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Messages - John B

Beer News / Re: Achel
December 04, 2023, 02:30:52 AM
Love the labels, love the glass, hopefully the beer is just as good. Very nice!  t_u

Cheers! - John
Food Pairings / Re: Kings - Brugge
November 24, 2023, 06:49:32 AM
Thanks for clearing that up Filip.   t_u

Cheers! - John
Food Pairings / Re: Kings - Brugge
November 23, 2023, 05:59:26 PM
Lovely Filip! Nice to have a place like that nearby, and yet not full of tourists.

One question though ...  :chin:   

I clicked on the link you provided to their website, and was looking at their lunch menu. Under "Daily Special" for Tuesday November 21 it lists "Tree trunk" as being the entree. What the heck is Tree trunk?  ???

Cheers! - John
Breweries / Re: David's Been in Belgium!
October 12, 2023, 05:38:59 AM
Wow, what a treasure! Thanks for pointing these out Filip. I hadn't heard of this guy before. Just watched the first one (2 1/2 hours!), and it was excellent. Can't wait to watch the rest of them, preferably while enjoying some nice Belgian beer.

Cheers! - John   :animated-belgium-flag:
Beer Tastings / Re: Straffe Piet
October 07, 2023, 07:08:29 PM
Any beer that compares to Dulle Teve is a winner. Here's another one from st. Canarus that I hope to find someday and try.

Cheers! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: Witte Piet
October 07, 2023, 07:06:48 PM
Sounds wonderful. I've only had two or three beers from St. Canarus, but they were very satisfying. Hope to come across this one someday.

Cheers! - John
Who is Where? / Re: Lots of trips booked
September 16, 2023, 07:01:05 AM
Gotta love those Christmas markets there. I was lucky enough to visit a fair number of them in various cities during my visits to Germany, and every one of them was a pleasure. Dress warm, and of course there's always plenty of Gluehwein available to make you forget how cold it is out there.

Ch-ch-ch-Cheers! - John
Who is Where? / Re: Seville
September 16, 2023, 06:54:22 AM
Livin' the good life Jay!   t_u  Nice to see you and Linda discovering and visiting all these wonderful places and what they have to offer. Thank you for taking the time to capture these moments and for sharing them with us.

Cheers mate! - John

Beer Tastings / Re: Urine DIPA
September 13, 2023, 07:50:03 PM
Well, when you think about it, all beer ends up just being urine anyway.

Then again, even the most lavish dinner at an expensive restaurant ends up being nothing more than crap in the end (no pun intended).

So, while Urine is not the most appealing name, I give them credit for truth in advertising.

Cheers! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: Better on tap and/or 75cl bottles
September 03, 2023, 10:28:05 PM
In the immediate area where I live, there are simply no Belgian beers on tap. None. Zero.

If I drive for about 45 minutes though there is a great bar/pub called The Back Abbey (and they have another location about 10 minutes beyond that one) which carries some wonderful Belgian beers on tap and in the bottle.

De Garre tripel can often be found, along with Klokke Roeland and St Bernardus 12 among others.

It's a bit pricey though, so I don't go there more than a couple of times a year.

But to get more to the point in regards to your question, certainly beers can deviate a lot between tap and bottle, and even between different sized bottle options.

In many (but not all) cases I find the tap offerings to be the ones I prefer. It seems the lighter and lower abv beers are usually better from tap, while the darker and higher abv beers do well while spending a little time in a bottle. Again, not always the case, and your experiences may be different.

Cheers! - John
Heady Topper from The Alchemist. Rated 100 on RateBeer. Rated #7 in the world on BeerAdvocate. Was #1 there for a long time.

I've tried this beer about a half dozen or more times now, and it didn't wow me the first time, and if anything my opinion of it has dropped each subsequent time that I've had it. It's not a bad beer by any means, you can tell it's well made. But for all the hype this beer has gotten over the years I expected it to at least stand out a bit from most beers, yet whenever I have it it always leaves me with the feeling that there are plenty of other beers out there as good or better.
Beer Tastings / Re: Crius
September 01, 2023, 12:08:06 PM
Quote from: Trappist on September 01, 2023, 11:13:10 AMBTPint....
This beer Corona Cero from Ab Inbev is that other beer product of the year :)
Says enough  I think :)


Oh my.   :ohno-1:
Food Pairings / Re: Bistro Flandria - Bruges
September 01, 2023, 12:03:47 PM
Before I even started reading your post I saw the first picture and thought "What a great photo!".

It's beautiful enough to frame it and hang it on the wall.

And those prices...wonderful  :o

Cheers! - John
Beer News / Re: Chimay Cinq Cents in a CAN !
August 28, 2023, 10:16:08 PM
Well folks, yesterday I spotted this canned Chimay in one of the large liquor retailers called Total Wine & More, located near my place of work. I purchased a single can to give it a try. 4 Packs of the cans were priced at $17.99. They still had some 4 packs of the bottled version as well, but priced considerably higher, at $25.99! Yikes. Why such a huge difference in price for the same beer in the same amount, I have no idea. I meant to purchase a single bottle as well, to do a side by side comparison between the canned version and the bottled version, but I got distracted looking at other beers in the store and completely forgot to grab a bottle before I left. So, I'll have to try to remember as best I can what the Chimay tripel was like the last time I had it, which was probably about 6 or 7 years ago.

This canned one poured a nice hazy golden color. Again, going from my memory of this beer from years ago in a bottle I had expected it to be a lot less hazy. But of course that could be my memory playing tricks on me. This canned version also seemed slightly less carbonated than I recalled the bottled one being. There was a lovely pillowy white head which remained throughout the duration, along with that nice Belgian Trappist yeast aroma.

This one went down very smoothly. There was what I'd describe as an almost creamy sensation to it. The taste was pretty much as I remembered it from before, but overall I really enjoyed this beer more than I remembered from years ago. Think I'll pick up some more soon, and try and remember to pick up a bottle this time for a side by side tasting.

Cheers! - John

Who is Where? / Re: Lots of trips booked
August 28, 2023, 09:51:03 PM
My goodness Jay, you might as well not bother to unpack your suitcases mate! Some nice destinations you've got booked. Porto is a beautiful city, it reminded me somewhat of San Francisco. It's been 10 years or so since I was there and the beer selection was rather dismal back then, but I've heard it has improved somewhat in recent years. But of course Porto is known for it's wine, so do make a visit to one (or more) of the wineries along the Douro.

Looking forward to your reports Jay   t_u

Cheers! - John