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If I'm doing research correctly it appears that this place also offers billiards and darts. Sounds like a fun place to go have some simple but satisfying food, good beer at a fair price and a little entertainment if desired. Thanks for sharing Filip!   t_u

Cheers! - John
Chit Chat / Re: MBCC 2024
June 01, 2024, 08:20:19 PM
Man oh man Jay!!! Does life get much better than that?

You and Linda sure know how to pick out the best of the best places to go and things to do.

Lovin' your reports mate!  t_u

Cheers! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: St.Canarus Triple
June 01, 2024, 08:14:12 PM
It's been probably 8 years or so since I've had that beer, (that was in Ghent), So I don't know what it's like these days, but I seem to remember that I enjoyed it back then.
Beer News / Re: What a surprise !!
May 15, 2024, 06:30:32 PM
Interesting find. Hard to say if there has been any falsification at some point, not necessarily by the current owner.

The dust does look thin, but then again it's possible that the bottles have been dusted off by someone years ago and this collection of dust is not from pre-1945. Or the bottles may have been stored in a somewhat non dusty environment.

The corks are interesting, as about half of them look aged and half of them look almost new. Not sure what to make of that. Assuming all bottles were stored together and in the same environment it would seem that they should all look about the same.

The labels do look to be in almost pristine shape, especially considering they would be over 80 years old. Again, hard to say much more about that without knowing exactly how and where the bottles were stored.

Yes, a very interesting find, but as much as I love this beer (one of my all time favorites) I wouldn't be in a hurry to lay out a large sum of money for this. It's likely that someone will though, and I'd be interested in hearing how the beer itself looks and tastes.

Cheers! - John
Chit Chat / Re: Non Belgian beers
May 07, 2024, 05:03:06 PM
Quote from: Trappist on May 07, 2024, 09:50:12 AMIf a Belgian style tripel occurs that's so freaky amazing and so similar, or even better than what we have here, I can only encourage to make much more of that Belgian style!
But please, they shouldn't use the name "Belgian beer" on their label., which all too frequently happens.

I've never come across a tripel anywhere that was better than the best from Belgium. Some are very good and come close, but the Belgian made tripels are still king in my estimation.

And yes Filip, so true ... I don't like when breweries call their beer "Belgian" when they are not made in Belgium. Perhaps the best description is how Russian River Brewing puts it ... their beers are "Belgian inspired". And damned good too I might add.  :)

Cheers! - John
Chit Chat / Re: MBCC 2024
May 07, 2024, 04:56:03 PM
Enjoy Jay and Linda! Looking forward to your report    t_u

Cheers! - John
It doesn't get much better than that Filip! What a satisfying looking meal. I can only imagine the tasting part. Sheer enjoyment I'm sure.

Cheers! - John
Chit Chat / Re: Non Belgian beers
May 06, 2024, 08:21:28 PM
It certainly looks delicious Jay. Great photo! Wonder how their other beers are.

Cheers! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: Nursia Extra
April 21, 2024, 10:13:05 AM
Wow, what a description of the taste! You're able to pick out so many different flavors Viv.  :inspector:
 That beer sounds pretty interesting and delicious.

Cheers! - John
Beer News / Re: Bush Mystery!
April 15, 2024, 04:53:46 PM
Sounds like your explanation makes sense Filip, but perhaps the good folks at Dubuisson know something else?   :chin:

Cheers! - John 
Beer Tastings / Re: Tripel Karmeliet from can !
April 10, 2024, 11:01:23 PM
Thanks for sharing your tasting findings Filip. Can't say that I am surprised by the outcome. In fact I'm hard pressed to think of a Belgian beer that's better from a can than it is from a bottle.

Cheers! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: Martha Brown Eyes - 12 vol%
March 26, 2024, 04:32:59 PM
Quote from: Trappist on March 26, 2024, 10:17:54 AMHi,
This is a f*cking GREAT beer!

Sexy, crazy, wild, busy, happy, tough strong beer


Martha, taste life!

Martha, that's tasting life.
Hard against unsoft, sometimes happy and wild, busy, but sometimes also chill or sexy.
However we feel, or want to feel, there is always a Martha to suit us.
Busy and in need to relax? Relaxed and in for a crazy party? Sexy and ready to conquer the world? Desiring a cool adventure?
It's always Martha time!
Because you know, there's a Martha in everyone of us....

Martha, taste life!

Get thirsty & visit our social media channels to let your taste buds tingling.

This beer is brewed at the Brew Society in Heule by brewmaster Björn Desmadryl - CEO - The Brew Society.
This Brown Eyes is definitely my favorit beer of this brewery.
It pours so creamy with that creamy long lasting head as result  :appauding-1:
A 12 vol% quadrupel style with second fermentation inside the bottle.
Quite a perfumy estery roasty spicy aroma in the nose, similar to the finest strong Trappist beers, but that Xtra roastiness.
Tasting is a sweet caramel roasty spicy sensation.
That mouth feeling is so dense and satisfying, which makes every small sip such a joy.
There is also that hint of spicyness which comes from anise and licorice. Gives it that next level of freshness.

No doubt folks, this masterpiece is easily within the range of Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, Achel Extra dark, etc...

A beer I tasted For John  :beer:


Wow, that's some wonderful praise comparing it to those masterpieces of brewing! Thank you for having it in my name Filip, I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.   t_u

Cheers! - John
Chit Chat / Re: John
March 22, 2024, 03:18:23 PM
Thank you Filip.

Belive me, I've had thoughts about moving to Europe. In many ways I feel very connected to certain places there. Not sure what my chances doing something like that would be though, as I thought a person would already have to have a job in place before moving there.

That's the thing... Yes, I would need help at first if moving there, but I would never want to be a burden. I'd want to start a new job soon, one that would allow me to take care of myself with the basic necessities in life. Very simple needs such as housing, clothing, food, and most importantly a good Belgian beer once in a while  ;).

For now I'm just taking it one day at a time. The days seem long, the nights even longer, feeling about twice as long as they really are. One day begins and I just want to get it over with, then night comes and I can't wait to get through that even more. It's so true how time seems to fly by so fast when you're having fun, and slows to a crawl when things aren't going well.

Anyway, the joy I get from visiting the Belgian Beer Board is a big help in lifting my spirits. Thank you once again for your kindness and support.

Cheers! - John

Who is Where? / Re: San Sebastián (March ‘24)
March 22, 2024, 01:58:32 AM
Jay, your beery related adventures could be made into a book. So many interesting places and captured in words and pictures so well.

Cheers Mate! - John
Chit Chat / Re: John
March 21, 2024, 02:08:38 PM
Filip, Jay and Viv thank you ever so much. Your kind thoughts and words truly mean a lot, as well as those from our Belgian Beer Board members who post on Facebook.

Yes, life can be a real struggle sometimes. I could never have imagined the things that have happened to me recently, or being in the situation that I'm in now.

Unfortunately it's almost certainly going to take a while before it gets better.

Currently I'm living in my car. A car  with 320,000 miles on it, which just two days ago failed it's smog emissions test, meaning that I can't register it. So I'll be driving around and sleeping (what little sleep I actually get, maybe 2-3 hours a night) in a car with expired tags. To fix the issues on the car so it would pass the test would costs thousands of dollars. More than the car is worth.

I ended up back in California a couple of weeks ago, after spending about 5 months in Texas, hoping to possibly start a new life there. That didn't work out.

I had fled to Texas after nearly being killed in California at 5 in the morning simply sleeping in bed. Multiple bullets came crashing through my bedroom window, missing my head by only 2 feet. Apparently my idiot drug dealing nephew who unfortunately lived in the house as I owed some other drug criminal some money, so they drove by in a car and shot up the house, and almost me.

On the way back to California from Texas a couple of weeks ago due to lack of sleep I fell asleep at the wheel of my car going 75 mph. Went off the road, but thankfully I didn't hurt or kill anyone or hit anything.

There are other things that have happened or are happening that I could go into, but this post is long enough already. I guess what shakes my faith so much is that nearly everything bad that's happened/happening to me is due to things or people that I have nothing to do with.

Currently I'm waiting for my old job to restart, which should be in about a month. Unfortunately it's only seasonal and part time, so it won't be enough to pay for somewhere to live. So I've been looking for other job opportunities as well, but it's difficult to get hired for a guy my age (in my 60's), living out of a car, and little to no access to a computer.

But... I'm keeping my head up and trying to make the best of things. Your friendship and kindness here is a huge part of keeping my spirits up.

My sincere heartfelt thank you!!

P.S.  You can be sure when life gets better I will celebrate it with some dann good Belgian beer!   t_u

Cheers! - John

Currently posting this on my phone in the wee morning hours sitting in my car in a dark parking lot, so please forgive any grammatical errors.