Another tasting - the day after the scotch one - on Belgian beers, but generally avoiding the lambics.
Palm it's cheap, it's common, and it's a very quaffable ale with a slightly sweet taste. If that's the Belgian DB, then damn yet another reason to live there.
Augustin Grand Cru 9% sweet sour spicy pepper floral with a hint of parmesan cheese (no really!)
Abbaye des Rocs Brune 9% bananas, very smooth malt, strong whisky finish. Double fermented, and another in the bottle
Achel Blond 8% very dry, light nose, citrus, not too great
Het Kapittel Pater 6% malty nose, sweet apples
Lindermans Geuze 4% too sweet - I prefer the ouze, drinkable, but I prefer the more bitter manly ouze
Dupont Moinette 8.5% bitter sweet, citrus, long finish, increasing bitter finish, spicy pepper
Dolle Brouwers Oebiers 9% banana, marmalade, hot increased alcohol, chocolate, orange, malty.
So my picks? Augustin Grand Cru 9%; Abbaye des Rocs Brune 9%; Dolle Brouwers Oerbier 9% - all of which I gave 9/10 to. Mmm Belgian beer. Makes me happy. So very happy.
What was a worse idea, although at the time it seemed bloody brillant, was Rich's idea of heading to the Courtney Arms, who just happen to have a number of good English ales in cask. damn it.