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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #100 on: April 04, 2022, 12:57:47 PM »
In honor of this month's BotM thread, I wanted to reminisce about some old, weird, and cool Belgian Pale Ales. They used to be falling off shelves, but many have receded into obscurity it seems. It used to be a style I sought out, though many were sweet and/or phenolic which i've moved away from.

BFM La Mule - BPA with sage in a little swing-top bottle. Savory and unique, very herbal. (technically Swiss)

De Dolle Boskeun - Exotic fruity esters, a little boozy at 10%.

Bink Blond - Haven't seen this one for years. Robust, funky, fruity.

Revolution A Little Crazy - Citrusy and fruit forward, estery yeast. On my shopping list since it's local and recently released. (technically American)

Anyone seen Westmalle Trappist Extra in the states? Light blue label? :popcorn:
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« Reply #101 on: April 05, 2022, 11:03:12 AM »
At one time, I had the most BFM rates for an American on Ratebeer (a long time ago). I was a big fan but they just got too pricey and some of the beer (the esibock) were a mess.  Still try to buy a beer now and then but double digit small bottles are a bit too much.

Bink used to be all over the place back in the day but I don't know if I ever had a fresh bottle. Decent stuff, from memory.

De Dolle is always good.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #102 on: April 05, 2022, 11:09:34 AM »
At one time, I had the most BFM rates for an American on Ratebeer (a long time ago). I was a big fan but they just got too pricey and some of the beer (the esibock) were a mess.  Still try to buy a beer now and then but double digit small bottles are a bit too much.

Bink used to be all over the place back in the day but I don't know if I ever had a fresh bottle. Decent stuff, from memory.

De Dolle is always good.

I always liked BFM Bon Chien and √225. I think they were also the first to do a Vin Jaune barrel, well before Cantillon. The Bon Chien Trousseau barrel was outstanding...

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #103 on: April 05, 2022, 01:57:02 PM »
The last few times I had Bon Chien it was an acetic mess.
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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #104 on: April 05, 2022, 03:05:10 PM »
The last few times I had Bon Chien it was an acetic mess.

That sucks, especially considering the price. I haven't seen any in years here.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #105 on: April 21, 2022, 01:25:34 PM »
This is probably the most obscure Belgian brewery in existence. :lol:

Sometime in the 90's, a couple engineering students started a contract brewery where they made beers for various companies as "corporate gifts".

Some of the labels are unintentionally hilarious, like "Assistant Manager" and "Autocars Transport". List of labels





This article tells the backstory, somehow they won two entrepreneurial prizes worth 600K, and were only in existence for a few years. Pretty odd.
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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #106 on: April 26, 2022, 03:27:47 PM »
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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #107 on: April 26, 2022, 04:16:55 PM »
I looked up those guys and they're doing business guy stuff in Singapore or somewhere now. :shrug:

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #108 on: April 26, 2022, 04:21:05 PM »
I remember when there were beers on the shelf that were nearly unpronounceable at the time.

Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke "Koerseklakske" for instance. I'd just buy stuff based on the brewery and style.  I'd guess they were never going to get popular here, but the obscure and likely very small breweries were appealing to me.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #109 on: May 09, 2022, 10:44:51 PM »
https://seizoensbrouwerij.be/

This brewery seems ripe for import, been around 10 years with a proven track record.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #110 on: May 10, 2022, 12:54:20 AM »
https://seizoensbrouwerij.be/

This brewery seems ripe for import, been around 10 years with a proven track record.
Agreed. Though, smaller bottles would be easier to sell.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #111 on: May 10, 2022, 09:23:52 AM »
https://seizoensbrouwerij.be/

This brewery seems ripe for import, been around 10 years with a proven track record.
Agreed. Though, smaller bottles would be easier to sell.

Maybe, though I tend to buy whatever format is available. This brewery was hard to find even in Belgium.

I think the best idea for retailing imports is to bring in 1-2 cases at a time, and have a small but curated and rotating selection to keep it fresh. Then there’s not 100’s of bottles collecting dust, unless that's your fetish. Seems like few are doing imports at all. :(
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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #112 on: May 15, 2022, 12:46:34 AM »
Why does everything look so great in Belgium?

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #113 on: May 15, 2022, 12:20:23 PM »
QFT :yes: :goodposting:

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #114 on: June 10, 2022, 09:42:00 AM »
Drank a Fantome Vertignasse a couple weeks ago, it was strange. Last one on the shelf at a central IL beer store, it still had an old Shelton label. We got some here with the new Lime Ventures label earlier this year, but I passed.

Notes:
Pale greenish yellow, thin cap of fluffy foam. Aroma is herbal and botanical, lots of spices. Mildly tart, moderately phenolic and bitter. Tastes like an herbal bitter with lime peel, white pepper, and Thai basil. Coarse and intense carbonation. Overall, a novelty worth a try, especially if you like herbal bitters. If not, the drinkability is lower.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #115 on: June 28, 2022, 11:21:34 AM »
Saison de Dottignies - De Ranke

This was pretty good, kind of basic I guess. Grainy, fruity, phenolic. Had it a few years back, but had forgotten about it. The noir version I remember.

330ml bottles just arrived recently with a few Fantomes, including this gem of a label: :D


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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #116 on: July 12, 2022, 06:51:18 PM »
Anyone remember Malhuer?
Alright, I picked up a BB 2008 Malhuer Dark Reserve.  I am assuming 2005/2006 brew date. So, over 15 years.  It was $15 buck for a 750mL at Max's. Will report soon.

Also, finally tried Herkenrode on draft, the dubbel (Noctis).  Unsurprisingly uninteresting. Simplistically sweet syrup yet watery.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #117 on: July 12, 2022, 06:53:06 PM »
330ml bottles just arrived recently with a few Fantomes, including this gem of a label: :D
are you saying there are half bottles of Fantome? If yes, how much?

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #118 on: July 12, 2022, 10:02:24 PM »
330ml bottles just arrived recently with a few Fantomes, including this gem of a label: :D
are you saying there are half bottles of Fantome? If yes, how much?

330ml bottles of Saison de Dottignies - De Ranke
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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #119 on: July 28, 2022, 04:31:55 PM »
I was reading about Brasserie Minne (formerly Bastogne) in that "Humans of Belgian Beer" series. They make Ardenne Stout, which is imported, and a few others.

The brewery certainly looks uh, modern.



https://brasserieminne.be



Wonder if they're Tim & Eric fans? :mellow:
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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #120 on: July 29, 2022, 10:28:43 AM »
Why does everything look so great in Belgium?

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #121 on: August 14, 2022, 07:37:01 PM »
Cheating here as I don’t think it’s obscure and it doesn’t come from Belgium.  But it is a Trappist ale made by Monks (in England).  This is nice.  Doesn’t have the viscosity of a Belgium beer, thinner and harder on the tongue.  Some smoked malts may be involved.  Touch of bitterness that you wouldn’t normally find.  Worth a visit.


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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #122 on: August 14, 2022, 08:26:37 PM »
Cheating here as I don’t think it’s obscure and it doesn’t come from Belgium.  But it is a Trappist ale made by Monks (in England).  This is nice.  Doesn’t have the viscosity of a Belgium beer, thinner and harder on the tongue.  Some smoked malts may be involved.  Touch of bitterness that you wouldn’t normally find.  Worth a visit.



I just had this on my Seattle trip. I’ve wanted to try it for a while and thought it wasn’t imported in my he states. To my surprise it’s all over the country except anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic.

I was also not into it. Tastes way too much like an English beer  :)

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #123 on: August 15, 2022, 11:39:15 AM »
We had that one in Mechelen at De Gouden Vis, BL ordered it. I think I had Rodenbach GC on tap.




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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #124 on: August 15, 2022, 06:20:40 PM »
Found some old labels, here are some obscure ones.


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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #125 on: October 25, 2022, 03:55:21 PM »


Bokrijks Kruikenbier
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Man, I remember finding a dusty bottle of this downstate and it was pretty sweet and fruit-cocktail tasting. Cool ass clay bottle that I still have packed away in a box somewhere. :bag:

Oh, and I have the matching glass for some reason (not this one, stolen untappd pic). Think I found it at Riley's in Madison, on some dusty random shelf.

TIL: It's named after a re-created medieval Flemish village.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #126 on: October 26, 2022, 12:00:08 PM »


Eernegems Kasseileggersbier
Deca Brouwerij

This one might win "longest continuous word beer name". House beer of De Buuzestove in Ichtegem. Apparently refers to cobblestone layers, hence the random guy bending over on the glass. :mellow:

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #127 on: October 26, 2022, 07:56:34 PM »
Found some old labels, here are some obscure ones.


oh, I remember all those fondly.

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« Reply #128 on: October 26, 2022, 07:58:59 PM »


Bokrijks Kruikenbier
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Man, I remember finding a dusty bottle of this downstate and it was pretty sweet and fruit-cocktail tasting. Cool ass clay bottle that I still have packed away in a box somewhere. :bag:

Oh, and I have the matching glass for some reason (not this one, stolen untappd pic). Think I found it at Riley's in Madison, on some dusty random shelf.

TIL: It's named after a re-created medieval Flemish village.
I remember this from the late 90s or early aughts. Always enjoyed the ceramic bottle. I think my parents kept it around as decoration for a bit.

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Re: Obscure Belgians
« Reply #129 on: October 27, 2022, 09:44:44 AM »
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This one might win "longest continuous word beer name".

Nope... Qimmersoriartoreissuaq from Freigeist Bierkultuur :mellow:

https://untappd.com/b/freigeist-bierkultur-qimmersoriat-orfissuaq/4537558
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« Reply #130 on: October 28, 2022, 03:20:13 PM »
Eernegems Kasseileggersbier
Brouwerij Deca

This one might win "longest continuous word beer name".

Nope... Qimmersoriartoreissuaq from Freigeist Bierkultuur :mellow:

https://untappd.com/b/freigeist-bierkultur-qimmersoriat-orfissuaq/4537558
haha, actually drank this last night.