Brasserie Le Fort Belgian Brown Ale


“LeFort is a complex, dark beer of 9% ABV with a sweet and fruity touch. The pale and roasted, dark barley malts give the beer a perfect balance. The beer is lightly flavored with chocolate and caramel and the high fermentation gives a slight fruitiness. This results in a dark beer with a completely unique taste.”

Glassware: Trappist Goblet.

Appearance: Slightly dark rubescent red with shades of maroon and light mahogany. A short and fizzy tan head emerges and hangs around long enough to decorate the glass.

Aroma: Oh wow…initially it’s all about those malts – nutty and chocolatey at first then a little more toffee and fudge-driven as it settles in. Lots of yeasty banana bread, clove/mixed spice, a hint of bubblegum. Also picking up a lot of dark fruits like raisin, blood plum, toffee apple, cherry and red vinous berries. Belgian Candi sugars also creeping in late. Diggin it!

Flavour: Like the aroma there’s 1000 different flavours happening and trying to isolate them all is tough! A bit more spiciness upfront.. clove, nutmeg, all spice etc but it’s quickly enveloped by a wave of rich and sweet malt, dark fruits and endless yeasty goodness. Lots of toasty/doughy malt mid way, esters, Candi sugars and banana leading in to a dry, fruity, yeasty and warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Like thick beer soup! Dense and chewy yet foamy and highly carbonated. Medium-full body. The 9% ABV is incredibly well concealed.

Overall: It’s like nothing we’ve ever had before. It falls somewhere between a malty Brown Ale, a yeasty Dubbel and a hedonistic Quad. Bloody impressive though. Rich, luxurious, complex. Top drop.