Beer Festival 1
Beer Festival 2
November 1, 1998
An important point to consider if you should ever contemplate becoming a
beer trekker, professional or otherwise, is that it is a tough job. But hey,
somebody has to do it, we can't leave all the fun to Michael, now can we? Rolling
out of bed at 2 PM didn't seem like such a good idea at the time, but it was a beautiful
day out, and there were still some beers left untouched at the festival. It kind of
reminds me of having a paper route as a kid. It was tough getting up knowing that
you would be slogging through the snow, with the wind howling at your ears at 5 in the
morning. Maybe this beer trekking is not so bad after all...
Paul took as to his local Fruiter, a cross between a bar and chip shop. They
served up amazing platters of belgian fries, covered with meat and cheese sauses, and
heaven knows what else. I hope to go back there someday when I'm hungry, and the
stomach is more willing. But I digress, as it was time to sample some more brews at
the festival. Being Sunday afternoon, it was still very crowded, but were very happy
to not have to stand.
They have a very civilized method of ordering a beer at the festival. You simply
raise your sign, as Paul is doing in the picture, and you server shows up, and gets your
beer. And if you really try, you might get to actually pay for it, but don't count
on it, as it's always somebody else's turn.
Rochefort 8, 33 cl, 70 Bfr.
Not your basic breakfast beer, but it will do.
Iris, 1996 Cantillon.
We sampled this beer at Paul's house. It's a lambic made with fresh hops. The
one we tasted with Paul had a very definite hop component. The one at the festival
had virtually no hop character. Both had the Cantillon characteristically dry, and
Whitel ale, astringent aroma. Dry finish, very light color, wheat flavor, honey?
Dark, astringent, minty.
Rodenback Grand Cru.
I just can't get enough of this stuff. Appearently, the formulation is changing to
water it down, which would be a major shame.
Lamoral Trippel, Degmont.
Sweetish finish, well made, spicy aroma, reddish amber color.
Candy for the Real Lambic drinker. Sour, dry, red, it will make you pucker.
Duvel, 33 cl, 70 Bfr.
Trippel style, pale, slight sweetness in the finish, but otherwise highly attenuated, and
high alcohol. Peppermint aroma.
Aerts, vat (draught). Free!
Reddish copper, astringent flavor and aroma.
The Sunday night entertainment was a cross between a lounge lizard act, and Karioke from
hell. Kim Comments: "Heard way too many American Rat Pack songs. The song
by the organizers was a hoot. Harry promised to teach 3 american songs next year.
As we bade a final sad farewell to Heikant at 4 AM, we were once again lucky enough to get
a ride back to Lier.
Remember folks, don't try this at home, leave it to the professionals.
Cover page from the program
A Picture of her drinking the beer, by request.
Polle is thirsty again.
Yet another satisfied customer
The end must be near
Let no man thirst for Belgian Ale.
Thanks for the ride