In this speciality, the Vander Kelen family of the brewery Haacht, has the art to hit hard. This beautiful family brewing company, still independent, is not kept by obligations of fashion tendencies. It is above all the love to produce outstanding products, answering excellent criteria and highlighting the originality of a flavour, without upsetting for all the principles of its manufacturing.
An example with one of the last ones of the catalogue, the range Super 8. Let us quote the Super 8 blanche (5,1%) who is much more than a simple white beer, such as it was known. It defines itself as a real originality due to the duration of its various fermentations so that every ingredient, among which certain spices, of its stage of fermentation, is market well during the tasting.
This range has 3 other products, among which the one low fermentation, a blond Export (4,8%), as well as a delightful IPA (6,8%) which excel by its profound bitterness but however without showing itself acrid. The range of beers “Mystic” is also very estimated and seems to settle down among the flagship products of the brewery. They appear in 3 versions: the Radler, the alliance of which with the lime, gives it specifically an advanced freshness. The version « Pêche » is clearly more rounded off as well as a traditional « Cerise » sweet certainly but not disproportionate because their role stays before any to quench during its tasting. Finally, the brewery Haacht hardly attached to the History of Belgium and its traditions, propose its great classics, the « Charles Quint » in 3 versions, of which the « Ommegang » master of the game during the plantation of the « Meiboom » (the tree of May). And naturally we shall not forget the « Tongerlo », in 4 finishing’s, the blessed beer of the fathers Norbertins.
BRASSERIE OUD BEERSEL : BEER TRADITIONS REBORN !
No matter the month, but in May, the brewers of the Vallée de la Senne around Brussels, and specialized in the spontaneous fermentation, raise the results of lambics gathered during winter months to begin the various cuttings for the coming gueuzes who will still remain a few months in oak barrels. The little brewery of Beersel, in the shade of the old castle, is certainly younger than the building of the Middle Ages, whatever it can already show a big centenarian of existence because its production of beers goes back up in 1882. It aims to be proud of an unchanged method of assembly of beers since her beginnings, considering her work a real art. The young Gerd Christiaens started again since a few years, the pursuit of the tradition, while innovating a comma, certain crus of an all in all logical fantasy coupling beers of spontaneous fermentation with other products stemming from the high fermentation. The result is rather surprising but not spectacular because we find the touch of an artist there, which never denigrates the tradition.
Two new crus were born, and can only amaze you, whom you are purist or not.
The « Bersalis Sourblend Grand Cru » (8%) already distinguishes itself by a degree of alcohol clearly over what offer lambics. However, it keeps the acid acidity of lambic, coupled by a fruity as the green apple, the pear, even the banana for what is the version « Bersalis Tripel » (9,5%), Bersalis being the Latin word for Beersel! Its qualification « sour » and « blend » justifies itself perfectly getting diverse delicious stages resulting finally in a platform, surprising, real and faithful to its ancestral origins.
The other novelty is the « Vieille Gueuze Barrel Selection Oude Pijpen 2017 » (6,5%). In this case we dive into the real history resuming a robust acidity of old lambics, among which some matured for 20 months on « old pipes » about 60 to 120 years, some even dating of the beginning of the activities of the brewery. It is necessary to taste this production by taking time to decompose its months of maturation. It presents a very well-balanced acidity, provided with a profound maturity. It keeps on average 20 years, in the course of which, the lambic will become a little round to leave behind it a delicious impression of very great class and confidence.