If you ever find yourself in the East Flanders region of Belgium, and fancy a brewery tour, keep Brouwerij Slaghmuylder in mind. It is considered to have one of the best preserved breweries in Belgium, having created a museum exhibition of their old steam powered brewery. It is fascinating to see the old system, still with all its moving parts.
And if you are really lucky, your guide might be head brewer Karel, who in his spare time blends lambic under the De Cam label.
As we’ve seen from previous Witkap beers, they are very traditional in style, and this beer is no different. A Belgian Blond is often the first beer in the classic Belgian Blond-Dubbel-Tripel-Quad hierarchy. The Blond is also referred to as the ‘Single’.
Pouring a hazy orange-gold colour, at once you are greeted with the aroma of the Belgian yeast. Banana, clove, bread, a little citrus and other spice.
An initial fruit and malt sweetness gives in to a pleasant bitterness, with hints of citrus and spice. Good carbonation lightens the mouthfeel of this beer, making for a thirst-quenching tipple.