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.
CORNET is an oaked, strong, blond Belgian beer (Alc. 8.5% Vol.). Its subtle touch of vanilla is achieved by adding oak chips during brewing.
Brewed in honour of Salomon de Maldeghem, Knight in the 11th century.
Top Fermentation – bottle conditioned (8,5% ABV) Oaked CORNET is named after Theodoor Cornet, steward of the ‘Diepensteyn Castle’. He ordered brewery Den Hoorn to brew an exclusive beer for the Count of Steenhuffel / Maldeghem in honour of his ancestor Salomon de Maldeghem, Knight in the 11th century. Today, CORNET is an oaked, strong, blond top-fermented beer (Alc. 8.5% Vol.)
2014 - World Beer Awards - Gold
2014 - Horeca Expo - Baanbreker Award
2014 - Europe's Best Oaked Beer - World Beer Awards
2015 - Belgium's Best Oaked Beer - World Beer Awards
2016 - World Beer Awards - Silver
Bellerose IPA is the extreme cousin of Bellerose Blonde Extra. With an overdose of Carefully selected hops, it offers a strong and distinctive aromatic profile keeping a note of elegance.
6.5% alcohol, 52 IBU