To end 2015, we wanted to recap the top 5 BrewViews about the beers that impressed us the most. We did not BrewView as many beers in 2015 as we would have liked due to our complete redesign of our website from March through June. However, we feel that we did offer some pretty good BrewViews for the year… These are the ones that impacted us the most. We’ll countdown from number 5 to number 1, and also offer a little something extra…
#5 – August 10, 2015: BELLEROSE BIÈRE BLONDE EXTRA
This was our first beer from France to BrewView, and what a unique experience it was! From the extreme yeast chunks floating in it, we thought our BrewView was not going to happen, since yeast floaties are sometimes a sign of a defect in a beer. It turned out that Bellerose Biere Blonde Extra was a wonderful sensory experience to be savored, since this beer had been sitting on the shelves at our local Liquor Barn since November 2013 at least, and moved around to different parts of the store. It aged patiently that whole time, while in an environment not quite so gentle. It was like the lost sheep that was waiting to be found…
#4 – June 1, 2015: B.O.M. BREWERY- TRIPORTEUR SPECIAL ROAST BELGIAN OAK VINTAGE 2013
We first found out about the B.O.M. Brewery back in September 2014 in our travels down to the San Francisco East Bay Area when we purchased a bottle of their TRIPORTEUR FROM HEAVEN from Perry’s Liquors in Livermore, California. The cartoon label originally piqued our curiosity, and caused us to reach out to the young, yet HIGHLY TALENTED brewmaster, Bert Van Hecke. After 4 months of back and forth email conversations, Bert was very kind and generous to send us samples of his newest creations to enjoy. One in particular had been in development and aging for over a year. After reading about it, Triporteur Special Roast Belgian Oak Vintage 2013 is a beer that we wanted to feature for a BrewView on our website. It was one of the beers Bert sent us in February… however, we wanted a great beer to highlight on our return from our 3-month website redesign hiatus.
As mentioned in Triporteur Belgian Oak Vintage 2013 above, ROSIE ROSA IS one of those unique beers that has a great twist to it: it is brewed with no hops, and instead of using liquid yeast to ferment the beer, brewmaster Bert Van Hecke used a special bread made with blueberries to act as the “starter”. We were also privileged to taste this beer before it is available in the US market. So… for our readers in the United States, why don’t you send Bert a message and tell him you’d really like to see ROSIE ROSA available at your local beer shop… it will be worth the effort.
#2 – OCTOBER 2015 BREWERY OF THE MONTH: BROUWERIJ ST. BERNARDUS- WATOU, BELGIUM
The October 2015 BREWERY OF THE MONTH feature was a huge hit for our readers across the globe, especially in Belgium. We truly had a great time revisiting all the 5 world classic beers in their MIXED SELCTION pack we picked up. To top off the month, we featured an interview with Marco Passarella, (St. Bernardus’ sales manager) which was made possible by special arrangement form our good friend Michael Pauwels of The Globe Belgian Gastropub. Michael will be soon opening up his new restaurant, NEW WORLD ABBEY. It is going to be situated in a former church, and will be the premier spot in Southern California to enjoy authentic Belgian beers served in their proper glass, according to Cicerone rules.
#1 – JANUARY 2015 BREWERY OF THE MONTH: UNIBROUE – CHAMBLY,(QUÉBEC) CANADA
For those of you who know us, you knew this was coming! This wonderful business relationship began in November 2014 from a special email sent to us from DDMG Communications. Through all this, we actually featured Unibroue’s ÉPHÉMÈRE CRANBERRY in our 2014 CHRISTMAS BREWVIEW SPECIAL. Then the week after, we BrewViewed an ULTRA RARE beer from Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, to whet our reader’s appetites before the show began in January! The January 2015 BREWERY OF THE MONTH feature was by far our biggest hit for 2015, when it came to the total number of new visitors to Belgian Beer Journal for the first time!
Jerry was most gracious and giving of his time to grant us 4 exclusive interviews and sending us hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and videos from his personal archive. Many thanks go out to not only Jerry, but to Jean Yves, and Andrew of Unibroue, for their tremendous help in sending us even more graphics and pictures, and of course, EXCLUSIVE beer samples to BrewView!! We tried 3 beers before they were available in the US market, and one beer available in the Canadian market only. Not only that, we BrewViewed 2 rare beers not available at all on the market- an EXPERIMENTAL Dark Ale from Jerry Vietz- BRET’T’ART, and the highly prized BARREL AGED 17 GRANDE RÉSERVE. All in all, the hundreds of hours that were spent in photo production, video production, and our interviews with Jerry made this the most fun we’ve had doing this thing we call Belgian Beer Journal… it was SO worth it! Santé mes amis!
LA FIN DU MONDE is a world class beer we can count on. It is the one beer we go to time after time. It NEVER disappoints. The quality is always there. For goodness sake- it is a multiple award winning beer, (it won numerous medals in 2015 (Platinum and gold)) and was awarded BEST BELGIAN STYLE TRIPEL in the world at the prestigious WORLD BEER AWARDS!
It is Unibroue’s most versatile and biggest selling beer for great reason: the super high quality raw materials along with a non-compromising brewing process makes LA FIN DU MONDE the best- worldwide. The flavors make it a superb beer to use for cooking. Unibroue is so culinary oriented, they even have their own published cookbook. If you haven’t tried LA FIN DU MONDE yet, (we don’t know who hasn’t) but if you haven’t, it is one of the beers you need to drink before you die… it’s that good.