Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Piraat 

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, Oost-Vlaanderen Belgium  Style: Belgian Strong Golden Ale ABV: 10.5% IBUs: 23 Rate Beer: 93/100 Pour: Tangerine gold in colour with a big fluffy head.  Straight up, that typical Belgian smell of sugar bananas. Big bold flavours on first sip dominated by sweetness and smooth alcohol. I seriously look forward to the day I go spend a few days in Belgium. … Continue reading Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Piraat 

St Bernardus – Abt 12

Brewery: St Bernardus Brouwerij in Watou, Belgium Style: Abbey Strong Ale/Quad ABV: 10% Rate Beer: 100/100 Pour: Toffee rubiness in colour with a good head on pour that lasts for quite some time. Made from the same recipe as the Westvleteren 12 and not surprisingly, tastes the same. A little less sweetness but a little more carbonated than the Westie (yeah I’m nicknaming it). I can’t … Continue reading St Bernardus – Abt 12

Westvleteren Trappist – Westvleteren XII 

Brewery: Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus in Westvleteren, Belgium Style: Abbey Strong Ale/Quad ABV: 10.2% Rate Beer: 100/100 Pour: Dark Ruby toffee colour with good head on pour that lasts for quite some time.  Rated the best beer in the world and brewed by Belgium monks, I’ll admit I was nervous to pop the top off this one. What if it didn’t live up to the hype? … Continue reading Westvleteren Trappist – Westvleteren XII 

Leffe – Royale Cascade IPA

 Brewery:  Leffe, in Belgium Style: IPA ABV: 7.5% Rate Beer:  25/100 Pour: Quite carbonated with a golden hue. Big frothy head that’s settles and fade within minutes. Quite a warm fruity nose and strong caramel and banana flavour. Not quite a European IPA with big malt characteristics but also nothing similar to West Coast American IPA with no hoppiness. It’s more like a light version of a tripel. Continue reading Leffe – Royale Cascade IPA