Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Belgian New Year's present

It is never to soon to start thinking about New Year's presents and one Belgian brewery has just what it takes. Bon Voeux or Best Wishes is a top fermented strong blond ale from Brasserie Dupont, makers of Saison. Befitting the season, Bon Voeux is a strong beer topping out at 9.5% alcohol by volume. According to the website, the brewery has been making this jewel since 1970, albeit only in small batches at first. This is one New Year's present that you may want to keep for yourself.

Best Wishes for the New Year

For the traditionalists and lovers of Lambic, I recommend Cantillon Kriek. This intense red (and sour) brew is made the old fashioned way using sour cherries for flavor and color. It is not a beer for everyone and I am sure the much better known (syrupy sweet) Lindemans Kriek will appeal to many more palates.

Cantillon calls itself "Brewers of Belgium's Most Authentic Lambic" and this Lambic is about as authentic as you will find anywhere. Although fruit flavored beers are more of a summer drink, this Lambic will do well with just about any festive end-of-year meal you can think of.

100% Lambic brewed with Cherries

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