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Triathlon 2011


A Special Daily Supplement from 

The Grey Town Gazette

Seven Days : Seven Beers : Seven Reasons to Live

Mon 22nd Aug 2011


T minus 7 
and counting...



Uplifting Vista

Uplifting Vista


Europe is in crisis: bond markets are collapsing; the proles are rioting; and governments everywhere are running out of other people's money to spend

But, fear not! For those who are bold enough to go forth and seek it, there is liquidity aplenty. And it tastes good


To help boost Eurozone confidence the internationally renowned NGO 
has organized a special moral-boosting Triathlon starting on the 29th August in Amsterdam then taking in Bruges and Brussels. At each stage the participants - unpaid volunteers all - will selflessly be doing their bit to lift spirits

And (never ones to shirk from our journalistic duties) the GTG's staff will be there in the thick of it reporting events as they unfold


Countdown Reviews


To help the participants get in the mood and as a general celebration of the event, we're publishing a special series of  7 daily bulletins featuring reviews of our favourite beverages and bars

Our first drink - Westmalle Tripel - has been featured before but quality is quality and in these turbulent times you can't have too much of a good thing. Don't worry: to keep it 'relevant'  we've updated our content with exciting new pictures and comment!


The tour culminates at the Brussels Beer Weekend in Grand Place Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September


We can't possibly cover all of the worthy beverages in seven bulletins, but we hope these little tasters help wet the appetite and get the heart pounding.




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 Beer of the Day 
 Westmalle Tripel



 The Gold Standard


Gold Standard

Safe Haven  


Vital Statistics


Brewer:                           Westmalle Brewery
                                        (Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle)


Style:                               Clear, golden yellow Trappist beer
                                        Undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle


Strength:                          9.5% ABV


AI Value:*                       10.5


Killer App:                      Stabilises bond markets in seconds   


Medicinal Qualities:        I feel better already! 


Tasting notes:                   Smooth and powerful, but not too flash : a V8 of a beer


Grey Scale Rating:**       Platinum

Wt Relativity Index:***  10







* AI, or Alcoholic Index is a key parameter in the temporal equation defining  (perceived) Drink Time. Ref. Alcohol Induced Time Dilation Effect, 'Quantum Qorner' section
GTG Dec 2009 
** The official GTG product review rating scale:
In This Issue
Beer of the Day
Vital Statistics
Brew Basics
Watering Hole: Recommended Bar
Brew Basics 



We make no apologies for again featuring this favourite beer: some things are just too good to miss! 



Origin - a true Trappist


The brewery refers to the Westmalle Tripel as 'the mother of all tripels' and it's considered to be the original tripel style beer. The beer was first produced in 1934 and the current formula hasn't changed in over 50 years



What's so special about Trappist Beers?


Essentially, to be called Trappist the beers must be brewed within the boundaries of the monastery or under the direct supervision of the monks. The brewery also has to be run with  a monastic ethos and any profits over and above those needed to run the monastery must be used for charitable and social causes


Its good to know that with every sip you are helping a worthy cause!  


There are seven Trappist breweries, six in Belgium (Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren and Westmalle) and one in the Netherlands (La Trappe)

Hallowed Ground


Although it won't be featuring in this year's tour, a mention has to be made of the 'Cafe Trappisten' located opposite the Abbey at Westmalle. Despite occupying a disconcertingly modern building (not unlike that at Westvleteren) the Cafe is a great place to while away an afternoon getting to know the beers (and to confuse the locals by indulging in noisy conversations with everybody around the table, solely by means of text messaging). And, perhaps due to it's proximity to the Abbey, it's a place that helps remind you to keep an open mind in all things as the staff kindly introduce you to the joys of mixing together the Tripel and Dubbel to create the very pleasing Westmalle 'Half and Half' - something we would never have dared to do off our own bat!


Another Motorway Cafe?

Better than it looks!

Sometimes compromise works!

Sometimes compromise works!

More info: Westmalle Brewery
Watering Hole  
A great place to enjoy today's featured beverage 


Lost in Translation

Some brands don't travel well 

In De Wildeman, Amsterdam


Learned Temple of Beer 


This is a bar for people who like beer without a commotion. A pleasant buzz yes, but no overpowering music or babbling hoards of teenagers

The bar stocks a large selection of draft and bottled beers from the Netherlands & Belgium and also from Germany and the UK. They also stock interesting whiskeys, I'm told. So lot's of pleasant things to imbibe as you talk nonsense and puzzle at the interesting retail signage on the walls

This is the establishment where I first experienced being served a crystal-clear beer (Westmalle) in it's regular glass along with a small shot glass containing the yeasty bottom of the bottle, leaving one the choice of mixing, drinking separately, or simply skipping the solids. A pleasing novelty choice when first encountered, but a decision with which I become less and less bothered as the evening progressed!

As a State-educated Briton it's also a great place to go to get thrashed at (English) Scrabble by Dutch students


In De Wildeman, Kolksteeg 3, 1012 PT Amsterdam

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