For this tasting we left the lambic beers aside for a while and concentrated on the so-called ‘wild’ beers, which have seen an enormous increase in the beer range in recent years. Beers where the brewers (usually) add wild yeasts during bottling. Beers that do not keep pace, according to the brewers. Rebellious, unruly, lively, rock ‘n’ roll, complex, with animal accents…
Our venue was Zennedal room ‘Regenboog’ in Buizingen, under the tower of the Don Bosco church, on Friday 25th of March 2022. A successful and interesting tasting? Absolute!
For your information: our tastings are always ‘blind’. You know at the start which beers will be tasted, but you do not know which beer will effectively be presented to you and when. Only 3 of the 8 tasters present managed to guess the Orval correctly, the 5 others thought that the Bruxellensis was the Orval. In general, Bruxellensis was found to be more consistent and tastier. And the best beer of the evening? Everyone was quite anonymous about that: that was the Funky Brett from Brasserie Lefebvre!
The tasted beers (in order of tasting):
|1.||Rebelse Strop||Brouwerij Roman||6,9% alc. vol.|
|2.||Wild Jo||Brouwerij De Koninck||5,8% alc. vol.|
|3.||Funky Brett||Brasserie Lefebvre||6,6% alc. vol.|
|4.||Maredret Altus||John Martin S.A.||6,8% alc. vol.|
|5.||Héron Brett IPA||La Source Beer Co.||6,5% alc. vol.|
|6.||28 Brett||Brasserie Caulier / De Proefbrouwerij||7,5% alc. vol.|
|7.||Orval||Brasserie d’Orval||6,2% alc. vol.|
|8.||Bruxellensis||Brasserie de la Senne||6,5% alc. vol.|
|9.||Brut Nature||Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste||7,0% alc. vol.|
|10.||Straffe Hendrik Wild 2021||Brouwerij De Halve Maan||10,0% alc. vol.|