Belgians In Britain: The Brouwerij Haacht Range

Brouwerij Haacht is an independently owned family brewery, brewing beer in Belgium for over a hundred years.
They make a wide range of modern and traditional beer styles and now they’re being imported into the UK by Branded Drinks.
I thought I’d get hold of a bunch and give them a try.

Super 8 IPA (6%) is a part of Haacht’s series of modern style beers, and what’s more it’s pretty good.
There’s a solid round chewy malt body that’s full of toffee and shortcake, honey, bran flakes and apple strudel.
This is buoyed up by a hit of warm earthy fruity yeast while the hops bring aniseed and lemon curd, nettle tea and pithy hedgerow greenery.
All this from a beer that sits a deep copper in my glass, it’s creamy head fizzing with life and smelling of bread dough and apple brandy.

 

Super 8 Blanche (5.1%) is a fresh and crisp Blonde Wheat beer whose orange zest jumps out at you as you pour.
It’s a bright and fruity and it draws you down into the pale gold beer.
Once inside you find a creamy smooth vanilla waffle and sticky caramel malt body and a big slap of green herbal hops.
The orange peel adds a dry and pithy, sharp and zingy fruitiness and the coriander hums away with a subtle spiciness in the background.

 

Primus (5.2%) is well made EuroLager in a can, and as such there’s not a whole lot that I can say about it, save for it does absolutely everything you could want from this style.
It’s clean and crisp with a lightly spiced caramel aroma, the malts are soft and smooth, with toffee popcorn and a little crunchy biscuit, and the hops give you that green spicy hedgerow thwack that a good Lager should.

 

 

Super 8 Export (4.8%) is far far better than Primus.
It’s another Lagered beer, this time at a lower ABV, and though it shares many of the things going on in Primus, everything is lighter and fresher, cleaner somehow, and certainly far dryer and much more crisp.
It’s still all hedgerow greenery, but here the hops are brighter and more lively, the soft brown sugar caramel of the malting is more subtle, and everything is balanced in just the right way.
This is a good Lager.

 

 

Mystic (3.5%) is a delightful low alcohol Kriek that pours a lovely deep red with a little pink head and smells of cherry jam.
The cherries are, quite rightly, all over this beer, round and fruity, fleshy and fresh, they have a hint of tartness at their edges, but are made luscious and sweet by the toffee popcorn, honey and caramel malting.
Very nice indeed, though I’d love to try it brewed with a much higher ABV.

 

 

Tongerlo Blonde (6%) is a light and crisp Abbey Beer that pours a bright gold with a big fluffy head and smells of spicy heather honey.
There’s a soft creamy almond butter, caramel doughnut and honey malt body and a big hit of earthy yeast spiciness.
Over this the hops are a sharp and pithy herbal green splash of colour, with lemon zest and nettle tea adding a crisp dryness to the long bitter finish.

 

 

Tongerlo Bruin (6.5%) is a really nice Abbey Dubbel.
It’s a deep mahogany beer with a big foaming head and a smell full of treacle tart.
This is a beer all about its malting, brown sugar and pancakes, treacle toffee, honey and digestive biscuits.
There’s a slap of dewy damp ferns, camomile tea and sticky orange marmalade from the hops, and just a hint of chocolate coated cherries in the round satisfying finish.

 

 

Source: Brouwerij Haacht

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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