Belgibeer Subscription Box Review – September 2017

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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.

September’s Belgibeer box features Fort Lapin, a young brewery founded in 2011 and named after an old fortress once located near Bruges. All the beers are brewed soley by founder Kristof Vanderbussche, a former heating engineer. He runs his brewing operation in a former chocolate factory using equipment made by himself and powered with solar ponds rather than electricity. Very impressive, indeed!

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Here is everything in this month’s box: 2 bottles each of Blanche of Fort Lapin, Fort Lapin Tripel, Fort Lapin Rouge and Fort Lapin Kriek, as well as a Fort Lapin glass, 4 Belgibeer stickers and a copy of the Beligibeer magazine Golden Hops.

The beer glass was packed in an attractive sturdy box. This is definitely a step up from previous months when glasses were simply packed in bubble wrap.

I love the seeminly simple logo for this brewery, with the rabbit ears on the ‘O’ offering a cute little nod to the namesake.

You can never have enough Belgibeer stickers…

This month’s edition of Golden Hops features an interview with the brewer, a link to a recipe for zucchini flower tempura to pair with the Tripel, and some information on Belgian hop growers, all set amongst lovely glossy photos.

Blanche of Fort Lapin (5% abv) is a fruity blonde beer. It is a murky, pale gold colour with generous foam. The aroma is lemony and floral, with hints of coriander and cumin. The touch of lemon and spice, with a little bit of bitterness, makes this a mild and refreshing beer.

Fort Lapin Tripel (8% abv) is an abbey style beer and the first beer ever created by the brewery back in 2012. This beer is pale gold and slightly hazy with a creamy foam and malty aroma. It has a hoppy taste and slight bitterness to start, finishing with notes of green apple and malts. It is 22 IBU and, to me, is milder than your average tripel. I quite liked the subtle flavours and the hint of fruit in this very drinkable beer.

Fort Lapin Rouge (6% abv) is a red amber beer which gets its colour from hibiscus flower used in the brewing. The description says it is clear but my beer was decidedly hazy, with a cream coloured foam. It has a spicy and floral aroma and tastes just a bit sour, very spicy with strong floral notes and potpourri flavours finishing on the bitter side. This is a pleasant and refreshing beer, but the flavours sound more exciting than they taste.

I was so happy to see a kriek style beer in the box, as I haven’t received one in the past several Belgibeer boxes and it’s one of my favourite brews. Kriek is a lambic fermented with sour cherries. Fort Lapin Kriek (5% abv) adds frozen, unpitted cherries after the fermentation in the same process as dry hopping, to give a stronger cherry taste with less almond flavour. The beer is a pretty, hazy red colour with a light frothy pink head and sour cherry aroma. The taste is light, a tiny bit sour and very refreshing, with a little sweetness in the finish. This is a nice and very refreshing beer, particularly for people who like their kriek on the less sour side. Personally, I would prefer it to be more sour!

I enjoyed all of the Fort Lapin beers quite a bit. I’m a sucker for a kriek, so that was probably my favourite, but I also really enjoyed the subtle strength and drinkability of the tripel.  All in all, September’s box was another win for Belgibeer.
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BelgiBeer aims at promoting real Belgian tradition. On our online platform one beer producer and its brewery are described every month. People can then be given the chance to purchase and enjoy the products from the brewery.

With freshly brewed beers collected straight from the breweries, we insist on bringing to the market a real Belgian movement for better drinking habits.

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