We've got a couple new beers and a new edition of a favorite.
Straffe Hendrik Wild 2018 (SKU 872333) is back in stock with a limited quantity of 33 cases. This popular Belgian Tripel is brewed with wild Brettanomyces yeast strains to give it it's distinctive sour flavour. This beer's edition average 95 on RateBeer.com. 24*330 ml case
Brasserie Historique Cateau has created a winner with their Sour Ale (SKU 164098) , but only a limited supply is available. We managed to get 28 cases. The Sour Ale is brewed with strawberries to give it sweetness and fruitiness. The, rhubarb is added and brings a tangy and refreshing touch to the strawberry flavors. Add to that a hint of heaven seeds for a subtly peppery and salty twist. It is incredible. A Must Have on every beer drinkers list. 6*750ml
I scooped 20 more cases of the elusive Scaldis Prestige (SKU 420216) from Brasserie Dubuisson. This beer is given 99 on RateBeer. It has been aged in Oak which is what gives it's uncommon smoothness and richness. 6*750ml
RODENBACH portfolio was submitted to Tastings.com, and received numerous awards for 2018, including four "platinum" awards (Vintage, Grand Cru, Alexander & Caractere Rouge), 1 "Gold" (Classic" and 1 "Silver" (Fruitage) which furthers the claim of "The Most Awarded Brewery in the World."
They also achieved the top 4 ratings in the Sour Ale and Fruit Beer category for 2018 - out of 42 beers reviewed. The complete category results can be found here: www.tastings.com/Calendar-Beer/Review-2018-07-02-Best-Sour-Ale-and-Best-Fruit-Beer.aspx
The Tastings.com World Beer Championships is America's oldest annual international beer competition and has been operated objectively for 25 years. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Beers are judged by Tastings.com's trained staff joined by top beer professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The Tastings.com World Beer Championships distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through Tastings.com, a free consumer website with a hundred thousand unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.'
Other reviews are as follows:
- 96 • Rodenbach Brewery (Belgium) Rodenbach Grand Cru. Platinum Medal http://tastings.com/Beer-Review/Rodenbach-Brewery-Rodenbach-Grand-Cru-Belgium-07-02-2018.aspx
- 97 • Rodenbach Brewery (Belgium) 2015 Rodenbach Belgian Red Ale. Platinum Medal http://tastings.com/Beer-Review/Rodenbach-Brewery-2015-Rodenbach-Belgian-Red-Ale-Belgium-07-02-2018.aspx
- 97 • Rodenbach Brewery (Belgium) Rodenbach Alexander. Platinum Medal & Cellar Selection http://tastings.com/Beer-Review/Rodenbach-Brewery-Rodenbach-Alexander-Belgium-07-02-2018.aspx
- 97 • Rodenbach Brewery (Belgium) Rodenbach Caractère Rouge Ale. Platinum Medal & Cellar Selection http://tastings.com/Beer-Review/Rodenbach-Brewery-Rodenbach-Caractere-Rouge-Ale-Belgium-07-02-2018.aspx
- 90 • Rodenbach Brewery (Belgium) Rodenbach Classic. Gold Medal http://tastings.com/Beer-Review/Rodenbach-Brewery-Rodenbach-Classic-Belgium-07-02-2018.aspx
- 88 • Rodenbach Brewery (Belgium) Rodenbach Fruitage Ale. Silver Medal http://tastings.com/Beer-Review/Rodenbach-Brewery-Rodenbach-Fruitage-Ale-Belgium-07-02-2018.aspx
Rodenbach Grand Cru, listed with the BCLDB SKU 37190, Alberta SKU 801617
Rodenbach Classic, spec in BC SKU 298682
Rodenbach Caractere being shipped to BC now
Rodenbach Fruitage being shipped to BC now
Rodenbach Vintage being shipped to BC this fall.
Aren't we lucky?? Enjoy!
I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the King and Queen of the Belgians. It was truly an honour. They were in Canada with a Trade Delegation from Belgium and Brouwerij de Halve Maan invited me to participate with them.
We partied with their Majesties at a Black Tie event, did business with them at our contract signing and chatted with the Queen at a chocolate festival. I was also honoured to meet the Secretary of Foreign Trade, Pieter de Crem, at our launch party in Ottawa for the first bottle de Halve Maan Quadruple to be opened in Ontario.
Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal in 3 days was a whirlwind but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Thank you Zavier and Steve for the invitation.
I trust everyone has sufficiently recovered from the festive season and are now back in full-grind mode. To help you get back in the groove, we've brought in 2 absolutely incredible beers for your enjoyment.
SKU 37240 Rodenbach Caractere 7% alc./vol. W: $13.75/bottle,, R: $16.79/bottle
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge, crowned the World's Best Fruit Flavoured ale at the 2016 WBA, is an extremely complex and refined fruit ale. The brewing process takes more than two and a half years. It is matured for 2 years in oak casks and then spends 6 months macerating with fresh red fruits: cherries, raspberries and cranberries. The ale was developed by the brewery's "fruit master", and since its launch in 2012 has won major awards each year.
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge can best be compared to a young top Burgundy wine, with the same combination of delicacy and power
We managed to get 40 cases. Get yours now!
SKU 160575 Oud Beersel Green Walnut Geueze 6% alc./vol. W: $19.95/bottle, R: $24.49/bottle (6*750ml)
Green Walnut is a surprising and innovative lambic beer from Oud Beersel. Made (and named) in the same tradition as Oud Beersel's Oude Kriek, this special beer is made from real fruit.
In July green walnuts are picked; then they are macerated for six months in authentic lambic from our oak barrels. The lambic slowly adopts some character from the Green Walnuts. An initial bitterness from the nuts is tempered and softened as they age in lambic. At maturity, there is a delicate balance between the light acidity of the lambic and the bitterness of the Green Walnuts.
The oak wine barrels give a subtle touch of red fruit to the beer. After refermentation in the bottle, Green Walnut becomes a sparkling seasonal beer that pairs perfectly with blue cheeses, cured hams, and salads with nuts. Green Walnut is produced as a delicate tasting beer.
To experience the full character of the walnuts, it is recommended to uncork the bottle 15 minutes before consumption (or decanting the beer).
Green Walnut 2017 is available in boxes of 6 x 750ml. Quantities are limited but we were allotted 20 cases. Get yours now!
We are delighted to announce that Brouwerij Rodenbach's exquisite Flemish ales are now available to BC beer aficionados. Rodenbach Classic and Rodenbach Grand Cru are making their way to liquor stores, restaurants and bars throughout BC.
Famous for their multi-award winning, highest rated Flemish Red/Brown/Sours ales, Rodenbach used the finest ingredients and care during all stages for brewing. Secondary fermentation occurs during the 2 year maturation period in oak casks.
Rodenbach Grand Cru is available in 330ml bottles and kegs for the hospitality trade and Rodenbach Classic is available in 750ml bottles - big enough to share if you're generous.