With my fellow Belgian exchange student friend James of Newfoundland visiting me for the first time in 5 years, it was merely a foregone conclusion that we would be drinking some Belgian beer… nearly every night. This led to the creation of Stamhuis Week, and more than a few good beers were consumed. On this particular night, we were joined by my father and my friend Gavin. We started off with some Hoegaarden, and it turned out to be the tone setter for a night full of tangy beers that were low on malt and low on hops. Sounds like a wheat beer night to me!
The centrepiece of the night was the sharing of a large bottle of Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René. Like all gueuze’s, this beer was made by blending young and old lambic beers (spontaneously fermenting wheat beers) to create a complex explosion of tangy and cider like flavours. Gueuze’s are sometimes known as the “champagne of beer” (sorry Miller High Life).
Appearance: cloudy orange.
Nose: sour, rotten fruit, transparent (green) apples.
Palate: sparkly, caramel, transparent apples, refreshing mouthfeel.
Finish: again transparent apples, this time the strongest; sour lemons and limes, very long lasting, can be drunk slowly.
Rating: though a startling beer, it is 5/5 Fucking Excellent.
Quotes: “I feel like it’s making my teeth stronger.” -Peter
“This song, [Strange Brew by Cream] very applicable.” – James
Gavin just smiled. Then he went home. So we tried a new beer. Without him.
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vielle
Appearance: crimson red.
Nose: sour cherries, tangy wheat breeze.
Palate: comforts the tongue with softly spiced cherries.
Finish: a blast of sour cherries followed by longer tangy gueuze flavours.
Rating: Though 5/5 Fucking Excellent, it seemed a bit over-aged in our cellars; less sparkly and alive than our previous bottle.
Quote: “It’s like a prune robot that plays the banjo.” Peter
After the beers, Miss Vickie’s Lime & Black Pepper chips were the perfect snack to complement the tanginess and cap off the night!