Just like you, but different
On a Monday too! It is a holiday day, Queens Birthday so it’s like a Sunday. On a weekend where I had unmet expectations I turn then to an Omer Vander Ghinste Brasserie LeFort to rescue me.
Omer Vander Ghinste Brasserie LeFort is a beer by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste (Bockor) and Omer Vander Ghinste Brasserie LeFort is made in 🇧🇪 Bellegem, West Flanders, Belgium as a Belgian Ale – Strong Dark with an ABV of 10.0% – this is 5.9 Standard drinks in NZ
LeFort is a complex, dark beer of 10° with a sweet and fruity touch. The pale and roasted, dark barley malts give the beer a perfect balance. The beer is lightly flavored with chocolate and caramel and the high fermentation gives a slight fruitiness. This results in a dark beer with a completely unique taste.
LeFort is a dark, complex ale with an intense taste. Refermented in the bottle… Brewers Note.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
Well a cork and Cage, a proper cork, so no corkscrew needed today, FTW!
A lovely rich aroma on opening, with a lovely easy cork push and a pleasing soft pop, followed by a glorious pour of deep red beer with a lovely firm decent head that sits proudly atop.
Sweet rich beer to taste, with a muted and barely noticeable bitterness, and a little burn from alcohol underlying it all.
One of the many nice things about rich beer like this is that it stands up well against all manner of flavours, like those on the cheese plate I made, a very complimentary beer style. I really do that like sugary sweetness that forms the platform, and the way that this is constant, it starts as it finishes, there’s no new surprises, or welcome or unwelcome additions.
A lovely decent beer, in a style that isn’t commonly available regularly in New Zealand and so always a treat to get one, and a bigger treat to get a good one.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. I am a sucker for goods Belgian Strong/quad beers. From the initial pour and taste through the drinking of this it is just lovely. A nice richness and smoothness, with familiar notes and that noticeable burn from the alcohol, noticeable not insistent.
Rescue me it did!
The double dip review
Music for this: The Testy Brothers album ‘Half Mile Harvest’ which I have on orange vinyl, but you can listen along on Spotify.
The Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a dark, complex, strong Belgian ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavors, and spicy elements. Like a larger dubbel, with a fuller body and increased malt richness. Not as bitter or hoppy as a tripel, but of similar strength.