Since the Netherlands apparently suck at football, the hosts of the ProBieren event at De Groote Weiver thought it would be a good idea to drink beers from participating countries instead of trying to beat them. A theme was born.
Five beers from five different countries. All for € 15, with snacks included. A pretty solid deal. They do this monthly, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to join the last few sessions (themed Wood aged, Stout & Porter, Beer & Food, so pretty good ones…)
Speciale Vlo – Brouwerij ‘t IJ
The only Dutch beer in the line up was this limited release from Brouwerij ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. A Belgian style pale ale which held the middle between an IPA and a Belgian Blonde. Nice, but not spectacular.
Ghisa – Birrificio di Lambrate
A very light stout that had good flavours of malt and forest fruits. Quite light in body which made it a more summery version of what you would expect.
Belgian Triple – Mikkeller
A Danish take on a Belgian Staple. Mikkeller is very good at brewing all kinds of beer and this is no exception. The drawback for me is that it’s a very good triple. Loads of brewers make that and Belgium is too close for me to find this a very special beer.
Golden Pride – Fuller’s
The English one in the line up. An amber ale that had loads of flavour. A bit malty but also soft stewed fruits. Quite fresh for an ale and the bottle looks very cool too!
Berliner Art – Brewbaker
The second country that beat us at the championship, Germany. A very good IPA from a country from which you don’t find many non-German style beers. At least, I don’t. A good IPA which was a bit gentle on the hop but had a very rich body. I might check out Brewbaker a bit more when I get the chance!