Quarter-final time! Prior to the World Cup commencing, both these countries were two of the favourites. After this match, only one will progress, but I don’t think any country would eagerly challenge either team in the semi-final.
Mandatory “St Martin Abbey Trippel” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.64 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Belgium
- Brewery: Brasserie de Brunehaut
- ABV: 9.0%
- IBU: 18
- Style: Belgian Triple (Trippel)
- Serving: Bottle, 330ml
At a whopping 9%, I knew I was going to have to be careful with this beer. This was served in my Teku glass, which specifically recommends itself for serving strong Belgian ales. I popped the cap and poured this beer – it mushroomed high above the glass as the tan head bloomed extremely high. The beer took ages to settle and bubbles kept floating to the top of the glass. Once no longer distracted by this outrageous head, I noticed that the beer itself was hazy in appearance and a deep orange colour. The aromas were of a typical Belgian ale: mildly fruity, with a slight funky scent.
I had to swipe the top of the foam head as it was taking too long. Obviously I wasn’t going to waste a drop, so I quickly licked my finger! A harsh metallic taste came from this, making my hopes for the beer quickly fade whilst the bubbles dissolved on my tongue. On proper sampling however, the main notes were much improved, consisting of banana and a big warmth from the mighty 9% ABV. The beer was quite sweet and left a dry taste around the mouth.
Rating: 3.0/5. ‘Belgian Triple’ is certainly above average in score despite first impressions. Belgium have been one of the most consistent and high performing countries in both the Fifa World Cup and Dr Beer’s The World Cup of Beer. Are they potentially going to reach the final?! I hope so!
Mandatory “Forrest Bacuri” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.24 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Brazil
- Brewery: Amazon Beer
- ABV: 3.8%
- IBU: 14
- Style: Fruit Beer
- Serving: Bottle, 330ml
My very first Brazilian beer. I had two in the fridge, so it was just by chance that I selected this one. The label was cool: featuring a monkey with its tail forming the “o” in ‘Amazon’! A green background was reminiscent of the rainforest canopy too – a nice touch. On the back of the label the award “Gold Medal – Beer Brazil 2013” was advertised. I was intrigued.
It poured a transparent golden colour, with a modest airy-white foam head, but this had disappeared completely from the surface within a minute. There was only a slight carbonation, with a trickle of bubbles rising to the surface. The beer had a slightly fruity aroma to it: almost a mixture between citrus and tropical fruits. Despite a promising scent, upon sampling, the beer was thin, watery and lacked depth. There was the subtlest hint of both sourness and bitterness, but because this beer lacked the intensity of other fruit beers I’ve sampled, it fell short on the flavour front. Everything felt watered down.
Rating: 1.25/5. “Forrest Bacuri” missed the mark in flavour and mouthfeel. It tasted like water that had topped up the remnants of a glass that had previously contained a couple of drops of concentrated juice. Weak, watery and ultimately, not very nice.
Football: Belgium have just destroyed one of the year’s favourites team. The game was decided in 90 minutes: the Belgian national side seemed quite comfortable and not under a huge amount of pressure! Personally, I’m quite happy that Belgium are through – this is the team that I have had my allegiance with throughout the tournament and they produce great beer! Win-win for Dr Beer!