“If you do not go towards the beer, it is the beer which will come to you !” Here is the proverb which would be advisable to apply to this column of September.
Indeed, in the course of kilometers engendered throughout 2 months summer, my reflex was to go to brewing distributors or hypermarkets of the various crossed countries. It is at the same time my hop passion which pushed me there, to complete my curiosity, as well as this desire to discover this inexhaustible creative spirit which enjoy the European brewers opting for specific techniques, and calling up to the use of gustatory ingredients at least unpublished and sometimes surprising.
Nevertheless, a first more economic information deserved to be mentioned. Indeed the big Danish brewery Carlsberg, these months little in decline from the point of view of the exports; because of the Russian blockade on the products of the European Union, saw its business figure increasing thanks to the intervention of the Belgian and associated brewing group Grimbergen. The result is very positive, to even present an increase of 2% to the provisional balance. Indeed, the Danes so announce a figure of 4,3 milliard Euro turnover. Cees 't Hart, the person in charge of the mark Carlsberg is satisfied, all the more still, the forecasts for the full year 2017, the debt off the loss of income could be largely filled. This positive consequence will so allow Belgium to find maybe on its market one of the jewels of the Danish brewery the “Carlsberg Elephant” (7,5%) of which you will find below my personal short story.
CARLSBERG ELEPHANT A REMINDER OF TASTE OF QUALITY .
It calls back very good student memories raising to my years in the sixties, period in the course of which we skimmed beer mugs as water! However, the conclusion of this university trips, ended traditionally at the small hours by a good soup and often also by a “Carlsberg Elephant”. The peculiarity of this magnificent beer of low fermentation was to offer a bouquet of freshness, a bitterness of character without the specificities of the sourness of a conventional pils. Its leading imprint was to offer a malted scent coated with an alcoholic net sobering up our bucolic state to give way to a return on 2 feet. Of these memories of student's drinking bouts, stayed only the good conclusions of less conventional beers, already reminding the beginnings that a beer brewed with know-how must be enjoyed with wisdom. We shall thus estimate all the more the return of the Carlsberg Elephant, which allows to classify it among one of the likely better beers of the world!
THE “ABBAYE DE ROCHEFORT” VOLUNTARILY IN THE TAXES !
The fathers of the Abbey of Rochefort have just taken an important position by deciding that for the first time in 100 years, the Cistercian institution of the brewery, established as non-profit, would contribute from now on to its participation of the acquittal of a tax on the turnover of the sales of its beers. They so join the abbeys colleagues who for the most part already are established as Limited company. The last year the abbey of Rochefort engendered a 6,8 million Euro profit. Let us call back that the sale of their beers contributes mainly to the maintenance of the monastery and especially to charity aids.
BERLINER KINDL WEISSE BEYOND THE WALL OF FLAVORS!
The beer of Berlin survives well beyond its sad wall history. Its delicious tradition crosses easily the years while bringing it its innovative touches. The white of Berlin is about 150 years old. Indeed it was born in 1872. It was the result of a high fermentation, the yeast of which reacted badly, bringing it an involuntary acidity. It was appreciated because this defect distinguished it from German pils from that period. The brewery Berliner so brought it different, in particular fruity gustative touches to appear under distinctive colored, sometimes original dresses as the green version including a chlorophyll as well as a touch of lime and sweet woodruff. However the initial version held the head offering anyhow nowadays an overrated acidity not anymore due to an infection of yeast but well thanks to the generous touches of lemon. And nevertheless it so supports other secrets as the wheat malt or the coriander. In addition it harmonizes very well with cocktails of more bitter beers and even dark versions. To discover with beforehand an informative luggage, behind the old wall.