Breweries "Visited"

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

All Things Quint

Day #591 Quintine Blonde / Brasserie Ellezelloise, Ellezelles, Belgium
Previously from this brewery: N/A, this beer is the first out the limo!

Next up on the parade of Belgian beers is Quintine Blonde, which comes from one of the hardest breweries I've had to spell, Brasserie Ellezelloise (pronounced "Ell-zell-woz").  This beer was one of the hundreds available on the menu at Cambrinus, a great restaurant in Brugge.  In the goblet, this beer has a light amber hue with a fluffy white head - a very common feature of Belgian beers.  There's a light aroma of yeast and grain and sweet malt, and the taste brings an excellent malt flavor, with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. This beer is easy to drink and tasty, and hides an ABV of 8% rather well.  It paired particularly well with the seriously giant pot of mussels I had for dinner, which were both plentiful and delicious in a broth made with the house beer.

One of the nice parts of the trip were that there were no germaphobes in the group; whenever someone ordered a new beer, it would almost immediately get passed around so everyone could have a sip and render an opinion. The Quintine Blonde was a new beer for everyone at the table, and was universally regarded as an excellent Belgian Tripel.
Another good logo
This brewery, located in the French speaking Wallonia region of Belgium south of Brussels, has been in business since 1993, and this beer and their witch on a broomstick logo come from a local folk tale. Works for me!

Thing to Think About Today:
Drinking a Quintine, eating shellfish..... makes me think of Quint, the salty fisherman/shark expert from the movie Jaws.  Great movie from Steven Spielberg that made just about everyone afraid to go in the water - with very, very good reason.  Headed to the beach this summer?  Stick to eating mussels and drinking beer.. it's safer.  Consider this mini-Shark Week here in my corner of the blog, and have a great night!

"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."

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