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.
From the Brouwerij Van Steenberge comes Piraat Beer at 10.5%. A Strong noble hop aroma on decapping, with a sweet malty presence peering through. The aroma is slightly grassy and surprisingly aromatic. This is a very good beer. The body is full with a semi full carbonation. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the alcohol presence is well masked in the beer. A thin white skin of head is left from a large initial head on decapping. Although there is nothing that stands out about this beer, it is completely solid and and so so tasty. very highly recommended.
From Brouwerij Huyghe comes the classic Delirium Red at 8.0%. Decapping gives a super fruity burst aroma of berry and cherry! the taste follows by a slightly sour sweet taste of cherry. Carbonation is soft and bubbly with an excellent mouthfeel, head retention is poor, with a little white skin on top. Initially I wasn’t too sure about this, however as a one off, it was interestingly different and pleasant.
From The Lion Brewery comes Lion Stout at 7.5%. A big sweet and fruity stout, brown sugar, dark fruits and excessive sweetness poke through here, much like what i would expect from a decent Dubbel. The pour is decent, thick and malty, with a superb body, a good head that gradually thins to a brown skin. A decent compact carbonation is formed on the pour with a stunning bitter sweet aftertaste, a big beer for the ABV with hints of coffee, figs and molasses. Half decent too!
From the Ilkley Brewery comes Notorious F.I.G. Dubbel at 7.5%. On De-capping, the aroma is virtually nothing, but then, albeit tiny, a slight malty hint pokes through. As the beer warms, the mild hint of dark fruit comes through with a standard dubbel yeast aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and malty, but the fig is completely lost. No head generation or retention and the carbonation is relatively low with a slight wine like aftertaste. The body hides the ABV pretty decently. Not a great Dubbel.
From The Wilde Child Brewery comes Outside The Box, a Mandarin IPA at 5.7%. A Massive initial head generation appears on de-canning, initially an odd aroma of vinegar and maltiness, bizarre!. The beer settles and the head completely disappears and now the aroma is now orange and deep maltiness, with a little soap thrown in. The appearance is fairly light, yet the malty flavour and backbone is quite apparent. A full bodied beer having an average bitterness, yet smooth on the mouthfeel with a hint of pith. Very different, but somehow a bit sickly sweet for my liking. I’m pleased for the experience but I won’t be stocking the fridge up with these.