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Beer drinker and all round annoyance. Likes drinking, football, cricket and having a good time.

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner

La Goudale Biere

Brewed by Les Brasseurs De Gayant
Style: Strong pale ale
Douai, France

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner Brewed in Douai, a small city in the north of France by the Gayant Brewers.

La Goudale, a blonde beer, is made with a recipe dating back to the middle ages, and also uses specially flavored hops carefully chosen from Flanders, has been brewed since 1994.

The Goudale got its name from the 14th century, where all good beers were called “Goudale” (Good Ale). 

The brewery have many brands such as Amadeus, Tequieros, La bière du Démon, St Landelin but their main product is La Goudale.

La Goudale is sold widely in supermarkets in the North of France and has won numerous awards down through the years, most notably gold at the World Beer Challenge in Portugal, 2014. 

Review: 50cl Can of La Goudale Biere: ABV: 7.2% 

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner Coming in a very interesting shiny can that had a lot of distinctive black lettering. Stands out, even if its not obvious what exactly it all means!

On appearance got a hazy amber orange colour that produced a pretty large frothy white head, which does die over time but maintains overall, albeit small. Some lacing. Nothing special to look at.

Smells of caramel and the usual blond aroma of yeasts, sweet malts, grains and with a bit of citrus, nothing special.

No hanging around with this beer, on initial taste you can immediately get the alcohol, straight in with an aggressive taste………lots of yeast and citrus lightning up the taste-buds!

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner But no real discernible after taste. All in the front taste.

Not nice, too harsh on the palate. Very bitter. Fuck me, its hard. Disgusting even!

Second can much more manageable. Deep tasting hops. Sweet Malts
Tastes much better. A slow burner.

Creamy bodied
In the end I kind of liked it, don’t know if the alcohol kicks in and the initial shock with the first can but it was ok, albeit the second can, similar to a Belgian strong pale ale.

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Pelforth Brune

Pelforth Brune

Pelforth Brune

Brewed by Pelforth (Heineken)
Style: Brown Ale
Mons-en-Baroeul, France

Pelforth is a French brewery from Mons-en-Barœul, not far from the city of Lille and the Belgian border, in the North of France.

Pelforth BruneFirst established in the early 1900’s by three brewers from Lille, Louis Boucquey, Armand Deflandre and Raoul Bonduel, it was originally called Pelican after a popular dance at the time, the image of the animal still adorning the bottles of today. In 1972 the name was changed to Pelforth and in 1988 the small brewery was bought by the Dutch brewing giant, Heineken. 

Pelforth now produce over twenty varieties of beers, including seasonal ones, but it’s their Pelforth Blonde and Pelforth Brown (Brune) that are their big sellers, both widely available all over France. 

A recent re brand, initiated by Heineken, has seen the traditional pelican symbol on its red label replaced by a more up to date pelican style, and highlighting the various tastes of the beer rather than that its just another dark bitter beer, hopefully appealing more to the fairer sex. 

Review: big 65cl bottle of Pelforth Brune: ABV: 6.5% 

Pelforth BruneComing in a pretty nice looking 65cl bottle with a swing cap

The appearance was of a nice enough dark brown colour with ruby red highlights that had a head which reduced dramatically in size. 

Some decent lacing but overall nothing special to look at.

For the aroma I got a sweet initial smell of caramel malts but overall not a whole lot on the nose, very faint and not a lot going on.

On Taste got a very smooth drink, very easy to drink, nice mouthfuls, very smooth.

Pelforth BruneNot strong tasting, but did gets hints of caramel and plums and other fruits, but overall, truth be told, I struggled to get any real taste, some malts…….not much else, and no presence of hops.

Dark chocolate as well. A Coca cola style taste, lots of malts but no alcohol. 

Very smooth, pleasant and nice to drink, but for me it doesn’t taste at all like a beer but more a strong version of coke with added sugar. Bland and disappointing all things considering.

Some critics have compared this to an English ale, particularly Newcastle Brown Ale, while some even have found a likeness to porter. For me I just cant see these comparisons at all, yeah perhaps in appearance but definitely not in taste. The Pelforth Brune, for me, is just too sweet, far too sugary, too smooth and flavourless, and nothing at all like an English ale or porter. Disappointing. 

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Kühles Blondes, based in Vienna

Kühles Blondes, based in Vienna

Kühles Blondes

Brewed by Ottakringer Brauerei AG 
Style: Pale Lager
Wien, Austria

The Ottakringer brewery is a large brewery based in the Ottakring District, Vienna,  Austria. 

Founded in 1837 by Heinrich Plank originally under the name the Plank brewery. It wasn’t until the 1850’s when two cousins took over, Ignaz and Jakob Kuffner, that the operation really began to expand . The two built the small plant into a large brewery.  In no time the brewery became successful.

Kühles Blondes, based in ViennaBut bad news arrived in the form of the World War and the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Moriz von Kuffner, Ignaz’s son, was forced to sell his business because of his Jewish background. It was sold for a rather low price of 14 million Austrian schillings (about 36 million Euros at today’s values) to Gustav Harmer, who was also forced out of the business for two years after the war. After the liberation by the Allies, the brewery was temporarily managed by the Russians, before the Harmer family managed to legally prove their purchase. The heirs of Moriz von Kuffner, were also compensated for their loss,

In 1986, the Ottakringer Brewery was listed on the stock exchange, and presently the parent company, Getränkeindustrie Holding AG, owns 70.31% of Ottakringer Brauerei AG. 

Today the brewery is still going strong, and are a major sponsor of the Austrian football team SK Rapid Wien for many years now.

Review: 0.51 cl Can of Kühles Blondes: ABV: 5% 

Kühles Blondes, based in ViennaBought cheap in Aldi. Comes in a striking yellow can, which has some interesting lettering, looks like it could be a fruit drink. 

The appearance is one of a very clear, golden yellow colour, bubbling away with some pretty good carbonation. Produced a nice big frothy head, which did die a bit but overall maintains throughout. Had some very light lacing. Altogether, not a bad looking beer.

The aroma is of a nice light beery smell, getting the yeast. Also getting a faint smell of citrus and malts.

Kühles Blondes, based in ViennaFor the taste I got very nice mouthfuls, of light grains and sweet malts.

Smooth and clean to drink and pleasant enough. Very smooth in fact, I found it very nice and easy to quaff.

But I didn’t find any discernible or interesting tastes though, and couldn’t find the alcohol. 

Clean malts for sure, but no hops noticeable in the taste

Nice for a session, as they go down well, but very light, low bitterness, and no real bite to it. 

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La Chouffe

La Chouffe, a small time brewery done good.

La Chouffe

Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe/Duvel Moortgat Brewery
Style: Belgian Blond Ale
Achouffe, Wibrin-Houffalize, Belgium

La Chouffe is a Belgian strong golden ale, produced by the Brasserie d’Achouffe located in Achouffe, a small village in the municipality of Houffalize, in Wallonia, Belgium.

La ChouffeThe brewery was founded in 1982 by Pierre Gobron and Christian Bauweraerts, two brothers-in-law, as a hobby. In September 2006, the brewery was bought by the brewery group Duvel Moortgat, this move helping the small brewery to enlarge and also to export to new destinations. 

Brasserie d’Achouffe now produces several different beers, and exports far beyond its borders,  72 countries and counting, but it is its Blonde that is the star attraction, accounting for over 80% of its output. 

The brand is famous for its gnome that adore its bottles, a little gnome with his little red hat, looking all cute and sprity. Legend has it that it was a gnome just like this that passed on the special recipe to the brothers in law inspiring them to get started. 

Review: 330 ml Bottle of La Chouffe: ABV: 8% 

La Chouffe is an unfiltered blond beer that re-ferments both in the barrel and from the bottle. 

On pour got a big frothy white head that retained, with a golden appearance that later settled down to an orange hazy cloudy hue. Some small carbonation and some thin lacing. Not bad looking. 

Very fruity aroma which I found very nice, lemon, orange, banana, a variety of fruits on the nose.

La ChouffeAlso found the fresh coriander on the nose

Smells good, sweet malts on nose too.

Smelled quite strong, with the Belgian yeast also apparent, but overall it was a nice, pleasant smell and well balanced.

Ok, it is another one of these strong tasting Belgian Ales that I find difficult to appreciate. Strong Has a lot of fruit flavours in it, lime, bananas, peaches, apples……and the coriander that seems to be prominent throughout. 

Found it quite similar to the Delirium Tremens which I reviewed not too long ago. Not quite the same style of beer I know, but unlike that beer, I found this one much more palatable on the stomach and taste buds. 

Bitter aftertaste, very bitter. Not bad though, grows on you with the gentle floral hops 

A bit of a slow burner, and quite tasty, albeit strong in the alcohol. I definitely do feel the alcohol kicking away. Yeasty! But having said that it is not too overbearing with the alcohol, manageable. 

After the second bottle, I think it isn’t too bad, not great, but ok, a nice crisp taste, but would like to try a few more to give a more definite review. 

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Grimbergen Blonde, burned but not destroyed

Grimbergen Blonde

Brewed by Brouwerijen Alken-Maes (Heineken)/at Kronenbourg (Carlsberg)
Style: Belgian Pale Ale/Blonde Ale
Alken, Belgium

Grimbergen is the brand name of a variety of Belgian abbey beers. Originally brewed by Norbertine monks in the Abbey of Grimbergen since the 12th century, it is now brewed by two different breweries in Belgium and in France. Brouwerij Alken-Maes Brewery located in Alken, north of Brussels, Belgium, and the Kronenbourg Brewery in Strasbourg, France. 

The abbey was well known for giving shelter for pilgrims and lost souls and also providing nice home-brewed beer to warm peoples spirits. The recipe used by the brewery today is apparently the same recipe used all those years back, over 900 years old and counting! 

In 1958 Brouwerij Maes contacted the monks at the abbey with a proposition. For some support with the restoration of the Abbey, in return Maes, under the brandname “Grimbergen”, could sell their special centuries old beer.

To further feck things up big nasty Heineken took over Alken-Maes in 2008. As part of the takeover the brand name Grimbergen was transferred to Carlsberg Group, but Heineken was given a long-term license to use the brand name in Belgium. As a result of this messing around, Alken-Maes brews the beer for the Belgian market, while Carlsberg is responsible for the marketing outside Belgium of the beers that it brews under the Grimbergen name at its Kronenbourg Brewery located in France. So in essence you can find two Grimbergens, just depending on which side of the border you are. I am not sure if they taste similar or not, but I’d wager they do.

The beer has the mythological Phoenix as its symbol, and when you know the story it is not hard to see why. Grimbergen Abbey, founded way back in 1128, was destroyed by fire many times, but from the ashes the abbey was rebuilt again and again, and is still standing today. Burned but not destroyed (“‘Ardel Nec Consumitur”) is the motto of the legendary beer. 

Review: 33cl Brown Bottle of Grimbergen Blonde: ABV: 6.7% 

The appearance was of a clear golden colour with a big frothy white head

Good sized head, with good retention and very good lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Nice beery smell, very nice. Smells of clove, fruits, Belgian yeast. Smells fantastic in fact. 

Taste is quite strong but not bad, very manageable

Very nice and pleasant creamy mouthfuls. Very quaffable. Like it.
Creamy taste.

Fantastic tasting beer with a lot of nice flavours. Very creamy. Very crisp and refreshing mouthfuls

I like this very much. Easy to drink. Good tasting. Lots of tastes and all well balanced, of sweet malts, of barley, of wheat, of Belgian yeast, citric fruits. Get all the usual tastes working together here, perfectly balanced with both sweet and sour tastes combining well. 

One of those beers after a long day you can relax with, very refreshing, excellent
6.7%, not too overbearing. As good a beer as I have had in a while…..

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Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added value

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added value.

Oettinger Export

Brewed by Oettinger Brauerei GmbH
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Oettingen, Bavaria, Germany

Oettinger is Germany’s best selling beer brand since the early 1990’s, made by Oettinger Brauerei headquartered in the small town of Oettingen, in Bavaria, Germany

They also have breweries located in Gotha, Mönchengladbach and Braunschweig.

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added valueNicknamed “Oetti”, the brewery is well known for producing vast amounts of cheap beer which can be easily got in all the major supermarket chains.  Basically it is a German version of “stack em high sell em cheap”, and for people with only coppers in their pockets and students, well….. this is the perfect beer. They dont do draft and its rare to find in a pub. But in case you are worried, all of the Oettinger beers are brewed in accordance to the “Reinheitsgebot”, the German purity law of 1516, the standard used to maintain good quality beer in Germany.

Oettinger uses several ways to keep beer prices low: It does not advertise, it delivers directly to the stores and shops, and has a highly automated brewing process that uses as few employees as possible to brew vast amounts of beer.

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added valueAll this has made the brand a runaway success, easily becoming Germany’s go to beer for getting pissed on the cheap. It is also exported as far away as Australia and closer to home in Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. 

The family-owned company was founded in the picturesque Bavarian town of Oettingen, way back in 1731, as it says on the can, but the brewery really began to change when it was taken over in 1956 by Otto and Günther Kollmar. These two set up a direct marketing strategy aimed at the price conscious consumer and in the era of supermarkets in the 70’s they had the perfect distribution network to flood the German market with their produce. 

Review: 50 cl Can of Oettinger Export: ABV: 5.4%

The cheap beer with added value. 

On pour a lot of carbonation producing a very clear golden colour.  A big bubbly white head appears which does die a death pretty fast to leave a small flat head. No lacing. Appearance is ok, nothing special. 

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added valueHas a good beery smell, a bit faint but good all the same, yeasty, grainy….

Bit of a biting metallic taste, but goes and once you get over that the beer is quite enjoyable 

Can taste the malts, the grains and the yeast

All in the front taste, nothing remarkable in the back end which is a little bit dry.

Not bad. Smooth and filling, getting nice big creamy mouthfuls. 

Strong bitter hoppy taste might not be suitable for everyone, but it doesn’t hang around and I found it bearable.

Beery. I like it. Sessionable enough though, especially for the price. The beer to price ratio in this beer is excellent, Cheap beer equals good session

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St Gotthard Original Swiss Lager

St Gotthard Original Swiss Lager

St. Gotthard Lager

Brewed by Ramseier Suisse
Style: Pale Lager
Hochdorf, Switzerland

St Gotthard Original Swiss LagerBrewed by Ramseier Suisse, one of the major beverage producers in Switzerland, was formerly made by Unidrink Getränke. Brewed in Hochdorf, a small town in the canton of Lucerne, St Gothard Lager is brewed for Aldi Suisse. 

Review: 50cl Can of St. Gotthard Lager: ABV: 4.8%

A Swiss Aldi special

Very, very clear golden colour with a massive frothy head on pour. All looks pretty good, head nestles nicely on top. Does die as expected for a cheap lager. Slight lacing.

Smells good, of faint malts, and the yeast 

St Gotthard Original Swiss LagerTaste is not too bad, some very nice mouthfuls. Malts mostly. And that’s as much as you are going to taste really.

Very easy to drink, a very smooth beer

A bit metallic in the end.

Good but a bit acidic/stringent in the aftertaste

It is ok as lagers go, smooth and not bad for the cheap price from Aldi

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Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of Bavaria

Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of Bavaria

Erdinger Weissbier

Brewed by Erdinger Weissbräu 
Style: Hefeweizen/Wheat Beer
Erding, Germany

The Erdinger Brewery Werner Brombach GmbH (also known as Erdinger Weißbräu) is a brewery in Erding, northeast of Munich, Germany. Its best-known product is the Erdinger Weissbier (wheat beer).

Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of BavariaThe brewery was founded in 1886 by Johann Kienle, however, the brewery wasnt known as Erdinger Weißbräu until 1949 when its owner at the time, Franz Brombach, changed it. The current owner is Franz Brombach’s son, Werner Brombach who has been in charge since 1975, and under his guidance he helped establish Erdinger as the successful nationwide and international wheat beer product of today.

Amazingly in this day and age, the company does not license. From Erding, and Erding only, the beer is exported to over 95 countries worldwide making it one of the world’s largest wheat beer breweries, not bad for a small town family-owned enterprise.

People in the UK might know it from been available in all J D Wetherspoon pubs, those that were brave enough to try it aside from their usual lager or ale tipple. 

in 1995 the official Erdinger Fan Club was founded. The club currently connects around 90,000 members in over 65 countries around the world under the motto “Party, Celebrate & Enjoy with Erdinger Weissbier”. Some well known ex footballers are big fans of the beer, Der Kasier himself Mr. Franz Beckenbauer , Mario Basler , and Lothar Matthäus amongst others…

Erdinger Weissbräu uses the traditional bottle fermentation in its wheat beer, which means that the beer matures (similar to champagne) in the bottle.

Currently, there are ten varieties available with its Weißbier its best seller, naturally.

Review: 50 cl Bottle of Erdinger Weissbier: ABV: 5.3%

Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of BavariaSo lets try this “true classic of Bavarian wheat beer culture”, as stated on their own website!

They say that it really should be drank from a Weizen glass for proper usage, but hell I can only go on what I have…….a normal glass stein, but its good enough for me.

Also, I must say I do love the logo of the company. Really colourful with the wheat symbol surrounded by striking red and blue colours spelling out the name of Erdinger Weissbier. 

On pour there is a good bit of carbonation, noisy bubbles resulting in a pretty big decent sized frothy head. Vibrant and alive!
A very pale golden colour.

Turns a bit hazy looking after a while.

Head reduces in size but retains a little bit

Got a lot in the bottle, a lot of bang for the buck! 

Faint smell, of yeast, not much to smell, uninspiring 

On taste, got a really refreshing nice big mouthful, creamy and smooth. A nice startErdinger Weissbier, The Taste of Bavaria

Big nice mouthfuls, but no real distinct tastes, creamy, but not bad

Smooth and crisp enough to saviour, and nice for a weissbier. Nice, I liked it

Wouldn’t say there is a whole lot of taste.

Can’t really feel the alcohol
Tastes of light malt. Light malt, some fruits and of course the wheat

Liked it a lot, nice, very easy to drink, not much taste, but filling, and quite smooth. Overall this isn’t a bad beer, but perhaps a bit boring for the style and not enough strong standout flavours to satisfy the Weissbier fans………

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Sant Patern, a Breton beer

Sant Patern, a Breton beer

Sant Patern

Brewed by Britt (Brasserie de Bretagne)
Style: Amber beer 
Trégunc, France

Sant Patern, a Breton beerThis is my second beer reviewed from the Breton brewery Britt (Brasserie de Bretagne), formerly from The Brasserie du Trégor, who merged with Britt in 2010. 

I had previously reviewed their Blonde, Barbe Torte which I found to be not a bad beer. 

Sant Patern was retired, but it now has been given a new lease of life and you can find the new version of the beers stocked in Lidl 

The beer honors one of the Breton saints, Saint Patern, who was the first bishop sent to the diocese of Vannes, a small city in the west of Brittany, in the 5’th century.

The brewery, it seems to me at least, can be known as Britt or the Brasserie de Bretagne (Brewery of Breton), was founded in 1988 and produces about fifteen different types of beer all catering for the upturn in demand for quality beer in France.

Brittany, of course, is the Celtic part of France, situated in the North West of the country.

Review: 33cl Bottle of Sant Patern Bière dorée (Golden Beer): ABV: 7% 

Sant Patern, a Breton beerComing in a relatively boring looking bottle that doesn’t stand out. 

On pour get a nice clear orange colour emerging that turns hazy amber after a while. Has a big head from the pour with a huge amount of carbonation, which is very strong, bubbling along.

A pretty decent head, that maintains and settles down nicely. Looks a pretty good beer,nothing wrong with the appearance.

Had also a very nice aroma, can pick up on the yeast, and the fruits (lemon and banana)

Sant Patern, a Breton beerLot of taste, not bad, can get some fruit…..bananas 
Very smooth to drink.

I am very surprised with this beer, as I had it in the house a long time and thought it might depreciate in taste and quality, but no, it is very good, very drinkable and quite fantastic really!

Delicious. Malt in the background hitting all the right spots.

Hops not apparent

Overall I liked this a lot, and I recommend it to try. Definitely did the business for me, and after a hard day at work this was exactly what I needed……a nice refreshing beer to relax and enjoy. 

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Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens, A Strong Pale Ale From Belgium

Delirium Tremens

Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Melle, Belgium

Delirium TremensDelirium tremens (also called “The DTs”, “the horrors”, or “the shakes”) is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that can cause confusion and delirium. Delirium tremens is mainly caused by a long period of drinking being stopped abruptly and can usally last from a day to three days. People may hallucinate and can be appear delirious and restless. Physical effects may include shaking, shivering, irregular heart rate, and sweating. Occasionally, a very high body temperature or seizures may result in death. Delirium tremens is an emergency condition and should be treated seriously. DT occurs in 5–10% of alcoholics, and death can occur in anything between 15% and 40%, depending on the treatment given or lack of it, showing that Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to experience withdrawal from. Great!

Huyghe Brewery (Brouwerij Huyghe) is a family run brewery founded in 1906 by Leon Huyghe in the small town of Melle in East Flanders, Belgium. Its “flagship” beer is Delirium Tremens, a popular and well loved beer, winning all sorts of awards and titles and frequently rated as one of the best beers in the world.

The site of the brewery has been in operation since 1654.

Delirium Tremens was launched on December 26th 1989, originally as a 9% ale, but since reduced to 8.5%.

Review: 0.33l Bottle of Delirium Tremens: ABV: 8.5%

Delirium TremensSome people call the DTs “seeing the pink elephant”. A “pink elephant” is the stereotypical image of what drunks see when they get the shakes and possible seizures from lack of booze. From Wikipedia we get “The term dates back to at least the early 20th century, emerging from earlier idioms about snakes and other creatures. An alcoholic character in Jack London’s 1913 novel John Barleycorn is said to hallucinate “blue mice and pink elephants”.  So there in lies the answer to why The Huyghe Brewery put a pink elephant on the label of its Delirium Tremens beer, in case you were wondering! In a foil wrapped bottle. 

Delirium TremensOn pour I get a golden yellow looking appearance with some nice lively carbonation going on, bubbling along. A nice foamy white head, looks good, but does go flat after a short while…..eventually. 

A small amount of lacing on the glass, not much though. Overall not a bad look.

Very, very strong smell of yeast, clove and peppers with some citrus. Certainly has a kick in the smell, very nice, and a lot going on already!! Nice, and a good start! 

Can get a creamy aroma as well

Delirium TremensVery sweet taste, not very appealing to me at all, don’t like it to be honest 
That taste…….nah don’t like it
A lot of Fruits on the taste…..lemons, apples and bananas 
Loads of taste, but not nice tastes from front to back
There is a strong kick after with the alcohol, can definitely feel the 8.5% which they do kindly warn you about on the label at the back…..“strong beer”, just in case you thought you accidentally picked up a lemonade by mistake!
Lots of taste, very yeasty, lots of sweet malts, the cloves, getting the cream in the mouth and the citrus

Delirium TremensA definite slow burner 
Not a fan though. If you like an all tasting beer then this is your beer, but I like my beers smooth. This is more like a Hefeweizen to me than a regular Pale Ale, but then it is a Belgian Pale Ale and I know they put all sorts of shit in their beers! Ha. 

I am aware that this is a popular beer and considered a “classic Belgian”, and it did win a gold medal in the “World Beer Championships” in Chicago way back in the 80’s, but Crikey it did nothing for me, hard for me to stomach………….(and that’s the truth! Lol)

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