From The Northern Monk Brew Co comes Northern Star Mocha Porter at 5.9%. De-canning gives a succulent aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasty sweetness. The pour is pure darkness, deep black with a minimal head that lingers confidently throughout. The brew has an excellent mouthfeel with a thick smoothness with moderate bitter sweet elements. Chocolate and hazelnut finish off this wonderful brew. Pretty amazing.
From the Brasserie des Légendes comes Hercule Stout at 9.0%. A slight metallic aroma on decapping, which quickly drops out to reveal the slightest hint of noble hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is moderately bitter with after tastes of coffee, berry and smoky dark chocolate. ABV is completely hidden, yet slightly warming in the aftertaste. I expected a bit more body in the mouthfeel. A very strange stout, different yet quite enjoyable. Not much head or retention for such a big stout.
From the Gentse Stadsbrouwerij comes Gruut Inferno at 9.0%. A fantastic pour with an amazing head generation and retention, leaving a frothy white foamy embrace. The appearance is golden and the aromatics are strong and sweet, profiling Belgian noble hops complemented by a decent punchy compact carbonation. Initially the beer appears sweet and fruity, but leaves a sharp bitterness in its wake. ABV is well hidden with a full bodied mouthfeel and creamy texture. Quite pleasant!
From the Haacht Brewery comes Rince Cochon Rouge at 7.5%. Decapping gives an artificial fruit cherry aroma, almonds, all a bit like lemonade concentrate or syrup. The smell complements the oversweet taste and watery mouthfeel to this beer. A fairly compact carbonation, with a very weeny thin white skin of a head. The Belgian abhorrent alcopop. Absolutely terrible and not much more I can say about this one other than….avoid!.
From Brouwerij Van Steenberge comes Gulden Draak 9000 Quadrupel at a mighty 10.5%. The pour aroma is mighty and strong, defining Belgian noble hops, a hint of grassiness and a sweet malty infusion. The pour overall is pretty crap, slightly red in appearance and the head degenerates to nothingness pretty quickly. The taste is fully carbonated, with a sweet hop aroma that betrays the strong ABV somewhat. Mouthfeel is pretty good, yet really sweet and mingles the compact carbonation with the body of the beer to create a good texture. I feel that the beer needs some refinement and has overdosed the use of sugar additions somewhat, but overall, a good, almost sparkly example of a macro type quad beer.