Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Belgian Style Beers

What is nice about our new digital menus is the ability to add fresh, new items with ease compared to our old paper menu method.  And if we want to try something new, we have the flexibility to only bring in a few cases and see how it does without having to reprint the menu each and every time we make a switch. Beyond that, our menu descriptions are much more thorough and dynamic.  How nice has it been to see a picture of what you are going to be eating or drinking?

This week we are adding a few new bottled beers to our menu:  Delirium Tremens, Trois Pistoles and Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale.  You can be the judge whether they will stay around for a while!

Though our beer selection is pretty well rounded, we felt we needed to offer a few more options and styles of Belgian beers.
A Belgian style beer is usually brewed with the same recipe for sometimes thousands of years. A lot of them are brewed by trappist monks that pass these recipes on from generation to generation with very few others even knowing what it contains. They are usually high in alcohol, and each is usually served in its dedicated style of glass.

Delirium Tremens is the flagship beer by Belgian brewery Huyghe, based in the city of Melle. It was founded in 1906, but brewers have been brewing on that site since the 1650s. It is a pale blond Belgian ale that is slightly malty but finishes with smooth spice. The taste is characterized by its roundness. Delirium Tremens is a Belgian strong ale, sometimes known as a trippel. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter. This beer has won several awards including "Best Beer in the World" back in 2008 at the International Beer Championship in Chicago. It is also rated a 92 in Beer Advocate.

Trois Pistoles is from the Unibroue brewery in Canada. The brewery was born in 1990 and soon became home to North America's first abbey beer. Trois Pistoles is a Belgian dark ale with a strong malt flavor, roasted aroma of dark chocolate, brown rum and spice. It has a slightly sweet flavor enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port. This beer is rated a 94 in Beer Advocate.

Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale is from the Brasserie Dupont brewery in Belgium. It has been brewing this "classic" beer since 1844 in their farm brewery. It is a top fermented, straw blond color with a dense, creamy head. Its nose has flavors of citrus and spice notes. It is full bodied and malty with a strong bitter flavor that is complex yet well balanced in aroma and taste.  This farmhouse ale has been rated 94 points in Beer Advocate.

Come check these new selections out and let us know what you think. Is there a Belgian favorite that you are looking for?

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