23/12/20222 min of reading

Beery Christmas Jour 23 : Bosteels - BBB05

The history of Bosteels

For more than 200 years, the Belgian brewery Bosteels has been going strong, with no less than seven generations succeeding each other since 1791. As the saying goes, the best jams are made in old pots! Just imagine the possibility that your ancestors have already tasted their brews!

At that time, the brewery was very important for the city since it actively participated in its development. To tell you the truth, three of these generations were burgomasters of the city. From father to son, they followed each other over the years, until Antoine Bosteels, son of Leon, grandson of Martin, great-grandson of Martin, came along. Yes, that's probably enough, but our famous Antoine took care of the brewery from 1938 onwards and gave it its present grandeur.

50 years later, Bosteels is an unavoidable craft brewery thanks to its Pils beer, which is no longer sold exclusively in the Belgian region of Dendermonde, but also in the surroundings of Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp. Today, this Pils has been replaced by Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet and Deus, three beers of character with a unique history and undeniable authenticity. If all beer lovers know the reference of Bosteels, it is because they brew quality beer and you know where you can find 24 of them? In your Beery Christmas advent calendar! For the occasion, the Belgian brewery has brewed BBB05, a special exclusive just for you! 

The BBB05 tasting by Bosteels

BBB05 from the Belgian brewery Bosteels is an amber colored beer with a white fluffy head. The aroma is intense and you can immediately guess that you are in Belgium thanks to the characteristics of the particular Belgian yeast strain. You first come across malty and toasty aromas, before coming across notes of caramel, cookie and toast crust. As you warm your beer glass in your hands, you can also smell strong hints of citrus, bergamot, ginger, orange marmalade as well as herbal notes of black tea, juniper, anise and fennel followed by phenolic notes of clove and sweet pepper. This is a beer that breathes the festive spirit of the end of the year!

On the palate, there are malty flavors of caramel, cookie, bergamot and ginger, followed by dried fruit notes like raisins and dates. The feel is rich, sticky and finishes with a mineral note of salty sea and green tea tannins, making it unique and very complex. Overall, this is a well-malted Belgian Pale Ale with a nice balance between the very cereal malt, the spiciness of the yeast, and its little extra citrus kick. It is a beer that should be drunk at a temperature of 8 to 10°C.

The beer's malty profile would pair well with roast turkey or chicken. It would also be a good accompaniment to apple pie or strudel.

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