We decided at the last minute (Thurs nite) to eat at and try to stay at De Heeren van Liedekercke the Sunday after Zythos. It’s a small family-owned restaurant not far west of Brussels. They specialize in incorporating beer into their dishes, and they have a crazy beer list. A few, produced just for them, are some of the most sought after beers (well, by Americans anyway).
J & J Blauw & Roze: Two oude gueuzes blended by 3 Fonteinen in 2003 to commemorate the owners’ (Jesse and Joost) wedding.
Crianza Helena: An oude gueuze created by Cantillon in 2008 for the birth of their daughter Helena, whom we met Monday afternoon.
Before I stopped using beer advocate [because I dislike the arrogant R-tards that run it (no injection of personal opinion here, and I'm being quite generous; it's a fact—Google it)], I had read that De Heeren rents rooms. So I e-mailed about 10 p.m. Thurs nite. Wasn’t sure I’d get a response that late. We got what they call “simple rooms” for 50€ a night, including breakfast. “Simple rooms” that were not simple at all. We were quite impressed.
When we arrived, we had dessert and beers at the restaurant. Kids had ice cream; I had a sampler with tiramisu, chocolate mousse and speculoos ice cream. All excellent. I had a bottle of 3 Fonteinen Hommage—all to myself. It’s not notable that I drank an entire 750 ml bottle (no feat there). It’s worth mentioning because it’s one of those elusive Belgian lambics (this bottle was from Feb 14, 2007), one on the list of beers I’d love to try, but would never, ever consider given the amount of money or beer it would take to obtain one in trade. It was 17.50€ at De Heeren, and I didn’t have to share. Awesome. Matt hated it. He had a Crianza Helena.
For dinner we had the Orval filet (Matt), fish with goat cheese ravioli (me) and spaghetti (kids). With a 1998 Rodenbach Alexander and a Hanssens Cassis lambic. Good stuff. Next time I will skip dinner and opt for dessert plus some of the more interesting appetizers and cheeses.
Breakfast was typical European: fruit, yogurt, bread, jelly, cheese, Nutella and coffee. Simple but good, and it was waiting for us when we awoke. Before we left Monday morning, we purchased two bottles of Helena and one each of Blau and Roze to take home. We’ll let those age and go to De Heren when we feel the urge to drink them. We’ll certainly be back.
Our rooms at De Heeren