The Oude Kwaremont is a cobbled road that ascends steeply for a distance of 2.2 km up the Kluisberg hill in Kluisbergen, East Flanders.
Nicknamed the ‘calf biter’, it forms part of the route of the legendary Tour of Flanders cycle race. And, like the Tour’s winners, this cyclists’ beer has earned its own palmarès.
Riders and cycling fans alike will testify to the difficulty of this hill. The whole race is often decided on the cobblestones of the Oude Kwaremont.
Closely packed together, encouraged by the cheering supporters that crowd the route, the pedallers conquer the cobbles of this bumpy climb.
It feels like a mountain stage. And before you even start to attempt this climb, you have to be ahead of the pack or else you can forget about the victor’s jersey.
And don’t feel that you have made it after the first steep climb, because you have to do it twice more.
This challenge suits a light, blond thirst-quencher. You can bet your bottom dollar that the Kwaremont will be flowing out of the taps during and after the race.
This koersbier (literally, a race beer) is perfect for a good post-ride party.
The brewers know their cycling trivia: the 6.6% alcohol volume of the beer corresponds exactly to the incline of this hill near Oudenaarde.
Kwaremont is a welcome guest at many Belgian road races.
The Ronde, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the Driedaagse at De Panne, the Tour of West-Flanders, the E3 of Harelbeke…, wherever she goes, this zesty blonde is in great demand.
Kwaremont is a top-fermented beer.
Kwaremont is brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.
Colour & Transparency
The colour is somewhere between coppery blond and amber, the beer has a slight pearlisation below a white, frothy head.
6 - 8°C / 42 - 47°F
Kwaremont is served in a specially designed glass unique to this beer. Take a closer look to discover the picture of a bike rider on the stem and notice the legendary cobblestones of this ‘calf biter’ imprinted on the foot of the glass.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
This is a mild, full tasting beer with a pleasant hint of bitterness and touches of zest and spice. It has a hoppy character.
Kwaremont makes a great pairing with a chunk of cheese, a slab of venison paté, a hefty portion of meat or a hearty stew.
As always when it comes down to finding the perfect food pairing we encourage you to experiment with this beer and find your own personal match made in heaven.
Keeping and Storage
This beer will keep for 12 months in the bottle and for 6 months on tap.
As with the brewery's Bavik Super Pils this beer is crafted to drink it fresh. If you're interested in 'keepers' then we suggest going for their Petrus beer ranges.
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
Available bottled (33cl, 75cl) and on tap (20l).
Kwaremont has become very popular and is readily available in "cycling-mad" Flanders but you will have no trouble picking this beer up throughout the whole of Belgium and abroad.
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