December 3rd

There are usually one or two holiday offerings at the LCBO that strike my fancy and one this year was a six-pack of Belgian ales. I wanted to start with one of the lighter offerings, the Van Steenberge Bruegel, which also is the poorest rated in the bunch.

It poured a nice copper colour, though a bit lacking for something that calls itself an amber ale. Lots of fizzy carbonation, evident at both the top and bottom of the glass. The flavour was not too appealing, with a metallic apple taste. A lot of bitterness in the finish, along with a little sourness. There was not enough malt to balance out the finish, making it a really disappointing beer. My guess is that the beer sells mainly because, a) it gets stuck in these boxes, and/or b) it sells well as a gimmicky beer for Bruegel lovers visiting Belgium.

Thanks to illness and interviews, November was a bit of a slow month, but I’m still on pace to drink about 10L/month.  December may make up for some of that with holiday festivities and less time spent at work. (This week has also seen a nice spike in traffic, which I hope will continue.)

Van Steenerge Bruegel on Ratebeer

Today: 330mL. Year-to-date: 32.42L.


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