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Old 04-25-2007, 12:59 PM   #11
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Finally some sense around here. Mostly, it's some dude who has tried a freakin' lambic and maybe an estery dubbel of some sort, and suddenly, they're experts on Belgian beers and how much they all suck. It's nice to see someone come around.

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Old 04-25-2007, 01:05 PM   #12
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When I'm drinking beer with dinner I like a porter, stout, wheat, or whatever goes with what I'm eating.
But if I'm sitting relaxing at night I love nothing more than a nice big Belgian, definitely my favorites.

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I like the fun of a belgian. I don't think I could pound belgian beers all night (unless Hefe's and Wits count) but I love to drink a few.

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Old 04-25-2007, 01:49 PM   #14
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Awww, c'mon, cheez...you could put away a few Gouden Carolus' Grand Cru of the Emperors, no prob. It's only 10% or so. Seriously, that stuff will knock you on your ass.

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Awww, c'mon, cheez...you could put away a few Gouden Carolus' Grand Cru of the Emperors, no prob. It's only 10% or so. Seriously, that stuff will knock you on your ass.
I put one down. It would have been good to spread on toast, it was so thick and orange flavored.

Good stuff, but I can deal with one per year.
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:16 PM   #16
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That works out nicely, cuz they only brew it once a year.

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Finally some sense around here. Mostly, it's some dude who has tried a freakin' lambic and maybe an estery dubbel of some sort, and suddenly, they're experts on Belgian beers and how much they all suck. It's nice to see someone come around.
I am still shocked that people claim they don't like Belgian beers...for one, there is one kind for just about every palate (I am convinced there must be with the tons of offerings they have) at least and to draw an analogy that is the same as saying that one doesn't like German beers or American beers...in other words that is the king of blanket statements if ever there was. imho.
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I think of NB's mainline beers as American Micro styles influenced by Belgian styles--some of them are better than others, IMHO. But none of them are really intended to be authentic Belgian styles, so I don't think that's really a fair way to judge them.

(Note I'm talking about the mainline beers, not the more esoteric ones.)
their tripel is supposed to be a belgian style and it's mediocre at best. it's just when they put "belgian-style tripel" or something on the label and it's flat and tastes like roasted barley and corn syrup that i don't appreciate. Unibroue has it right and there's a few american beers that do it well, but most of them i am not fond of. i think most american beers just take a belgian-style recipe, then ruin it by adding way too much hops (like hair of the dog. bleagh)

And "new belgium" claims to have belgian style beers, they just suck IMO
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I've noticed an odd number of belgian beer festivals throughout the country as of late as well. For those of you who get things like Ale Street News and Mid Atlantic Brewing News (or whatever that rag is called), you'll see 5-10 ads per mag about a belgian fest in some random place around the country.

I think Belgian beer is making a comeback. Ommegang is certainly doing what they can to promote it out here on the east coast. I also noticed a number of brewers who I never would have expected it to come out with a random saison or abbey ale.

It's a Belgian Brew Renaissance!

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And "new belgium" claims to have belgian style beers, they just suck IMO
As cweston mentioned in an earlier post. New Belgium has some more esoteric beers that are outstanding. Especially now that Peter Bouckaert formerly of Rodenbach is on board. His La Folie is what Rodenbach Grand Cru used to be like when it was a truly great beer. (before merging with Palm in the late '90s) He brought oak tuns over from the Rodenbach brewery and is making some amazing "wild" beers. La Folie, La Terrior and Love being a few of them.
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