Brasserie des Géants - Ducassis

Brasserie des Géants - Ducassis

Beer Club featured in U.S. & International Variety Beer Club International Beer Club

Country:

Belgium

Alcohol by Volume:

5.70%

Brasserie des Géants - Ducassis

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.70%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Mini Tulip or Flute
Another unique brew from one of Belgium's newest breweries, Ducassis is more delicate than Goliath, but the two have one very important thing in common: neither was made with the addition of sugar. It's a particularly frequent practice for Belgian brewers to use sugars to kick up the alcohol content of their beers without fattening up the mouthfeel, which tends to happen when higher ABVs are attained using malts alone. Pierre uses real blackcurrant berries in creating this brew, and ferments it using an ale yeast. The natural fruit flavors are retained in a fairly subtle fashion, without the over-the-top sweetness or overtly tart quality of many fruit beers. These flavors are mellowed together during an extensive cold-aging process. After a full month of cold-conditioning, this beer is re-conditioned in the bottle for an additional 3.5 months, where additional flavors and complexity develop. On the pour, notice the striking pinkish-plum color of this beer. If you choose to rouse the sediment when pouring your bottle conditioned beers, then expect a deeper shade of plum-mauve. If not, purplish-pink is the color that rests beneath a pink-hued head. Note the fruitiness in the aroma, mild and not overpowering. Look for notes of raspberry currants, boysenberry jam, a touch of caramel, hints of grape, and a slightly detectable tartness. Expect subtle fruit notes in the flavor profile, most notably grapes, with a champagne-like body, and the slightest bit of hop bitterness mingling with a gentle tartness in the finish. This is a great beer to kick off early summer, going down easy--bottle after bottle. Complemented by softer cheeses, some of which you can have sent right to your door by becoming a member of our Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club (www.cheesemonthclub.com), or garden salads drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette. Here's to great beer and a great summer--Cheers!
Yes, this is a beer club, so it won't be a shocker that the Wallonian region of Belgium, wherefrom our featured international brewery hails, is known for its beer. No doubt, the entire country is renowned for its amazing malty libations. But what you might not know is that the area of Ath is home to more than our featured brewery... This is the land of the Giants! In fact, Ath is known for its annual Parade of Giants in which Goliath, locally known as "Gouyasse", leads brass bands and fellow colossal-sized kinsmen through the streets, towering above carnival floats and groups of more ordinary-sized citizens in customary costumes. This tradition dates back to the Middle Ages and has been repeated here ever since. Hence the name chosen for the brewery that was started here in 2000: Brasserie des Géants (a.k.a. the Giants' Brewery). Not only do they produce colossal beers that live up to the brewery's name, their digs are rather sizeable as well. Incorporated into the remarkably well-preserved remains of the thirteenth century Castle d'Irchonwelz, the site is an amalgamation of quaint charm and indomitable fortitude. And, as they're quick to point out on brewery tours (yes, they are open for tours--get there if you can), their entry gate is hung high enough to permit the occasional giants who may wish to stop in for a quick pint--well, make that a keg--of beer. The brewery was founded, built, and is run by a young couple, Pierre Delcoigne and Vinciane Wergifosse. Pierre, a graduate of the famed Brewing Engineering program of the Louvain School of Brewing, has been brewing strong for years now. In 1997, he and Vinciane acquired the Castle d'Irchonwelz in order to develop their ambitions of creating the Giants' Brewery. After two full years of construction and set up, the brewery opened. Their first brew, known as "Gouyasse" (Goliath in the local dialect), went on sale in August 2000 (perfect timing, as the annual festival of Giants is held during the fourth weekend of August). Their brewing equipment is comprised of old world items, such as their cast iron 1930s boiling vessel and 1890s mash tun, as well as state of the art components like their double skinned, temperature regulated, cylindro-conical stainless steel fermenters. The result is a careful blending of old-world tradition and modern day brewing science that yield truly sublime beers, fit for giant thirsts--and Giants--alike. For more information about the brewery, check out their web site: http://www.brasseriedesgeants.com.
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