Every month, Belgibeer features a different craft brewery, sending freshly brewed beers together with glassware, beers mats, stickers, posters and anything available on site.
The box arrived very well packed, with each individual bottle bubble-wrapped and in cardboard sleeves to avoid breakage.
June’s spotlight brewery is Den Herberg. The artisanal microbrewery is a family business, run by founding couple Bart and Anne Deville with the help of four of their seven children. Den Herberg currently produces a dozen beers, refermented in bottles and barrels and all 100% natural, unfiltered and unpasteurized. I was lucky enough to try four varieties in the Belgibeer box.
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Here is everything in this month’s box: 2 bottles each of Den Herberg Blond, Cuvée Devillé, Den Herberg Bruin and Den Herberg Tripel plus one bottle of Malheur 10, a beer glass, magnet, Father’s Day card, Belgibeer tasting guide and Belgibeer magazine.
In celebration of Father’s Day, the box includes a card for Dad…
There is also a magnet/bottle opener!
Another thing included in the box is a Tasting Belgian Beers manual full of helpful tips on how to taste and appreciate your brews.
This month’s edition of Golden Hops, a magazine produced by the BelgiBeer team, contains info on Den Herberg, tasting notes for the four beers, an interview with the Managing Director of brewery St-Feuillien about IPAs, a feature on Romanian Craft Beers and a few other short pieces.
And now, onto the good stuff:
Den Herberg Blond (5.5% abv) is a high fermentation blond brewed with hops from Poperinge and two types of malts. It is non-filtered and non-pasteurized, with a very hazy, light golden appearance. The beer has a hoppy and sweet yeasty aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing and the taste slightly spicy and flowery, with a bitter finish. This is a complex blond packing a lot of flavour.
Cuvée Devillé (6.2% abv) is similar to the famous Trappist beer Orval. It is an amber beer with mixed fermentation (high and spontaneous), re-fermented in bottle and unfiltered. This beer is a rich orange colour with a luxurious foamy head. The aroma is sweet and fruity and very inviting. The taste is gorgeous, sweet yet dry on the palate with a sour tang and subtle bitterness. This is a really interesting tasting beer, just a bit different in a good way.
Den Herberg Bruin (7% abv) is a brown beer brewed with six different grains. It is a pretty reddish-brown with good clarity and a thick and foamy cream-coloured head. The tasting notes mention the aroma of caramel, chocolate and dry raisins due to roasted malts, all of which really shine through. The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with a taste of alcohol and fruits. \This was my least favourite tasting of the Den Herberg selections, which really surprised me as I generally enjoy brown beers and I found the aroma really appealing.
Den Herberg Tripel (8% abv) is a triple style beer, unfiltered and with the last fermentation in the bottle. It is a glowing, hazy blonde with a fine foamy white head. The aroma is malty and fruity (peaches, pineapple and grapefruit according to tasting notes). This is a full flavoured beer, with a bit of fruitiness and the flavour of hops, not too sweet and with a slightly bitter finish. I enjoyed this, it was strong and complex tasting, yet also easy to drink.