Piraat Ale

Sundays…the end of the weekend. How depressing. I only have a half a day of work tomorrow because I have to go in for a safety course, which isn’t bad. And tonight is the return of “The Walking Dead” which Kate and I are very excited for.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This light ambercoloured Piraat with full foam head overwhelms with an aroma of bitter, spicy, malty and alcoholic scents. What follows is a perfect combination of malty, sweet and hopbitter tastes, after which you are drowned in a very long, semi-sweet after taste with bitter undertone. A tremendous digestive beer that, given a good maturation in the cellar, has a great evolution but delights your tastebuds with a tasty wild dish or a foie gras…! With ripe and elegant cheese, such as Remoudou, Wynendaele, Trou d’Sottai or Vieux Chimay;”

Random: I miss Shane in “The Walking Dead.” I know why they had to kill him, but I liked him as a character. Lori on the other hand, not so much…

This poured with a huge and very fluffy, four finger cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left huge amounts of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy dark orange with lots of visible carbonation. The nose had some tartness, spice and citrus coupled with candi sugar. I got some Belgian yeast as well. The taste was very complex. I got yeast, pepper, clove and some biscuit. I also got bitterness and green apple and tartness with a touch of funk. The booze wasn’t overly present, but you could get a hint that it was there. The body was heavy with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with spice and a touch of booze warming. This was definitely a solid Belgian brew with lots of flavor and complexity. Grab one if you haven’t had it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale

This was the second beer that I had at Monk’s. I mean, how could I go there and not have the house brew? Although, I will say, it was hard not to pick something else, just because of the huge selection that they had. I’ve also never had a Flanders Oud Bruin for some reason, so why not start with this one?

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Oud Bruin, also known as Flanders Brown, is a style of beer originating from the Flemish region of Belgium. The name literally translates as ‘old brown,’ referring to the long aging process which can take up to a year. It undergoes a secondary fermentation, which takes several weeks to a month, and is followed by bottle aging for several more months. The extended aging allows residual yeast and bacteria to develop a sour flavor characteristic for this style. While some examples of an Oud Bruin may be aged in oak, typical beers in this style are not, and this is what helps Flanders Brown ales distinguish themselves from the more sour Flanders Red ales.”

Random: My only complaint about Monk’s was how dark it was. I was nearly blinded when I walked back out in the sunlight.

This brew poured with a one finger, off-white head that left some lacing on the glass.The body was a cloudy, dark-reddish, almost brown color. There was no visible carbonation on the brew due to color. On the nose, I got a decent amount of tart cherries, which were really pleasant. On the taste, first of all, wow. There was lots of complexity to this brew. The taste started with tart cherries and then came with a lot of malty sweetness. The body is thinner than expected and low carbonation. There was no detectable alcohol in the beer. The finish was quick with a hint of sourness, but the beer wasn’t overwhelmingly sour. I was really impressed by this beer. It was complex and incredibly drinkable. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Gulden Draak

Today was a decent day. I was off from work, but I was crazy busy. I’m actually more tired today than I would be if I went to work. I’m currently watching the Yankees game. My girlfriend is a Cleveland fan, so I almost feel obligated to root for them, even though they’re losing. I still can’t believe that the triple-A tribe is doing so well this year. I guess I can’t make fun of her, well…at least for her choice in baseball teams. Anyways, onto the beer.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Gulden Draak (Dutch: Golden Dragon) is a dark Belgian beer with high alcohol by volume, brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, East Flanders. It is named after the golden dragon at the top of the belfry in Ghent. In 1998 Gulden Draak was crowned the best-tasting beer in the world by the American Tasting Institute.”

Random: Alex Rodriguez is really a big baby…just saying.

It’s been a little bit since I’ve had a Belgian. Other than some random Belgian pale ales, the last Belgian that I had was Ommegang over a month ago. This brew poured with a one finger, slightly off white, fluffy head that hung around for awhile and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body itself was a dark brown color with a decent amount of active carbonation. The nose had a lot of notes of dark fruit, specifically figs. It also had a hint of alcohol and sweet caramel malts. The taste was pretty complex. As was apparent in the nose, I got a lot of warming booze, which was to be expected given the high ABV. I also got candi sugar, dark fruit and a bit of caramel. I also got some hints of pepper. As I sipped this beer, I also got a very slight hint of cherry. The finish came out with caramel sweetness. This was a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation that was a really satisfying Belgian. I would definitely have this again. This is a great beer, but don’t plan on driving after you have it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Gulden Draak Vintage 2010

It’s been a long weekend. I had a death in the family earlier in the week, plus I had the flu before that. So, I’ve fallen behind on my reviews. I do have a few others to post, but I figured I would do a new review while I scream at the television while watching the Mets-Phillies game tonight. I would love to know how Lee has the bases loaded and has walked 2 batters while still in the top of the first? I think it’s a conspiracy to get my blood pressure up, personally.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Gulden Draak is named after the golden dragon at the top of the belfry in Ghent…[which is] a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.”

Random: For the first time in awhile, when I went out this weekend, I drank vodka instead of beer. I think I needed a brief change of pace. Back to the beer tonight…

The brew poured a dark brown color with copious amounts of fluffy off white head. As it dissipated, it left lots of lacing on the glass. Due to the color, it was almost impossible to determine how much carbonation was on the brew. The nose had some caramel malts, brown sugar and also a bit of raisin to it. The taste first surprised me with the amount of carbonation in it. It almost took away from the spicy caramel malt and toffee that was present. A bit of Belgian yeast also came through on the brew. The finish was quick and there was a bit of spice and yeast. Although it wasn’t hard to drink this bomber, it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected. This was not a beer I would rush back to have.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0