Sunday, April 29, 2012

Belgian Dinner and Belgian Tripels

For the April beer dinner, we decided to focus on Belgian Tripels and a Belgian-inspired dinner.  I sent a note to Patrick, a friend in Belgium, who sent me over some recipes and some beer suggestions.  For dinner, I made Carbonade a la Flamande, Pomme Frites, and Lori made a side of green beans in a garlic almond sauce.  Dennis brought over a platter of cheese, salmon, strawberries, and pickles & olives.  Tibor brought over crème brulee with a Belgian chocolate topping.  The food and the beers were excellent; we did have one American version from New Belgium and one Belgian Christmas Ale.  It was very difficult for me to pick a favorite – all of these were great beers.  The tasting order was:

1)     Brouwerji St. Bernardus – Tripel (8% ABV) -

2)     New Belgium Brewing Co. – Trippel (7.8% ABV and 25 IBU)

   3)     Brouwerji Corsendonk – Agnus Tripel (7.5% ABV)

4)     Brouwerij Het Anker – Gouden Carolus – Tripel (9%ABV)

5)     Brouwerji Corsendonk – Christmas Ale (8.5% ABV)

6)     Brouwerji Bosteels – Tripel Karmeliet (8.4% ABV) - see picture above

Belgian Tripel - BeerAdvocate

Food recipes:

Next month - wheat beers.

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