Wednesday, 6 April 2011
YAY NEW BEER!
Brussels just recently brought in Grimbergen Blonde, an abbey beer from Belgium, and yesterday they invited the whole bunch of us to their branch in Menara Hap Seng to thrash and puke on their flo... er... drink the beer!
Anyway, I got there really early, around 5:30pm (the event was supposed to start at 830pm); and got right into the new beer.
I love the pale golden straw colour of the beer, and the phoenix on the logo (I'm a sucker for stuff like dragons and phoenixes hehe). The beer is very light and citrusy on the nose, and it's got a sweet, caramel-y taste, with some hints of apples and pears. It tasted surprisingly light and smooth, but don't let that fool you, it's got 6.7%ABV! It's a light beer that is really strong! Heh heh.
Anyway, Grimbergen is an abbey beer - meaning it used to be made by monks but now it's done by a brewer who pays the monks for the right to use their beer recipe instead (in this case, it's Carlsberg) - so it's got the typical abbey beer goblet, just like Leffe.
Speaking of Leffe, I tried the two beers side by side, and found that Leffe Blonde actually tasted really bland next to Grimbergen.
The Pork Gang arrived around 8pm, and we got down to the serious business of drinking a lot of beer. Hard work, that. Oh, and they also served us some food during the launch, including these awesome mussels that were cooked with Grimbergen:
Cheese + Beer + Bacon + mussels = AWESOME.
No really. BEST. COMBINATION. EVER!
They also gave us some awesome siew yoke as well, which were snapped up within SECONDS of it coming to our table:
It was a real fun night. The Carlsberg MD did some rapping, the Luen Heng boss gave us Jager shots, and we all drank copious amounts of beer. Not much to complain about, except for the hangover I had this morning. GAH....