The photograph above is of my “BIER LIST FOR BELGIUM 2010,” or simply put, a list of biers consumed during my travels of Belgium this past week.
In case you are unable to read my Swahili-esque handwriting, or just can’t make out the small-ass print, I was kind enough to transcribe the list below. Category order is date-type-location-time.
9/16 – St. Bernardus Abt 12 – Browershuis – 14:32PM
9/16 – St. Bernardus Tripel – Browershuis – 15:00PM
9/16 – Ovenhuisbier – Het Ovenhuis – 16:24PM
9/17 – Poperings Hommelbier – Hotel Palace – 11:45AM
9/17 – Poperings Nunnebier – Cafe de la Paix – 16:40PM
9/17 – Pannepot – Cafe de la Paix – 16:58PM
9/17 – Grottenbier – Browershuis – 21:15PM
9/17 – St. Bernardus Tripel – Browershuis – 22:29PM
9/18 – Brugse Zot – De Halve Maan – 16:57PM
9/18 – ‘t Smisje Catherine Imperial Stout – ‘t Brugs Beertje – 19:18PM
9/18 – Duvel – Charlie Rockets – 20:02PM
9/20 – Pannepot Grand Reserva Vintage 2005 – Delirium Cafe – 14:25PM
9/20 – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel – Delirium Cafe – 15:00PM
9/21 – Tripel Karmaliet – Charlie Rockets – 21:00PM
9/22 – Nostradamus – ‘t Poatersgat – 22:08PM
Favorite of the entire trip?
Tough call. I would have to say it’s a tie between the two consumed at The Delirium Cafe in Brussels (which houses 2004 biers, and had me overwhelmingly shuffling through the encyclopedia, er, menu for about fifteen minutes before I could finally decide): the Pannepot Grand Reserva Vintage 2005, or the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.
Both are incredibly different and incredibly complex brews. The Pannepot is dark, bold, with hints of chocolate, molasses and dried fruits, EASILY drinkable, and shares many characteristics with a smooth red wine. The Chouffe, on the other hand, is an infusion between a traditional IPA and an American Double IPA (with that marriage, I was expecting a harder hop smack, to be honest).
Let’s go with the Pannepot Reserva! Had to, just because it’s an aged gem that I’ve never seen before in the States. If you ever come across one, don’t miss out on trying it. I purchased a bottle of the 2007 that I plan on taking home (in addition to a bottle of Black Albert) with me to good ol’ Noo Yawk.