One of my occasional forays into the world of beer. These are two very interesting beers, widely available in most supermarkets, and inexpensive (particularly when compared with good quality wines). Belgium has given us many gems: Dr Evil, ‘In Bruges’ and wonderful beer.
Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
8.5% alcohol. Pale yellow colour. Tangy, hoppy and a bit bitter, but sweet and rich at the same time. It’s like a pale ale on steroids, with lovely lime and grapefruit freshness as well as complex hoppy notes. A nice food beer. 9/10
Chimay ‘Blue’ Trappist Beer 2010
9% alcohol. This vintage-dated beer is apparently best before the end of 2015, although like most beers its lifespan is shortened by the fact that the crown cap has a simple PVC liner, meaning that the oxygen transmission rate will be quite high. It’s a full brown colour with an orange tinge. Rich, malty and complex this has a spicy warmth countered by a bitter treacle note. Rich textured and hedonistic. 8.5/10