First (beer) stop was the fairly new (18 months) Antwaerps Bierhuyske (Antwerp's Beerhouse). They have 9 taps -- mostly interesting stuff. The bottle list looks pretty decent as well.
Next I had a St Feuillien triple (from the bottle). I had ordered one the previous night at the K but they were out of bottles less that 3 liters so I passed and had an Ename Triple as well. The StF is usually one of my favorite triples but I think I like the Ename better.
|St Feuillien Triple|
|3 Fonteinen Kriek|
We arrived at the Kulminator just as they were opening. We grabbed a table and were getting settled but before we could even order a beer, groups of people (including one of more than a dozen people) started streaming in and before you knew it the place was packed.
I started off with the Rodenbach Vintage -- there were some sour beers to be drunk tonight so it seemed a good place to start.
|Tour de Gueze 2011 -- a blend of 8 Gueze|
The Gueze was followed by a De Struise Brouwers Tsjeeses Reserva of unknown age (probably 3 years). This is a version of their Christmas beer aged in Oak. It was oak-y, a bit spicy, very low carbonation and quite nice overall.
|De Struise Tjeeses Reserva|
Orval is a beer I like but I rarely drink it at home -- I don't think it travels all that well. I try to have at least one every trip to Belgium. Since there were just two of us left, we had one from 2008 as well.
|Fresh and 2008 Orval|
The fresh one was served cool (as in slightly refrigerated) so it wasn't a quite a fare comparison, but I did like the fresh one better. The aged one was much more carbonated and the brettanomyces ("brett") character was very strong. I like a little brett but if you like a strong brett character, go for the aged.
Tom decided to head over to Paters Vatje for more Lasagna (and Dulle Teve, I'm sure) but I decided to call it an early night and finish off with a Avec les Bons Voeux.
|Last Beer of the night|