Yesterday I noted a possible wrong tapping with Brouwkot Vlaskappelle not matching online descriptions. Let's revisit with a new sample: Deep amber, good head retention (atypical for actual ales from Scotland), now this one has a good malt backbone and profile. Not the same beer by any stretch of the imagination. Caramel notes, but not sweet, balanced by a dose of Belgian funk, crisp and biscuitty like a cracker or coolie (biscuit to the Anglophiles here). Now, this I want a full serving of.
Van Eecke Leroy Christmas 7.5% Scotch Ale: darker and cloudy, like a raw dubbel, low head retention. Rich but not over the top in malt character, a bit of raisin in the nose. Long, lingering sweet finish, with spice (coriander? cardamom?) in finish.
De Hoevbrouwwers Toria 6.5% Blonde: Cloudy blonde (almost pathetic looking in appearance), crisp, almost cidery blonde character, too easy drinking for 6.5%. A great summertime beer, competes with wits and pils.
De Hoevbrouwwers Toria Triple 8.6%: Looks the same (equally pathetic), packs a walloping dry bite by comparison. Seems more like a spicy 10%. Order up the curry and stand back! A citrusy, lemon peel note to the finish. It's not your average or typical tripel, but it works if you know what you're getting into.
De Dolle Oerbier 9.0%: There are apparently folks who go into conniptions ovr this beer. The fact that Casey made this a Saturday beer says something. A great crisp dubbel, but by this stage in the Max's universe, secondary. Still a terrific beer, but.....