What's your favorite BEER?

dafattkidd Posted By dafattkidd, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM

  1. fbelec

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    if i had a choice i would be norm in that place. looks great. nothing like a good brew and a game of 9 ball
     
  2. Chimney Smoke

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    So after reading through this I've decided to try some different beers. I definitely don't like IPA's but have had some dark beer that is growing on me. Has anyone tried the Russian Imperial Stout by Otter Creek Brewing from Vermont?
     
  3. Jan Pijpelink

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    Never heard of it.
     
  4. Ashful

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    I’ve had a few Russian Imperial Stouts, but not that particular one. Some are quite good (syrupy, sweet, strong), but some (eg. Old Rasputin) are too bitter and nosey (hoppy). If you want to check out imperial stouts, most of my favorites are made by Fegley’s (eg. Insidious, Delirious, etc.). Of course, I always favor malty over hoppy, others differ.
     
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    I did pick up a bottle of the Allagash Curieux. My local grocery store had them at $13.99/bottle. I haven't tried it yet, what type of beer/flavor should I expect from it?
     
  6. Jan Pijpelink

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    It is a Belgian style Tripel. Very high in bittering hops. Very malty. Should be excellent. Once started, you want more.
     
  7. Ashful

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    Holy carp, that's cheap! I get excited any time I find it under $20, around here. I assume we're talking their usual 25 oz corked bottles? I've never seen it in any other size.

    It's a barrel-aged version of their standard Tripel. So, higher ABV, more complex, but at it's heart... a Tripel. I think they buy used barrels off Jim Beam (who seems to own just about every damn bourbon and rye distillery in the country, these days), for the process.

    The barrel-aging process seems to bring more to a Quad (and other darker Belgians) than it does to a Tripel, but I'm such a fan of Tripels in general, that this one scores very high in my book.
     
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    My favorite Tripel is Westmalle.
     
  9. Ashful

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    We have similar taste, then. Westmalle makes a solid Tripel.

    Of course, there's very few Tripels I dislike. Rochefort, Westmalle, Chimay, St. Bernardus (both versions), Allagash... even the lowly Merry Monks. They're all good, and which I'd call my favorite changes too often to bother naming just one.

    Dubbels are a little tougher. I don't like the Allagash Dubbel, at all. Grimbergen is damn good, and I guess you'd call Prior 8 and Pater 6 (both St. Bern) Dubbels... they're both excellent. I haven't had the Rocherfort, I refuse to pay that much for a Dubbel.

    Kwak is out there all on it's own, but I guess some might want to throw it into the Dubbel category. Damn good, whatever you call it.

    The Quads are fun. La Trappe is good, and I'd guess the only one doing them for any amount of time. Ommegang's Three Philosphers is another good one, obviously newer. Again, St. Bernardus is near the top of that style with Abt.12.
     
  10. Jan Pijpelink

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    Don't talk to me about Grimbergen or La Trappe. I'm getting nuts. Where I am from originally, Netherlands, we had it in any supermarket for half the price here. And every self respecting bar had it too.
     
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    You and I should NEVER meet! It will be a big mess.
     
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    I spent some time in Amsterdam last fall. Most of the beer I saw there was Pils style, poured with full head and then knifed flush to the rim. I remember seeing a lot of Stella Artois, which ain’t bad, but it’s no La Trappe Quadruple!

    Does this vary regionally?
     
  13. Chimney Smoke

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    Yes, this one was a corked 750mL bottle. We just tried it, I had a glass and my wife had a glass. Was very good, with almost a fruity finish. Something strange with Allagash for me though. I've had three different types and I have a mild almost allergic reaction to them like my throat is closing up a little. I don't know if they all have wheat in them or what. I had an Allagash Black the other day and that one really didn't agree with me. As far as cost - being 15 miles from the brewery probably helps.
     
  14. Jan Pijpelink

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    Yes. In Europe beer is served with 2 fingers of foam (with the exception of the UK, all flat) and knifed. Stella is a very popular beer since 2 decades or so. Until the 90's it was a head ache beer. They changed the recipe and it is a lot better now. Regional: Amsterdam: Heineken which is the worst of all beers and Amstel which is Heineken with a different label. Eastern Netherlands: Dommelsch, very nice for a pils. South: Hertog Jan, also pretty good. But being so close to the border with Belgium, Belgian beers are so much more popular. I am from Zeeland, south-west, close to the Belgian border. In fact my paternal family is from Belgium. Antwerp. Rubens, the famous painter is my cousin. Family tree: www.pijpelink.nl (also in English)
     
  15. Jan Pijpelink

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    When I am in NL to visit my mother, I drink Jupiler, a Belgian Pilsner with the right amount of hops.
     
  16. Ashful

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    I spend a few weeks in Europe every year, since the mid-1990's. Mostly Germany, but also Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, etc. I'm used to getting a finger of head in Germany, with the obligatory fill to the legal line etched into the glass, but the knifing isn't something I'm used to seeing there.

    Yes, plenty of Heineken in Amsterdam. Not great, but somehow not as bad there, as it is here. Maybe it's just the environment.
     
  17. Jan Pijpelink

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    It is the same stuff here as there, rubbish. Are those vacation trips to Europe?
     
  18. Chimney Smoke

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    I had a Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout yesterday - wow that stuff is good.
     

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