Back in September I paid a visit to one of my favourite pubs, Het Waterhuis Aan De Bierkant in Gent. Since I was only in Belgium for one week, I decided to treat myself to one of the world’s best tasting beers!
Alexander Rodenbach, aged Flemish Red with cherries (this is not the regular Rodenbach!)
Appearance: gorgeous gemstone red, 6.5%
Nose: tangy, red fruits, no true indication of the monster to come!
Palate: tangy, sour, crispy, fruity (plums, blackberries, apricots, cranberries, cherries)
Finish: perfectly orgasmic, powerful burst of red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, cherries) married with cake and sour tang, so savoury and long lasting
Overall: worth travelling to Belgium for!
Rating: 5/5 Fucking Excellent
Afterwards I ventured into the jenever bar next door, ‘t Dreupelkot, for a splash of my favourite flavoured jenever, the house-made Moroccan Mint! For those of you who don’t know, jenever is essentially the original gin, distilled in the low countries since pelgstone year.
Appearance: pale caramel colour
Nose: icy mint and gingerbread depth
Palate: soft, smooth, refreshing, hint of creamy mint
Finish: cookie dough, alcohol, soothing mint, spices
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
I would also like to mention the new store Bookz & Booze, “a unique concept store where you can buy a book with a matching bottle!” A quick browse revealed that they had indeed done their homework, and many great pairings were on offer in the store. If you are ever in Gent, check them out! I wish them well! Address: Hoogpoort 35, Gent