When you live in Belgium and blog about beer (and whisky, and other tasty stuff to follow soon) it would be easy enough to stick to Belgian beer. Incidentally, if you call it ‘Belgium beer’ Belgians are actually allowed to bash in your head with a ‘goedendag’. It’s an old obscure medieval law that we kind of refuse to let go of. Seriously.
Ok I made it up, but it should be law to be honest. But back to the topic: it would be easy enough to stick to our local brews. After all, we have a huge choice of excellent stuff, and most of my favourite stores have at least a thousand different ones in stock.
But let’s face it, the times that only Belgians made great bear are long gone. Well, that is if you think 10 to 15 years is long, but that’s beside the point. (It might have been a bit longer for a few exceptions too, but this is what it feels like). The point Is breweries (mostly craft whatever the hell that means these days) around the world are making great stuff, and that makes up for exciting times for beer lovers.
One of those breweries that do great stuff is the Brooklyn Brewery. Guess where they are located. They have a visitor centre that I hear is definitely worth the trip by the way. And when I check out their website it sure does look promising. But again, we digress.
A few years ago, they cut a deal with the Carlsberg group to distribute their beer in Europe, and now it’s fairly easy to get their staple expressions over here. And I’m glad. Because the one I’ve tasted for this blogpost was seriously good.
For this tasting session I was assisted by Werner Van den Nouwelant and Raoul Baelus. They agreed about the quality and taste of this great IPA.
Peach and Vanilla. Green grapes as well. Hops all around to support the fruit, that also includes mandarins after a while. Classic east cost IPA with a lot of depth.
Loads of hops and mandarins. Grainy. Balanced but loses a bit of the complexity from the nose.
That complexity comes back when you swallow though. See, you should always swallow. Peach again, grains, hops. A bit nutty even. Bitter and dries out your mouth, but in a good way. Still well balanced and makes you long for the next sip.
Yes, definitely in front of the pack. This is an excellent balanced beer. Complex enough to please bear lovers, yet highly drinkable and very good for quenching your thirst. Great during the summer on some porch. I could happily only drink this one for a whole evening. Well several of course.
A bit of a chuckle while tasting: on the label 6.9% alcohol is indicated as ‘strong’. For us Belgians that’s more like lemonade. But still, it’s not the alcohol level that counts but the taste. And it delivers. Give us another one.
This Beer reminds me of: Rosie Perez
Combining the exotic with depth and a lot of character. Definitely ahead of the pack.
The beer: Brooklyn East IPA
Released by: The Brooklyn Brewery
Year on bottle: 2019
Alcohol percentage: 6,9
As a Belgian, it’s not that easy to take the Brooklyn Brewery tour, but we can sure taste a Brooklyn Brewery IPA. And share the notes with you of course.