Day Six, Brugge: Kelk, De Garre

After getting energy in the form of coffee and waffles, we walked to Kelk, which seemed like a grungy local bar. There was a very friendly dalmatian who came up to us. We had a round before heading on to De Garre.

555. Bourgogne Des Flandres

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Alcohol: 5.00%
Serving: Bottle
Style: Flanders Red Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tints. A thick, brown head thins to a sudsy film leaving sheets of lace.

Smell (3.5): There's a sweet cherry aroma, notes of caramel and toffee, and light medicinal phenols.

Taste (3.0): Light cherry sweetness, with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (3.5): Drinkable, but a bit bland.

Overall (3.4)

556. Witte Trappist

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Alcohol: 5.50%
Serving: Bottle, 11.2 oz.
Style: Witbier, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.5): Pours a clear golden with a white head that thins to a persistent layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell (3.5): Heavy notes of bananas. Swirling brings out some pepper and spice.

Taste (3.0): Lightly sweet upfront, some notes of banana. There's graininess in the center with a light peppery spice and tartness. This tastes more like a Belgian Pale Ale than a wit.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light-bodied, moderate to low carbonation with a bit of creaminess.

Drinkability (4.0): Easy enough to drink, though not to style.

Overall (3.4)

After Kelk, we walked to De Garre, which we had a hard time finding, because the streeet it was on turned out to be a very narrow 500 year-old alley. We grabbed a table upstairs, in the alleged non-smoking section and had a round before leaving for Brugs Beertje.

557. Tripel Van Der Garre

This was served in a Garre glass at De Garre in Brugge. It came with a small bowl of piquant cheese that was quite nice.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Alcohol: 11.00%
Serving: Tap
Style: Tripel, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange with a three-finger, off-white head with excellent retention that leaves intact sheets of lace as it fades.

Smell (4.0): Has a nice fruity smell with a blend of bananas and sour apple with a bit of pepper.

Taste (4.0): Light, but fruity with sweet bananas and sour apples. The fruitiness is balanced nicely with some spiciness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light to medium-bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): Very well balanced, but watch out for the alcohol.

Overall (4.1)

558. Judas

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Alcohol: 8.50%
Serving: Bottle, 11.2 oz.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a lightly hazy golden with a huge, four-finger, white head that fades to a thin film leaving patchy lace.

Smell (3.0): Sour apples and maybe some light graininess.

Taste (2.5): Fruity sour apples with some light pepper, not much else going on.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Low carbonation reveals that this beer feels a bit thin.

Drinkability (3.0): Fine, but nothing to keep your interest.

Overall (2.95)

De Garre was pretty smoky, so we headed to Brugs Beertje next.

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