I am not going to blog about the tasting notes for every beer I dragged home from Paris, but here are a few nice ones from Brasserie Thiriez, located in Flanders, just a few kilometers from the Belgian border. Maybe a place worth visiting if you are driving through the area? Both bottles bought from Cave á Bulles, recommended by Simon.
Etoile du Nord – Hazy gold. Interesting aroma. Hops, over-ripe fruit, a hint of barnyard.
Lovely hoppy flavour, full mouth feel. Flowers, dust, dirt, herbs. A little yeast, but not much. Bitter finish, cutting through the complex flavours. Oranges, cheese, leather. But none of these elements are kicking you in the face, they are subtle and blend well into each other.
So this is not extreme beer, but it would probably be a bit off putting to novices. Me? I would not mind a few tall glasses of this. On its own or with a stinky cheese…
La Maline. Very dark, a bit of a gusher. Liquorice, rye bread and spices in the nose.
Dry, almost oaky, playing with a malty base. Complex as well, there is sourness, sweetness and dryness here. A little warming. Prunes, mint, a little soot. Hard to classify, and that’s a compliment. Could have had a bit more body, perhaps, but its a very fine brew.