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Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders!

Posted by Jeremy Gray on 05/27/2001 05:27:11 PM

After an earlier finish to the big night than expected, I managed to wake myself up at 7.15 on Saturday morning, feeling pretty good considering!

Frank, Steve and Anne then met me in my hotel lobby at 8.30am (yes, 8.30am not pm!) and off we headed to De Dolle Brouwers in Esen!

I wanted to go shopping in Gent on the way, and as Steve and Anne had not been in Gent before, it was a good opportunity to give them a very quick tour. We stopped for a coffee in the city centre before heading to the Hop Duvel warehouse. This place is great for bulk buying, and I bought just under 100 bottles of beer Ė Iíll give a full list at the end.

Off we then went to De Dolle, where I did some more shopping, and then it was time for me to depart Ė Steve, Anne and Frank were getting the full brewery tour from Grand-mere, but unfortunately I had to leave them to get back to Calais for my shuttle back to England.

Iím looking forward to finding out how the tour went and also the rest of the day for you guys!

A quick stop at Westvleteren followed: unfortunately I arrived there at the wrong time for the third consecutive visit and again missed the direct sales by the monks, so had to settle for buying from De Vrede across the road.

After Westvleteren it was off to Calais, arriving by 2.20 for the 3.20pm shuttle.

∑ Shopping details

In all, I bought 180 bottles of beer. 37 of these were 75cl bottles, and one was a three litre bottle Ė of the Mighty Duvel!! So in all this works out at the approximate equivalent of 235 bottles of regular 33cl beers.

The total cost of this little lot was 12725 BEF, which is about £198, or $277.

The full breakdown of what I got is as follows (all bottles 33cl unless stated):

1 Duvel 3 litre bottle!!

12 Westvleteren Blonde

12 Westvleteren 8

12 Westvleteren 12

16 De Dolle Brouwers Speciaal Brouwsel 20th anniversary 75cl (plus 2 free wooden crates!)

13 Dulle Teve

10 Oeral

7 Oerbier

10 Arabier

2 Boskeun

2 Abbaye des Rocs

2 La Montagnarde

1 Braven Apostle

4 Chimay Blue

1 Celis Pale Bock 25cl (first Texan beer Iíve ever bought in Belgium!)

1 Darbyste 75cl

1 La Moneuse 75cl

1 Saison DíEpautre 75cl

2 Delirium Tremens

2 Guldenberg

2 XX Bitter

2 Pere Noel

1 Boon Gueuze 75cl

6 Boon Frambozen 1997 75cl

11 Cantillon Gueuze 37.5cl

3 Cantillon Gueuze 75cl

1 Cantillon Kriek 75cl

1 Cantillon Kriek 37.5cl

2 Hanssens Gueuze 75cl

1 Hanssens Kriek 75cl

4 Gulden Draak

2 Gauloise Brune

1 Gauloise Brune 75cl

2 La Binchoise Brune

6 Orval

1 Oud Zottegems 75cl

2 Oud Zottegems Hergist

1 Zottegems Grand Cru

1 Passendale 25cl

4 Hercule

2 Rodenbach Grand Cru

4 Rochefort 8

4 Stropken 25cl

2 Witkap Stimulo

1 Westmalle Tripel 75cl

Now Iím sure some sharp eyed babbler will tell me that does not add up to exactly 180, but hey, its close enough!

Best bargain I think was the De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel, which cost 1120 BEF per crate of 8 x. 75cl bottles, which is £17.50 ($24.50), or £2.19 per bottle ($3.06). Considering the recent posts on the BBB about the price of this beer, Iím glad to have picked some up at this price.

Also, Iím looking forward to keeping the 1997 Boons for many years, on Steveís advice. He told us about how wonderful this beer is, and so Iím going to have to try hard to keep this till at least 2015!

As for the huge 3 litre bottle of Duvel Ė well this will have to be kept for a suitable event Ė possibly a babblefest in London sometime?!

∑ Customs!!

A final word: arriving at Calais, I got stopped by UK Customs, who patrol the port. As this has not happened to me before, I was not overly alarmed, figuring it was just my turn for the random check.

The bloke asked me a few questions, where had I been, how long for, etc Ė and then took my passport and tickets and told me to drive into the third garage along.

He then reappeared with a colleague, and both of them had large tool boxes! They proceeded to remove all the beer from the car, and started to poke into every panel, tyre, window and door, looking for whatever. As he had asked me if I had bought any drugs or firearms I assume that that was what they were looking for. Whatever they thought I might have, they werenít remotely interested in the beer!

Anyway, after a thorough poke around the car, they said I could go on, obviously realising that the most suspicious thing they could see was the 3 litre bottle of Duvel. If they werenít looking for drugs, perhaps they were trying to find out why Iíd bought that instead of Hoegaarden Grand Cru!!!

Having cleared that lot it was back to London by 4.30pm, the end of another great trip!

Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/27/01 05:27:11 PM
        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 04:02:36 AM
                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 06:44:25 AM
                        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 08:58:22 AM
                                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 09:29:24 AM
                                        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 09:39:29 AM
                                                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 10:00:44 AM
                                                        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 10:33:09 AM
                                                                Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - BrianB, 05/29/01 02:46:49 PM
                                                                        Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - Dick...again, 05/29/01 03:08:07 PM
                                                                                Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - Mark, 05/30/01 07:10:35 AM
                                                                                        Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - BrianB, 05/31/01 10:25:24 AM
                                                                                                Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - Jeremy Gray, 05/31/01 10:36:20 AM
                                                                                                        Black Hands...NOT! - Dick...again, 05/31/01 10:50:08 AM
                                                                                                                Re: Black Hands...NOT! - Mark, 05/31/01 10:55:58 AM
                                                                                                                        Re: Black Hands...NOT! - BrianB, 06/01/01 11:23:55 AM
        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - KSq Domer, 05/27/01 07:39:19 PM
                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 03:46:15 AM

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