BOTW–Maredsous Brown

Maresous Brown-1

First, I really like the spiffy Belgian Beer bottles that come wrapped in paper. They are just fun. Second, I am very fond of Maredsous’ Blonde Beer.

Maredsous Brown-2

That said, Maredsous Brown was very good, but didn’t stick out in any particular way to me. There was no really interesting or unusual thing about it. Just a very good, well made beer. And that is fine, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

BOTW–La Roja

Who could resist a beer with a label like this? Pirate cat on the label? I’m in!

Ran across this beer at the Harrison Street Whole Foods. They are also carrying Jolly Pumpkin’s Oro de Calabaza Ale. This is the first time I remember seeing Jolly Pumpkin Beer in California. Quite pleased to be able to sample one.

They call this a “Flanders” style ale. There is a bit of the sour character of Flanders Ales here, but very little of the wild yeast or Brett character typical of Flemish Ales.

All in all a tasty and well made beer.

Went very well indeed with tonight’s dinner of Pork Tenderloin roasted on red cabbage. Served it with herb roasted potatoes and apples and sauteed Asparagus and Tree Oyster mushrooms.

BOTW–Dulle Teve

Dulle Teve Tripel is brewed by De Dolle Brouers in Esen, Belgium.

“Dulle Teve” apparently translates to, “Mad Bitch,” in English, and the two brewer brothers who run De Dolle claim it is named in honor of their hard working mother who greets visitors and leads tours at their tiny micro-brewery.

I’m not often a fan of Tripels, as they are often a bit too far to the sweet side.

I’ll make an exception here, as this exceedingly complex and delicious beer, while sweet, has a touch of sourness and finishes dry.

I had it with leftovers from the Provencal-ish Fish from the other night, and it went beautifully.

An amazing beer which I can easily put somewhere in my top 10 favorite Belgian brews.