Tripel Karmeliet

Tripel Karmeliet I haven’t talked about beer on these pages for quite some time. However, De Met is now serving guest beers so this may change. Right now the guest beer that they have is Tripel Karmeliet from Bosteels Brewery.

As the name suggests, it’s an abbey tripel and in this case the Tripel part of the name not only refers to the in-bottle refermentation but also to the fact that the beer is brewed with three kinds of grain: wheat, oats and barley. And it’s lovely.

I’m not normally a huge fan of tripels, but this is one that I would quite happily go back to. It’s clear and has a huge creamy head and tastes light, fruity and refreshing.

I’m ready for the summer now.

Irish Coffee

So after the beer, we went on for dinner. And when you’re in a French restaurant in Antwerp, what better way to round off the meal than with an authentic Irish coffee.

The blue flash in front of the chef is the flame…

Irish coffee being made

And it was watching him pour the cream that convinced us to give it a go…

Irish coffee being made

The McCarthy Principle

Pete McCarthy’s first book, McCarthy’s Bar, is premised on the principle that you should never pass up the opportunity of having a drink in a bar that shares your name.

So when we saw this place, dinner was decided.

Restaurant Paul

And guess what Belgian beer they served in this French restaurant…

The MenuLeffe - one of Belgiums better beers

I have to say, the food here was really, really good. If you ever find yourself in Place Dauphine I would strongly recommend you give it a try.