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    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011 edited
    My best mates are from Lièges in Belgium, which means the three or fours times we go visit them, plus everytime they come to our house (as many times) we are presented with little known beverages all members of the infinite family of beer.
    So, as I notice that some of you are familiar with Leffe (come to France, you get it on tap in many cafés) I would like to introduce you to one of the many beers I'm fond of which is close to Leffe, but somehow absolutely different.
    The amber sort is awesome.

    Apart from that, I was born in a small town close to Rouen, Normandy, called CANTELEU which in old norman means Song of the Wolf. And you know what, there is a brewery there.

    Edit: Enya, that was OTT
  1.  (10138.22)
    Last weekend, I had a bottle of this. It's the most expensive beer on my list and I'm glad to see it go.
    Deus Brut des Flanders

    It was good. Nice and light and bubbly. Kind of like champagne (Miller High Life eat your heart out). Good on a hot, humid day. The bottle was a good size so you could easily share it.

    (See how I'm good at talkin' fancy 'bout them beers?)
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    Is there a store locator anywhere on the net?
  2.  (10138.24)
    @Beamish I give you Beerfly by BeerAdvocate
    I wish I could contribute to this thread in any other way. Currently drinking some High Life :(
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    Boulevard Pilsner
    Boulevard Pilsner My go-to beer, $6.50 a 6 pack and super tasty.

    Tank 7
    Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale I had one of these babies last night and... well, I got really fucking drunk, stumbled off to bed, made a really weak pass at my wife (hand on her boob), and passed out.
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2011
    Well the Dark Lord was a disappointment, over carbonated so it was like drinking pop (soda as you colonials know it) and an overpowering licorice taste which masked the other stout flavours. Highlight of the night was the Mordue pair, Worky Ticket and Radgie Gadgie, both full of flavours and exciting to drink. The Theakstons Lightfoot was interesting too halfwat between an ale and a lager.

    My hard work continues this evening with this lot
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2011 edited
    Last night, I had the pleasure of sampling Bluegrass Brewing Company's (out of Louisville, Kentucky, USA) Bourbon Barrel Stout, as part of the inaugural Oldhat's Mad-Fun-Times Internet Beer Talk Session.


    Ladies and gentlemen, this is a hell of a beer. The whiskey scent is extremely strong, just from the first inhalation after cracking the top off the bottle, and it never goes away. It isn't all just in the aroma, either - the first few sips taste very strongly of whiskey, although I get much more of a peaty, smooth scotch taste off it, something not unlike warmed-up Johnnie Walker actually, rather than bourbon. Admittedly, I'm far more of a scotch man than a bourbon man, so that may just be me tasting what I want to taste. One way or the other, the barrel-aging sure as hell worked on this baby!


    Under the whiskey, there's something very strange and wonderful going on, here. I don't get nearly as much chocolate or coffee flavors as one usually does with a stout or porter - instead, I get a very dry, spicy flavor, with cinnamon, cloves, and even a bit of cayenne to it! Yet, it doesn't taste like a chipotle or jalepeno beer, which is good, at least for me... it doesn't go upside your head with the spiciness, and the dry finish ensures that it doesn't stick around any longer than it should. There's also a medium-strong licorice or anise taste, which goes nicely with the whiskey flavor.

    I do have a few complaints about this beer, namely that it seems to only bring out the fullness of it's flavor in a very limited temperature range. I'm having another one now, stuck in the fridge overnight, and as much as I love me a cold brewski, this one just doesn't work as well chilled. Last night, I had it at maybe a bit over 78 degrees F (let's say 26 degrees C), and that actually was pretty perfect for it. This isn't a super huge problem, just the nature of the beer, but when it's this hot, I do like my beer to be a bit cooler. On the other hand, once autumn hits, this stuff is gonna be my Go-To, alongside some type of pumpkin beer. One other concern is that this thing just doesn't hold its head up that well - initial pour into a tulip glass will get you a very nice brown creamy foam, but it dissolves quickly into bubbles, and then into a thin lacing. Which is too bad, really, because the head is one of my favorite parts of a good stout.

    Overall, I'd rank this beer as B+, missing an A only because of its finickiness - but then again, that's kinda why I like it. This isn't a beer you're allowed to fuck around with, but you treat it nice, and it'll treat you even nicer.

    As far as food pairings go, I got one word for ya: CHILI. Red kidney beans, ground beef, an overcooked carrot, celery, a cannatamatas, whatever and as many spices as you like, and then half a bottle of this stuff, simmer it as long as your appetite will let you. I admit I haven't done this yet, but my god, I'm gonna as soon as it's my turn to make dinner again. This beer SCREAMS to be made into chili.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2011
    A thread about beer..ok.. well, ive found that Tenants Super is quite good for eating the liver,making you sit on park seats and look all red faced and it also has the amazing power of time travel imbued in second you can be having an existential conversation with a pit bull and the next your suddenly in Shepherds Bush nick.Another cheery,fruity little number is Carlsburg Special Brew..tastes like utter shite but after 3 or 4 you will be the hardest bastad to crawl the streets of London.Ive found it great stuff to alienate people and lose the love of your life.Guess im one of the ugly guys when it comes down to beer.Chin Chin..
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    So I've decided that I genuinely do have some sort of alcohol synaesthesia, because I can never really describe the flavours of beer and whisky in terms other than brightness and temperature, and occasionally weight.

    Alan and oldhat can vouch for my struggle in trying to describe both Guinness and the Yeti Chocolate Imperial Stout last night. Guinness has a nice comfortable warmth to it, like a light blanket on a cool summer evening, and the Yeti was stiflingly dark and warm and rich and heavy, like being smothered in pillows. But now that the Yeti's been in the fridge overnight, it's cooled off a bit (no pun intended), so now it's a bit more like a thick comforter in front of the fireplace. In both cases, it's not something I could comfortably drink a pint of, at least not without some crackers or crisps or something to clear my palate between swigs, but half a glass before bed would do a treat.

    Today I'm making beer pizza again, and using Maudite (and a 2:2 mixture of white flour:wheat flour. Hopefully the wheat won't overpower the beer flavour, because I might be defeating the purpose of using something as strong as Maudite). When I bought it, the guy at the store said 'it's a lot like Trois Pistoles, but not as strong,' and I took a sip of it just now, and no. It's absolutely nothing like Trois Pistole. It's significantly brighter, and nowhere near as heavy. It's sweet, but it has an almost cidery tang to it that Trois lacks (iirc, it's been a few years since I've had Trois), and it's decidedly cooler. I could probably drink much more of it than could possibly be good for me in one go.

    They also had a few bottles of Terrible (italicized to emphasize au français), and I'm very tempted to pick one up. 10.5% ABV.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
    Beer ice cream, anyone?

    I've had their Hefeweizen before and it is delicious. Not sure how well it'll work with ice cream, but I shall try it at the first possible opportunity. FOR SCIENCE, or something.

    Feels like I haven't had a new beer in ages. Might be time for a little shopping spree. This in particular caught my attention. Anyone here tried it?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011 edited
    I can attest to the deliciousness of a beer float/beer shake, when it's done properly. I think darker, maltier beers would be better for that, but then again I can see a wheat beer kicking ass with ice cream riding shotgun.

    A slight variation of this is Guinness Punch, originating in Jamaica, which mostly consists of Guinness (or any other sweet stout), condensed/evaporated milk, and variable amounts of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I made one with Brooklyn Brewery's Chocolate Stout, with a little bit of hot cocoa mix, and it was... well it was interesting. I suggest giving it a try.

    Regarding chili beer: I've had Rogue's Chipotle Ale, and found it FASCINATING. Which isn't to say I enjoyed drinking it - I really, truly didn't. I KEPT drinking it because it was so strange. What it IS really good for, however, is cooking. I made a pretty good potato stew with it.
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    I got all excited about the Dark Lord talk but it wasn't the one I know

    Three Floyds Dark Lord
    Three Floyds Dark Lord

    It's like becoming one with a fluffy mudslide of cocca + coffee bliss. Best aged to mellow the sweetness.

    I feel out of place in this thread being in the midwest and most of our regionals don't stray far from their roots. But I'm eagerly awaiting Friday when Half Acre releases it's Galactic Double IPA. (For what it's worth Half Acre is my fav Chi-city brewery.)
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
    I had this a few nights ago. 9% and very tasty.
  5.  (10138.35)
    I just want you all to know before Whitechapel, I MAYBE if I had some extra money lying about, ONCE IN A WHILE would purchase some alcoholic beverage. Now, I buy a different beer/hard liquor every week when I'm out of last weeks. I blame you Whitechapel. I blame you for my alcoholic tendencies! (Sobs, and goes off to drink more Moosehead Lager.)
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    Got treated to dinner by the boss and she told me to go and get us some food and something alcoholic. Since I'll be joining fellow Whitechaplians in hour, I thought I'd have something light for me.

    SAM'L SMITH ORGANIC RASPBERRY. You know, I've always been pretty wary of beers with Raspberry in it. I've often found that they taste of artificial flavourings and are either too syrupy or too weak. My only exception has been Amsterdam's Framboise.

    This...this is VERY syrupy, but I'm getting the taste that they used actual extract in this (The USDA Certified Organic sign also gives me that impression). This is a fine, fine dessert beer, I think. Or something to slowly sip on the porch. It's good both chilled and at room temp, thanks to the flavour. But damn, you can't drink more than one just because of it's thickness. Very, very, VERY syrupy. But quite nice!
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    I prefer Samuel Smith's Strawberry beer to their raspberry, as it feels less syrupy to me (I know what you mean by that), but it's quite similar, not too different. Very, very good as well.
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    It had escaped my notice until the other day that Wychwood breweries now produce a lovely ginger ale - cunningly called Ginger Beard. If you like a fiery kick to your beverages you should really try it out. Unlike a few other ginger ales I have tried it isn't overly sweet/sickly.

    @KeysofsilenceJust saw your post mate - yes, you really should get down to Newark and check that shop out. It's great fun just browsing.
    • CommentAuthorsmoggy
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    black sheep imperial
    Found this yesterday abit pricy @ £3 for a 330ml bottle but so good. My only regret is I didn't by a few more. The same shop had a small range of imported 6 packs including Audicious Bitch which I'd only heard of through @ oldhats posts. However at £18 for a sixpack it was a bit too pricey
    • CommentAuthorsmoggy
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    Apologies about the pic in last post. First go at embedding.

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