Day Five, Ghent: Deus, Trollekelder, Waterhuis aan de Bierkant

After De Hopduvel and dinner, if we had dinner after De Hopduvel and not sometime later in the evening, we went to Deus, which was in the Good Beer Guide. The entrance opens onto a room filled with seating. The bar is relatively secluded in the back. I got the impression that they were going for an upscale feel. We had one round before heading to the next bar.

544. Hanssens Oude Kriek

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Bottle
Style: Fruit Lambic, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a hazy red with a fizzy, pinkish-orange head that fades to a sparse ring.

Smell (4.0): Sweet cherries, acidic sourness and lambic funkiness. Swirling, like it does for most lambics, brings out the funk.

Taste (4.0): Intensely sour with sweet cherries that do little to cut the sourness in the center. The finish is earthy.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Light-bodied, low carbonation and intensely dry.

Drinkability (3.5): Definitely too tart to drink a lot of.

Overall (4.1)

545. Floreffe Prima Melior

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Alcohol: 8.00%
Serving: Bottle, 11.2 oz.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.0): Pours a dark brown with ruby tints. A thin brown head fades quickly leaving no lace.

Smell (2.0): Sweet raisins and little else.

Taste (3.5): Sugary raisins upfront and through to the finish. The finish has light pepper and a bit of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied and lightly dry.

Drinkability (4.0): The dry finish bumped this up a notch.

Overall (3.2)

After leaving Deus we passed Ghent's red-light district on the way to Trollekelder, which means "Troll's Cellar." The front window had large trolls on display. The bar was two levels, we opted for the less crowded lower level, where we sat at a table right under the stairs down. Aside from us, there was only one other group downstairs. David spent much of the time trying to figure out what they were talking about.

The waiter seemed to be annoyed that it took us awhile to decide on beers and annoyed with us in general. On our way out, we left the money on the table, which the waiter made us go back downstairs and get when he saw us leaving.

546. La Trappe Blond

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Alcohol: 6.50%
Serving: Bottle
Style: Belgian Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.5): Pours a very lightly hazy golden-orange with a white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell (3.5): Light Belgian yeast fruitiness with sour apple particularly noticeable. There's also some peppery notes.

Taste (4.0): Very light fruitiness upfront. The finish is a clean spiciness with a nice hoppy bitterness with some crisp graininess.

Mouthfeel (4.0): High carbonation, light-bodied, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability (4.0): Solidly drinkable, good hoppiness.

Overall (3.8)

547. Trollebier Bruin

This is a house beer that I know very little about. Without knowing the alcohol I can't really make a guess on style other than a Dubbel, a Dark Ale or a Strong Dark Ale.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: ?
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: ?

Appearance (4.5): Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a thick, whipped-cream, brown head that eventually fades to a thin film leaving thick lace.

Smell (4.0): Light, but I noticed dark fruit, light phenols, roasty malts and hops.

Taste (3.5): Dark fruit upfront with some cherry tartness. The finish is a mix of light roasty bitterness and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a smooth texture.

Drinkability (4.5): Very drinkable with a nice bitterness for balance.

Overall (3.95)

548. Goudenband

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Liefmans
Alcohol: 8.00%
Serving: Bottle
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear ruby with a brown head that thins quickly.

Smell (4.0): Very malty: raisins, caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of a medicinal character.

Taste (4.0): Sweet with some cherry tartness, some toffee and some raisins.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Full-bodied and a little syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): Pretty good, sweet with a little bit of sourness.

Overall (3.95)

549. Trollebier Blonde

My knowledge about this beer is pretty much the same as for the Bruin. I'm guessing it's a strong pale ale.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: ?
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thick white head that has good retention and leaves thick lace.

Smell (3.5): Belgian yeast fruitiness and sour apples, light spice.

Taste (3.5): Some light sweet fruitiness with a little peppery spice and a good hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability (4.5): Nice drinkability thanks to the hops.

Overall (3.85)

After leaving Trollekelder we were fairly intoxicated, having been drinking for about twelve hours. We went to Waterhuis aan de Bierkant (Waterhouse on the Beerside) to finish the night out. The Waterhuis seemed to be one of the last bars open when we arrived, and as might be expected it was crowded. We ended up with a booth by a window where David promptly began trying to flip as many coasters as he could. Oddly this is written in my notes, "Lane wants to get jaw broken over a bet on coaster flipping."

We had two rounds before I was able to convince David that we'd had enough for the day.

550. Troubadour Obscura

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij De Musketiers
Alcohol: 8.50%
Serving: Bottle
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a lightly hazy ruby-brown with a thick brown head that thins to half an inch leaving heavy lace.

Smell (3.5): Light fruity aromas of raisins and cherries. Malty with some light caramel.

Taste (4.5): Sweet malts, a bit of caramel. Tart with a roasty bitterness. Nice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability (4.0): Balanced!

Overall (4.1)

551. Gandavum Dry Hopping

This is the house beer for The Waterhuis.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij
Alcohol: 7.50%
Serving: Tap
Style: Belgian Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thick whit ehead that fades to a thin film leaving heavy lace.

Smell (4.0): Peppery spice with light fruity notes and a good hop undertone.

Taste (4.5): Nice peppery notes throughout with light fruit and a substantial hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Moderate carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability (4.5): Very drinkable, nicely balanced.

Overall (4.25)

552. Bière Du Boucanier Golden

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Alcohol: 11.00%
Serving: Bottle, 11.2 oz.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.5): Pours a hazy golden with a white head that fades to a film leaving a small amount of patchy lace.

Smell (3.5): Sour apple fruitiness with alcohol and peppery spice.

Taste (4.0): Very spicy, though sweet fruit is evident. The finish is grainy with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied, high carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability (3.5): The alcohol is very evident, though not overpowering.

Overall (3.75)

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