Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Remember this: http://cosytravels.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/back-to-beersel/? We liked their beers so much that we decided to go back and to visit the brewery. We arrived in Beersel around noon and since we were both hungry, we decided to have a bite in the restaurant that belongs to the brewery. We chose local dishes. The Viking had an excellent piece of chicken with a faro beer sauce, I went for guinea fowl with a sauce based on “kriek”, the sour cherry beer. Two delicious choices and not expensive!
The site of the brewery itself consists of 3 parts. There is the brewery itself, the shop and the Lambikodroom, which is actually a room where you can taste the beers. We decided to go there first and to do some tasting. We started with a beer called Zwet.be, a very dark beer that turned out to be a porter beer. The word “zwet” is actually dialect for “zwart” which means black. Since I had never drunk such a beer before, it was a discovery. It’s less sweet than most of the dark Belgian beers, so I had to get used to its taste, but I really liked it.
The second beer we tasted was the Oud Geuze. Last month we blogged about the differences between lambiek, geuze and kriek, so check again if you want more information. We just love this sour, slightly bitter taste of Oud Geuze! I can understand that not everybody likes this, but this is such a unique beer. And I have to admit: it’s one of the very few blond beers that I actually like.
Afterwards, we went to the shop to buy a couple of bottles of the beers we had just tasted. I soon discovered that – apart from the owner – I was the only Belgian in the shop. We met a very nice young Italian man, who travels around Europe to taste beers! And then out of the blue, the owner of the brewery suggests we all have a look at the brewery and of course, we say yes! We all follow him to the basement, feeling very excited. And there we find ourselves amidst enormous beer barrels, tasting fresh lambiek! What a lovely experience!
The brewery has its own website: http://www.3fonteinen.be/ . Unfortunately, it’s only in Dutch, but it will give you an idea of the products you can find there. The owner himself knows at least 3 languages and is very friendly and helpful. Here are some pictures.