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Beer – #476 – Emerson’s – Dinner Bell Belgian Table Beer

Table beer, Turntable music, tables of numbers and around the table chatting.

Belgian Style Table Beer

The man in the shop was dead keen that I pick up the Emerson’s Dinner Bell Belgian Table Beer, this had taken the place of the JP 2013 that I drank recently, and I noticed it immediately. Not a lot of this around apparently, mostly because this is a limited release from the brewer.

This is low ABV at 3.2% so a beer for day drinking,  96 calories a serve, the bottle contains 1.26 standard drink units.

Brewed by Emerson’s Brewing Company (Lion Breweries – NZ (Lion Nathan Co.) in the style that is  Saison, and Emerson are in Dunedin

Dinner is in the Oven, close enough....

Dinner is in the Oven, close enough….

A Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Trophy winner in 2013, and fermented 100% with a strain of Brettanomyces (“Brett”), Dinner Bell was described by the judges to epitomise the Belgian Table Beer Style.

The aroma has a complex breadiness, with a hint of sourness and tartness that is attributed to “Brett”.

The body is light and slightly fruity with an almost lemony crisp, dry finish.


Light yeasty sweet and sour aroma on opening, which I expected.

Pale almost champagne colour pour, with a little head, but it’s well carbonated and looks lively in the glass.

Dinner BellSour and thin are the first two words to come to mind in the first sup.  The Aroma hints a something slightly more. The tartness is the drink, and without a lot of body you end up with what is a very good cold tart refreshing drink. I’m being a but harsh as there is some lemon and citrus flavours in this that round it out. For an afternoon on a picnic yes, for casual ad-hoc drinking this is ok.

It is a beer that needs a thing to go with it though.

So I got up and got me some cheese, a Camembert from the “Over the Moon” company. Sorted.

Next time I check I’ve managed to drink the most of the beer, the food interaction really brings out the strengths of this as a drink, it tempers the flavours and still retains it’s own palate without mussing up the food palate. For that it’s very clever.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. It seems to punch above it weight and yet it seems to also at the same time punch light. It is a bit of an enigma.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Well clearly I drank it all in a thrice so yes.
  2. Would I have another? Yes I could easy go another, this is a casual drinking beer that is quite enjoyable, As low ABV beer goes this is a bit of a good one.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes I would, you could even star the afternoon and into dinner with it, not sure  that you could go a whole party though, might bet a little lacking at some point, a feature and nature of the beer not a slight upon it.
The Turntable hosted some vinyl music,
and although I’ve been tardy and haven’t brought anything new of late that doesn’t mean that what I have isn’t good enough. So with that I decided to play music from Fat Freddy’s Drop, a New Zealand band, this is the track “Shiverman” from the album ” Dr Boondigga And The Big BW
It’s  Electronic, Funk / Soul, Jazz, Reggae  Soul-Jazz, Reggae, Dub, Neo Soul. Or something.
no matter what though it is very very good.


Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Clarity is good with a large foamy head on top. The addition of several spices and herbs create a complex fruity or citrusy flavor. Light to medium bodied with very high carbonation. Alcohol level is medium to high.


One comment on “Beer – #476 – Emerson’s – Dinner Bell Belgian Table Beer

  1. beernotwar
    October 6, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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