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Beer of the week: a spring classic

Posted in Beer, General by brettok on September 27, 2009

Liege-Bastogne-Liege. La Fleche Wallonne. Amstel Gold.

These are the names synonomous with the Ardennes Classics, the hilly one-day races that finish off the Spring Classics every April in Belgium and Holland. And while the Amstel Gold takes it’s name from the Dutch beer of the same name, I don’t really consider it a classic brew.

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This one, though, is worthy of the moniker.  Leave it to the Kiwis to brew a great Belgian beer. Wellington brewery Tuatara produces some of the best beers I’ve ever tasted, and their Pale Ale and Pilsener are two of my favourites.  

So when I spotted the Ardennes at the local bottlo, I had to give it a try.  After all, the words “Strong”, “Golden” and “Ale” always seem to combine for a pleasing result.  And this doesn’t disappoint.  It delivers quite a fruity punch, a real strong hop slap and a 6.5% kick in the head, just the thing after a hilly, windy Wellington road ride.

As that’s what I’ve just done, there’s no excuse not to have one (or two) right now.  Cheers.

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