 621 BRUNE : 22,88/4057,21%

BLACKS :

  1. AUTHENTIQUE STOUT NOIR : 29,67/4074,16%
  2. LA BIGOTE STOUT DRY : 27,05/4067,63%
  3. LA CORNE DU BOIS DES PENDUS BLACK :
    26,83/4067,08%
  4. ARDENNE IMPÉRIAL STOUT : 24,77/4061,94%
  5. TOURNAY NOIRE : 18,54/4046,35%

 


THE TRAPPISTS HAVE THEIR PLANETS !

On February 22nd of this year, the NASA announced the discovery of 7 exoplanets called for the moment TRAPPIST-1 b, c, d, e, f, g, h. Or Orval, Chimay, Rochefort, Achel, Westmalle, Westvleteren and La Trappe of Koningshoeven. This revelation is also the work of  the astrophysicist Michaël Gillon. This good news will bring in the future a great deal of data, among which those to know if other forms of life would remain on the planets, or still would confirm a possible presence of water. It would simply be wonderful. We already imagine the brewers of the Trappist monks succeed to new brews based on interstellar water !


DUVEL TRIPEL HOP CITRA.

At the same period and this since a few years, it is of custom to see on the eve of the spring appear on the market, a new Duvel, traditionally brewed with its 2 basic hops, Saaz and Styrian Golding, but produced for the occasion with a new specific hop. During the previous 9 years, it was associated with 6 different hops, among which Equinox, Sorachi Ace of Japan, American Amarillo, Citra, Mosaïc and last year HBC 291. The brewers of Moortgat had decided in 2016 to proceed with the optic over 2017, to a vote with the fanatics of Duvel, this to determine what had been until now the best hop which had been used for this spring vintage during the precedent years. It is the Citra which took away the palm. It is thus very logically that this one feeds the bitterness of this Cuvée 2017. On the other hand its exit on the market took place simultaneously on all the Belgian territory. This remarkable hop provides the beer a severe bitterness but a very citrus fruit nose, which give to Duvel an additional dimension and a very particular flavor. Distrust however, if you wait too long, because its production will remain limited.


DUVEL STANDOUT !

2017 could be already baptized the year Duvel ! Indeed after the arrival of the Triple Hop Citra (9,5%), a quite big surprise from Moortgat waits for the big amateurs of beer. « Ssst... Here matures Duvel », is what we can read on the long facade of the brewery when we pass on the expressway A12. It is true that this beer requires a long guarding to develop its full characteristic maturity in its particular flavor as well as its rich pearling guaranteeing a supreme foam. But today in the cellars of the brewery, rest a new version of Duvel which will require 6 to 7 months of guard in tanks of bourbon. This « oak age » will be the big first one for the amateurs of Duvel because it will have probably quite a different flavor according to criteria which will invest it on bases of residual yeast of the precious tenant of these barrels. These come from two famous American distilleries of bourbon, « Four Roses Distillery » and « Buffalo Trace Distillery » both of Kentucky known as the supreme State of whiskeys. Already the brewer announces a rate of more severe alcohol volume between 10 and 11%. Its delicious criterion will be very rich and innovative with touches of caramel and bitterness affected by a wooden tone by its recipient. All of us wait for this big novelty, of which I can assert you, o privilege, a pleasant explosion of the ranges of delicious tones. A real nectar for the sharp experts !


DUVEL MAKES THE BELLS RING !

Michel Moortgat, the CEO, is proud of his company as well as of the region which formerly let him become established on its territory from 1871 : « Duvel is a proud resident of Breendonk, village of the entity of Puurs in the province of Antwerp, thus it seems logic to us, to be able to help our municipality in certain local initiatives which have a deep link with the traditions.» announced the big boss of the brewery. Indeed on the occasion of 725 years of the entity, the municipality donated its church Sint-Pieter with a quite new carillon, counting from now on among its big bells, one who will carry the label of Duvel. It weights 400 kg and its departure from the workshop towards the church is planned by an exceptional convoy, on April 8th of this year. It will so join the bell tower which will include a total of 50 bells from the smallest until the biggest. It is useless to specify, that the implementation will be well-showered with Duvel. The sound will ring every ½ hour as to draw the attention of the villagers that a beer brewed carefully is consumed with care ! On the whole a call to order for lack of « se faire sonner les cloches » (good telling-off) !


ARTHUR’S LEGACY BREW Nr.15 BASED ON « ELEPHANT » COFFEE BEANS!

Since the formatting function of the small brewery De Hoorn in the hart of the brewery Palm, it gets out excellent crus produced in more restricted quantity but not divested of qualities. One of the series become familiarized to this « inside » brewery is the Arthur’s Legacy. In about 4 years, since the first production, here is the brew nr.15 of this « Arthur » (8,6%) with as peculiarity it is about a stout with a malt coffee issue from a seed which is nicknamed in the coffee sector the « elephant coffee been » . It is in this particular case about a type of Mexican seed 2 to 3 times bigger as the normal size which makes it the most impressive of the world. It is however cultivated in South Brazil, on the territory of Maragogype from which it borrowed its name . However in spite of its dimensions, this coffee of Arabica type offers a very fine but expensive and delicate flavor by opposition to its proportions in size. Its production is rather rare what will make of this « Arthur’s Legacy nr.15 » an exceptional vintage. The flavor of this stout is faithful to the picture of the coffee but nevertheless endowed with enough flexibility to make a beer at the same time elegant and strong thus neglecting not at all its roasted character, or its length of its after taste. It is consumed fresh or moderated according to your appreciation and offers a generous, very silky foam collar.


GET READY TO TAKE OFF WITH « LOST IN SPICE ».

After the version « Wild Jo » in May 2015, the « Russian Imperial Stout » in October 2015 and the « Pierre ‘s Bock » in March 2016, here is this time the putting into orbit of a brew designed by De Koninck in July 2016, the « LOST IN SPICE » (5,2%). Is it the realization of the delirium of the brewers or the desire for escape that the designers of this beer wanted to live ? Nobody will know. In any way, its name hides at no moment the madness of a real spicy cocktail. Not less than 5 spices were invited to surrender its generous, fresh and certainly spiced flavor. It consists of ginger, cardamom bringing the smoked touch, peels of lemon and apples and the inevitable coriander. We would almost forget that its major ingredient, the hop (Hallertau and Saaz), is a spice in itself.


LEFFE ACCENTUATE ITS CHARACTER !

The abbey of Leffe has just enriched its range with the very select « Caractère by Leffe », a beer in high alcohol of 9% but still strengthened by its flavor at the same time rough and delicious, catching the scents of the Scotch whisky. Matured in oak barrels, it grows rich during its guarding of 4 weeks so filling all the space which could remain during this stage to enclose its cycle by a magnificent rich beer but which will be produced only in 50.000 bottles of 50cl and this from next May 1st. Its process of requiring maturity is also reflected in its price which will amount to 18 € and to this quotation it is necessary to answer to a certain height. Its dressing of presentation was designed attentively, highlighting the wood through its presentation in a wooden box, so making it an admirable present to offer to every beer amateur. It will only be available in certain hypermarkets as well as in a hundred establishments of the Horeca sector.


“LIMITED EDITION Nr.2 BARLEY WINE” FROM ST-FEUILLIEN.

This time, it is the turn of the brewery Saint-Feuillien to reveal us its « barley wine ». The Friart family possesses a very long know how in brewing subjects and in bonus a robust experience regarding US beers in particular thanks to a collaboration with the Californian brewery of San Diego, GREEN FLASH. All these solid references, inspired the brewers of Le Roeulx to produce a barley wine but not traced systematically on the US model. Indeed, this new realization is more subtle, less appealing to the sweet sense and making it more easily digestible. Its re-fermentation in bottle will also bring it a better evolution in time. It benefited from a long guarding in cellar bringing it a strong and harmonious character. No concern if its saturation is modest because it is bound to the image of this type of beer. In a parallel to the big experience of the brewers of the Center, they hide no secret to the consumer by revealing all the basic ingredients as its various malts  (Pale-Ale, Munich, Cara 80, Chocolat), its different very specific hops (Challenger, Aramis, Styrian Golding), a roasted sugar and especially the final touch linked by its long guarding of 8 weeks with maceration of shavings of acacia.

A real explosion of noble and rich flavors.

« We salute the Brewery Saint-Feuillien! ».