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#14706 - 06/26/06 03:56 PM Re: beer thread **** [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 05/01/02
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Loc: Davenport, Iowa, USA
I finally got around to trying some new beer that I bought my dad for Father's Day. I didn't know what other gift to get him and beer is always welcome in his household! I also know my dad doesn't like to drink alone, so of course, guess who gets to join him?! Anyway, I ended up with some Dead Guy Ale from the Rogue Brewery in Oregon, Chimay (blue label) from Belgium, and Warsteiner from Germany. The Dead Guy Ale had a good flavor, but may have been a bit bitter for my taste, and the Warsteiner was crisp and easy to drink. We haven't popped the cork off the Chimay yet, but we're looking forward to it soon! It sure is expensive stuff!
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#14707 - 06/26/06 04:02 PM Re: beer thread [Re: sonicfox]
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The Chimay blue is right tasty!
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#14708 - 06/26/06 05:19 PM Re: beer thread [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 05/09/03
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Loc: Brandon, Manitoba
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The Chimay blue is right tasty!



Hope I have a chance to sample more than a few of these, my gf and I will be travelling through Europe for a month (we leave this weekend). However, Leuvan, Belgium will be home base for us so we should have ample opportunity to taste the wide array of Belgian beers! I had been hoping to fit a tour of Chimay brewery in, but unfortunately it's a bit out of the way from where we'll be staying.
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#14709 - 06/26/06 07:40 PM Re: beer thread [Re: sidvicious02]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8125
Loc: Tacoma
Have a great trip, Scott! I will look forward to a full report upon your return.

I agree with Peter about the Grand Reserve Chimay. It is fantastic. But - if you're not terribly familiar with Belgian beers - it's going to seem really weird to you. Give it time and consideration. Note how it changes in your glass as it warms. It's wonderfully complex.

The Dead Guy is pretty ordinary, I think. They sometime claimed it was a bock. That's a crock. Most Rogue beers are at least on the edge of "over-hopped for the style". They're not "bad" per se; the aggressiveness of the hop profile is simply how they like it.
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#14710 - 07/02/06 11:16 PM Re: beer thread [Re: tomtuttle]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5256
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
OK... since it's a long weekend up here (I assume some of you folks are taking a 4-day weekend for July 4 and the rest just get Tuesday off ??) and I was buying beer in a small town beer store for a change (ie no selection) I thought I would have another try at finding a "good cheap beer". I had been hearing non-stop "make 'er a Laker" commercials all the way to the store (I thought Laker was an abbreviation for Lakeport, a relatively new brewery in Hamilton) so when I saw "Laker Red" I thought I would give it a try.

Ordered a dozen "Lakeport Red", whereupon the nice girl behind the counter explained that I probably wanted "Laker Red", since Lakeport did not make a red beer yet. Further questioning revealed that Laker is actually a discount brand produced by Brick Breweries out in Waterloo. The things you learn in a beer store.

Now I have no idea which brand the "make 'er a Laker" commercials are pushing -- I'm REALLY sure they were for Lakeport not Laker, which if true will probably result in some advertising people being fired soon.

Anyways, the beer. Pretty good, really. I have tried about a half dozen low priced brands and each time concluded that I would be better off drinking Unibroue products even if I could only afford half as much of them.

This was noticeably better than previous discount beers. I am partial to Rickard's Red, and this was close enough that I wouldn't notice the difference without really paying attention. Bottom line -- this is the first low priced beer I would buy again.

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#14711 - 07/02/06 11:22 PM Re: Bleeach! [Re: BrenR]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5256
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
>>Stelllllaaaaaaa... you know, I have one Stella Artois left in the fridge, and I can't even give it away...

Maybe it's the light damaging it, but Stella in bottles is always skunky. Up here you can get it in 500 ml cans which (a) seem to be a better deal, and (b) contain much better tasting beer.

I bet you had bottles ?

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#14712 - 07/04/06 12:01 AM Re: Bleeach! [Re: bridgman]
BrenR Offline
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Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
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Maybe it's the light damaging it, but Stella in bottles is always skunky. I bet you had bottles ?


I'm Canadian... yes, yes I did have bottles... and that well could be... I don't remember where I bought them.. (I'm thinking an LC - Liquor Commission for the Americans) and they've been in a dark beer fridge here, but... who knows.

I don't really like Western European beer anyway... at least those I've tried... I like it dark and tasty not bright yellow and vinegar-y.

Bren R.

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#14713 - 07/04/06 12:26 AM Re: Bleeach! [Re: BrenR]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5256
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
>>they've been in a dark beer fridge here, but... who knows.

I always wondered. Does the light REALLY go out when you close the door ?

It doesn't really matter though... I bet if you cracked one open in the parking lot of the beer store it would STILL be skunky, I don't think this is a case of degrading at home.

Given that the 500 ml cans cost about the same as the 341 ml bottles, maybe the bottles are just sitting on the shelf too long ?

Hey, totally changing the topic; when I was poking around on a couple of beer sites I found that Unibroue offers their beers in 750ml corked bottles as well as the standard 341 ml "generic beer holder". Has anyone seen these, particularly outside of Quebec ?


Edited by bridgman (07/04/06 12:29 AM)

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#14714 - 07/07/06 01:32 AM Re: Bleeach! [Re: bridgman]
bridgman Offline
axiomite

Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5256
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
While I was looking around, I also stumbled across this page, which I believe to be someones private "beer cellar" in Atlanta. I hadn't realized that some beers can age well over a number of years, but apparently that is the case.

http://kpscellar.atlantabeer.com/beercellar/main.html

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#14715 - 07/07/06 12:23 PM Re: Bleeach! [Re: bridgman]
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16220
Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
I would like to meet this man. Badly.
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