Straight Outta Belgium: Beers #18-21

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Girl loves Belgian beer. Here are 4 more that were NOT in my 100 Belgian/Belgian-Style Beers in 30 days:

BEER #18

Struise Pannepot Reserva, 10% ABV: Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. Scores a perfect 100 on RateBeer.

Gorgeous and complex nose of viscous caramel, baking spice, dried fruit,  mild chocolate, oak, malt, and restrained vanilla. Sweet palate with toffee pudding adding to the profile. This beer and the next (the Grand Reserva) should be on every beer lover's Must Try List.

BEER #19

Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva, 10%ABV: Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, with and additional 10 months in Calvados barrels. Oh yes.

Mmm! Toffee, brown sugar, candy, and that aromatic pulled taffy you find at carnivals and fairs. On the palate, purely Belgian with the sweetness following through, but with a nice cleansing bitterness on the finish.

BEER #20

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva, 10% ABV: Aged on oak for 6 months. Refreshing next to the intensity Grand Reserva. Lovely fluffy head, and that glorious aroma of malt and boiling wort that fills your nose whenever you visit a brewery. Good level of carbonation. Caramel, cinnamon, and yeasty notes round out the palate, with a slight burn on the back end. Masks its ABV well.

BEER #21

Alvinne Bolleville Calvados Barrel, 10%ABV: As much as I LOVE Calvados, and seemingly everything it touches, this one didn't fulfill my expectations. Aromatics were nice, with caramel, candi sugar, and toffee. However, the palate was unexpectedly thin, with a lingering tannic bitterness I couldn't get past. Overall, the potential of the beer outweighed the outcome. Unfortunate.

Belgian beer rocks on.

CHEERS.

Posted on May 2, 2012 and filed under Barrel-Aged 100.