A Londoner returns to Gent (part three)
Posted by Jeremy Gray on 08/27/2003 07:43:42 AM
Sunday dawned a bit too bright and early after all that beer and jenevers from the day before, so we treated ourselves to a few more coffees then went for my tenth Bob tick at ‘t Galgenhuis, where we sat outside in hot sunshine. Gentse Tripel was followed by a free Galgenbier – the house beer from van Steenberge. Anyone know exactly what this beer really is?
Lunch was at Leontine, the café on the terrace between ‘t Waterhuis and ‘t Dreupelkot. An odd arrangement exists between all three businesses, where you can apparently place your order with any of the staff from any of the businesses, and you can get served by any, and pay any. For example, we actually were served by a staff member from ‘t Waterhuis, and our credit card receipt was from ‘t Waterhuis, but we ate inside Leontine, whose kitchen prepared the food. Odd, but effective, as the meal was superb – and guess what? – yes, I had more stoofvlees. As Joris says, Brits can’t seem to get enough of this dish.
Later we checked out Abajour, a new Tim Webb entry, which is a very welcome addition to the café scene in Gent. Just over from Velootje in the Patershol, this bar is long and L shaped with a view over the canal out the back, nicely atmospheric, with around 70 beers, including all Trappists and a good range of gueuzes. They even offer a choice of young and old Orval. After Abajour, we returned to the sun, sitting on the terrace outside ‘t Waterhuis where we shared a big bottle of Moinette Blonde.
On Sunday evening we met up with Joris and Lut for drinks and dinner. Meeting at ‘t Waterhius, Joris and I shared a large bottle of Frank Boon’s 2000 Framboise Mariage Parfait. Hmmm, this is very different from the 1997 version which I’d previously had. Joris made some comments about toilet cleaner, but we both agreed that the taste was better than the nose. Anyway, this was a bit of a disappointing beer – too sweet for my liking, and that odd aroma…..
Anyway, Joris had kindly brought me one of the new Troubadour beers that he posted about the other day, and another new one from Contreras – Contreras Mars – which he had found on a clothes shopping trip that morning. Now, I must go clothes shopping where Joris and Lut go. He also brought me a superb looking old gueuze from Oud Beersel, which I can’t wait to try.
Dinner was at Baan Thai, an excellent Thai restaurant in the Patershol - I had a superb duck curry – then we wound up the evening with a return to Abajour, where I had a Westvleteren Blonde and a Rochefort 10, a perfect way to end the day. Main talking point was the revelation that one of the Hobbits has lovely eyes, but I am not sure which Hobbit was being referred to, perhaps Joris can help me out here?!!
We said our goodbyes after another great evening with Joris and Lut, and headed back to the hotel, once more getting detoured via Pol’s Dreupelkot, where a few more jenevers were sunk with aplomb.
Monday morning it was straight off to Brussels where we had a coffee on the Grand Place. From the coffee place I went over to Les Brasseurs de Grand Place to collect my 11th Bob tick of the weekend. I’d been before and didn’t rate the beers here very highly, but this time I found, to my surprise, that they now have a bottle conditioned version of the Brussels Triple, and a perfectly decent beer it is too. I was presented with this and told it was my free beer, so even though I told them I was only having the one, I didn’t have to pay one eurocent – again thanks to Bob.
We arrived at the Bier Circus for our now traditional lunchtime stop on the way home from pretty much anywhere in Belgium. This time we had more time than usual thanks to Eurostar putting on an extra train at 1556 which meant a leisurely few hours drinking beers and having lunch. I kicked off with Guldenberg Tripel (draught) then had a special Bier Circus 10th anniversary beer from Den Hopperd – which was excellent. From here we shared a large bottle of Cuvee van de Keizer from Het Anker (2002 version) and I wrapped it all up with a Kameleon Tripel from Den Hopperd, also on draught. This last one had a distinct mustard aroma but none of this came through in the taste. Four superb beers, great, friendly service and a huge and very tasty spag bol for lunch.
Our Eurostar was actually early arriving back in London, so it was a great end to another great weekend in Belgium.
Now, where shall I go tomorrow?
|A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Jeremy Gray, 08/27/03 07:43:42 AM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Filip Geerts, 08/27/03 03:54:21 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Thom Aikman, 08/27/03 01:10:54 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Jeremy Gray, 08/27/03 01:30:23 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - podge, 08/27/03 05:18:34 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Thom Aikman, 08/27/03 01:52:06 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - podge, 08/27/03 05:02:53 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Bill Coleman, 08/27/03 09:15:55 AM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Filip Geerts, 08/27/03 03:57:24 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Bill Coleman, 08/28/03 10:02:13 AM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Filip Geerts, 08/29/03 04:29:44 AM|
| Den Defoo - podge, 08/28/03 12:21:22 PM|
| Re: Den Defoo - Bill Coleman, 08/28/03 02:28:58 PM|
| Re: Den Defoo - podge, 08/28/03 05:44:39 PM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Jeremy Gray, 08/27/03 09:30:26 AM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - SDS, 08/27/03 08:29:16 AM|
| Re: A Londoner returns to Gent (part three) - Jeremy Gray, 08/27/03 09:34:07 AM|
| Stoovlees on Frites....Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. - Mat W, 08/29/03 05:21:11 AM|
| Re: Stoovlees on Frites....Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. - Chuck Cook, 08/30/03 02:37:02 AM|
| Frituur Marnix - Filip Geerts, 08/30/03 11:39:32 AM|
| Re: Frituur Marnix (continue......) - Filip Geerts, 08/30/03 11:44:08 AM|
| Re: Stoovlees on Frites....Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. - Filip Geerts, 08/29/03 06:13:43 AM|
| Re: Stoovlees on Frites....Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. - Jeremy Gray, 08/29/03 07:56:04 AM|
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