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What new brews have you been trying? I just had my first Sinebrychoff (Koff) Porter IV, a Finnish beer, and my first taste of Scandinavian darks. It's quite nice, remarkably smooth and drinkable for a dark with 7.2% alc content. Almost a dark chocolate flavour but not in a chocolate stout way and not with any lingering bitterness.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 01:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Last night I drank a Widmeyer Hefeweizen, which I found meh, and a Maresdous 8, which was very tasty in the tradition of tasty Belgian strong ales. A bit on the sweeter side of what I like but not over the line.

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh, I'll keep an eye out for that. I've been meaning to start exploring Belgian beers. I was putting it off till I'd tried every English stout but I should probably start sooner.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's almost summer! Time to put the stouts away!

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I had something called Sunset Wheat the other night which tasted like orange and was surprisingly good considering that fact.

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

nooooooooooooooooo!!!

(I'm assuming you're talking about Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, which I declared a vendetta against because it is the single least-pleasant beer I have ever had)

bernard snowy, Monday, 28 May 2007 13:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

When I was in Belgium last week I totally was rocking all the kriek. But not the Hoegaarden (because that's utterly disgusting). I also had a Trappist (Chimay Bleu) which was pretty intense at 9% ABV

Stevie D, Monday, 28 May 2007 13:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

sundar iirc you are in OTT or MTL? where are you getting these amazing beers from in whichever of those two cities you're in?

if you are from neither of those places i apologize, i just remember you saying it once or something. i may be making it up.

Will M., Monday, 28 May 2007 14:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm from Ottawa (and lived in Mtl 2001-2002) but I've been living in Buffalo NY for almost 2 years now.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

When I was in Belgium last week I totally was rocking all the kriek. But not the Hoegaarden (because that's utterly disgusting). I also had a Trappist (Chimay Bleu) which was pretty intense at 9% ABV

Where exactly?

nathalie, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

BTW if near West Flanders: Should have tried the Brugse Zot!

nathalie, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

(I would imagine that at least Mtl should have good places for this? I couldn't help you though. I drank Colt 45 from the dep when I lived there. Ah, callow youth.)

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

To be fair, I haven't really looked past my local deps, but the few bars I've found that have bigger selections were pretty disappointing... one place that was recommended highly as a place with a bunch of beers had that greek beer whose name I forget as the rarest one. mythos?

i'll have to check ch0whound or something.

Will M., Monday, 28 May 2007 14:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Let me know if you find (or have had) Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque. The ratebeer.com folks rank it as the best sweet stout on earth but I haven't found any around here.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 18:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

yes. mythos. it's not bad!

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 28 May 2007 18:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think I am going to drop by Dieu du Ciel tonight, actually. Everything they have is actually to a pretty high standard... the reason you probably haven't found it is because they aren't actually bottling any of their brews yet. Apparently they're opening another brewery north of the city though, and they're going to start bottling there! I can't remember where I heard that. I read it today after doing a bit of ch0whound research. I will see if I can talk to the owners or something tonight (I'm going early so hopefully the place will be near empty, I'm not much of one for the crowd there). I've not had the aphrodisiaque, don't know if it's "in season" (they only brew most things a couple times a year), but if they have it I'll give you a review!

Will M., Monday, 28 May 2007 18:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Where exactly?

Brussels. and Paris, but that's obviously not in Belgium. May I also suggest that if you do go to France and decide to try the local brews, Kronenbourg tastes like piss. stay away.

Stevie D, Monday, 28 May 2007 20:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've developed a fondness for Zywiec lately - I don't even usually like lagers much but it's so smooth and tasty. Perfect warm weather beer.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 00:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

it is. and that red-temperature indicator on the back is key!

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 01:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

König Ludwig Weissbier is majorly tasty, if a bit pricey.

I recently tried this weird Belgian beer, "La Chouffe." Unpasteurized, 8% and quite good. (Although the floaty yeast cultures were somewhat of a turn-off)

Michael Servetus, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I've had La Chouffe - very nice. There are so many good belgian beers it's amazing.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just remembered I have a beer question:

In Mexico I tried Bohemia (regular, not dark) and it was fantastic - at the moment I thought it was one of the best beers I'd ever tried.

Recently I tried some Bohemia in a U.S. Mexican place and it was meh. Is it possible I was getting a different "export" version, or that the transit did something to the beer?

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Man...I have had so much "skunky" imported beer, could that be it?

On a related note, what do you do when your beer is obviously off and you've already drank a couple? Can you take the rest back to the store.?

;)

Michael Servetus, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Oh yeah, I went back to Dieu, but no Aphro... was available. I didn't get a chance to ask when/if it was coming back... next time! Maybe I'll go tonight, I would like to dig into my new book and my house smells like cat piss and I am not currently poor.

Will M., Tuesday, 12 June 2007 18:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh man! I didn't see that you guys were talking about Biere D'Achouffe. I thought it was a Quebecois beer for so long! True story. Apparently the first place they started exporting to was Quebec! It is very delicious. I don't remember finding any little floaters, though...

Will M., Friday, 15 June 2007 19:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Response from Dieu du Ciel to two questions I asked via e-mail:

Hello Will,

Thanks you for your comments. It is much appreciated.

1-) We brew the Aphrodisiaque only 2 or 3 times a year. The next batch
will probably be avaible something like next september.

2-) Yes, it's true, we are in the process of building up a bottling
plant in St-Jérôme. There will also be a pub there. We hope to be able
to sell our first bottles at the end of July.

Cheers!
[dude's name removed by me]

Will M., Friday, 15 June 2007 21:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

currently - harviestoun Butter and Twisted is amazinhg, but we've just come back from North East France (ie very near the Belgian border and lots of Flemish beer-making tradition) and have been loving L'angelus which is beer's swankiest bottle I fear, gold foil and everything. Also Maredsous, Amadeus (lemon flavoured, should be wrong but oh so right) and god's own beer - Orval.

Porkpie, Sunday, 17 June 2007 00:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

erm that's bitter and twisted of course

Porkpie, Sunday, 17 June 2007 00:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

When alcohol content is shown on U.S. beer, it is often labelled by weight. Since alcohol is lighter than water, this can leave the mistaken impression that U.S. beer has much less alcohol, on average, than Canadian beer. A 3.2% beer in the U.S. (by weight) would be equivalent to a 4% beer in Canada (by volume).

Wikipedia I LOVE YOU. Did anyone know this? It boggles the mind! WHY?!

Will M., Friday, 22 June 2007 18:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

let's have a sesh

hstencil, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

link?

dan m, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

my girl friend brought me a 6 pack of Hitachino Nest White Ale. Pretty good stuff. nice floral aromas ,perfect for a hot summer day. i think it's kind of pricey though

carne asada, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

link, sorry: Canadian Beer

Will M., Friday, 22 June 2007 18:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Apparently they have Aphrodisiaque in now. And I'm destitute poor and going away for the weekend! NOOOOO!

Will M., Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Recommend some beer. Not too heavy, not too wheaty, crisp and refreshing in the style of Tsing Tsao or similar.

Also recommend some beers like Paulaner or the white Kronenberg with the fruity taste whose name escapes me.

I am in the mood for trying different beers.

Ronan, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dude, Zywiec

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

(re: light, crisp, refreshing, not wheaty)

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was at the nashville beer fest and the best thing there was a homebrewed bock that they ran out of by my second go-round. After a while though all you care about is that the beer is cold, because it's nearly august, and you're outdoors in nashville.

I think I might have talked my dad into getting a 30-gallon kit from Boot Lager. (ha ha, "boot lager")

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I also finally made myself a michelada with a little kosher salt on top of a can of tecate with a lime in it. not half bad, if you don't mind a bit of foamy foam foam.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sundar, have you tried Flying Bison? I can't quite remember which bars serve it (I think the Ulrich's, but they have closed, I think). I miss it dearly.

molly mummenschanz, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I swore by Aviator Red (which you can get at Wegman's) for a while. I still think it's good but have gone off it a bit. Are there other good FB beers?

I wanted to make it to Dieu du Ciel when I visited Mtl earlier in the month but couldn't make it. Drank a lot of St-Ambroise (and some nice micro wheats) instead.

Sundar, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

They have seasonal beers (which I can remember the name of), that friends would bring me in growlers. I never managed to locate the brewery, which apparently is on the West Side (on Niagara, maybe?). Anyway, I remember enjoying the summer and winter ales quite a bit.

Available in Wegmans!? Ahh! This was not so when I lived there! I love you, Wegmans!

molly mummenschanz, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Dude, Zywiec"

One of the benefits of my area of London filling up with large numbers of young eastern Europeans is the availablity in the cornershops of excellent Polish beers at ridiculously cheap prices.

Zywiec is one of the better ones, at about £1 a bottle. The dark lagers especailly are a revelation.

bham, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ronan WTF?? This is truly a new era for you!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Saku from Estonia is pretty good

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Saku or Saku Kuld, anyway. The dark variety has that soy saucey aftertaste I can't get with.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ronan WTF?? This is truly a new era for you!

is this a joke? heh...I don't get it if so. is it that unusual that I ask about trying new beers?

Ronan, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had a Saku Porter that had a weird aftertaste, that was probably the same one.

Wheats: Last night I was drinking Sprecher Hefe Weiss, which was all right.
Non-Wheats: Last night I was also drinking New Holland Mad Hatter, which was goddamn awesome.

dan m, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I guess I am in the dark :/ I thought you were still teetotalling because of your stuffed-upedness-in-the-cabesa.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

xxp my dad found it back home, they put a 1 per customer limit on it which is so funny

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes, the entire rev deep wood series in cans this year is incredible.

Jeff, Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Got a bottle of epic big bad baptista

infinity (∞), Friday, 15 December 2017 02:30 (one month ago) Permalink

whole foods bar has CBS on tap. set my soup supplies down and had a half-pour. I certainly enjoy the maple sweetness compared to KBS. hard to say if I like it more than backwoods in the founders lineup.

crocus bulbotuber (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 18 December 2017 00:51 (one month ago) Permalink

and no judgement here, but it always surprises me how a bar set in the middle of whole foods deli can actually transform into a "bar" bar. there are people there to drink beer, watch football, fuss over whether or not to get food, etc. I've gotten a beer there twice, and both times I was the only one with a basket of vegetables, grabbing a quick beer while grocery shopping.

crocus bulbotuber (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 18 December 2017 00:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ve had more beers at the Whole Foods bar in my new town than all other places combined. Hang out with kid, get him some pasta salad, have a beer.

joygoat, Monday, 18 December 2017 01:47 (one month ago) Permalink

that's a nice idea! A bit amazed by the whole foods bar selection.

crocus bulbotuber (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 18 December 2017 02:46 (one month ago) Permalink

The Whole Foods bar thing needs its own thread. It’s so weird to navigate.

I got La Chouffe tonight. Because Happy Holidays.

El Tomboto, Monday, 18 December 2017 02:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone ITT near Philly?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 18 December 2017 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

a friend of mine bartends at the whole foods near me. he worked in regular bars for a like a decade and while he thinks the "whole foods bar scene" is ridiculous and absurd (what sufjan mentioned -- people actually going there to hang out vs getting a beer while shopping or getting a quick bite) he really loves the pace and the hours. he gets off work at 9:30pm as opposed to 3am or 4am.

marcos, Monday, 18 December 2017 18:11 (one month ago) Permalink

xp Mordy iirc

I want to change my display name (dan m), Monday, 18 December 2017 18:13 (one month ago) Permalink

ayo Mordy...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 18 December 2017 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Yo what’s up?

Mordy, Monday, 18 December 2017 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

i go to a whole foods very often

its convenient, has everything i need and the beer guy knows me and lets me buy more than the min of limited qty beers before theyre even out in the shelf

it beats driving to more than one place

infinity (∞), Monday, 18 December 2017 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

xp: does your ILX mail work?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 18 December 2017 18:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Sadly no - ill webmail you my email addy

Mordy, Monday, 18 December 2017 18:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Whole Foods are among the finest bars.

Jeff, Monday, 18 December 2017 18:32 (one month ago) Permalink

there are many reasons to hate on WF, but the stores are really well thought-out in my experience

you sure pay for that, though

mh, Monday, 18 December 2017 19:24 (one month ago) Permalink

BA Ten Fidy is very nice. One perk of being removed from the popular white whale beers of Chicago is that others have become seemingly easier to find? Never had this stuff there, it disappeared too fast.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Monday, 18 December 2017 21:58 (one month ago) Permalink

More BCBS data: still sitting at local stores, including easy targets like Binny's. I'm assuming they just must have made a shit ton of it this year.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 December 2017 22:16 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ve only looked one additional place, Lakeview Whole Foods and they were out! Maybe I should just move to the burbs.

Jeff, Monday, 18 December 2017 22:18 (one month ago) Permalink

A friend from Chicago came to visit over the weekend and brought me 16-17 barleywines and 17 regular. He said it was still easily available in his home burbs, SW side Oak Lawn/Lemont/etc.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Monday, 18 December 2017 22:36 (one month ago) Permalink

going to drink my bcbs then, I guess

mh, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:27 (one month ago) Permalink

do you guys paper bag it on the nj transit?

treeship 2, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:29 (one month ago) Permalink

I think it’s weird they let people get “lit up” on the train to borrow a cherished phrase from my brother

treeship 2, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:30 (one month ago) Permalink

(Mordy, if you sent webmail I didn't get it... but then again, I have no idea what email account is attached to my ILX login haha).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:19 (one month ago) Permalink

just email me at mms531 at nyu dot edu

Mordy, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:49 (one month ago) Permalink

i had an amazing beer from tired hands tnite -

Rust & Decay II:
Blended Pennsylvania Sour Brown Ale. 6.9% A blend of oak fermented beers from a dizzying array of wine and spirit barrels, balanced by a small portion of fresh, stainless fermented beer. Naturally carbonated in the keg by refermentation. Surrender to decay.

so good.

Mordy, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Damn... I was hoping to hit you up before you hit TH, but email sent regardless.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 03:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Here's the NEIPA Tropical Gravy Train story instead of the link... pic.twitter.com/suhMonUZj6

— Mark Dredge (@markdredge) December 21, 2017

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 21 December 2017 14:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Tonight’s modest haul.
Blood Orange first - don’t taste it at all but it’s passable for a Thursday.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DRnVqv-W0AIPVxM.jpg

calstars, Friday, 22 December 2017 01:46 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Kern rivers winter dipa is v dece

infinity (∞), Friday, 22 December 2017 03:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

O.H.S.O. Boom! Dynamite IPA is really juicy and absolutely hitting the spot atm.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 24 December 2017 23:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

There's a little brewery that opened in Portsmouth, R.I. this year — Ragged Island. Their Five Tsar is honestly one of the best stouts I've ever had. Hopefully they'll get some distribution soon.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I am sure I've said this before but I love coming to visit my parents in rural MI because I can find all the rare Bells and Founders beers that sell so quick in the city. Black Note, Whiskey Barrel Cherry Stout, and CBS, all since Xmas day. Unfortunately, pricing has caught up with urban areas.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 28 December 2017 23:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Seeing as I am currently about a mile from you, where are you finding these?

joygoat, Friday, 29 December 2017 01:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Platform cherry donut pie gose
Like drinking an alcoholic donut with sprinkles

calstars, Sunday, 31 December 2017 19:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I drank a roughly seven year old Pipeworks Imperial Porter tonight and it was super good! Still fizzy, not a hint of sourness.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Saturday, 6 January 2018 03:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Almost ordered a bud light

infinity (∞), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Rejected David Crosby line? "...but I didn't, and I wonder why..."

nickn, Saturday, 13 January 2018 18:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Ha

Possibly

Because the eagle rock populist ipa i got was just okay — on tap though so marginally better than the canned/bottled stuff

infinity (∞), Saturday, 13 January 2018 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

A couple weeks ago I had a bottle of Miller Lite at a bar by my in laws place while waiting for carry out pizza and the place smelled of snowmobile exhaust and the Packers Lions game was on and it was sublime.

joygoat, Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Nice

infinity (∞), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:18 (one week ago) Permalink

rye pale ale by VAULT brewing company -- pretty good. really mild, low gravity and crisp with a nice rye "bite."

treeship 2, Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I like Eagle Rock's sours, and their Red Velvet, an 11% abv red ale with rye.

nickn, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:07 (one week ago) Permalink

“Can I get a 4 oz of the Unicorn Vomit?” is a thing people say now

(It was very tasty)

El Tomboto, Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I could never drink somehing called that

treeship 2, Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Naming not quite up to the admittedly high standards of race horses

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Sunday, 14 January 2018 18:49 (one week ago) Permalink

i want to drink a stout that's called the black stallion

infinity (∞), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Bronx pale ale, middle of the road. Why is there caramel up in this shit?

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:28 (one week ago) Permalink


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