Vibe’s top beer picks for September
This month's top three beers, as recommended by Sean Clarke at Beer Central.
We turn to Sean Clarke at Beer Central for his recommended brews this month
We know how much Sheffielders love their beer, but with so much to choose from, we were in need of an expert to recommend us the very best beers around at the moment.
We’ve turned to Sean Clarke of Beer Central in the Moor Market - Sean is one of the city’s best beer connoisseurs, and from now on he’ll be bringing you three fabulous new brews to try every month, here are his picks for September.
“And so we reach September, a month that’s not quite sure of itself, desperately hanging onto the last few days of summer, but very firmly getting ready for all things autumn. We particularly love this time of year as it normally means we set sail for Belgium, our annual trip to the promised land of beer! Of course the chocolate is pretty good too, but it’s beer that draws us across the North Sea and as this is a beer column, chocolate ain’t going to get a look in. Here’s a look at three Belgian dark beers, if autumn arrives early, search these out in Sheffield!
Westmalle Dubbel - 330ML bottle - 7% ABV
Westmalle (Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle) is a Trappist brewery based in Westmalle Abbey and the beers have been brewed by the resident monks since 1794. Nowadays we hear there are just over 20 monks in the abbey, with a very expert gang of 40 helpers! Can you imagine working there, must be magical…….. the Dubbel is a darker, red-brown beer with a creamy head. The flavour is typical of many Belgian beers, complex, soft, a fruity bitter finish. In a world of modern trends, these monks know that history is the future!
Delirium Nocturnum - 330ML bottle - 8.5% ABV
Huyghe Brewery was founded in 1906 by Leon Huyghe in the city of Melle in East Flanders. The brewery now controls many Belgian beer brands, but is synonymous with its core beer, Delirium Tremens. This time of year we’re thinking a little bit darker and so we’ve decided to feature Delirium Nocturnum. Dark brown-red, a white-yellow head, the flavour offers caramel, mocha and chocolate. A soft start, with an increasing bitterness, this is a well-balanced beer that really will satisfy your autumn desires.
Gulden Draak – 330ML Bottle - 10.5% ABV
Gulden Draak (Dutch for Golden Dragon) is a dark Belgian beer brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, East Flanders. It’s named after the gilded statue at the top of the belfry in Ghent. Great reason for a name, great reason for a beer! You’ll find this delicious brew in a classy white bottle, a black banner proclaims the name and the contents warm the body, a fine protection to those chilly nights of September. Search it out, freely available across Sheffield’s bottle shops and bars, enjoy the Golden Dragon!
See you next month, the mysteries of Halloween will be upon us!”