Bell ringer beer from Gulden Spoor


Brewing came back to Gullegem in West Flanders in a small way in 2001 at the beer restaurant ‘t Rusteel. The concept proved so successfull that first a small brewing installation was established in the adjacet barn and then in 2009 the capacity was increased to a respectable 1500 hectolitres per year and a new name for the future, Gulden Spoor, came into being.

The names Kalle and Manten belong to the figures in the 14th Century Unesco listed bell tower of Kortrijk, the main town of the region (just 7 km down the road). Both names have been adopted for Gulden Spoor beers: Kalle for the tripel and Manten for the dubbel.

I’ve chosen The Tripel. Unlike many other newcomers I was not attracted by the label, which is rerlatively conservative; a good omen for what’s inside the bottle?

It pours a hazy peach orange colour with a medium head; some spice and fresh bread with a hint of fruit in the aroma. A very smooth taste with a mild but definite coriander and a slight sweet banana/licorice in the background which combines nicely with the medium bitterness and 8% alc.vol. Good follow through.

Not overly complex but a very nice beer. Well worth a try.

I read somewhere that the beer is for ladies; certainly not the case, but maybe the statement relates to the word ‘Kalle’; a term of abuse used in the this part of the world in the Middle ages for a stupid or awful woman. I prefer the bell tower origins for the beer’s name!