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post #76 of 1979

Trappist Westvleteren

Has anyone tasted Trappist Westvleteren?
post #77 of 1979
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Originally Posted by afton View Post
Has anyone tasted Trappist Westvleteren?
Very expensive and very hard to get, but if you find it you will be rewarded.
Other similar ales are Rochefort and Westmalle, also Koningshoven, (formerly LeTrappe), Chimay, Orval. The original Trappist ales are in better circulation now than they were 20 years ago, but Westvleteren is the hardest to find, for now, maybe forever.
Trappist-style ales produced in the US tend to be tailored for the hophead, with extreme dryness. Authentic Trappist ales are all about the malt and the yeast, but often the alcohol content and the hops used give it a long shelf life.
I'll see if I can get Westvleteren when I start my new job, on Monday!
post #78 of 1979
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Originally Posted by splaz View Post
Could you bring much back though ?

Ah, now I look I also see Fürstenberg, although imo that wasn't that great, I had higher expectations.

Well thanks a lot guys, I just found out the international beers shop has a website and delivery is pretty cheap...

Well I think I'll go with a 6 pack of Kostritzer as I quite liked it, you guys seems to like Fullers ESB and Duvel so I'll get 4 packs of them and a 6 pack of Little Creatures Pale Ale maybe for something domestic.
I brought two crates back, one Franziskaner and one Erdinger. Both luckily are easily purchasable here in the better stores.

Fürstenberg is alright, though not special. One tip though -- if buying German beer, skip the ones with orange labels. I have no idea why this is like it is, but each one with an orange label I tried was horrible.

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So today I was at work, driving around Pennington, and I saw my old boss who owns the premier gourmet liquer, wine and beer store in the tri county area. And you know what? He offered me my old job back !! I am going to be the assistant to the beer manager, who is retireing in the not so near future! Not only does this place have the best high end wine and spirits but it has over 650 different beers!!!!! And I get to sell it, all day! Buy it, order it, stock it, drink it...touch it....Top shelf beer will be everywhere!!! I'm so excited that I busted out a one year old Orval, but not before I drank a St. Peters Porter
I just can't believe it! It's not set in stone yet, but they need me, and I need them
WOOOOOOOOPIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
OOOOOOOHHHYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHH!!

Nice. Congrats on the job!


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Originally Posted by TonePusher View Post
Count me in! I usually drink Hefeweizen when available. I'm beginning to like tecate also. I guess it's an acquired taste, since it's the only beer readily available at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Sorry Heineken drinkers, but I can't stand this beer.
The imported Heineken that you have over in the states is quite different/worse than the "regular" Heineken that we have here. Even in Germany, it was different. I've heard this is because export beer needs to have a longer expiration date than regular beer. If you like Weiss beer, check out Franziskaner and Erdinger, two of my favorites.
post #79 of 1979
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Originally Posted by digitalmind View Post
Fürstenberg is alright, though not special. One tip though -- if buying German beer, skip the ones with orange labels. I have no idea why this is like it is, but each one with an orange label I tried was horrible.
I see... the orange labels better not be purdy looking, that's why I originally got the Kostritzer... it looked cool.

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The imported Heineken that you have over in the states is quite different/worse than the "regular" Heineken that we have here. Even in Germany, it was different. I've heard this is because export beer needs to have a longer expiration date than regular beer.
I thought that with some of the large international brands some of them have breweries in different regions rather than shipping it around the place . I could be wrong but If I'm not imagining things that could be the reason for any difference.
post #80 of 1979
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Originally Posted by splaz View Post
I see... the orange labels better not be purdy looking, that's why I originally got the Kostritzer... it looked cool.
Haha, same reason I got the orange labels.... not a good plan. Unless you like oranges. Or a strange mix of oranges and bad beer. No - I'm not joking, two orange labeled beers actually did have a hint of oranges in their taste, when it was obviously not connected to oranges in the slightest.

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Originally Posted by splaz View Post
I thought that with some of the large international brands some of them have breweries in different regions rather than shipping it around the place . I could be wrong but If I'm not imagining things that could be the reason for any difference.
That could be as well, though why would they label it "export" on the bottle?
post #81 of 1979
Great thread! You can count me in, I love beer!

Off the top of my head, here are a few I enjoy.

Belhaven
Dogfish Head 120 IPA
Duvel
New Castle
Pauliner
Sam Adams (Brewmaster's Collection)
Sierra Nevada
Spaten Optimator

Cheers!

~Zip
post #82 of 1979
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Originally Posted by ziplock View Post
Great thread! You can count me in, I love beer!

Off the top of my head, here are a few I enjoy.

Belhaven
Dogfish Head 120 IPA
Duvel
New Castle
Pauliner
Sam Adams (Brewmaster's Collection)
Sierra Nevada
Spaten Optimator

Cheers!

~Zip
Duvel! Quite nice taste you have, good sir.
post #83 of 1979
Thread Starter 
A few years ago I had Quadrupel ... and since then it has retired, cause I think it was New Belgium Brewing Company bought them out. I can't remember who made the Quad.
post #84 of 1979
Count me in to team Beer-Fi!

I figure I'm up to a little south of 1000 beers tasted. I gave up counting a long time ago. I used to have a collection of about 300 differnt bottles, but I keep throwing them out as I get tiered of moving them.

A big fan of hoppy pale ales.

Anchor -Liberty
Mill St - Tankhouse (Toronto, Canada)

A few others that have tweaked my interest in one way or another lately
Innis and Gunn aged
Mill St - Coffee porter
Caledonian 80 shilling
Ushers Peculiar (haven't seen in a couple of years)
Amsterdam Frambois
Niagara Falls Eisbock
McAuslan -St. Ambroise
Rogue - Bitter


mmmmmm beer.
post #85 of 1979
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Originally Posted by Joshatdot View Post
Kramer, that looks like a very hoppy Pilsner, no? Does it taste like a hoppy IPA?
Yeah, thats pretty accurate description. it has a nice forward, attention grabbing crispness of the bavarian noble hops. But finished out smooth and mellow. I think this is one of my favorite pilsners. Kind of reminds me of a more aggresive, flavor-filled Sapporo draft... that same kind of smoothness.

*edit* I'm enjoying one as I type this.
post #86 of 1979
uh? did i hear beer? count me in!

Kunstmann Torobayo for me please

http://www.cerveza-kunstmann.cl/english.htm

post #87 of 1979
Beer-Fi is definitely the team for me! Over my still fairly short drinking career I've most certainly developed a taste for the nectar of the gods known as beer. So far I would guess that I've tried somewhere around 100 - 150 different beers. As for my favorites:

Trois Pistoles
Boulevard Wheat
Eku 28
Old Peculiar
Samuel Smith Organic Lager
Orval
Fuller's London Pride
Ephemere (apple)
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

It turns out that Iowa City is an oasis of good beer as these are my two favorite places to go for beer: The "Beer Room" in John's Grocery and The Sanctuary jazz club. I have a feeling I'm going to miss Iowa City...
post #88 of 1979
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
Had a really good pilsner tonight...

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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
Yeah, thats pretty accurate description. it has a nice forward, attention grabbing crispness of the bavarian noble hops. But finished out smooth and mellow. I think this is one of my favorite pilsners. Kind of reminds me of a more aggresive, flavor-filled Sapporo draft... that same kind of smoothness.

*edit* I'm enjoying one as I type this.
Where did you get that? I can't find it on Google. (well I only looked for a minute)


EDIT: I think I found that Trader Joe's has it, no?
post #89 of 1979
Guinness...BRILLIANT!

all of my friends hate it (coors or bud for them )...but we drink it at the firehouse all the time. Dont worry tho, we designated people to not drink and respond to calls
post #90 of 1979
It's a local microbrewery and can't believe I haven't tried it already.

Little creatures pale ale. I'm no afficiando, but to me, it tastes good.



Well for a bit more in depth thoughts. Some reviews of this I've seen had said the head dissipates quickly, I used a tall beer glass I had on hand and that sort of concentrated the head so it was thick and fluffy and I didn't notice it vanishing anymore than usual, will try in a wider glass though.

Anyway I'm not good at describing how it tastes, to me it just tastes great, very easy to drink, nothing overpowering in it, yet it's not as if you're drinking beer flavoured water either. Hard for a novice like me to describe. I'll say it's a complex, yet easy experience drinking it, very refreshing.
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