NEWS MARCH 2019

THE BANGING SOULS: BEERS ON THE ROCK!

Beer and music have at least 1 thing in common. Both make you move. The first one makes you want to sing and listen, while the second calls to consume a good little mug. In the case of this trio of friends, musicians and ambience lovers, the idea of drawing their musical inspiration to the beer or vice versa gave rise to a first CD « Rich to the Bone ». In fact, each of the compositions of this disc defines each time a Belgian beer, without however naming it. Their 20 years of friendship were often spent feeding on music while trampling their first scenes at the most improbable bars of major music festivals. Gaëlle, Ludwig and Pierre, gathered musically in the name of beers, playing a rock and roll to the bone. I would classify their style of hard rock’n roll, in which one feels the desire to simply blossom and communicate their joy of living to everyone. Gaëlle as singer pulls out his guts to disarm the coolest music enthusiasts. Through the different rhythms, whether on the guitar or on the drums, we think we can guess what kind of beer it is, a simple mug, a triple, a gueuze, a white beer, … However, the result is there, and will leave no one indifferent, while emphasing that it is by no means an incentive to drink, « beer brewed carefully, to be consumed with care » like the music of the band « The Banging Souls » is appreciated until the last note!

Song n°1: « A Change » by way of appetizer

N°2: « Live it Up » for the « Zinnebir » which evokes the Brussels festivities.

N°3: « Rage Racer » for one of Namur’s strongest blonde beers.

N°4: « Come Over » from de Brasserie de la Lienne very sweet and fruity on a slow air!

N°5: « Seeds Feat Beverly Jo Scott » reference to the “IV Season” of the brasserie Jandrenouille, elected women’s beer.

N°6: « I got a woman » brasserie de la Ferme Bertinchamps producing a triple reminiscent of the widespread plains of the United States, but in this case the feed in the mud!

N°7: « Be » from the little microbrewery l’Arrogante, associating a Rochefortois and a Ghentish, so a Walloon and a Flemish, symbol of « BE LOVE IN BELGIUM ! »

N°8: « The Call » for the « Lupulus Organicus » a call to nature, a jump into the forest, alongside the horde …!

N°9: « Whisper » musically very dark for the black beer of the Brasserie de la Rulles.

N° 10: « Rich to The Bone » it is the « Quintine Blonde » via a mystical composition for a beer brewed in the Légendes …!

 

(Info : Muriel Lombaerts info.comvous@gmail.com).


« BIÈRE DES AMIS » TO BE SHARED OR NOT!

The little news of the month, and just not any news. Indeed, less than five years ago the site was known worldwide as the cider factory belonging to the STASSEN family for generations. The company was then transferred to the Dutch brewers from Heineken. However, the name Stassen was not going to get lost forever in the souvenir cabinet. Philippe Stassen, via a distribution company called « Néobulles », is making his brewing project a reality, with a beer called « Bières des Amis ». Its name already indicates quite a meaning since its aspect will be above all to ensure its user-friendly role, but also to bring a tasty and attractive tone even almost unheard of. Two other originalities that also characterize it are the 2 very specific bottle formats one in version 66 cl and the other in 33 cl. The most voluminous of the 2 mentions with a lot of humour « To Share! », while the younger one of 33 cl in a similar tone states « Not to share! ». It goes without saying that the friendly spirit is immediately rigorous. This new vintage displays a modest 5,8% because as you suspect its role is above all not to inebriate its consumer. Its tasty asset is however the particularity of a velvety flavour that essentially highlights the role of clear malts. Its sensation is sweet reminiscent of the freshness of a white bread. It seems to me that I feel in the middle of my mouth a zeste of coriander and barely a slight citrus tone to remember that the hops are still part of the olfactory actors but without holding a decisive role. After all, it is a pleasant degustation beer determined in its social role to develop a warm conviviality. Of high fermentation and naturally reworked in the bottle, during its maturation. It thus matures its letters of nobility.


THE « BLANCHE DE BRUGES » A RETURN TO SQUARE ONE.

Brewed from its beginning along the canals of Northern Venice, the blanche de Bruges was taken over by Alken-Maes, a few years ago. This foible had in a way weakened it and no longer nourished the attention of the Bruges, nor of the numerous tourists who all year round paced the ancestral streets of the beautiful city of Bruges.
The remarkable efforts and strong popularity of « De Halve Maan » brewery over the past years have led the decision-makers at Alken Maes to reach a collaboration agreement in order to perpetuate again this typical beer with the « Nuts » in Dutch « Zot » as the inhabitants of Bruges are nicknamed. In this way it finds its origins but also the Vanneste family, the famous family of brewers whose company was once called « De Gouden Boom » and produced also the « Triple de Bruges » and the abbey beer of Steenbrugge triple and double: « The Vanneste family had been brewing beer since 1855. It was Paul Vanneste, my great-nephew, who launched this white on the market in 1984» explains Xavier Vanneste, the current CEO of the family business. This beer won many trophies in the world in its white beer’s category. The « Blanche de Bruges », differs from other beers of this category by pronounced aromas of coriander and bitter orange bark. It was with the « Blanche de Hoegaarden » from Pierre Celis, the two most famous white beers in the world. So, this is a return to the roots that will inevitably be celebrated in big pumps (of beer!) from the first day of spring 2019 on.


ABBAYE DE GRIMBERGEN OPTICS 2020.

The microbrewery fever also stimulates large beer-producing companies. After joining the mastodon of the Heineken group, the Alken Maes brewery had many products very present on the market. Among these the Grimbergen abbey beer, whose production was constantly growing. And yet, the monks of the abbey, have recently decided to brew a beer themselves. In the shade of the walls of the building, one could always find the location of a small brewery Fenikshof, where the monks produced their own beers, including the famous Grimbergen. Over the years and in order to meet the demand, the religious of the abbey of the Premonstratensians of Grimbergen accepted the proposal of Alken Maes, to make their beer brew in the very heart of the province of Limburg. In the same time beside the Blonde (6,7%), the range was enriched with new ones, the Double (6,5%), the Dorée (8%), the Triple (9%) and finally the Optimo Bruno (10%). Without yet revealing the contents of what will be brewed in Grimbergen, Father Abbot from the abbey has just announced that the brewery will be in operation for the summer of 2020! We look forward to the outcome of this exiting initiative!


BREWERY RODENBACH & DOGFISH BREWERY, NO FOAM WITHOUT BEER!

This time it is official, one of the oldest breweries in Belgium, Rodenbach, founded in 1821, true grandma of the old browns of West-Flanders, will collaborate with the American brewery Dogfish Head, one of the first small breweries that began its production 23 years ago. This means that during this short period of time, this brewery of the state of Delaware located in the northeaster United States, on the Atlantic coast, has distinguished itself in quality and has managed to tickle the old brewery of Roeselare. The label of the American house is a shark, dreadful with long teeth as that is greedy and efficient in its search for food. « Dogfish » means theoretically « Dog of the sea » and does not imply that Rodenbach intends to be « a bird for the … cat! ». To the contrary, the American brewery, co-managed by 250 employees, already has many successful beers such as various IPA, American Beauty, Punking Ale, or still the Raison of Extra, a beer produced on the basis of raisins and red beet sugars, which explains its coloration moving to red wine. Rich in an abundant beer card, the brewers of Dogfish on the one hand and Rudi Ghequire from Rodenbach on the other hand have found numerous arguments for designing a brand-new common beer, each of them contributing its own ideas. The two brewers met to exchange their different points of view. The Belgian brewer was really impressed by the skills of the Americans: « Dogfish Head presents outstanding products all of high quality. There are huge creativities and a contagious passion for the beer word and especially for Belgium! » found Rudi Ghequire. This shared passion will certainly give for the coming months, a brand-new common beer, whose originality should find itself in the flavour, the colour as well as the method of fermentation. « Wait and See! » as soon as possible.


9th BEER FESTIVAL OF TOURNAI.

Year after tear, Tournai becomes one of the most popular beer festivals in Belgium. Besides the unique surrounding of the Halle aux Draps, the brewers set is very well supplied, often with new productions. They will be a good thirty breweries present each demonstrating their flagship product or an exclusivity. For example, at stand nr.5 the brasserie Authentique, will present the « Rasta Moine Belgian Craft Beer » only brewed on nights when the moon is not present and in a secret place! Mystery as to the taste of this blonde of 7% alc. vol. and containing a very special spice that only the brewer knows and may raise a corner of the mystery!
At stand nr.8, the Antwerp brewery KARBO, will reveal to you original beers and of all colours, some of which are associated to the legendary cuberdons, which does not imply that all beers will be soft. There are some surprises in the air!
At stand nr.11, you will find the brouwerij Stokhove from Waardamme, located in the suburbs of Bruges. It is the union of two young brewery engineers who started in 2011 with productions of 200 litres including a triple « Triple Jack » (6,10%). The company has evolved well and can now count on a brand-new modern brewery built financially from its own funds.
At stand nr.14, is the small brasserie du Clocher, established in the desecrated church of Le Piroy in the Namur province. Its first two beers were « baptized » Philomène Florale (5%) a pleasantly hopped blonde, the Philomène Hoptimale (7,2%) richly bitter to citrus perfume and the last born the Philomène Cointessence (8,2%) with quince juice to « carburize » more prudently. It also has a few touches of caramel and a rather frank bitterness.

Briefly, it is not the discoveries that will be missing. To recall, this festival will take place on March 23rd and 24th coming and as a bonus: the entry is fre

Stand :   

N° 1 Brasserie de Cazeau

N° 2 Brasserie des Carrières

N° 3 Brasserie Caulier

N° 4 Brasserie du Val de Dendre

N° 5 Rasta Moine Belgian Craft Beer

N° 6 Brasserie Gengoulf

N° 7 Brasserie Van Eecke

N°8 bis Warmenbol

N°8 Karbo Beer

N° 9 Bier Butlers

N°10 Brouwerij Maenhout

N° 11 Brouwerij Stokhove

N° 12 Brasserie Dubuisson

N° 13 Brasserie La Bigote

N°14 Brasserie du Clocher

N°15 Brasserie de la Semois

N°16 Jessenhofke

N°17 Max Craft Beer

N°18 Brasserie Dupont

N°19 Brasserie Authentique

N° 19 bis Brasserie Feniks

N°20 Brasserie Vanuxeem

N° 21 Brasserie des Légendes.

in the center : Brasserie de la Cambre, Brasserie de l’Attrait, Brasserie Kluiz, Bierodrome, Brasserie Vaurien et Brasserie Minne.


CRAZY ABOUT THE THArée!

We call it the beer of the trailers. It broaches to the trail amateurs, cross-country competitions through nature and often also by quite original places, like passages through administrative or historical buildings. Florentin Gooris is an obstinate sportsman mainly for his participation in this kind of activity. He « carburates » on beer but not just any beer because with the help of Pierre Gobron, creator of the Achouffe brewery, he launched the idea of a beer dedicated to the participants of these events. The name of the “carburant” (fuel) is the THArée, the three initial letters being from the “Trailers de la Haute-Ardenne”. With Pierre Gobron and his sons as brewers, they came upon a beer, enumerating the natural tones that often cross the competitors of these races.
It is the Brasserie Lupulus in Courtil that brews it. As it was already the case for Achouffe, the brewer Pierre Gobron always has a unique inspiration for shaping a particularity to his beers. In the case of the THArée (8%), extracts of twigs of pine trees of Douglas Larch reinforce its Ardennes anchorage, enough to reinvigorate the athletes after walking races with an average between 10 and 15 km.

 

 

CHEERS.

CHISTIAN DEGLAS.