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Old 05-01-2013, 12:33 AM   #51
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Hey I like all music but the Grateful Dead so I understand. .

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:20 AM   #52
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You started with some serious beers. I'd say start with some easy drinking beers. Try some wit. Very low on the funk. Then try some small saison. Great divide makes a beer called Collette that is incredible. Light and dry, just a little tart and fruity.

I think once you get the taste for some lighter beers you can get on to the funkier stuff, tripel, ipa, golden strong, etc.

At least that is what did it for me.

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:30 AM   #53
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Tripels hooked me. Most any tripel is a treat. There is a homebrew contest in my area each year. It's decided by votes from the attendees...no official judges. My friends and I theorized that a sweetish, fruity, warming tripel would be a sure bet for success.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:37 AM   #54
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What do you guys mean by funk? I look for spice and fruit from regular Belgian yeast. British ales are pretty fruity too...I believe the yeast used for Duvel orginally came from an English ale (Scotch ale?). Only thing I consider funk comes from Brett...like Orval is funky.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:12 AM   #55
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On the opposite side, I run from anything with the word farmhouse in it. Whenever I've tried farmhouse ales I fell like i'm drinking water someone used to wring out their gym socks.
I couldn't agree more with you regarding farmhouse stuff. Reminds me of dirty dishes in the sink.

However, I really like most every other Belgian. That St. Bernardus 12 is fantastic.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:46 PM   #56
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Ommegang Abbey Dubbel was all I needed to know I love Belgians. I absolutely love the funk and now saisons are my latest infatuation. I know my buddies aren't wild about saisons though. I generally love trying new foods, especially bold or spicy flavors so maybe that plays into it somehow as well. Are you (OP) a fan of trying new foods? Many folks around here seem to like what they like (PA Dutch meat and potatoes) and don't like to deviate from that. Anywho, to each their own!

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Ommegang Abbey Dubbel was all I needed to know I love Belgians. I absolutely love the funk and now saisons are my latest infatuation. I know my buddies aren't wild about saisons though. I generally love trying new foods, especially bold or spicy flavors so maybe that plays into it somehow as well. Are you (OP) a fan of trying new foods? Many folks around here seem to like what they like (PA Dutch meat and potatoes) and don't like to deviate from that. Anywho, to each their own!
I'm pretty adventurous. Think Andrew Zimmern. I ate Guinae Pigs (Cuy) in Peru. I ate '1000-year old eggs', scorpions, and the webbing between a duck's toes in China. I'll try anything once.

There are few things I don't like.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:22 PM   #58
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If you don't like Belgian beers that is fine. Not every style is for everyone. I like Belgian beers personally, several of my buddies don't like them. Personally I don't like onions, odd yes, but it is something I can't get a taste for.

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Wow, well that's another theory shot to hell

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I would HIGHLY recommend you try the following two USA-brewed belgians. Both are inexpensive, come in 12 oz, and great places to start:

Allagash White
North Coast Brewing PranQster

I seriously think you will rate Allagash White at 9 or 10 out of 10 - SERIOUSLY. Fan-fricking-tastic and doesn't make me think Belgian much at all (maybe this is cheating but it's still considered a belgian beer).

PranQster is much more traditional belgian strong golden but for some reason I like it quite a bit - the cheap price certainly helps . Overall I think it just has a nice balance of funk, alcohol, fruit, and dryness for a great price.
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Two great beers I would drink anytime.
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