search

Author Topic: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019  (Read 1860 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:16:51 PM »
:tldr:

So I had some time on the plane to write this all up, read at your leisure, or just skim the pics...

Photo galleries:
Gallery 1 - First 3 days in Brussels, W. Flanders breweries
Gallery 2 - Toer De Geuze, Grote Dorst & various Pajottenland cafes
Gallery 3 - Kulminator, Oud Arsenaal, Antwerp, Cantillon, Fleur en Papier Dore

Tour De Geuze 2019



Brussels day 1:


Cantillon - Met up with Mark who let us in after last call. Met a group of US beer travelers: Gail & Steve (SF), Scott (TX), Mitch (SF), and Cheryl From CBS, for a big American welcome to Brussels, haha. Sampled Menu Pineau, Fou Foune, LPK 15, Vigneronne, St. Lamvinus, Lambic D’Aunis.


Moeder Lambic Fontainas - We follow Mark and the gang here and get a patio table. Sampled a Cantillon Mourvedre draft, No Science Porter, Tilquin Pinot Noir.



Les Brasseurs - cozy brown cafe in the buzzing Bourse/St. Catherine area. We had several rounds of 4 euro Girardin, and later met the younger owners at Boon.

Sultan of Kebab - excellent kebab platter, popular spot near the Bourse.


Au Daringman - cool antique locals cafe for a nightcap beer, Gageleer. We got some stares here, presumably for speaking english, but we obviously weren’t regulars. Struck up a conversation with Gabriel, sitting next to us. He was an Ecuadorian tattoo artist and musician that ran a shop nearby.

Not a bad first day for being awake 30 hours...

Brussels Day 2:



Charli - excellent bakery, croissant, pan de chocolat, baguette, wish we had gone back every morning. The baker went out for a smoke, trailing flour footprints on the street behind him.



Bourse - impressive old stock exchange building a block from the hotel, we noticed an excavation below the street of very old brick structures. It happened to be the one day a month there was a tour, but we missed it.



Grand Place - wandered our way here early before the crowds, the sun hitting all the gold gilding was amazing. Ate breakfast on the steps of the brewers guild.

Manneken Pis - passed by here by coincidence, lingered and noticed Pochenellekder which wasn’t open yet. We were stopped by some Indonesian tourist guys that wanted to take pictures with me, the “metal guy”. A-A-Ron thinks they mistook me for a musician or something, they were very friendly.

Axum Coffee - indoor galleria area, lots of fancy shops and a theater


An interesting corner fresco on the way to the Marolles.



Spek & Boonen - on our way to the Marolles junk market, we happened on this great charcuterie & cheese shop. Awesome house paté and charcuterie. Very sweet and helpful shop girl.



Marolles market - junk and antique market, lots of odd stuff like sleeping taxidermy dogs, old postcards, African masks, clothes, salt glaze pitchers, records, etc. I picked up a 45 for 1 euro, Sandra - Maria Magdalena. Curio shop adjacent to the market had some very old and unusual stuff. Fossils, ancient relics, war memorabilia, etc.











Restobiéres - Some of the best food of the trip. We arrived at noon when they opened, and talked to Alain the owner and chef for awhile. He was a character and asked me quizzically "Have you read my book?" after I asked some food questions. Kip Kap (smoked headcheese), smoked pork in Hanssens Cassis sauce, and lapin a la Gueuze paired well with draft Boon Lambiek and a 750 of Girardin.



La Brocante - nice little brown cafe adjacent to the market. Had a Hanssens served in proper old tumbler glasses. An accordionist made his way around the tables and it felt like being in Amelie. A family sat down next to us, and the little 3 yr old girl very dramatically said “Pour quoi Papa, pour quoi??”



Crevette Records - a random stop turned up some good electronic/80’s stuff, a guy working there had a girlfriend from Chicago.

Stefantiek - antique shop across from the Eglise Notre-Dame church, some old beer bottles but no signs, still a fun shop. I bought an enamel address number plate.



Pistolet - Quick stop for Cantillon Chouke, a custom Gueuze blend for this sandwich shop and Les Brittignes, it was good but nothing too unique.



Alice Gallery - cool alley gallery in St. Catherine showing SF artist Alicia McCarthy, bought a Paul Wackers book for Kim and gave them some stickers.



Au Laboreur - corner brown cafe, all french speaking locals. Super fresh Taras Boulba was a revelation. Sat outside at small patio table. Good selection but nothing unusual.



MIMA museum shop - Former De Coster/Belle Vue brewery - Repurposed lambic brewery on the canal in Molenbeek with cool architecture, now a contemporary art museum and hotel. Canal walk, many bikes whizzing past, canal walls covered with graffiti pieces.



Magazin 4 - alternative music venue with No Science beers, we tried 3. Metal show - Krypts-Encoffination-Father Befouled-Jupiterian, Krypts stole the show. Bought their cd and patches/stickers of the other bands. A guy came up to us twice to tell a joke in French and walked away. Side note, we were asked for directions in French about 7-8 times on the trip.



Monk - cool bar in St. Catherine with charcuterie and recommended entrees, we just had a Sour’ise nightcap and listened to a Roma/gypsy/other band play chill music.

Fritland - great frites w/Andalouse sauce, the staff wasn’t aware of tartufata truffle sauce that i'd heard about

Brussels day 3:


Tonton Garby - Adam recommended this place and it really delivered. The owner was a real character and very patient with each customer. He asked that you try the food first and only pay if you like it. There were 3 others ahead of us, and it took probably 20 min to place an order. We had a baguette sandwich with pear & washed rind funky cheese, another with truffle cheese & chorizo w/pepper flakes, and a pear/oj/banana smoothie. Everything was really great. A-A-Ron got cheesies to go. (Jean from Moeder calls cheese "cheesies"}

Beer Bazaar - Moriau & De Koninck bottles discovered here and not elsewhere. Small shop, but a good selection with limited Tilquin and lambic selection. Glassware case with some random old stuff.





Magritte Museum - After coffee at a nearby shop, walking through the hedge garden and up the stairs past centraal station, looking out on the city was an exceptional view. It started to rain so we headed into the museum. The exhibit was on multiple floors, organized by year. It included lots of biographical info and early works that pained a larger picture of the artist.



Cantillon - 2nd time around, the upstairs bar is open with a special list for the oncoming TDG crowd. We meet up with Mark and Mitch, who take off for 3F after an hour or so. They shared La Vie Est Belge, we got the 40N 50E ‘12 & ‘18, Reine de Prés, Zwanze ‘18, Sophia Lambic, Nath, and some other stuff. A guy from GA sits with us, he just happened to be traveling Europe before starting work as a surgeon in the Bronx.



La Villette - Amazing cozy little brown cafe, red checkered tablecloths and antique beer advertising everywhere. Very classic feel. We had eels in green sauce, steak frites, & Cantillon unblended lambic & kriek. The waiter brings the food and quietly says “please sir, please” practically in my ear. It was funny. We strike up a conversation with our Flemish speaking neighbors, a father & son from Antwerp having dinner before an Alan Parsons concert. They seem well to do, and the dad says odd things about Trump like he admires him in a semi-fascist way. We steer the talk away from politics. The waiter lets me upstairs to take a bunch of great pics of all the antique decor.



Lair Du Sommelier - cool shop with natural wines, we get a biodynamic French white & carignan, plus a Bruocsella for a nightcap, which was fantastic. Back at the hotel we feast on our Charcuterie like damn hell ass kings.



Champigros - Passed by this cool little mushroom specialty shop, very interesting window display with books and a vintage mushroom tasting kit.

Day 4:



Drie Fonteinen - Pre-scheduled an early tour with Gaëtan, had 12 total samples over 6 hours. Good crowd for the 3 day Twisting the Fate event, dozens of experimental bottles, most 20 euro some less. 3 euro drafts: Sauterne barrel lambic, Rubijn kriek, and the best Faro of the whole trip. Lemony tart, musty oak, with only a slight sweetness.

Bij Mama - fry shack down the road from 3F, we walked over for junk food with some new acquaintances of ours. Frites were ok, but the other food were obviously frozen and nuked. Moving on...

Drive to Izegem, check in at Park Hotel. The owner gives us a somewhat passive agressive lecture that we can’t drive to a nearby brewery to do any drinking. He offered to give us a ride but we declined. This kind of pissed me off, and I felt like we shouldn’t have casually shared our plans with this guy. On the other hand the hotel was ok with a great breakfast.



Oud Sint Pieter - Very cool locals restaurant chock full of antique bric-a-brac that specialized in spaghetti bolognese with “a little bit of cheese” which was a mountainous bowlful. Local beer from Het Alternatief and Oud Maalterij such as “Piet Agouras” and De Ranke tripel on draft. Spaghetti was great, meaty sauce with mixed veggies, and we also managed some conversation in English with the bartender. Wandering the rainy cobblestone alleys back to the hotel, there was a convival atmosphere in the little pubs we passed by. Once we returned, we had Mort Subite Gueuze Lambic as a nightcap.

Day 5: Toer De Geuze

After a great breakfast and 3x espresso at Park Hotel, we dodge rain and hail on a driving tour of Flemish Oud Bruin & Red breweries: Rodenbach, Liefmans, & Cnudde. Cnu-who? you may be asking yourself. It’s a tiny 100 year old brewery that only makes 2 beers, still run by 3 brothers that brew 4 times a year.







Cafe Casino - This turned out to be the most surreal experience of the trip. We arrive in Eine, at a small cafe next door to the brewery. The elderly barkeep greets us in Flemish, and we try to order the Cnudde beers. Fast and furious, he’s already pouring our next beer before we’re done. Two guys at the end of the bar, one clearly drunk and speaking slurred Flemish to us, and the other guy knows some English. “He is Cnudde” he says, gesturing to the drunk guy who disappeared into the bathroom. It took awhile to understand, but the drunk Flemish-speaking barfly was none other than the brewer himself.

When he returns, he cajoles us into a private “VIP tour” of the brewery. He motions to the bathroom door, to follow him and we look at each other very confused. This door leads to another room, one door to the brewery and another for the WC. Okay, so he isn’t going to murder us in a bathroom stall... whew.



Cnudde Brewery
Through a courtyard we pass by Steve’s house and a garden decorated with rusty sculptures made of old brewing equipment. In the middle is an old bison statue, the symbol of the brewery. The brewery itself was ancient and not exactly safe. Steve says he had to clean it today, and it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in months. The mash tun has what looks to be a propeller in it. One attic room looks out on the church cemetery across the street. Apparently the local nickname for the beer is “graveyard juice” since the brewery water pipes run under the cemetery. In the basement he has plastic containers with sour vintage beer dating back 1-3 years. He lets us sample one, and it’s like flat, acetic La Folie, with a balsamic cherry note. We sit outside after the tour and finish the beer, watching doves make a nest over Steve’s smoking area. We return to the cafe and pay, and the owner gives us 2 Cnudde glasses.



De Nieuw Kam
Drive to Gooik, check in with Danielle at De Nieuw Kam, and tour the former lambic brewery and farm, art studio, and b&b house. Danielle is a kindred spirit, into art and history and she gives us some cool recs on the area. Rooms upstairs have a lofted ceiling, very rustic and historical, the bldg. dates back to 1711. Very highly recommended.



Gueuzerie Tilquin
Outdoor setup with a big tent and merch sales inside the brewery. We sample Assemblage d’lambics, Exp fruit plum, Geuzerable, then tour with Rich Soriano, also met Pierre and was introduced to Thierry Van Lindthout, a Brussels industry historian and breweriana collector. Also met Wanne from Lambikstoempers. Frite shack across the street is A-A-Ron approved.



Oud Beersel
Missed last call, reunite with new friends Steve & Gail and Andrew & Erica, who proposed to each other in the Schaerbeekse cherry orchard out back. Cafe is back in action for TDG, but looked to be in progress for opening officially. Sampled Green Walnut and Oud Lambiek, but missed getting anything.



Grote Dorst
Payot Ale Land bierfestival was in progress outside, Den Herberg & Brett-Elle lambik sampled. The cafe was very cool and cozy, but jam packed. Nuts to butts with nerds. We sampled Methode Goat Aprighost and a draft Girardin lambik that had gone off (DMS, diacetyl). Back to De Nieuw Kam for a nightcap of Moriau Geuze and De Koninck Kriek, both Boon labels replicating former lambic blenders that closed years ago.

Day 6: Toer De Geuze

Breakfast at DNC then around the corner to...



De Cam
Arrive at open and tour with Karel, he pours unblended blueberry lambiek then an exceptional 2 year lambiek straight from the barrel. Tart peach and soft nectarine and lemon notes, it was my favorite unblended lambic of the fest. Karel was adamantly against draft gueuze, but his tour had a lighthearted approach overall. I liked the lambiek so much, we jumped on a 2nd tour with a group of Russian brewers. Had a bottle of Tros Bosbessen, 2017 Oude Lambiek, Gueuze & Kriek, and a sample of Wilde Bosbessen. Mark arrives later and we meet Jeremy & his wife from UK (@BonsVoeu1 on twitter), and 2 other UK industry guys, including Steve, the new brewer at Fantome.



Hanssens
One of the better tour stops, Dworp was a very quaint town and there seemed to be lots of locals. The brewery was also a farm with chickens you could see from the facilities. Barrel room was ancient, cobwebs and crusty barrels. Apparently they had to replace 90% of their barrels recently due to an insect infestation, time will tell if this changes their house character. Sampled oude lambiek 2 yr. from the barrel, served by Uli of h.ertie, also cassis, VSOR, framboos, cava/gueuze, and schaerbeekse kriek. All very good.



Oud Beersel
Back again to shop for a donation to Brews for New Avenues. Wind ip getting 4 Megablend ‘19, Vandervelden 135/137 and dropping them at 3F the next day. We grab a huge bloodwurst from the grill w/grilled onion and mustard for 4 euro.



Au Vieux Spuyten Duyvil
We drive to Jette, just outside of Brussels to this quaint old brown cafe. The French speaking bartender brings us 2x Zinnebir. Beer list has few surprises. We walk 1.5mi. to Moeder Original for a Cantillon tasting.



Moeder Lambic Original
We get a table with Mark & Dan, who generously shares extra bottles. 12 samples total with a plate of “cheesies” (as Jean feom Moeder says) and a bread basket. It was an insane experience, with many rare and unusual Cantillon lambics like Vin Jaune, LH12, and Bae D’Argosie (sea buckthorn). We overstayed but chatted with Jean afterwards and learned of a new restaurant he’s working on. Walk back to car, it was dead quiet around 12am.

Day 7: Payottenland

Breakfast at DNC Gooik, say goodbye to Danielle. Morning drive in country, ponies, tractors, and roadside chapel shrines.



Cafe Stuivenberg, Gooik
Coffee and unblended Girardin (much better) with the locals. Got by with a tiny bit of Dutch, very cozy volkscafe with vintage decor and a ham radio station booth. Lace curtains and sansevaria plants in the windows. Felt like outsiders, but the cafe owner was very friendly despite the language barrier.



Niegembos forest
On a great recommendation from Danielle, we head over to this lesser known forest preserve with a hiking trail. We catch the last of the blooming bluebells and also some blooming white flowers, the hilly landscape formed by ancient glacial movement. The trail goest through a small hamlet and through pastures. We saw some geese, an old church, and waved to a guy and his dog outside a farmhouse covered in old enamel signs.



Den Haas
We stop here for lunch after hiking, a small farmhouse restaurant that’s cozy with a small but quality selection of lambic and craft. I finally get to try plattekaas, a giant slice of bread laden with a piquant sheeps milk cheese spread, dotted with radishes, chives, and green onion. We split a Girardin 750, and Borrowedladder tried Boerken, the Swedish Chef’s favorite Belgian beer.

Dropped off the BFNA donation at 3F, and said a quick hello to Gaëtan.
Check in at B&B Gusto in Buizingen, greeted by Paul.



Brouwerij Boon
Stopped by on a whim to take photos, and saw signs posted to tour the brewery. We lucked into a free tour and dinner for local cafe owners via our Lambic.info media contact with Karel. Pig roast and 2 yr. draft lambiek. Special tour with Annie, 80 year old tour guide, first with Flemish group, then in English just for us. Sampled Schaerbeekse kriek, Megablend ‘19, Duivelsbier, and met the guys who run Les Brasseurs and Le Coq in Brussels.



Cafe De Bascule
Newer cafe near Halle in Bellingen with 2 dozen lambics and many Trappists. Younger new owners took over existing cafe from retiring owner. Geert was the bartender, part time, best friend of the owner who was at Boon for the industry event we had just came from. Had a Tilquin OG 17/18, Boon Vat 91, and Rochefort 10. Geert gave us a draft Schaerbeekske kriek on the house.

Back to B&B Gusto, drop off car and walk through woods to a lambic cafe.



Cafe De Kluis, Buizingen
Lambic focused selection with some trappist and newer micros. Amazing collection of lambic breweriana. Boon & Oud Beersel OG, Payot, Bro’s gin sample. The owner spoke Flemish and gave us free hats. She had some rather obvious facial surgery done.



Den Herberg, Buizingen
Cozy locals bar with a brewery. Draft unblended lambic 2x, one of the newer promising lambic brewers, family-operated (brewer's son is a former employee of Timmermans). Nicely oaky with lemon pith and dill flavors. It was nice and peaceful until 20 teenagers flooded the place after a Game of Thrones watch party upstairs. I loved the lambic here, and brought a 5L box home.

Day 8: Antwerp

Leave B&B Gusto, amazing private breakfast room (thanks Chris for the rec)
Stop at De Koninck drinks shop, walls of lambic and whiskey. Pick up a Lindemans Goyck to go.



Gouden Vis, Mechlen
Right in the city center down a little cobblestone alley was this gem of a cafe. The antique interior had art deco flourishes, and a beautiful sun room patio. It was being restored while we were there. The bartender was very nice and told us about the place. We sat under grapevines, and had some great coffee and a draft Rodenbach Alexander. A-A-Ron had a UK trappist, Tynt Meadow.



De Tramstatie, Emblem
Arranged to meet with Peter the owner through a mutual collector friend, Herwig. He was nice and showed us his 1930’s Chevy and crazy beer sign collection. The entire bar was antique and one of the nicest of the trip. They didn’t get many tourists here. Sampled Bacchus & Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze.

Antwerp
Bad traffic due to a crash in the city led to a 45 min delay, so we parked and took the St Anna pedestrian tunnel to the city center. Grabbed a quick bolleke of De Koninck at Retro Cafe. Dropped bags at Aparthotel Van Hecke and headed to Kulminator shortly after 4pm opening.





Kulminator
Finally stepped into this legendary cavern of beer oddities and treasures, and it lived up to it’s reputation. Dirk was gruff and standoffish at first, while Leen was an angelic grandmotherly type. Brought them a Straight Jacket and some local brewery stickers. We met other Americans, Irish, UK, Taiwanese groups there. Andrew & Erica shared a table the first day, 2nd day was rainy and quiet, perfect atmosphere. Leen was amused by the little turtles I made with discarded cork cages. The next day she brought over a dozen to the table and I made an army of little turtles for them. Hopefully they find their way into the eccentric decor of the place. Dirk & Leen cheerfully bid us good night as the 71 year old cuckoo clock whistled 10pm.

Beers sampled: Oud Beersel Rabarber & oud lambiek, Oerbier Reserva 05 & 15, Oerbier 87/15, Chimay 89/99/09/19, Stille Nacht Reserva 05, Pannepot 08/10, Rochefort 10 08/10, Goudenband 12. Day 2: Timmermans Kriekenlambik, Oud Beersel faro, roch 10, SN 09, Alvinne Cuvee Freddy Framboos, De Cam Oude Kriek 08. Beat A-A-Ron at Scrabble due to forfeiture. 20 beers sampled over 2 days.



De Vagant
Jenever specialist bar with antique interior. Tried the house jenever, jenever d'alambic, & 6 yr single malt. Nice bartender and an odd mix of young locals and older tourists. Beautiful antique advertising signs all around the place. Too much jenever, and you start to look like this guy. ^



De Pelikaan
Stumbled in here by accident. A classic bruincafe full of locals. Played a few rounds of cards paired with a fresh Orval. Bartender asked where we were from, which was surprisingly sort of rare. Loved the dark wood and ornate tile floors, great atmosphere.

Billie’s Bier Kafetaria
Oddly American place, complete with overpriced haze cans. Perennial did an event there the day before we were there, and still had some drafts on.
We had Alvinne Cuvee Sophie Plum and De La Senne Crianza 3, both were excellent. Smoked sausage, frites, and stoofvlees for dinner, also excellent. Our server spoke perfect American English, and there was a large party of Italians next to us with several difficult requests. Separate bills for food and drink, etc. Back to hotel for an OB Vandervelden 137 nightcap.

Europcar
This was the only snag of the trip. Returned car at Antwerp station, Europcar mischarged me for 3/4 tank of gas when it was 3/4 full. When I checked in, they gave me a parking garage ticket that charged 37 euro to exit the garage. The machine was in Dutch so I didn’t get a receipt. Currently contacting customer service about these issues. Edit: 5 days with no response. :bird:



Oud Arsenaal
True gem of a bruincafe, a time capsule with eclectic antique beer signs and resident cats. Rudy from Boon made a delivery and we struck up a conversation about Boon and local brewery history. He said there were once 26 breweries around Halle. We sampled Faro Boon, Girardin Faro, Rodenbach draft, Boon Vat 108 & 110. Charcuterie and bread lunch with Cantillon OG & Lindemans Goyck in the room, sourced from Goosens & Glaezen Huis. Sampled a rare Spanish cured ham, 145 euro/kg.

Day 9: back to BXL

Took the train back to Brussels, dropped bags at the Bedford, and made our way back to Cantillon a 3rd time. Jean saw us and we chatted for a bit, then he disappeared and reappeared with a crusty old bottle. It’s a gueuze bottled in ‘89 for the Hopduvel’s 10th anniversary. Still bright and citrusy with some notes of oxidative white wine like Héredia. Took the tour with a couple of guys from Sacramento, and share the 89 gueuze with them. Sampled 15 mo. Lambik, kriek, LPK 15, magic lambic.



After buying a few gifts at Cantillon we make our way to the city center to get some chocolate, and for dinner at Nüetnigenough. Bloempanch in Hanssens Cassis sauce and Braised beef cheeks. 2x Dupont Redor Pils, the best lager of the trip. Crisp, dry, and hoppy.







Next we made a couple bucket list stops at antique cafes La Becasse and Het Goudblommeke.



La Becasse
Antique wood room and an ornate back bar dotted with stoneware pitchers galore. A giant pitcher of blended Lambic Doux & Timmermans Oude Gueuze arrived with tiny glasses and we got to drinking. The staff were all disinterested younger girls, and the place felt like it was resting on laurels a bit, but it was a worthy stop.





Het Goudblommeke
This was by far the most visually stunning cafe of the trip, and once a hangout for artists like Magritte and the creator of Tin-Tin. Girardin Kriekenlambiek on draft was excellent here, I had 3. After taking several dozen photos and swapping travel stories with the friendly bartenders, we left for the hotel. Needing to whittle down the pile of bottles we’d acquired, we finished a Vigneronne and attempted to finish a natural white wine and Carignan.

Day 10: Au Revoir & Tot Ziens Brussels


Packed bags and walked to Kaffabar for morning quiche and croissant. Met Marcel the mascot of the shop, an English bulldog. Got in a few pets and a triple espresso. We wandered over to a historic church built in 1311, Eglise Notre-Dame du Chapelle. It is dedicated to Brueghel who is buried there.

Back to the hotel, we grab bags and head for the airport by taxi. Good move, because little did we know, our flight was at 2pm, not 7pm. By dumb luck we ran to the gate and miraculously made our flight home. Sadly we didn’t get stuck in Belgium permanently, and i’m already planning the next trip...
« Last Edit: December 31, 2019, 10:11:18 AM by emerge »

Offline thewimperoo

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Ale
  • *****
  • Posts: 7,607
  • Location: Illinois
  • Commit to the Indian
    • TBS Blog
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 02:11:10 PM »
Fucking epic. I'm going to read this another three times to fully absorb it.

More :pics: please
Dan

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 03:02:40 PM »
Fucking epic. I'm going to read this another three times to fully absorb it.

More :pics: please
:cheers: :ale:
1600 pics uploading... :unsure:
Will post a link to google drive once it’s all done :thumbup:

Offline howardf

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Barleywine
  • *****
  • Posts: 18,801
  • Location: Avon, IN
  • If I've offended you, it made me happy.
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 12:59:04 PM »
Awesome write-up, sounds like an amazing time!

Offline howardf

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Barleywine
  • *****
  • Posts: 18,801
  • Location: Avon, IN
  • If I've offended you, it made me happy.
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 01:00:23 PM »
P.S.  This should be your grindr pic :wub:


Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 01:43:32 PM »
 :D i'm not sure what's with that face, happy/hungover/caffeine-deprived

also, that's a radio station booth in the back, in a tiny cafe, in the middle of farmland with draft Girardin oud lambiek.
surreal experience there, as zero english was spoken, but we managed and it was a very cool little place.
« Last Edit: May 13, 2019, 01:45:50 PM by emerge »

Offline borrowedladder

  • Trade Count: (1)
  • Old Ale
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,799
  • Location: chicago
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2019, 02:21:43 PM »
:D i'm not sure what's with that face, happy/hungover/caffeine-deprived

also, that's a radio station booth in the back, in a tiny cafe, in the middle of farmland with draft Girardin oud lambiek.
surreal experience there, as zero english was spoken, but we managed and it was a very cool little place.

We never checked to see if it was operable as the people there went in when they pulled out their cell phones.  Perhaps people bring their own equipment?  Also, there were a lot of cool cats and the one there was friendly though not to us but after coffee was served we saw why.  The regulars all fed the cat their cream.

As for the face, emerge, that's how you ALWAYS look when you look at me. :-[

Hopefully, he will upload my favorite pic.  He knows which one.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 03:10:34 PM »
:D i'm not sure what's with that face, happy/hungover/caffeine-deprived

also, that's a radio station booth in the back, in a tiny cafe, in the middle of farmland with draft Girardin oud lambiek.
surreal experience there, as zero english was spoken, but we managed and it was a very cool little place.

We never checked to see if it was operable as the people there went in when they pulled out their cell phones.  Perhaps people bring their own equipment?  Also, there were a lot of cool cats and the one there was friendly though not to us but after coffee was served we saw why.  The regulars all fed the cat their cream.

As for the face, emerge, that's how you ALWAYS look when you look at me. :-[

Hopefully, he will upload my favorite pic.  He knows which one.
Je suis chaude! :-[
This one? :coffee:



or this one?



here's your new avatar:
Spoiler (hover to show)

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 12:47:17 PM »
Gallery link 1/3
(first 3 days in Brussels, Izegem, and a couple pics from TDG day 1)
The upload is being really squirrely, i'll have to re-up 2/3 of the pics. :mellow:

« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 11:14:29 AM by emerge »

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 11:10:05 AM »
Part 2 gallery - Toer De Geuze, Grote Dorst & various Pajottenland cafes
https://photos.app.goo.gl/tcWLK5wwH4UEveqn9



Part 3 gallery - Kulminator, Oud Arsenaal, Antwerp, Cantillon, Fleur en Papier Dore
https://photos.app.goo.gl/zMNgNzV6ydfhxmuj6



 :cheers:

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 12:00:47 PM »
Updated the first post with more photos, so it's easier to know what's what. :cheers:
« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 12:08:10 PM by emerge »

Offline mr. furley

  • Female
  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (7)
  • Geuze
  • *****
  • Posts: 55,252
  • Location: TITLETOWN
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2019, 02:23:04 PM »
:blackdot: for later reading

general thoughts on Brussels?

did you go to the comic book museum?!
Quote from: urbanhack
my head was buried in shuke's tits.
TITS help you hit home runs.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2019, 03:05:59 PM »
:blackdot: for later reading

general thoughts on Brussels?

did you go to the comic book museum?!
:thumbup:
Missed the comic book museum.

I loved it, people have said various disparaging things about it but it had me pretty smitten. Architecture, history, food, beer, just walking around and seeing amazing inspiration everywhere. Local people in general were friendly and kind. Sure, Antwerp was a little more quaint and clean, but the urban density and diversity of Brussels are assets. I'd say NYC is way more filthy and gross, but would have to revisit Brussels mid-summer to fully compare them. Getting out to the countryside was a nice balance to the constant buzz of Brussels.

Chicago has a long way to go, by comparison. This city bulldozes it's history, discourages small businesses, and neglects the arts. :shrug: It will never be what it aspires to be, imho. Here's hoping our new mayor makes some huge changes here.

Offline mr. furley

  • Female
  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (7)
  • Geuze
  • *****
  • Posts: 55,252
  • Location: TITLETOWN
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2019, 03:16:37 PM »
it's been nearly 20 years since i was in Brussels but i definitely fell in the "meh" category. we went in spring and. it was cold and dreary. most of the city center seemed to be under construction.. and we didn't have effective transportation to get around.

my brother and a couple friends have been back since and say that it's a must revisit one day.

so it's on the list!
Quote from: urbanhack
my head was buried in shuke's tits.
TITS help you hit home runs.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2019, 04:30:21 PM »
it's been nearly 20 years since i was in Brussels but i definitely fell in the "meh" category. we went in spring and. it was cold and dreary. most of the city center seemed to be under construction.. and we didn't have effective transportation to get around.

my brother and a couple friends have been back since and say that it's a must revisit one day.

so it's on the list!

There's so much to do, it's impossible to get bored. There's a ton of walkable stuff in the city center. It was rainy when we went, but it never was an issue. Plenty of pubs to duck into :ale:

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2019, 09:48:35 AM »
I'll say this, we managed to overcome the language barrier, but I wish i'd been a little more prepared.
The main phrases I memorized were: "I don't speak Dutch/French, do you speak English?", "two beers please", Good day, hello, please, thank you.

That got us through most situations, but there were times when people didn't speak any English. We managed, but it kept us from connecting with people a few times. A couple of the cafes out in the country, there was zero English spoken. We even took 2 brewery tours in Flemish just for the experience.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2019, 10:58:58 AM »
Wish i'd known about this while we were over there, but I guess it wasn't available yet. We were in Halle to visit Boon, but at that point we'd amassed too much beer to drink & stow in luggage anyway. Right, GB? ;)



 I talked with the Lambikstoempers/HORAL guy at Tilquin, he was nice but sort of oddly reticent. I joked that they might have some new HORAL members soon, and he was just like "yeah, maybe." They recently gave an award to Den Herberg, but they aren't members yet, afaik.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2019, 11:02:05 AM by emerge »

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2019, 04:46:49 PM »
Cool in-depth article on beer restaurants in Brussels, Nüetnigenough was one of the best eateries we went to, aside from Restobieres.








Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2019, 10:07:55 AM »
Don't think I linked to my reviews here, but here are the reviews from our trip. :thumbup:



Borrowedladder's avatar:
« Last Edit: April 16, 2020, 08:58:09 AM by emerge »

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2019, 10:43:55 AM »
:blackdot: for later reading

general thoughts on Brussels?

did you go to the comic book museum?!

There's a series of comic murals in Brussels, here's a guide to them. We came across a few of them, at random. The element of surprise and the way some reference their location are really great, I almost wouldn't want to go on a guided tour.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2020, 08:52:24 AM »
Looking back over these photos, it’s a really nice escape from the current situation. Hopeful for next year’s Toer De Geuze...

There’s an artist I follow who recently had this to say:

“I was reminded of a wonderful German word recently: fernweh.  It roughly translates to “far-sickness,” the opposite of being homesick. Sounds about right.”

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2020, 11:14:43 AM »
A year ago this week, we first set sail for Belgium. :cheers:

Cnudde was one of the more strange and memorable experiences of the trip. Way off the beaten path, zero English spoken, big "stranger in a strange land" vibes. We were hunting for an obscure Oud Bruin that only Cnudde still makes, and we found it.

Here's a recently published Cnudde story, familiarly quirky...made even quirkier by the translation from Italian. :D

Beers of memory: Cnudde, the brunette from Flanders by Lorenzo "KUASKA" Dabove



Cnudde signs at Cafe Casino in Eine

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2020, 03:27:52 PM »
We stayed right near this area, makes a great base of operations.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/02/brussels-stock-exchange-building-to-become-beer-museum/

Pretty cool news, and astounding that the city of Brussels paid 4B for this building, but it does have great historical significance.

Chicago sold their old stock exchange building to a developer for 17M, who redeveloped it into the Post Office HQ. :mellow:

Offline beastiefan2k

  • Trade Count: (2)
  • Quadrupel
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,950
  • Location: Bmore
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2020, 12:29:31 PM »
We stayed right near this area, makes a great base of operations.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/02/brussels-stock-exchange-building-to-become-beer-museum/

Pretty cool news, and astounding that the city of Brussels paid 4B for this building, but it does have great historical significance.

Chicago sold their old stock exchange building to a developer for 17M, who redeveloped it into the Post Office HQ. :mellow:
Beer Museum, sweeeeeet.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2020, 12:31:40 PM »
We stayed right near this area, makes a great base of operations.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/02/brussels-stock-exchange-building-to-become-beer-museum/

Pretty cool news, and astounding that the city of Brussels paid 4B for this building, but it does have great historical significance.

Chicago sold their old stock exchange building to a developer for 17M, who redeveloped it into the Post Office HQ. :mellow:
Beer Museum, sweeeeeet.
Putting it on the itinerary for 2023... :unsure:

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2020, 03:25:38 PM »
I think I got Stendhal Syndrome in Belgium. :unsure:

Just that feeling of being overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, the history, and how great and surreal the trip was. I never fainted or anything, but I remember feeling my heart in my chest a few times. Like when we almost missed the flight home... :mellow:

Offline borrowedladder

  • Trade Count: (1)
  • Old Ale
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,799
  • Location: chicago
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2021, 01:39:05 PM »
I think I got Stendhal Syndrome in Belgium. :unsure:

Just that feeling of being overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, the history, and how great and surreal the trip was. I never fainted or anything, but I remember feeling my heart in my chest a few times. Like when we almost missed the flight home... :mellow:

Where is your heart normally? Mine is in my chest all the time.

That was amazing.  Having to run through the airport yelling "Bomb" so we wouldn't miss out plane. Luckily we were in Europe so nobody spoke English.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2021, 01:47:59 PM »
I think I got Stendhal Syndrome in Belgium. :unsure:

Just that feeling of being overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, the history, and how great and surreal the trip was. I never fainted or anything, but I remember feeling my heart in my chest a few times. Like when we almost missed the flight home... :mellow:

Where is your heart normally? Mine is in my chest all the time.

That was amazing.  Having to run through the airport yelling "Bomb" so we wouldn't miss out plane. Luckily we were in Europe so nobody spoke English.

In my coccyx region. :mellow:

I remember running in the airport, but not the other part.
“Oh no we’ll be stuck in Belgium foreverrrr!” Doesn’t sound so bad now :lol:

Did you experience Stendhal Syndrome overseas?
« Last Edit: January 08, 2021, 01:50:13 PM by emerge »

Offline borrowedladder

  • Trade Count: (1)
  • Old Ale
  • *****
  • Posts: 5,799
  • Location: chicago
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2021, 04:48:57 PM »
I think I got Stendhal Syndrome in Belgium. :unsure:

Just that feeling of being overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, the history, and how great and surreal the trip was. I never fainted or anything, but I remember feeling my heart in my chest a few times. Like when we almost missed the flight home... :mellow:

Where is your heart normally? Mine is in my chest all the time.

That was amazing.  Having to run through the airport yelling "Bomb" so we wouldn't miss out plane. Luckily we were in Europe so nobody spoke English.

In my coccyx region. :mellow:

I remember running in the airport, but not the other part.
“Oh no we’ll be stuck in Belgium foreverrrr!” Doesn’t sound so bad now :lol:

Did you experience Stendhal Syndrome overseas?

No.

Offline emerge

  • VIP Member
  • Trade Count: (4)
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • *****
  • Posts: 27,087
  • Location: Chibeeria
    • Research page @ Lambic.info
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2021, 04:52:47 PM »
I think I got Stendhal Syndrome in Belgium. :unsure:

Just that feeling of being overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, the history, and how great and surreal the trip was. I never fainted or anything, but I remember feeling my heart in my chest a few times. Like when we almost missed the flight home... :mellow:

Where is your heart normally? Mine is in my chest all the time.

That was amazing.  Having to run through the airport yelling "Bomb" so we wouldn't miss out plane. Luckily we were in Europe so nobody spoke English.

In my coccyx region. :mellow:

I remember running in the airport, but not the other part.
“Oh no we’ll be stuck in Belgium foreverrrr!” Doesn’t sound so bad now :lol:

Did you experience Stendhal Syndrome overseas?

No.

Have you ever though? If you walked into the Sistine Chapel, would you just be like "where's the shitter?"

Offline mr. furley

  • Female
  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (7)
  • Geuze
  • *****
  • Posts: 55,252
  • Location: TITLETOWN
Re: Belgium - Toer De Geuze 2019
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2021, 10:49:09 PM »
:lol:
Quote from: urbanhack
my head was buried in shuke's tits.
TITS help you hit home runs.