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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

Porthos Jun 7, 2011 07:25 PM

I apologize if I'm severely late to this party but I'm having a total revelation right now with my Pranqster and Delerium Tremens with some bleu Saint Agur and some raw milk Kaltbach cave-aged emmentaler. The combo is doing much more for both than the 2004 Pontet Canet I was drinking over the weekend. The beer and cheese pairing highlights the creaminess of the bleu cheese and the sweetness of the ale awesomely.

Anyone have other Belgium beer/belgium style beer pairing with cheese suggestions?

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  1. shellshock24 RE: Porthos Jun 9, 2011 10:05 AM

    Although not a Belgian beer, my first beer and cheese mind blowing moment many years ago was when I took a sip of Anchor's Old Fogforn barleywine and a bite of Maytag Bleu Cheese (and both the brewery and the cheese are owned by Fritz Maytag).

    As for Belgian beers, I love a Caralous Van Keizer Blauw and a good cave-aged gruyere

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      Jim Dorsch RE: shellshock24 Jun 9, 2011 12:11 PM

      The brewery was owned by Fritz Maytag, but that's no longer the case.

      I don't believe Fritz owns the cheese company, or at least not all of it.

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        shellshock24 RE: Jim Dorsch Jun 9, 2011 02:01 PM

        Ooops, I don't know how I forgot about the sale of Anchor! Thanks for the correction. I know Fritz is on the Board for the Maytag farms, but not the sole owner.

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          Jim Dorsch RE: shellshock24 Jun 9, 2011 03:39 PM

          I guess after 45 years or so you get used to something being a certain way.

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      bulavinaka RE: Porthos Jun 9, 2011 10:40 PM

      Gouden Carolus D'or Cuvee van de Keizer goes nice with blue. Heck, it's nice just on its own...

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        Porthos RE: bulavinaka Jun 10, 2011 12:28 AM

        Love Cuvee van de Keizer. Too bad Whole Foods doesn't carry it. I've only been able to find it at Bristol Farms.

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          shellshock24 RE: Porthos Jun 10, 2011 10:38 AM

          Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw is my go to BSD/Quad. I try to stock up whenever I see it anywhere.

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            bulavinaka RE: Porthos Jun 10, 2011 07:04 PM

            I usually get it at Bristol Farms in Westchester - tried to tonight, but they were out. :( I recall seeing it at Beverage Warehouse - will report back when I drop by there either this or next weekend...

          2. re: bulavinaka
            dandyessex RE: bulavinaka Jun 13, 2011 08:24 AM

            Carolus' Ambrio is also a great cheese beer! Lots of bright acidity to cut through something creamy. And its nice yeasty flavour is ideal for many cheeses.

            Another good pairing for blues is a good gueze.

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            Bill Shankly RE: Porthos Jun 13, 2011 08:34 AM

            Charles Quint fits perfectly with blue. http://www.charlesquint.be/index_en.html
            Many of the trappist abbeys also produce cheese (I think they don't ship it), I don't have to mention the cheese "Chimay à la bière" was created to match a Chimay Red. Old Gouda cheese teams up well with Westmalle Tripel.

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              LStaff RE: Bill Shankly Jun 15, 2011 08:48 AM

              You can find Chimay cheeses in the states. My local Whole Foods has them on occassion. My local beer store has the white label in their cheese cooler.

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                bulavinaka RE: LStaff Jun 15, 2011 06:14 PM

                I tried both and didn't care for them. I don't know if they were bad or not, but both had a bitter component.

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                  LStaff RE: bulavinaka Jun 16, 2011 06:51 AM

                  I have only tried the white label - way too "farmy" for me.

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                    shellshock24 RE: LStaff Jun 18, 2011 11:10 AM

                    I agree, I don't care much for any of the Chimay cheeses. They all have some sort of grainy/sandy quality to them that is kind of off-putting.

            2. The Professor RE: Porthos Jun 13, 2011 08:44 AM

              I've yet to find a beer that _doesn't_ go along along smashingly well with bleu cheese.
              Love the Maytag Blue, and there's a smoked gorgonzola made by a small company in Pennsylvania that is great with beer as well.

              Also I love both Limburger and Leiderkranz cheeses (they're not blue cheeses, but are deliciously ripe)...usually on crackers with some onions...along with a glass of beer.

              1. peppermonkey RE: Porthos Jun 13, 2011 02:37 PM

                Allagash Curieux goes so well with cheese. For me beer is just so much better with cheese than any sweet wines

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