Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont
“The best Belgian beer, if ever there could be such an award…a sumptuous, seductive 9.5% beer.” - CAMRA- The Campaign for Real Ale Bons Voeux is a coppery blonde, fragrant (lemony with hints of pepper, banana and clove) and as with all the Dupont beers are malt richness that lingers. Only a small quantity is brewed, and is reserved months ahead of time. Considered by some the finest offering from this unparalleled brewery. Created in 1970 as a New Year’s present to the brewery’s best clients. A treat!
Avril, organic session beer/Belgian Biere de Table
Created by Brasserie Dupont in 1992, this beer is their answer to increasing demand in Belgium for an organic beer with character, but low in alcohol. It is a light, refreshing top fermented blonde beer (3.5% ABV) that combines marvelous aromas, is full in the mouth and delicate on the finish. There is no finer example of a Biere de Table than Avril. Increasingly appreciated by the growing ranks of Session Beer drinkers in the craft beer sector in the US as a complex and interesting session beer…organic as well.
Biere de Miel, organic honey beer
As early as 1880, this honey beer was a specialty of the RImaux-Deridder farm-brewery – prized by locals and awarded many prizes at agricultural fairs. When the Dupont family took over the brewery, the beer had disappeared from the market, but in 1997 Olivier Dedeycker “recreated” an organic version. The sweet label is an exact reproduction of the original. Biere de Miel is pale golden with honeycomb and citrus notes. Not sweet at all, but full of honey aromas. Sensationally delicious. Ages beautifully.
Castelain Biere de Garde
Fermented with lager yeast, Castelain is a classic Biere de Garde from one of the pioneers of artisan brewing in France. Deep golden in color with earthy, biscuity maltiness, fruity notes and an unexpected hint of citrus tartness squeezed into a long finish. Exceptional with bistro fare. The brewery director Annick Castelain is one of the foremost women in French brewing and an advocate for craft brewing revival there.
Foret Blanche, organic wit beer
New to the US market this year, Foret Blanche is a rare and delicious interpretation of the wheat beer style from the champion of organic beers and the Saison style in Belgium. Brewed by Dupont, Foret Blanche is top fermented and bottle conditioned. It is mellow with a hint of bitterness, drier than most wit beers, yeasty and tart. Very refreshing due to the fine balance between its acidity and the touch of coriander and orange – delicious and organic!
Foret, organic saison
“It pours crystal clear…the clarity is quite dramatic…Clear copper with a dense creamy ivory head and sheeting lace on the sides of the glass. Smells of lemon, sweet spice and banana of all things. Light peppery spice also fills the nose. In the mouth a strident noble hop character takes over…peppery flavors and yeastiness underneath. A dryness in the finish, some bright citrusy fruitiness in the malt. It’s lovely. A symphony of flavors on the tongue. Certified organic. Run, don’t walk.“ - Bottles of Barley Review
La Biere de Beloeil
The domain of Beloeil (nearby the Dupont brewery) has been the residence of the Princes de Ligne since the XVth century. The Jardin a la francaise, (a harmonious alternation of water and green) planned in the 17th century is one of the great gardens of Europe. La Biere de Beloeil has a rich white meringue head and a beautiful hazy amber red color. Funky yeast flavor laced with herbs, nectarine and a mineral edge. Elegant as the chateau itself.
Lambrucha – mystic marriage of lambic & kombucha
Two great yeast cultures, one great drink. “The 750 ml bottles hold a fiercely bubbly, bone-dry, rose-color liquid that greets the palate with aburst of lemon, then softens into flowery, herbaceous notes as it goes down. The flavors bring pairings of seafood and spring vegetables to mind. With only 3.5% ABV, it’s a low alcohol (or “session”) beer, making it perfect for brunch or a mid-meal pairing. Move over, Miller High Life: we’re crowning Lambrucha the new Champagne of Beers.“ - Tasting Table Chicago
LIMITED EDITION! Decam Oude Lambiek, bottled 2003
Karel Goddeau is the Master Blender at De Cam in the Payottenalnd village of Gooik. Goddeau is revered among lambic lovers as one of the finest blenders working today. The 2003 Oude Lambiek is leathery, herbal, citric, woodsy, with vanilla buttery qualities. Very very light sparkle. Only 1800 bottles in the entire US. Once this product is gone it can never be made again. Supremely sophisticated!
Moinette Blonde, Dupont’s Best-Selling Beer in Belgium
The best seller from the Dupont Brewery in Belgium, Moinette weighs in at an estimable 8.5% ABV. It is admired by fans of trappist and abbey beers, though it is distinctly drier and more herbal than these styles. Saison Dupont is much better known in this country but Moinette Blonde and Brune are rapidly gaining followings among beer aﬁcionados. Moinette has an herbal bouquet, ginger, pear and spice notes. Full, round with a fruity ﬁnish and a snappy hop bitterness.
“You know you are drinking something special, like a Dupont Moinette Brune. One sip of this Belgian strong ale, with its superb yeast balance, and you feel as if you just tasted fresh baked bread.” - Love at the Pub – An Insider’s Guide to Craftsmanship Conversation and Community at the Brick Store Pub by Mary Jane Mahan (Brick Store in Decatur, GA, has been named one of the best beer bars in the world and is a great Dupont outpost)
NEW! Hop Ruiter Strong Golden Ale
What happens when America’s original importer of Belgian artisan ales pairs up with one of Belgium’s most dynamic renegade breweries? You get the next logical step in Belgo-American cross fertilization – Hop Ruiter – a full almost rustic malty body, and pairs Belgian yeast driven flavors with American assertive hoppiness, Dry hopped – complex, delicate with a bit of funk…
NEW! Lambickx – Traditional Belgian Lambic Ale
Lambickx™ is Vanberg & Famille’s brand of hand-selected and blended lambics. Every Lambic with the Lambickx™ name is made from casks personally tasted and chosen by Don Feinberg, one of the ﬁrst importers of Belgian beer to America and founder of the ﬁrst Belgian bottle conditioned only brewery in the U.S (Ommegang). Feinberg chooses his Lambics for their complexity, brilliance and drinking excellence both by themselves and as exquisite accompaniments to food.
“World classic four-star producer. Dupont’s beers are full of life, and notable for their hop character with Kent Goldings in the fore.” - Michael Jackson, The Great Beers of Belgium Saison Dupont is a wonderful straw color with a dense creamy head. The nose is alive, like fresh raised bread, estery with citrus and spice notes. Full-bodied and malty, it sparkles on the palate and finishes with a zesty hop and citrus attack. Incredibly compatible with food!
Dubuisson has been brewing continuously on its site since 1769. Hugues Dubuisson is the eighth generation family member to direct the business. The signature beer, Scaldis, has been called “the most drinkable ultra strong beer in the world. ” “Scaldis has a chewy but nutty maltiness and a superb balance of clean, dry, aromatic hoppiness in the finish with Goldings influence very evident.” - Michael Jackson, The Beer Companion
Scaldis Blonde Triple
Most Triples have honeyed, praline and burnt sugar (caramel) qualities. In characteristic Dubuisson style, Scaldis Blonde Triple is much drier with higher white sugar notes, redolent of vanilla icing, meringue and marshmallow. Married to these lighter, more delicate sugar notes is a heady aroma of white peaches and pears, a hint of astringency and a tight Champagne-like sparkle.
“Warm and inviting, without being too sweet, Scaldis Noël offers flavors of malt, caramel and nuts with a touch of dry spice on the finish. Sip it with a slight chill (at about 60 degrees F) alongside cheeses before or after a rich holiday meal – pure bliss.” - Imbibe Magazine
Scaldis Peche Mel
A deliciously drinkable beer with the heady aroma of peach, a well-balanced malt character, and a surprisingly dry finish. Based on a favorite drink made by students combining peach lambic and classic Scaldis. Peche Mel redefines what a beer with fruit can taste like.
Scaldis Prestige de nuits vintage, burgundy cask aged ale
In 2007 Hugues Dubuisson, who loves wine as well as beer, visited the legendary Burgundy Chateau, Hospice de Nuits Saint Georges. He managed to acquire a barrique (cask) of the famous wine. When home, he bottled the wine, then had the idea to fill the cask with Scaldis Noël. After ten months of maturation, the results were remarkable. The red wine staining of the barrel married perfectly with the malt sweetness and peach notes of the beer giving flavors of cherry, oak, tobacco, Pinot Noir and bitter chocolate. Taking almost a year to make, Prestige de Nuits is fermented three times (in tank, bottle, and burgundy cask).
Scaldis Prestige, vintage oak-aged ale
“Absolutely dazzling honey/amber tone, eggshell foam with long head retention; this is a huge, multilayered ale that would be suitable with a rich dish like Beef Wellington or, even better, served after the main course; a dynamite ale. RATING: **** Highly Recommended." – F. Paul Pacult Perfect 100% by Ratebeer
Scaldis Refermentee has all the wonderful strength, dryness and warm candied peach notes of original Scaldis. But because it is bottle conditioned, it is a bit fuller in the mouth with a little longer ﬁnish and creamier, less attacking carbonation. Perfect for cellaring. “A+. At once complex and so balanced…every sip reveals more.” - Beer Advocate reviewer
St. Amand is a classic of the Traditional Biere de Garde style. St. Amand contains only artesian well water, barley malt from the Champagne region and hops from Alsace. Amber red, cellar aromas, hints of plum and sweet caramel malts with slight port wine notes. Delicious with steak and chops. Gold Medalist at World Beer Championships.
Witkap Stimulo a blonde beer that sparkles like champagne. It has an extremely estery nose with typical abbey notes of banana and berry. Unusually that is followed by a light body and lemony finish. “6% pale ale ****. Superbly aromatic, light-colored ale with great hop character.” - Tim Webb, The Good Beer Guide to Belgium & Holland NOW IN 750’s
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