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#1
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
February 23, 2024, 02:32:56 AM
Quote from: Trappist on February 22, 2024, 10:29:17 AMHi John,
I also forgot to mention that both beers have different label measures.
The Triplus has a bigger front- and back label compared to the Altus.
The top of the label says "Ora et Labora" (pray and work), which is not the case with the Altus.
Also, the back label from the Triplus is bigger, actually the same ast the front label.
This keeps me thinking that both beers could be brewed at 2 different breweries. Labels actually can reveal ALOT!!!
That wild yeast flavor (Bretts) in the Altus keeps me thinking, knowing Anthony Martins owns Timmermans brewery where lambic is brewed!! => Bretts!!!
Cheers,
Filip


Filip the Beer Detective!   C:-)   I know if anybody can find out the answers it will be you. Thank you for the additional information. Very interesting about the label variations.

Cheers! - John
#2
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
February 21, 2024, 11:35:02 PM
A very interesting story behind these beers. Thanks for sharing that Filip!


Would love to try them someday, but probably not possible unless I can make it back to beautiful Belgium.  F_C

Cheers! - John

#3
Belgian Beer Abroad / Re: Pescara - Italy
February 20, 2024, 10:24:40 AM
Lovely report Filip. Nice to see that Belgian beer is being appreciated in so many places around the world.

Interesting bit about the prices for all beers being the same. I don't recall ever seeing a bar menu like that.

Cheers! - John
#4
Beer Tastings / Re: Fruh Kolsch
February 06, 2024, 04:54:31 PM
Quote from: Trappist on February 06, 2024, 02:06:28 PMHi Viv,
Why does this beer always remind me of that Belgian Früli ??
https://www.brouwerijhuyghe.be/nl/bieren/fruli
That is because that look is so similar, especially that written name of the beer.
But ofcourse, it's a beer that is TOTALLY different (opposite) as the Reinheitsgebot German beer you greatly describe over here.
And, that strawberry beer from Huyghe is so difficult to find over here in Belgium. It's a true export product.
Cheers,
Filip


Yes indeed, I had the same reaction Filip. Thought it was the same beer at first glance.

Cheers! - John
#5
Who is Where? / Re: Linda’s birthday weekend
February 06, 2024, 02:19:42 AM
My goodness, some fantastic beers you've been enjoying!

It's really nice to see good beer is being made in so many places around the world nowadays.

Cheers! - John
#6
Beer Tastings / Re: Schremser Weihnachts
February 05, 2024, 02:23:21 PM
You don't see a lot of blonde Christmas beers, and ones with a relatively low abv like that. Your description sounds rather tasty though Viv.

Cheers! - John
#7
Trappist Related / Re: Trappist Westvleteren
January 31, 2024, 05:06:32 PM
It just doesn't get any better than that. Drinking one of the best beers in the world at it's source, in peaceful surroundings. The stuff dreams are made of.

Cheers! - John
#8
Beer Tastings / Re: Diebels Alt
January 23, 2024, 09:23:33 PM
Ahhh yes, when I visited Germany a number of times I'd go out for bicycle rides in the Essen area, not too far from Dusseldorf. This beer was everywhere and cheap, so I'd often purchase a bottle for consumption on the ride home. Was never quite sure how the German laws looked upon drinking in public, so usually I'd go find a place in the woods along the river to enjoy the beer.

Speaking of cheap, it always amazed me that some beers were actually cheaper to buy than water of the same quantity. I'd heard that was the case before I went to Germany the first time, but didn't believe it until I saw it.

Prost! - John   
#9
Who is Where? / Re: Porto
January 23, 2024, 11:17:29 AM
Fantastic report Jay!  :appauding-1:

From the looks of it the beer scene in Porto certainly has greatly improved in recent years. That's wonderful to see.

One thing that seems not to have changed is that warm Portuguese hospitality. That's also a good thing.

Thanks for sharing your and Linda's experiences here Jay. You really do a great job capturing the essence of the places that you've visited.

Cheers! - John
#10
Who is Where? / Re: Porto
January 11, 2024, 04:15:46 PM
It's been about a dozen years or so since I was in Porto. Beautiful city for sure, but yes as far as beery destinations there wasn't much at all to speak of back then. Hopefully that's changed since my visit.

Two things that I know you won't have a hard time finding are places to drink their famous wine, and coffee shops. I remember standing on one street in front of a coffee shop, which was right next door to another coffee shop, which was across the street from a coffee shop, which was across the intersection from another coffee shop. Four coffee shops within spitting distance of each other, lol.

Oh yeah, and codfish. It's everywhere.

Have fun Jay, looking forward to your impressions of Porrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrto (that's how I used to pronounce it to my Portuguese girlfriend at the time).

Saúde! - John
#11
Beer Tastings / Re: Duchesse Cherry
January 08, 2024, 05:07:16 PM
Wow Viv, double the cost of the base beer!? I can see why you'll stick to the base beer in the future. I would too.

Cheers! - John
#12
Beer News / Re: De Bierboom
January 06, 2024, 04:58:34 PM
Oh nooooo. So sad to hear this. I wish Rudy and Marina all the best in the future, as well as to the new owners.

Cheers - John
#13
Beer Pub Experiences / Re: De Snelle Duve - Snellegem
January 05, 2024, 01:07:57 PM
Beautiful report Filip!  :appauding-1:

Interesting info about the Duivels beer. Yes hopefully someday their beers will eventually make it over here to the USA.   F_C

Cheers! - John

#14
Chit Chat / Re: Happy New-Year 2024 !
January 01, 2024, 07:44:15 AM
Wishing everyone here a very happy new year. May you find it full of peace, love and happiness.

Cheers! - John
#15
Beer News / Re: 960.000+ views !
December 27, 2023, 04:26:03 PM
That dog in the background is thinking "See, that's what happens when you don't drink from a proper glass".

Cheers! - John