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Nov 14, 2013 04:08 PM

My local Belgian Beer Dinner

I have a favorite Belgian beer bar here in Tokyo, and once a month they have their Belgian Beer Dinner. This month, on Nov. 13, the theme was "strong, heavy and full-flavored beers" and the selection was:

1. Winterkoninkske (Brouwerij Kerkom)
2. Canaster (De Glazen Toren)
3. Straffe Hendrick Quadrupel (Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan)
4. Oerbier (De Dolle)
5. Gulden Draak (Van Steenberge)

I thought this was a very diverse and unusual collection. All were quite strong and most were dark colored. What do you think?

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  1. as a neophyte belgian beer taster it looks attractive to me...

    curious, it's described as a "dinner", what food if any was served with these brews, and did you find the food matched the beers well or??

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    1. re: TombstoneShadow

      Normally it is Belgian-style food, but this month it was a bit different. We had a boiled porcini app, a vegetable taco and a salami and cress taco on flour tortillas with salsa, port salut cheese and small slices of french bread. With all the strong beer (equivalent of four bottles) I was fairly stuffed.

      1. re: Tripeler

        Spicy meat is a common theme there (the tacos, salsa, salami)... is that a good match with these type rich Belgian beers?

        1. re: TombstoneShadow

          Actually, these beers were so strong and distinctive, it would be hard to match food with all of them. The best match was the cheese, I'm afraid. But they were certainly great beers.

          1. re: Tripeler

            That's been my experience too... I haven't found foods that really match heavy rich beers, like a super barleywine,.. doesn't mean they aren't out there, I just haven't found them.

            On the contrary, I think a lighter wheat beer would have been super with that menu (matches spice real well, sausages, etc.)

            1. re: TombstoneShadow

              Well, the theme for the evening was Strong, Heavy and Flavorful beers, so the bar did the best it could with the food. Next month is Belgium Christmas beers (five or six varieties) and we will have raw oysters from about five different locations throughout Japan. Should be a good one!

    2. Wow, it's been too long since I had a beer from De Dolle.

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      1. re: Jim Dorsch

        My favorite is their Dulle Teve. The label shows the "Mad Bitch" nickname, but in the U.S. it just says Tripel instead of Mad Bitch. It's a highly hopped 10% abv brew with a light color. Very delicious.

        1. re: Tripeler

          I think Boskeun would be my favorite.

          I usually don't upload photos, but I just love De Dolle's labels.

          1. re: Jim Dorsch

            Yeah, De Dolle's label art and their product names are truly inspirational. Here's the label for Dulle Teve, and the artwork is as edgy as the flavor of the beer.

      2. You could also call this a Christmas or winter beer tasting. Several of these beers are only sold (in Belgium) during the winter months.

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        1. re: ThomasvanDale

          Actually, next month is the Belgium Christmas beer tasting. We usually have about five or six Belgium Christmas beers. My favorite is Bush Noël (may be called Scaldis Noël in the U.S.) which comes in at 13% abv. Of course, all the beers served at that bar are superb.