Tag Archives: Westvleteren

Beer Cupboard

4 Mar

I’ve taken a dangerous plunge– dedicating a cupboard to stocking some of my favorite not-available-at-corner-stores (though mostly available at City Beer Store or Healthy Spirits) beers, for special (or at least moderately-special) occasions:

Sours: Cascade Kriek, Strubbe Flemish Red, Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour, Russian River Supplication & Consecration, Upright Billy The Mountain

Belgians: Rochefort 8 & 10, Westvleteren 10 & 12, Orval, Liefmans Goudenband

Belgian-Style US: Allagash Black & Tripel & Tripel Reserve, Russian River Damnation

Barrel-aged: J.W. Lees Whiskey-barrel-aged, Fifty-Fifty Eclipse Barrel-Aged Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Lambcetta, Fennel, Carrots, Westvleteren

14 Feb

A low-key Feb 14th– catching up at home after a few whirlwind weeks, and making a quick and tasty hash starting from a homemade “lambcetta” (like pancetta, but lamb, air-cured with salt) given to me by a friend who’s been going all-out on the butchering and meat-preserving front recently.

It was delicious sliced thin on its own, and I don’t think it would kill me. But to make it last, I just used a bit of it, minced up and fried with minced shallots, and then coarser-cut onions, fennel (yes, I’m an addict), and carrots.

Plus a Westvleteren 8 shipped from Belgium that I’d been saving for a special occasion.

Drinking 100 beers in Belgium

11 Jul

I recently spent a week in Belgium with three friends, visiting breweries and tasting beers. Without further fanfare or detail, here’s a list of everything I tasted and my favorites (somewhat subjective, I’m sure, depending what I was eating with them and so on):

My very favorites:

  • Westvleteren Bruin 12 (draft)
  • Westvleteren Bruin 8 (draft)
  • Pannepot Old 2006
  • Slaapmutske Donker 2007
  • Gouden Carolus Classic
  • Tripple Van De Garre (draft)
  • Gulden Draak (draft)
  • Pannepot Reserva 2008 Oak Aged
  • Orval 6-month aged
  • Rochefort 10
  • Inter-Pol Swartz Milk Stout
  • Inter-Pol Witte
  • Liefmans Goudenband
  • Pannepot 2009
  • Drie Fonteinen Faro (draft)
  • Drie Fonteinen Lambic (draft)

Other excellent beers:

  • Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze
  • Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek (draft)
  • Brasserie Dupont Moinette Blonde (draft)
  • Rochefort 8
  • Boon Oudekriek Mariage Parfait
  • Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoot
  • Cantillon Kriek
  • Boon Oude Kriek 2006
  • Bacchus Oud Bruin
  • Westvleteren Blond (draft)
  • Pannepot 2010
  • Orval
  • La Trappe Dubbel (draft and bottle)
  • La Trappe Witte (draft)
  • MacChouffe Porto (draft, apertif)
  • Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait
  • Hemel & Aarde

Good, or interesting, but not my favorites of the trip:

  • Cantillon Kriek (draft)
  • Cantillon Geuze (draft)
  • LaChouffe (draft)
  • Houblon Chouffe (draft)
  • De Ranke Noir De Dottignies
  • Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueze 1997
  • Kwak
  • Oude Kriek Hanssens Artisanaal
  • Tangerlo Bruin
  • Moinette Bruin
  • Val-Dieu Tripel
  • St Bernardus Tripel (draft and bottle)
  • St Bernardus Witte
  • De Witte Van Celis
  • Mamelokker
  • Bellegems Bruin
  • Gouden Carolus Trippel
  • Westmalle Dubbel
  • Westmalle Tripple
  • McChouffe (draft)
  • La Trappe Isidor (draft)
  • La Trappe Trippel (draft)
  • La Trappe Quadrupel (draft)
  • St Feuillien Saison
  • Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale
  • St Bernardus Prior
  • Westmalle Dubbel
  • Brugge Trippel
  • Geuze Giradin
  • De Ranke Bitter XX
  • Boom Oude Gueze
  • Straffe Hendrik Brugge Trippel
  • De Ranke Noir De Dottignies
  • Straffe Hendrik Brugge Quadrupel
  • Nostradamus
  • SNAB Pale Ale
  • Hemel & Aarde aged in 1972 scotch barrel
  • Texelse Trippel draft
Not as good:
  • Brugge Zot
  • Kasteel Bruin
  • Leffe 9(o)
  • Carlsberg
  • Smisje Guido
  • Bornem Dubbel
  • Gandavum Dry Hopping
  • Jupitel
  • La Trappe Blonde (draft)
  • La Trappe PUUR (draft)
  • Primus
  • Straffe ‘n Toeback
  • Wiecske Witte
  • Heineken Oud Bruin
  • Kriek Max
  • La Trappe Witte (bottle)
  • Palm
  • Chouffe Picon (draft, apertif)
  • Heineken
  • Hoegarden
  • Ongelovige Thomas