And Staying Belgian

sebastiaan-dark.jpg Continuing on with the Belgian theme, Hercules insisted that I try 3 different beers from the Brewerij Sterkens. While I’ve yet to try beer #3, I was really surprised by this beer. Beer #1, the St. Sebastiaan Golden was delicious, but failed to live up to it’s status as a tripel. The St. Sebastiaan dark, a dubbel, was excellent and very enjoyable.

Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark ruby brown that my photo fails to capture. A really gorgeous color. The head is a off-white/tan that foams richly, but dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Great aroma. This beer has a nice rich caramel and molasses malty scent. I smell some fruity scents as well. Raisins and a rich cola-type smell.
Taste: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Pleasantly complex. The malts are rich and caramely. The fruity scent that I was smelling tastes like rich, dark fruits (raisin, prune) and there’s a bit of spice and a deep earthy feel to this beer.
Mouthfeel: While this beer feels somewhere between oily and creamy in my mouth, it leaves it very clean and refreshed. Perhaps this is because of the lively carbonation going on in this beer.
Overally, I greatly enjoyed this beer and recommend it to any beer drinker. There’s a richness and complexity to it, yet it’s also smooth and refreshing and light. While I liked yesterday’s golden from St. Sebastiaan, I thoroughly enjoyed this Dubbel.

The Facts:
ABV: 6.9%

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Going Belgian

sebastiaan-gold.jpgWhen I first started blogging, I was thinking I should stick with American craft brews. I believe that we should buy American and buy local. But you know what? There are some amazing micro-breweries out there that aren’t American. Different styles and beautifully crafted beers. Wouldn’t it be a crime to ignore to turn my nose up at these wonderful beers from micro breweries around the world? So when Hercules (who you’ll hear more about soon) recommended that I try some of his favorite Belgian beers, there was no way I was going to blow him off.

St. Sebastiaan Golden comes to us from the Brouwerij Sterkens in Belgium. Brewing from the village of Meer since 1654, these guys are out to make a quality beer.
Appearance: This beer comes in a fancy ceramic swingtop bottle and pours a light, cloudy golden color. It produces a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma: Sweet malts and fruity hops. Lightly citrus, but more tropical fruits abound here – banana, pinapple, a little apple, yet there’s a slight earthiness to this beer.
Taste: That sweet fruitiness up front, followed by a sweet malt flavor. As I drink this beer and it warms up, the fruitiness turns somewhat rounder and richer. Like changing from a sweet white wine to a richer spicer red wine. I kind of like that transition in flavor. It’s sweet, but not overwhelming. Overall, a very complex and rich beer.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly carbonated for a beer that didn’t pour with much of a head.
The tripel style of beer gets it’s name from being brewed with up to triple the amount of malts. It tends to be higher in alcohol content, bitter and spicy, and lighter in body. I find that while this St. Sebastiaan is definitely a good beer, I don’t feel that it’s a great representation of the tripel style.

The Facts:
ABV: 7.70%