“Champagne” Beer & Beer Tapas
Well my petit chums the end of year is approaching & Secret Squirrel Beer Detective is wishing you a Joyeux Noël & Bonne Année or Hoppy Xmas & a Beery New Year! I don’t know about you, but myself & Madame le Squirrel are getting organised with our Christmas food & beer now & are starting to think about New Year feasting. Also, you never know when you may need to feed unexpected gatherings in that No-Mans-Land between Christmas & New Year. So here are some ideas to think about that we will be trying this year.
“CHAMPAGNE” BEER To celebrate I won’t be popping the cork of the traditional bubbles, but opening a gorgeous Deus Brut des Flandres (see tasting note below), a ‘Bière Brut’ from the Bosteels Brewery in Belgium. Bosteels also make Kwak beer, famous for its quirky mini yard of ale glass in a wooden holder (there is a great story behind this too, but we will have to wait for another time). Deus is an Ale Beer brewed in Belgium & then transported to the Champagne region of France, where it is re-fermented with a special yeast culture that is also used for Champagne & sparkling wines. The beer is then finished off in a similar style to the wine, including performing the ‘remuage’ (shaking and turning of the bottles) and ‘dégorgement’ (removal of the yeast or the lees). Officially we can’t call it a Champagne Beer as some French winemakers get a bit touchy about that, but if you don’t tell, I won’t either.
BEER TAPAS To go with this effervescent, aromatic nectar from the Beer Gods I will be serving Bapas or Hoppas, a new trend that combines beer and tapas, so basically beer served with little plates of tasty morsels of food designed to share. I have also suggested some other Bapas/Hoppas combinations to try:
Oysters Kilpatrick + Budweiser Budvar Dark served chilled in a big red wineglass
Broccoli & pumpkin tempura with soy and mirin dip + Asahi Beer served chilled in a straight glass
Fig & goats cheese puffs + Liefmans Fruitesse served chilled in a champagne flute
Lychee and lime sorbet + Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier served chilled in a champagne flute (you could add some of the beer to the sorbet)
These beers are available from most supermarkets. I bought mine from Waitrose.
|Deus Brut des Flandres|
|Overall impression||A unique, elegant and effervescent, straw-coloured Belgian Bière Brut with a delicate yet complex aroma of mixed fruit and exotic spices, followed by a bubbly fruity sweetness mingled with gingery lychee flavours & an everlasting dry finish showcasing an Champagne-like alcoholic complexity|
|Food Match||Smoked salmon, lemon pannacotta|
|Origin||Belgium, Flanders, Buggenhout|
|Unique ingredients||Yeast culture used for Champagne or Sparkling Wine|
|Beer style||Belgian Bière Brut Ale Beer|
|Serving tips||Best served between 2 – 4 °C in a Champagne flute|
|Appearance||Straw coloured/Crystal Clear/Effervescent/Meringue-like head|
|Aroma||Delicate/Complex – Perfumed mixture of fruit and spices|
|Mouth feel||Strong/Medium bodied/Bubbly/Dry|
|Flavour||Fruity/Ginger/Lychee/Hint of tannin|
|For more info||bestbelgianspecialbeers.be|