Thursday, 13 October 2016

Random Dutch beers (part forty-four)

I've promised Dolores I'm going to clear the living room floor. Time to tackle some more of the Boks cluttering it up.

Starting with new/old brewer De Leckere:

De Leckere Rode Toren, 6.5% ABV
I think this is the first normal strength Bok I've had this year. All the others have been dubbels. This is another relatively pale job. Just about brown rather than amber. It smells malty and creamy. Wow, this is low-quality stuff. You should try wacking out beer desriptions. Three beers in and the cliches roll like good times. It's inoffensively malty in the mouth, not too sweet, the tiniest drop of balancing bitterness. Very old school again and very drinkable.

Today I'm cooking my first Sunday lunch in what seems like several months. Not a roast, for once, but some lamb steaks we picked up in Edinburgh earlier this week. September was a very busy month. Lots of travelling. Some very fun stuff, but I'm ready for a break.

And ready for another Bok. One of my all-time favourites:

SNAB Ijsbok, 9% ABV
This is a properly dark one, verging on black. It smells of metal, malt and something else starting with the letter "M" I can't quite put my finger. It's rich and warming in the mouth, with as much liquorice as a packet of Basset's. Very nice. Perfect to set me up for cooking dinner.

"Do you want to try my beer, Dolores?"

"Not really."

"Go on."

"It's probably really horrible. Let Andrew try it."

"Do you want to try my beer, Andrew?"


"What do you think."

"It's a bit watery, Dad."

"It's 9% ABV."

"I still find the flavour watery."

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