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 brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.
Colour & TransparencyThe colour is somewhere between coppery blond and amber, the beer has a slight pearlisation below a white, frothy head.