|A bolleke at Oud Arsenaal|
|Rodenbach and North Sea Shrimp at Oud Arsenaal|
|A fried herring sandwich from the Antwerp open air market|
|St Bernardus Abt and Triple Karmeliet at Het Elfde Gebod|
By now, the Kulminator was open
|Gentse Strop, a 6.5% Blond|
|Kasteel Rouge -- I didn't realize it had cherries in it!|
|Bush Noel -- only 12%|
|1995 La Trappe Quad - still very nice|
We decided to try some triples for a while, concentration on those that we very fresh.
|Triple Moine and Carolus Triple|
|Bornem Triple and Mardadous Triple|
|St Bernardus Triple and Chimay White Cap|
The hops in the Chimay really blew me away. A very nice beer when fresh.
Looking at the label, I thought it funny that a Trappist Beer has a symbol for "No pregnant women." (It actually is on all the Belgian beers we checking, meaning I guess "Don't drink if pregnant.") In addition to the ingredients list, there was a warning on all beers "Contains barley malt." Duh -- its beer.
At this point things had quieted down and Dirk brought out the special beer for us to taste. It was designed by Mikkeller for Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen -- which often tops the annual surveys of the worlds best restaurants.
I am not usually a big fan of oak aged beers, but this one worked. The oak was a delicate complement to the triple like character of the beer. It was a bit too cold (for which Dirk to the blame)
Nothing could top that beer so we switched directions and had a Black Damnation -- a 13% Imperial Stout collaboration between De Molen and De Struise. Very rich and very nice.
By now they were ready to kick us out, so one last beer: For me an Avec les Bons Voeux and Tom had a La Trappe Quercus (Oak Aged Quadruple)
Tomorrow it is off to Brussels for the day, then Dublin on Monday.