For my birthday earlier this year, Ian gave me a large bottle of la Bière de Beloeil from Brasserie Dupont, Belgium. I was very excited about this gift, since I had never heard of it before, and there are not too many Belgian beers available in Canada that I do not know. I then left it at his house and forgot about it for a few months. Recently, when another friend insisted on celebrating my half birthday with me (6 months after the real thing) and Ian’s house was chosen as the venue, I remembered the beer and decided that it should be consumed in celebration. It would only be fitting.
As these things go, Claire (who’s idea it was to celebrate this half birthday of mine) never even showed up, and so a milestone that I otherwise would not have celebrated without her, was indeed celebrated without her. The beer was excellent though, and it paired exceptionally well with Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play on vinyl.
La Bière de Beloeil
Appearance: nice thick long lasting head, amber colour, yeast sediment.
Nose: beautiful Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, banana, raw sugar.
Palate: pears, malt, bread pudding.
Finish: a touch of sour lemon, dryness, and a touch of alcohol.
Overall: doesn’t taste like 8.5%, great for sipping.
Rating: 4/5 Excellent