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Wednesday
Sep242008

nat en straf

It was like this. (Left)Chris, (Right)Zander

 

 

 

Bicycling through Belgium turned out to be one of the best ideas I've ever had. For the most part we explored lambic country - East Flanders and just south of Brussels. We really tried to not duplicate any beers but it happened once or twice. Gueuze turned out to be a new favorite of mine - it smells like a junkyard but tastes like summer. It's really sour so it gets the glands going.

We got caught in a major rain storm and got completely lost on our way to De Gans, a small little mom and pop bar in Huise about 30 km from Ghent. We thought we were about a half hour away when we asked a kid for directions. We were huddled under an overpass and he informed us that we weren't even on the right side of the map. It was disheartening so we turned around and went back to Ghent determined to get there. Later Zander, defying defeat, rallied and we took two trains and a "cab" (which was a girl and her girlfriend in her mom's car) to the front door of De Gans. The girls laughed as they dropped us off at a small house with the only light on in the countryside. But inside we were redeemed and rewarded with a fireplace, a hot Flemish meal, crepes with brandy, extremely old and special beers and a peek inside a true collector's beer cellar.

We had a 28 year old Liefman's lambic that tasted like port followed by a limited edition Bush and Rodenbach Vin du Cereal. The last and most unique was when the proprietor put two hot iron pokers in the fire and used them to burn the head of two glasses of Chimay. The sugar in the beer foam carmalized and the steam smelled like Chimay syrup. It was a pilgrimage we'd both make again in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Chris,
Your mother told me about your website. You are so talented. I really enjoy what you have here.
I understand you are now in Istanbul. I can't wait to see the world through your eyes.
Be safe my friend and soak up all the wonderful things that this world has to offer.

Look forward to seeing you again.

Your friend,

Ken

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKen Hoang

Chris/Katherine
Your chronology of your trip is very informative and interesting ,and appears you had a great adventure. Look forward to sharing information and assisting you on your new product launch

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Frazier

Chris,
I was directed to your website through the Squarespace website. Anyway I am quite impressed with how you explain and document your travels, very informative and entertaining. The pictures of the people and places are very cool. I like your approach of showing the different textures and art styles of the regions. I think more people should check this out so I am going to give you a thumbs up in the Stumble web ring which hopefully this will get you noticed a bit more. Hey good luck in the future and enjoy your travels.
P.S. the tape art....very nice

January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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