Beer & Food Pairing with UnibroueSaturday, January 09, 2016
Jerry and Sylvian are truly passionate about quality beer and really take pride in the Unibroue brand. They gave me a very informative run-down about the history of Unibroue, the many awards their beers have won, the styles of beers they make and how they are made and of course, how to pair certain beers with food.
The first beer I tried at the tasting was the Grande Reserve which is an extra strong dark ale that is released once a year across North America (about 90,000 bottles). This beer has a strong malty flavour with hints of cocoa and mocha and a subtle oaky finish. We paired the beer with an Opera Cake which is a French style dessert made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze. This pairing worked really well because the cake was very light and not overly sweet. If the dessert is too sweet the sugars will affect your perception of the beer which is why it’s so important to choose a beer that is just as sweet as the dessert, or sweeter. The mocha really stood out when pairing these two, making it a clear winner for a sweet ending after a dinner party.
This beer pairs well with any type of blue cheese, mussels, salmon, game, or sausage. We paired this beer with an old white cheddar cheese which to my surprise, was amazing. The yeast and cereal like flavours complimented the cheese quite nicely and gave it an extra creamy mouth-feel. Jerry pointed out that the beer is basically like liquid bread, which is why it goes hand in hand with cheese so perfectly.
Blanche de Chambly
(pairings from www.unibroue.com)