As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it seems an appropriate time to introduce some winter beers into the packs.
Brasserie de Silly is a small family brewery that has been around since 1850. Named after the town of Silly, about a 45 minute drive south-west of Brussels it is currently managed by two cousins being the 6th generation of the family.
The Double Enghien label was introduced in 1975 and consists of a Blonde, Brune and this beer being the winter seasonal Christmas beer with coriander and ginger.
It pours a brownish amber with quite a thin head that collapses pretty quickly. The aroma is subdued, malty and spicy with Belgian yeast notes. It kind of hides what you are about to taste.
And there is much more to the flavour, It starts moderately sweet with a good malty backbone and hints of peach, pear and banana. The Kent Goldings and Hallertau hops add a nice earthy bitterness. But the real star of this beer is the addition of the ginger that really lifts the mouthfeel and contributes a deliciously drying zing to the back half of the beer.
Slightly different to most of the winter beers, and really something akin to a tripel at heart, this was a really nice surprise.