TRAPPISTE USA : SPENCER MONK’S RESERVE ALE (10,2%).
Since 2013 the USA possess their own Trappist. Brewed in St Joseph Abbey, in the North of Boston, it was recognized within the head office of the association « Authentic Trappist Product ». Brother Isaac Keeley, responsible of the brewery, has just announced a new beer in the range more and more spread by the abbey, but which will unfortunately not be available in Europe because of its limited production. It will be about a quadruple version which will be simply baptized « Quad » so completing the production of « Single » (6,5%), « Dubbel » (Trappist Holiday Ale 9% ) and «Imperial Stout » (8,7%). It will be available for the general public, on June 12th of this year, but thus only in favor of the Americans. No, it is not about a decision of president Trump !
It is a save bet that its conception was strongly influenced by the Dutch brewers of the abbey of La Trappe in Tilburg, the Netherlands but kept secret as a confession !, without being a real copy. It receives numerous specific assets of which a robust density of roasted « caramel » malts crowning a presence of 2 even 3 hops dominating in equal way. It appears under the features of a dark amber and should be available in 2 size, 33 and 75 cl, however it is possible that it also will come out in a version « Magnum » (1,5l).
You have however some opportunities to discover it, during the festival of the « Belgian Brewers », the first WE of September 2017 and still in Horeca Expo of Ghent in November 2017.
LAMBIC IS CELEBRATING IN BEERSEL FOR A BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY.
1882, in Beersel (Flemish Brabant) between Halle and Brussels, there where extends the Valley of the Senne, leading with her its micro organisms which join very involuntarily to the beverages of beers cooling in the air, we find one of the first breweries with typical spontaneous fermentation in this region. Initially, one of these most oldest installations ensues the Brewery Vandervelden, among which the brewer Henri, produced for the Brabant nobility, spread very close to the castle of the village, hectoliters of lambic. As well inside as outside of the armed fortress, the beer flowed in stream, without ever making the inhabitants excessively drunk. The small village lived throughout its history a long passion, until the day when the brewer, tired by the hard seasonal brewing labor, decided to stop. Without successor and thus no renewal of its production, the brewery Vandervelden was dedicated to disappear. And nevertheless, at the end of 2002, when the installation produced their last drops of lambic, Gert Christiaens, an enthusiast of the gueuze and its authenticity, came by. He decided to relaunch this beautiful and old brewery. In memory to the history of the installation he baptized it Oud Beersel and perpetuated in the big relief of its inhabitants, the production of the lambic. Today in 2017, 135 years from the beginning of the big episode of this brewery, Gert, the new brewer pays tribute to his predecessor, Henri Vandervelden, by taking out a special cru pure lambic, and thus pure health, carrying in the label the symbolic figure of « 135 years » composed of a cutting of various lambics, younger as well as older. The specialists tear literally up this brew, because it already happened for this type of gueuze, that a Japanese amateur offered up to 800 € for a bottle.
SOSSONS D’ORVAULX !
As a conclusion for this recent « news », I shall offer myself a small personal pleasure with a lot of pride. Indeed, last March, which was my surprise to receive an invitation of the « Sossons d’Orvaulx » to invite me to participate to my enthronement as a new member during the Chapter 41. This brotherhood resolutely turned to Orval, is also a faction, the slogan of which is turned to the social and especially the charitable works. Very worried by the concern of precarious fate of certain people, the « Sossons d’Orvaulx » try by their own to help these families in the necessity. Their thought, in dialect Gaumais in the original text, is « Do good around you with a big hart and a lot of friendship », here is thus a healthy slogan besides when it is accompanied with one (or more) glass of Orval, is far from being unbearable !