(8% Belgian Dubbel from bottle) This gem has a chestnut body with a thick beige/white head on pour. Nose of ripe fruit, caramel, and slight bitterness. The complex taste composed of spiced malts and sweet citrus. Delicious indeed, and went perfect with my mussels cooked in Hoegaarden (plus heaps of pomme frites (chips to my island folk)). Why I don’t just live in Belgium is beyond me.
The Achelse Kluis brewery has a long history of both prosperity and strife. Having produced since the 17th century, it was destroyed the first time during the French Revolution, only to be rebuilt in the mid 19th century by the Westmalle monks. The brewery was brought to a stand still again when the copper tanks were dismantled by the occupying forces in WWII, and melted down for their metal. Once more, the abbey was set back up to operate as a brewery with the help of the Rochforte and Westmalle Trappist monks in the late 1990’s to produce again some brilliant Trappist beers. Devoted indeed.
This beer and the mussels were enjoyed well in the legendary Cambrinus, a must stop when touring the city. Oh, but call ahead for reservations! We didn’t, and almost missed our opportunity to choose from 400 beers!