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From the cellar: Hanssens Oudbeitje

Hanssens Oudbeitje

ABV: 6% Origin: Dworp (Beersel), Vlaams-Brabant, Flanders First published: 5 February 2001

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit.

Hanssens, established in 1871, remains — just — as the last of the […]

Toer de Geuze 2011

Banner for the Toer de Geuze 2011 on display at 3 Fonteinen.

Snobbery aside, there are some potentially defensible grounds on which to build a case that making wine is a higher field of human endeavour than making beer. Winemakers squeeze the maximum complexity and variety from the minimum of means. From New World […]

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Beer sellers: Beermania

ABV: 6% Origin: Beersel, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.3fonteinen.be

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Traditional spontaneously fermented lambic beer doesn’t reach the consumer without being subjected to additional processes of maturation, blending and/or steeping with fruit to make it palatable. Though today’s better known lambic breweries generally carry out such processes themselves, there […]

De Keersmaeker Mort Subite Oude Kriek

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Kobbegem, Vlaams-Brabant Website: http://www.mort-subite.be

De Keersmaeker Mort Subite Oude Kriek

This is an expanded review of a beer that featured as a fruit beer on the bottled beer review page in the August 2010 issue of

BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it […]

Girardin Kriek van ‘t vat

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version first appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 5% Origin: Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Vlaams Brabant, Vlaanderen

Brouwerij Girardin

For the style this is easy drinking but top quality from one of the most respected lambic breweries, a cherry-red beer with a creamy, woody and tannic aroma rich and oily with natural […]

Girardin Framboise

Bières sans frontières, Great British Beer Festival 2007. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 5% Origin: Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.brouwerijgirardin.com

Girardin Framboise

This traditional lambic brewery in the heart of the Pajottenland, founded in 1882, is especially famed for its unfiltered black label gueuze. Its fruit beers are filtered but far from […]

Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus

Originally published in What’s Brewing August 2004

Origin: Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium ABV: 5 per cent Buy from Specialist stockists Website www.cantillon.be

Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus

The lambic beers of the area in and around Brussels are the result of the ancient technique of “spontaneous” fermentation. Lambic brewers simply leave the wort exposed to the […]