The Beers of the Day: Valhalla NYC – De Koninck, Belhaven, Kwak

It was a dark and stormy night.  No wait.  Really, it was.

So there I was in the greatest of NYC beer bars (Valhalla) with my lovely wife talking about the happenings of the day.  It was the first time it had rained in quite some time and it was coming down like mad.  The craziest thing is that the clouds were so low that the huge “GE” sign on top of the Rockefeller building would disappear completely for minutes at a time.  It was the perfect type of night to be inside a warm pub drinking some quality beer.
Speaking of which, on a recent trip I was drinking Hofbrau from a huge 1 liter stein, but this evening’s trip was all about sampling, and less about getting hammered and wearing a viking helmet (there are photos somewhere out there).  These were the lovely draught beers I tried:

De Koninck – A Belgian beer that is very smooth, a bit malty, and not overly carbonated.

Belhaven Wee Heavy – A crazy Scottish beer that was creamy with a nice dark roasted flavor and a touch of sweetness.

Kwak – One of my favorite Belgian beers served in what can best be described as lab equipment.  I love this beer!

2 thoughts on “The Beers of the Day: Valhalla NYC – De Koninck, Belhaven, Kwak

  1. Sounds fab! Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena is having Belgium beer fest this week. Whoot! What beers did Brie try? Any other suggestions for me to look for at LB’s?

  2. I like Kwak quite a bit–the glass certainly adds to presentation. I’ve tried various Belhaven offerings, and they just don’t seem to do it for me–invariably there is some sort of “off” flavor.

    I’m very partial to Le Chouffe’s beers, however–highly recommended, especially their IPA. A Belgian style IPA is a fantastic thing.

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