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Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge

Posted by Rich Link on 11/24/2003 08:16:54 PM

May 21 Ė Leaving Ghent and arriving in Brugge

The train ride from Ghent to Brugge is about 30 minutes. Brugge is probably our favorite town in all of Europe. It is small, yet there is plenty to see. It has world class pubs and restaurants, and the history is amazing. It is a perfectly preserved medieval city, though some decry the tourist crush. Teresa and I have stayed at the same B & B each time weíve been to Brugge. Roos and Paul Gheeraert live on the first floor (thatís the second floor to us Americans) and rent out three rooms on the second (third) floor. The rooms are comfortable and roomy. At 50 Euro per night, it is a great deal. Their house is just a 5 minute walk to the Markt.

After checking in with Roos, we dashed to the Markt, for it was Wednesday, and the Markt was in full swing, with vendors hawking cheeses, meats, fruits, breads, olives and flowers. Teresa loves this, and we like to pick up some things for a picnic. After doing so, we stopped at Taverne Curiosa for a light lunch and a beer or two. We ordered two of the Corsendonk beers, Agnus and Bruin. Coincidentally, a rep from the brewery was seated behind us and ended up buying our beers for us. That was nice. We then enjoyed the best tomato soup in the world.

We then went back to the room to drop off our Markt goods. Then started out for De Brugge Bierkaai, but it hadnít opened yet. WUPT! We then headed to De Halve Moon Brewery, where they brew the Straffe Hendrick beers. Actually, Iím a little unclear on how the brewery works. Iím not sure that the entire brewing process takes place in Brugge. Iíve never actually taken the tour, but it doesnít really matter to me anyway. We ordered up one of the Blonds and one of the Bruins. The blond had good hop aroma and finish, which balanced the nice malty body. The bruin had flavors of molasses and treacle, as well as dark malts. It was very mild and very tasty.

Then on to De Brugge Bierkaai, the fairly new brewpub at Nieuwstraat 9. Opened by Jan de Bruyne of Ďt Bruges Beertje fame in 2000, the brewery seems well-suited to the tourists that flock into town every day. We tried Die Scone Blond 5.5%, unfiltered with fair hop aroma, and a clean dry taste; Diene Simon 6.5%, unfiltered dark beer, with sweet and sour flavors, and little aroma; Diene Stouterik 8.5%, strong filtered blond beer, malty sweet, with some sourness in the aroma, and flavor; Speciaal Cuvee Spring Beer 5.5%, orange-amber color, pepper and sweet malt aroma, dense creamy head and sour tang. Overall the beers were so-so.

Walked off the beers and headed to Staminee de Garre. I saw a BBB posting recently that said they had a very short and lackluster beer list. Since this had always been one of our favorite Brugge pubs, I found this hard to believe. We reassured ourselves and perused the lengthy, well-written and organized beer list. I later saw that there is a restaurant on the Markt called de Garre. Maybe this was the place that the post referred to? Anyway, Staminee de Garre, the little two-story pub down the tiny alley off of Briedelstraat is still a top notch pub.

We went upstairs to the smoke free area and tried the De Garre Tripel, the 8% ale brewed by Van Steenberghe. Very malty, sweet, spicy and warming from the alcohol; and Boon Oude Geuze, a very easy drinking, mildly sour, and medium bodied lambic.

Had a light dinner in the Markt and headed back for a good night's sleep. Tomorrow would be a full day in Brugge, and we would need to be well-rested.

Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - Rich Link, 11/24/03 08:16:54 PM
        Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - John White, 11/25/03 01:52:03 AM
                Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - John White, 11/26/03 02:49:39 AM
                Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - Jeremy Gray, 11/25/03 02:22:28 AM
                        Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - Rich Link, 11/25/03 10:46:04 AM
                        Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - John White, 11/25/03 07:19:33 AM
                                Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - Rich Link, 11/25/03 10:51:11 AM
                                        Re: Amsterdam & Belgium - Part 6- Leaving Ghent for Brugge - John White, 11/26/03 05:48:20 AM
                                'yob' culture? nfm - Dick, 11/25/03 09:14:53 AM
                                        Re: 'yob' culture? nfm - John White, 11/25/03 09:29:07 AM
                                                This makes the UK sound a rather sad place..nfm - Ian, 11/26/03 04:26:51 PM
                                                Thanks, John. nfm - Dick, 11/25/03 07:08:34 PM
        Ghent-pub crawling - Chuck Cook, 11/24/03 10:15:26 PM
                Re: Ghent-pub crawling - Rich Link, 11/25/03 10:53:24 AM
                        Re: Ghent-pub crawling - John White, 11/26/03 02:38:35 PM

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