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09 Aug 2016 06:55

ferryman wrote:....
sir! later i will toast ya....cycling out i'm taking my

last can of special brew to sup along the way

ok? uncouth or cool...yesterday after breaking all my glasses ..sipping red

from a stella bottle....

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09 Aug 2016 11:08

Let's keep this about which beers we drink and enjoy, and not about all the other stuff that's less on topic and enjoyable
Kwibus wrote:So much quesions they have. Answers they will never get.
So why questions? If no answers?
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09 Aug 2016 11:18

Red Rick wrote:Let's keep this about which beers we drink and enjoy, and not about all the other stuff that's less on topic and enjoyable


Thank you.
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09 Aug 2016 13:23

Back in Dorset. Drinking a pint of Hall & Woodhouse First Call.

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From a brewery that hasn't been around as long as the USA.
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10 Aug 2016 14:06

Yuengling. Mmmm. Old. Good.
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30 Aug 2016 03:37

To Øl, Babushka: Barleywine brewed with plums and figs and aged in port barrels. 13.5% The idea stated by the brewers was to create three layers of port: the barleywine base, the fruit and the aromas and sugars of the barrel. This bottle poured a rich head, color a muted garnet ( for those who care). All kinds of fruit flavors--cherry and whatnot--some coffee as it warms. This is sweet, but neither candy/fruit up front nor the cloying bite of some barleywines. Very balanced and hides its strength nicely. As to the brewers' goal it sits between a tawny and garrafeira port.
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30 Aug 2016 04:43

A very good friend sent me home with perhaps the finest Belgian Strong Ale I've ever experienced.

De Dolle Stille Nacht. Ridiculous.

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30 Aug 2016 04:53

yassuh.
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04 Sep 2016 20:37

Reading the last couple of pages is hilarious (my wife has her usual facepalm while laughing pose going on).

Anyway, going to drink some beer this afternoon for the inauguration of a deck I helped my buddy build by the river this last week. Heavy work actually as he way overbuilt it with material he had on hand. 4X12 - 12 footer old growth fir beams are beasts. 2X6 12 foot red cedar (undressed) boards for decking are no laughing matter either. Brick **** building. We had a good time, drank a few along the way, turned out pretty good all things considered. Time to hit the liquor store for a pic-nic. :)
hmmm...
http://beermebc.com/bc-breweries/
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04 Sep 2016 20:45

Alexander Keith. Toronto's finest. Love that actor. Yeah baby.
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04 Sep 2016 21:00

Beer Brothers, Reno Jilted Lover.
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04 Sep 2016 21:15

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04 Sep 2016 23:24

It is interesting in terms of beer selection that some recent posters would likely be drinking it regardless, but feel empowered by their new options and yet don't have much to say. Geographic accident isn't really "taste".
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04 Sep 2016 23:42

ferryman wrote:There are very few pubs in that "70s abyss" and you'll mostly find them in Scotland.

Some of the best wee breweries and beers in the world are from Orkney to Kelso. Been enjoying real ales in most of Scottish pubs for 30 years.


Didn't get back to you on this, no: still loads in London and Belfast. To name a couple. I'm in for a wee heavy anytime, but that was not a consensus.
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06 Sep 2016 21:54

http://beermebc.com/2016/05/23/red-truck-beer-co-golden-ale/

What a delightful transitional beer for late summer early fall. I don't entirely agree with the description (above) though it's hard to pin down. Upon first tasting: Orange? Hefeweizen? Saison? I've decided, half way through my first, that it pops pleasantly of apricots with a smooth ale finish. Very balanced and drinkable. Good fall drink.

Soon enough it will be time to move onto a winter favourite:
http://beermebc.com/2012/10/02/driftwood-brewing-co-blackstone-porter/
(I more or less agree with this review. The choco. coffee is subtle enough that it doesn't smack you in the face like a coffee crisp though).

I really need to explore the local sour craze that's taking hold instead of buying Belgian Geuze - Lambic style (my favourite summer beer for a couple decades). I've tried a few local brews and they vary but they don't have that deep earthy undertone after the initial sour punch of the Belgians. Traditional Lambic brewing (if it could even work) would be shut down in seconds in Canada, cobwebs and all. The locals are faking it but they're getting better at it.
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Re: What beer ya drinkin'?

07 Sep 2016 10:23

Had me one of these yesterday

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The smell is really fruity. The taste is not as sweet as some other Quadrupels (it's nothing like a Rochefort 10 or something) and it's a bit more like a fruity type of sweet than like caramel. For me the taste of alcohol is just a bit too strong, but that's more of a personal preference. The aftertaste is a little bit bitter. It's been a long time since I had one of these, but, to be fair, while it's an amazing quadrupel, it's not my favourite, but that's more due to personal preference (I like the sweeter quadrupels like Rochefort better); the beer has a very complex taste and it generally gets amazing reviews. If you like dark and strong beers and you haven't tasted this one yet, it's definitely a recommendation.

Also, this uses the same recipe as the famous Westvleteren, but it's a hell of a lot easier to get!
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17 Sep 2016 22:44

Old leghumper porter.

Toasted and still.
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17 Sep 2016 22:52

bwahaha
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Re: What beer ya drinkin'?

23 Sep 2016 18:09

In a moment I'll take a Duvel Tripel Hop. This is a good example of the extra hop style beers that have been popular in Belgium recently, presumably after the example of the US microbreweries. Duvel is a well established beer that has been popular in Belgium and beyond for quite some time, being brewed first in 1917 (it's changed a bit over time though and only in 1970 did it have its current shape).
Somewhere in the 21st century they launched a 'Tripel Hop' version, with, as the name suggests, contains three kinds of hop. They did an extra hop version before in 2007 and 2012, but since 2012 they have been breweing a version every year, changing the third type of hop that they use. Since 2012 they've also been using experimental American hops (for 2016 they've used this apparently https://ychhops.com/varieties/hbc-291).
This also makes me realize how fortunate beer lovers in Belgium and to a lesser extent also the Netherlands are. A nice brewery with an iconic eponymous beer that's sold everywhere, even in supermarkets, is great already. But even their extra hop version where they experiment with different hops every year is sold in most supermarkets in Belgium and the Netherlands!

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Also, if you like hops, this is definitely a recommendation. I'm starting to get kind of oversaturated with hops due to the recent IPA hype in the Netherlands and Belgium, but this one remains very nice (and it doesn't really remain, because they have a new one every year) :)
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