Tripel Styled, Belgian Strong (Pale) Ale / Seasonal Easter Beer.
Boskeun is a word derived from the juicy West-Flemish dialect. It means rabbit of the woods or forest rabbit. According to the Dolle Brouwers the name is also the nickname of Dr. Jo Herteleer.Apparently he got the nickname after getting into a fight with his brother Kris Herteleer.
The injury on his upper lip resembled a bit of a harelip, and hence he got the name. The addition of the word “Bos” followed later... as did the beer.
Boskeun is one the first true seasonal Belgian Easter Beers (brewed since 1983) this after the one that the Brewery Slaghmuylder has been producing for more than fifty odd years. Although Belgium in the past used to have a wide variety of Easter Beers (from dark to blond), Slaghmuylder was the only one to survive, until that is… Boskeun came into being.
The great label design depicts a drunk (Easter?) bunny with a cleverly chosen “lily of the valley” as a symbol of the second coming.
Top-fermentation. re-fermented in the bottle, unfiltered, centrifuged or pasteurized.
Water, yeast, pale malt, biologically grown cane sugar from Mauritius, Golding hops.
Colour & Transparency
Pale to amber colored. Honey golden brown, slightly hazed beer.
10 - 12 C / 50 - 54 F
Dolle Brouwers - or Oerbier glass, nice large wine glass.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
Smooth, rich and powerful beer that packs a punch. It possesses a very specific and individual range of tastes and aromas, and is difficult to compare due to its unique character.
Connoisseurs describe notes of marzipan, apple, banana, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, citrus…and many more, all depending on their own personal taste…
What is certain, is that not long after the first sip you will feel the warmth of the alcohol settling in your belly. Be careful with this one as you will feel it settle in your head equally fast.
Boskeun is suitable beer for sauces and stews as does it go well with grilled meat and veal. When used in sauces and stews don’t forget to burn off the alcohol to avoid excessive bitterness.
Keeping and Storage
Maximum 1 year. As the whole concept of the beer is to drink it at Easter there is no real reason to keep it longer. Nobody eats Christmas cake in summer, so why do the same with an Easter Beer?
The beer won’t be ruined after a year but because it is a pale ale, changes in colour and taste could occur due to the oxidation process. If kept too long the beer can darken and/or develop an aftertaste that, among others, even reminds of cardboard (according to the brewer himself).
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
The beer is only available once a year at the brewery, and has to be pre-ordered 2 months before Easter. Once your order has been placed, your seasonal treat will be ready to pick up about two weeks before Easter comes around.
If you’re very lucky you may be able to obtain it through resellers, online or at your local specialised beer café.