We spend so much time hunting down new beers that we sometimes neglect old favourites — well known beers we’ve had many times and always enjoyed.
Inspired by Tim Webb and Joris Pattyn’s excellent 100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die! (of alcohol poisoning, presumably…) we spent a recent Sunday in the Dove, Hackney, reacquainting ourselves with some classics.
Westmalle Triple, for example, is one of the world’s best beers, but easily overlooked because it’s relatively easy to come by. On this occasion an expert pour from an anxious barmaid gave it a head which stood an inch above the lip of the chalice, like a particularly appealing looking meringue. It tasted great, too, and reminded us why people make such a whoop-de-doo about Belgian triples. It was spicy, fruity and astoundingly complex.
We’re going to drink one a week from now on.
We’ve been in Germany. We wrote this post before we went.