More than 30 breeds of Belgian beer presented in chilled glasses
New Yorkers’ ironic appreciation of PBR is still going strong, but a parallel surge of serious beer bars suggests that our gullets crave more than two-buck cans. Before mustachioed hipsters even knew what Chimay was, Vol de Nuit was pouring bold Belgian brews in the West Village.
The bar, which opened in 1995, is contemporary with d.b.a. and Blind Tiger Ale House, but unlike those early specialists, Vol de Nuit’s list has hardly expanded with the times. While other bars focus on esoteric microbrews and special-edition pours, Belgian-only Vol de Nuit remains one of the city’s coziest hops havens.
Inside its nearly secret West 4th Street entrance is a European-style courtyard, the gateway to the main attraction: a subdued barroom outfitted with worn wood furnishings and well-poured brews (in the appropriate glassware). The selection features gems to be had, it’s a solid, enjoyable lineup. Add some first-rate pub food – homemade Belgian Pommes Frites– and it’s clear that even in this beer-forward climate, Vol de Nuit’s simple pleasures still satisfy.
Text by TimeOut New York
Its full characteristic flavor and high quality is assured through a superior brewing process and by using the finest ingredients available. ABV 5.2%
Coriander and orange peel are added to lend a slight but unobtrusive spiced nose. This beer is soft and smooth on the palate; well balanced, and refreshing taste. ABV 4.9%
This blonde accentuates qualities of an exceptional hop as well as various malts. She offers acute points of bitterness, and reveals with an astonishing malted coat. It finishes on a bitter tone peppered without any key aggressiveness. It represents a strong lager under its best appearance. ABV 8.5%
A classical Belgian Cider: sophisticated, dry but fruit forward. This cider is pressed and fermented in Belgium. Pours clear light golden with no head or lacing. Flavor is semi sweet apples, with a tart, dry finish. ABV 4.5%
Brewed in a tiny farmhouse brewery just a few miles from Luxembourg border. Le Chouffe is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle conditioned jewel. Brewed with pilsner malts and white candy sugar, and spiced with coriander, for a sweet fruit aroma and taste. ABV 8%
Bright, golden color with excellent clarity. Fine, soft carbonation. Rocky, creamy, meringue-like head with excellent retention, creating clingy lace as it diminishes the glass. The beer is transparent with no residual yeast. ABV 6.6%
Belgium’s best selling ale, created for easy drinkability combined with subtle delicious flavors. Made with caramel malt, it has a nice malty character with a slight orange citrus flavor. ABV 5.4%
This pilsner is uncompromised, brewed as it was in 1894. 100% malt with no dilution assures the quality of the pilsner. ABV 5.2%
A New-England style IPA. Enchanting, vibrant, evanescent - this full-spectrum beer is a true unicorn. Alluringly hazy and irresistibly juicy. Unfiltered, double dry-hopped and always done way too soon. ABV 6.7%
A classic Belgian farmhouse Ale. A beautifully balanced, complex beer with a refreshing fruitiness and a long dry finish.
Gently tart, delicately sweet and completely refreshing. A tart golden ale with the perfect balance of sweet and sour. ABV 6.9%
This beer is a Flanders red ale with complex notes of cherry, raisin, and wine. ABV 5.2%
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