The following day, our time in Bruges, was at an end. We took the train over to Antwerp. After dropping our bags off at the hotel, we set out to walk around the city center. Unfortunately, the beer bar we were looking for was closed in the afternoon, so we settles for an average restaurant next door with a mundane beer list.
I ordered the Mort Subite Gueuze by Brouwerij Mort Subite of Asse-Kobbegem, Belgium at 4.5% abv. It was a very average gueuze. Some bubbles, but a fake fizziness to it. More like sugary lambic. But it was cool and refreshing during lunch.
But I was very excited to go out to dinner, it looked like we picked a great place called Het Elfde Gebod which means The Eleventh Commandment.
And the Eleventh Commandment was Thou Shalt Enjoy Your Food.
They had a great area of outdoor seating but I thought the best part was the inside. They have a huge collection of religious icons and statues. Its stunning.
I started off with a beer, De Verboden Vrucht (the Forbidden Fruit) by Brouwerij Van Hoegaarden at 9% abv.
I did not know when I ordered that this beer was brewed by Hoegaarden. But it was actually pretty good. A Belgian Strong Dark Ale, sweet and malty, caramel, vanilla, spices, orange peel and apples. Dry finish. While drinking out first beers Jack and I wandered all over the bar to look around. It was great since we were the only people inside!
Apparently throughout Belgian history, the protestants and the catholics both had their ups and downs. But since the protestants don’t believe in any idols many of the statues were taken out of the churches. Sometimes they were taken out by the Catholics for safe keeping. Many of these statues were lost of forgotten and made it onto the black market.
And don’t ask me how they got here. Maybe they were bought in bulk?
During dinner, I picked out another beer I’ve never heard of before, Moeder Overste Triple by Brasserie Lefebvre of Rabecq-Quenast, Belgium at 8% abv.
This beer tasted strangely familiar. I believe it’s the kind of hops used, I think they must use the same hops as Magic Hat #9. Had a familiar sweet and very floral taste. Spicy with pepper and cloves. Honey, orange peel. Very smooth.
I would definitely recommend this bar, it was super easy to get to, nice area, and very cool inside, may have been one of the best bars, in terms of atmosphere that I’ve ever been to.