I brewed a Belgian style Dubbel on Sunday so I started off with a Belgian beer to get me in the mood. I will stick up the recipe soon. I did not have a Belgian yeast so I used S33 which from previous experience has some Belgian qualities even if it is an English yeast.
To get me in the Belgian mood I tried my first Saison (I think). Frome Lefebvre comes Saison 1900. The first thing I noticed was the sharp lager like bite with a little citrus, fruit and some sour notes. I found it very very dry. I also thought it was a little thin. I let my wife finish it as it was the only thing in the fridge but I regretted the decision as I quite liked it.
I then moved on to Innis & Gunn's Triple matured ale. It is much darker than the normal offering. The aroma is all toffee, caramel and vanilla.
As with most Innis & Gunn beers, the vanilla from the oak is so strong that it actually tastes like it's fake. It is a little more muted than in the normal stuff though so was quite enjoyable. I did find it perhaps a little on the thin side but maybe that was my imagination. I quite enjoyed it. I have come along way in my opinion of Inis and Gunn considering my first reaction.
Lastly I tried this urbock 23 from Eggenberg. The aroma and taste were quite similar. It was malty and creamy on the nose. On tasting I found the mouthfeel was fluffy. There was a strong enough alcohol burn and I got a little spice and vanilla. It was quite an enjoyable experience.
So a far more interesting bunch of beers this time around.