Romantic beer tasting
Taste beer with strawberries, chocolate, oysters and cheese
Beer is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day, largely because beer is always a good gift. Beer can also be very romantic, especially with the right snacks!
To prove it, I surprised some colleagues with some excellently paired combinations. Here are just 4 fail safe pairings that will delight your taste buds and ensure a magical evening.
You can find all these beers in the Beer Tasting Case. You will find a selection of 12 beers in different styles including IPAs, Quadrupels and lagers. Our combinations - albeit amazing- are just suggestions so feel free to explore some of your own pairings. The case also includes two exclusive Beerwulf tasting glasses, for the ultimate beer tasting experience.
Read on for more tasting notes and a number of alternative suggestions. There is something for everyone!
For centuries, oysters have been considered an aphrodisiac. I don't know if that is important, all I know is that they are delicious with beer!
An Irish stout with oysters is one of the most classic beer pairings. Oedipus Panty is a perfect example and with 6% it’s not as overwhelming as an Imperial Stout can be. The combination of the saltiness from the oysters contrasts wonderfully with the roasted taste of the beer.
For a slightly more acquired but really exciting combo, try pairing oysters with a geuze. We tasted French Oysters with Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait, delicious! This has the same effect as adding a squeeze of lemon but even better as this is a softer and more subtle taste, lemon can be a bit acidic. The sour and salty will balance each other in a good way, so you’ll taste all of the beautiful flavours even more!
Cheese is romantic because you can share with the one you love. And it's great with beer.
My colleague tried Saison Dupont and was surprised with this match made in heaven. La Débauche Fur & Bones will have the same affect! Or for something different, sample La Trappe Quadrupel with cubes of old cheese. The hearty sweet beer contrasts wonderfully with the salty cheese.
Strawberries are red and with a little imagination they take the shape of a heart. They are also perfect for sharing. The most logical combination would be with other red berries ...a fruit beer, for example Lindemans Kriek or Brasserie De Sutter La Folle des Bois. The red fruit aromas blast out of your glass, forming a lovely bridge with the strawberries.
We also suggest trying with a Tripel, we chose Affligem Tripel for this but Kapittel Watou Tripel will be awesome too! This works because the moderate fruitiness in the forms a bridge and the strawberry mellows out any bitterness!
So, it turns out that eating chocolate gives you the same feelings you get when you fall in love. And the added bonus is that chocolate is real tasty. Beer is also tasty. Together it can be extra tasty, provided you choose the right chocolate with the right beer.
Milk chocolate is pretty sweet. With food pairings, you should look for a beer that matches the sweetness of your snack. So, for a slightly sweeter beer such as the already mentioned, La Trappe Quadrupel, a sweet and caramelly Quadrupel with dried fruit and toffee, it will be excellent with milk chocolate.
Pure chocolate is less sweet and therefore better to combine with a less sweet beer. Pair with Pohjala Must Kuld or Brouwerij de Brabandere Petrus Cherry Chocolate Nitro Quad and you really will have a chocolate party in your mouth! This is a fantastic way to conclude a romantic dinner.
Tasting beer together in an intimate atmosphere with romantic snacks that you share together: Beer is 100% romantic!
Need further convincing, read 7 reasons why beer is a great Valentine's Day gift