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Non Belgian beers

Started by Jay, July 24, 2021, 06:48:56 PM

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Jay

Hi everyone

Yesterday was my regular weekly #BelgianSunday and instead of a true Belgian I instead opted for a Belgian inspired beer and one that I brought back from Copenhagen.

I picked this up at The Social Beer Shop, a bottle shop that is co-owned by Mikkeller and People Like Us. Along with the beer (and others) I also picked up the People Like Us glass, such a delicate piece I was so relieved it made it home unscathed.

People Like Us - Belgian People Like Us 7.2% Belgian Dubbel.

Rich malts, biscuit, dark crusty bread, caramel, nuts, dark fruits....a beer that's true to the style.





Cheers
Jay  t_u


Trappist

Interesting Jay!
A beautiful wine shape glass, and the can having the Belgian colors.
Normally, Belgian dubbels are dark beers, so that was quite a surprise to see an amber colored beer here.
But I presume the brewer was more fixed on the alcohol%, which with its 7.2 vol% is perfect for a dubbel.... hence naming it a dubbel.
Great presentation though and a beautiful can too, containing a great Belgian style beer  t_u  t_u  t_u
Cheers,
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Jay

Quote from: Trappist on May 31, 2022, 09:52:22 AMNormally, Belgian dubbels are dark beers, so that was quite a surprise to see an amber colored beer here.
But I presume the brewer was more fixed on the alcohol%, which with its 7.2 vol% is perfect for a dubbel.... hence naming it a dubbel.


That's what I noticed as well Filip, it's more a hazy chestnut coloured beer rather than the deep brick red we're used to with true Belgian Dubbels, thought to be fair the taste was bang on.

It was a colab beer with Danish beer guru Carsten Berthelsen (pictured on the can) and is brewed with dark candi syrup and grape syrup.

Although not my usual style (more into Tripels and Quads) a lighter Dubbel is a nice change, the Belgian title and colours immediately grabbing our attention 🇧🇪

Cheers
Jay  t_u

Trappist

Quote from: Jay on May 31, 2022, 12:56:58 PMCarsten Berthelsen
Hi Jay,
To my surprise, I'm befriended with Carsten on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/carsten.berthelsen.7
I just love his FB top image !! A sign of true Belgian beer passion :)
Cheers,
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Jay

Hi everyone,

This Sunday gone was Fathers Day here in the UK and as usual I received some wonderful presents from Linda and our 2 kids (mainly beer, but also a special bottle of Danish Rum) and so here's what I chose at the weekend.

From Track brewing here in Manchester it's their brand new release Track - For All You Give...10% TIPA with Citra, Mosaic, Nelson, Strata & Galaxy hops

Intense fruit cocktail....peach, orange, mango,  pineapple, passion fruit and a herbal / piney finish....stupendously delicious




Next is a rather special release and one I've secretly had my eye on for quite some time...

From one of my favourite US breweries and out of Louisville, Kentucky it's

Against the Grain - Bo & Luke...13% Imperial Stout brewed with ingredients in bourbon whiskey (Barley, Rye, Corn) then smoked with cherry wood and then aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Hints of subtle smoke, bourbon barrel, vanilla, dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee, spicy rye bread...Yee Haw..it even has General Lee coloured wax



Cheers
Jay t_u

Trappist

Quote from: Jay on June 21, 2022, 01:20:39 PMit even has General Lee coloured wax
Tho AMAZING beers Jay  :appauding-1:
The last one needed some research for me though.



It is such an interesting label.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Orange Wax (or Reddish orange). Originally an Against the Grain Brewery and Brouwerij De Molen collaboration beer. For the first incarnation, De Molen head brewer Menno Oliver hopped in a muscle car and drove straight through from the Netherlands to Louisville, KY (that's USA folks) to brew this bourbon inspired ale, and we liked it so much, we decided to do it again. We took the ingredients in bourbon whiskey (Barley, Rye, Corn) and then smoked them with cherry wood and brewed a huge imperial stout with them. Then to top it off we aged it in Pappy VanWinkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice. Bottle has orange reddish orange) wax top. Only the first version was aged in Pappy barrels. For further information see - http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/bo-luke-initial-release-vs-later-bottles_256787.htm


It seems that initially, this beer was a collaboration with Dutch De Molen brewery!
Bo & Luke? Ofcourse, from that old series called "The Dukes of Hazzard" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dukes_of_Hazzard
That's a series I've seen many times on local TV when I was young.
And it's featuring that orange car! hence the colors on the label and the wax color. A Really very nice gimmick.

Great article: Finally Revealed: The True Color of the General Lee https://www.motorious.com/articles/news/true-color-general-lee/

I really love those American beers that have that story behind....makes it all that more enjoyable too.

Cheers,
Filip

"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Jay

Some wonderful background info on a wonderful beer Filip, interesting article regarding the colour of the General Lee.

Cheers
Jay  t_u

Jay

Hi everyone,

So here's my 1000th post on Instagram and it HAD to be something special, so I opted for...

Närke Stormaktsporter - 10% Imperial Stout

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso coffee beans, soft carbonation, liquorice, roasted nuts, honey most definitely, anise, light herbal notes.

A really special moment and for an Imperial Stout brewed with no fancy adjuncts (just local Swedish honey) it truly is world class



Cheers
Jay

John B

I just got done reading your previous post Jay, and now here is your number 1000, a real stunner. I can't say what the 2021 version of this awesome beer is like, but I was fortunate to have tried a few different versions of Narke Stormaktsporter about 8 or 10 years ago and each of them were just as you said, world class. Glad you were able to get your hands on this elusive beer. As you have found out, it's as good as it gets.

Happy 1000 to you Jay, Cheers! - John

Trappist

Wow Jay,
That really is a worthy #1000 beer  :appauding-1:
This is one of those truely epic and magic beers.
I can remember that this beer defeated Westvleteren 12 on Ratebeer, with being number one for a long time.
Actually, Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter is still number 2, and Westy 12 number 3.
Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch #1 these days. Anyone, who had that one?
https://www.ratebeer.com/top-beers
It is always a remarkable effort to beat that Belgian Trappist beer  t_u  if, ofcourse you appreciate the Ratebeer figures in the first place  ::)
Cheers,
Filip

"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

John B

Here's a beer that I came across and had to pick up. With a name like Baxter, it HAS to be good.  ;)

So, with a tip of the hat to our long time member Jay I give you Baxter, a west coast style IPA from Fremont Brewing in Seattle Washington.

It's got that old school piney resin taste, and a thick body topped by a large foamy white head. All in all, it's a good example of a west coast IPA.

Cheers mate! - John
 

Jay

#71
That's fantastic John  ;) thanks for my moment in the limelight  t_u I never knew of this beers existence but now it's one to look out for.

I also had a Fremont beer last week, the special bottle I brought back from Copenhagen.

Fremont / Perennial - Barrel Aged Unicorn Tears...12.9% Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout with cherries aged in Bourbon barrels

Chocolate, bitter dark cherries, boozy bourbon barrel, coconut..you beauty 🦄




I also had quite a unique IPA last week (an East Coast DIPA) and boy was this some beast.

CloudWater - Double Dank...8% DIPA

Easily one of the thickest pours I've ever had with a DIPA (proper sludge) and  holy crap is this mutha Dank.

Dank green hops, herbal weed, spruce tips, citrus, resin, green onion, soft carbonation....what a dank weedy stunner and what a description on the can 😄





Cheers
Jay  t_u

Trappist

Thanks (= dank or danke in Flemish) for you wonderful beer report Jay  t_u  :appauding-1:
Cheers,
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Jay

#73
Hi everyone

Last week I had a beer from a relatively new Manchester brewery, Sureshot Brewing Company.

They were founded in 2020 (just as Covid was kicking off) but thankfully have managed to survive and are producing some high class beers.
They're situated near Piccadilly train station in Manchester City centre and run out of one of the railway tunnels that both CloudWater and Track originated from.

So here's Sureshot and their Favourite Service Station, a 6.5% New England IPA.





Tangerine, peach, juicy stone fruits, pineapple cubes, hints of green dankness, resinous and a lovely creamy texture.

I'll definitely be on the lookout for others from this Manchester newbie 🐝

https://sureshotbrew.com/

Cheers
Jay  t_u

Jay

Hi everyone,

A couple of weeks back I had somewhat of a special beer, a beer that was 4 years in its creation.

Omnipollo/Side Project - Billionaires Hot Chocolate...12.5% Imperial Stout conditioned on Ugandan Vanilla Beans and Toasted Coconut (that took a year to perfect) then it was aged for 3 years in Willet Rye Whiskey Barrels

Bonkers thick and syrupy pour - a dark bubbly head soon fades to a lasting ring.
Spicy rye whiskey, chocolate, coconut, sticky caramel, boozy warmth, charred barrel....stunning.




Check out how the beer stained my glass, them are some beer legs.




Cheers
Jay  t_u