Next a beer that in April of last year was crowned "best hobby beer of Belgium" an entry from Vliegende Paard Brouwers in Oedelem - it triumphed over more than 100 entries.
The beer is now brewed in Lochristi by giants De Proefbrouwerij.
Prearis pours black...jet black (yet if held to the light has a slight ruby tint) sitting proudly atop is a tight, creamy, thick beige head that really lasts the duration.
Aroma is intense - dark bitter chocolate, full on roasted malts, sweet burnt sugar and rich dark fruits before finishing with spicy hops and a faint woody note.....a great start indeed.
Taste - WOW...this came as a shock, I was expecting the typical Quad flavours but to be honest the beer shared more in common with a Stout!
It has intense roasted malt flavours coupled with unsweetened cocoa, a coffee bean like bitterness, mixed spices (liquorice for sure) and dark dried fruits.