Home brewed Belgian beers

And now for some home brewed Belgian beers that have been sitting in my fridge for a while. These beers have been brewed by a Belgian living in Norway.

Belgian Wit

First up is a typical Belgian Wit with orange peel and cilantro/coriander.

Belgian Wit(home brewed)Looks

Hazy Light orange/yellow color with a dense white head.

Aroma

Lovely refreshing citrus aroma with a nice subtle malty hint in the back.

Flavor

Heavy on the citrus flavors with some lovely sweet malty hints as well. I’m getting oranges, hints of yeast and some bread. Well balanced despite the massive hint of cilantro.

Medium body with a sharp carbonation.

Finish

Surprisingly long finish with some lovely hints of cilantro that lasts all the way until the end.

Rating

Overall a lovely Wit. Well balanced with the lovely refreshing hints of cilantro present in both aroma, flavor and finish. The carbonation was perhaps a tad bit too sharp, but other than that, a great beer.

Flanders brown/Oud Bruin

Next up is one of my favorite beer styles, an Oud Bruin. This beer was fermented with the Roeselare Ale Blend yeast if I remember correctly, which contains a sherry strain, two Brettanomyces strains, a Lactobacillus culture, and a Pediococcus culture.

Flanders Brown / Oud Bruin (home brewed)Looks

Hazy copper/red color with little head.

Aroma

Hints of sour cherries, oranges and some raisins.

Flavor

The sour cherries are present in the flavor as well. I’m also getting some caramel sweetness, a tiny hint of alcohol, oranges and some spicy notes.

The beer is quite dry and not much residual sweetness is left. The level of sourness is lovely.

Finish

Long dry finish with hints of cherries and some earthy notes.

Rating

A really enjoyable and complex sour ale. Lovely notes of cherry from the yeast used, and nice mix of sweet and sour.

Tripel

And now for a Belgian Tripel brewed with pilsner, wheat and crystal malts, brewers gold and saaz hops and cilantro/coriander.

Belgian Tripel (home brewed)Looks

Hazy dark orange/light brown in color with a lively white head that quickly disappears.

Aroma

Strong spicy yeasty aroma up front. I’m also getting some refreshing fruity hints.

Flavor

The flavor is pretty much as expected with regards to the aroma. Some hints of orange zest, some spicy hints, and a sweet malty backbone.

The body is medium full with a very lively carbonation.

Finish

Long finish with some refreshing citrus flavors.

Rating

This particular bottle was a bit over carbonated, and the character of the yeast was perhaps a bit too prominent.

Quad

Last is a Dark Belgian Strong Ale, or a Quadruppel if you might. Brewed with quite an amount of different malts, magnum, styrian golding and saaz hops, and spiced with cilantro/coriander, thyme and liquorice.

Belgian Strong Ale (home brewed)Looks

Dark brown color with a reddish hue. The beer has a dense off-white/beige head with good retention.

Aroma

Dark fruits, sweet malts and some hints of oranges.

Flavor

I’m getting sweet malts, some hints of alcohol, liquorice, dark fruits and some other spices.

The beer is medium bodied with a sharp and lively carbonation.

Finish

Long malty sweet finish.

Rating

A really enjoyable quad. Complex and well balanced with some nice hints of spices. Lovely!

And that’s that. Thanks a bunch to Christ Van Der Straeten for the beers!

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One Response to Home brewed Belgian beers

  1. Christ Van Der Straeten says:

    Thanks Christer for the evaluation of the beers.I brewed the old brown once more and this time the sourness is more promessing,i can deliver some when i’m around.,I hope you are satisfied with your bathroom and a happy new year.

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