O’Brien’s in Athlone got in a few bottles of Gouden Carolus Classic this week. I was whisked back to the dim distant past (January) when I visited the Cambrinus Beer Brasserie in Bruges. (Www.cambrinus.eu) The place is dedicated to the celebration of beer and they have great food too. The legendary Cambrinus was the original King of Beer and he looked a jolly fellow.
Anyway, back to the beer in hand, last year it won best dark beer at the World Beer Awards, that’s not to be sniffed at! It has a lovely rich dark colour, is unfiltered and has a fruity aroma. It can be cellared like a wine, but it won’t be kept that long in this house! So if you can’t make it to Bruges head into O’Brien’s, it’s the next best thing!