Every month, Belgibeer features a different craft brewery, sending freshly brewed beers together with glassware, beers mats, stickers, posters and anything available on site.
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The box arrived very well packed, with each individual bottle bubble-wrapped and in cardboard sleeves to avoid breakage.
October’s Belgibeer box features La Brasserie Grain D’Orge, located in Hombourg. The first batch was brewed in 2002, called 3 Schteng (3 borders) symbolizing the point where Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany meet. In 2008, the microbrewery’s success necessitated a move to a more suitable venue to increase production: the family farm! Today half the brewery’s revenue comes from beers produced for third parties, for distribution in their own private circuits or events.
The Brewery offers guided tours and tastings on Saturdays. Or visitors can enjoy artisinal beers on tap and typical Belgian appetisers in a cosy atmosphere in Le Pub Grain D’Orge.
Here is everything in this month’s box: 2 bottles each of The Pom, Aubel Pure, Aubel Triple and one 75cl bottle of L’immortelle 2017 Edition, as well as a Belgibeer glass, 2 beer mats and a copy of the Beligibeer magazine Golden Hops.
The beer glass was packed in an attractive sturdy box. This is the second month I’ve received one of these boxes, which is a welcome change from previous months when glasses were simply packed in bubble wrap.
I love when the box includes a glass!
Two beer mats.
This month’s edition of Golden Hops includes information about brewing equipment specialists CoEnCo, a recipe for bruschetta with three tomates to pair with Aubel Pure, and some lovely glossy photos.
The label on The Pom (5% abv) made me smile. Anyone with even the most passing familiarity with the work of Belgian painter Magritte will instantly recognise the reference to one of his most famous works. The Pom is a fruity blond beer with a clean and shiny appearance. It has a sharp aroma of green apples and a light and refreshing taste with a subtle apple flavour. I love how the gentle hint of apple calls to mind a cider, yet with far less sweetness, making it a drinkable and refreshing beer.
Aubel Pure (5% abv) is a golden blonde beer brewed without spices and using exclusively Belgian malts and hops. It’s a pretty bright blonde that is just a bit hazy. Belgian cascade hops give the beer an floral and herbal aroma and taste. It is also bitter, 40 IBU, though not overwhelmingly so. This was my least favourite of the bunch by far, it was just a bit boring for my taste.
Aubel Triple (9% abv) is a golden lager, produced with a generous amount of hops. During maturation, the beer is cold-infused with hops to intensify the aromatic notes. The flavour also continues to evolve as it is fermented in the bottle. This beer is a warm golden blonde with a frothy and well-defined white head. The aroma is flowery, herbaceous and hopped – very enticing. The beer has an intense and complex flavour, which is spicy with a sense of coriander and possessing a distinct but not overpowering bitterness. I really enjoyed how well-balanced the flavours are, in fact it is probably one of the better triples I’ve every had!
L’immortelle 2017 Edition (7% abv) is an oak aged brown beer that is macerated with slightly roasted American oak chips. It is a deep brown colour with a foamy head and an aroma with notes of vanilla and oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and long, with a taste of roasted malts and a pleasing smokiness. This is a unique and comforting brew – the kind of beer best enjoyed snuggled up next to the fire on a winter’s night.
I really enjoyed trying the beers from Brasserie Grain D’Orge. My favourites were definitely The Pom, for its light fruitiness, and L’immortelle, for its rich and complex smoky flavour. Two very different beers but each very delicious!