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by Belgian
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Side Launch - Mountain Lager discontinued - WTF?
Replies: 10
Views: 820

Re: Side Launch - Mountain Lager discontinued - WTF?

Can't say that I've ever been impressed by a Side Launch offering. Lately my fridge beer is 60% German-inspired Godspeed stuff, and I make sure a few cans of Side Launch Wheat are always in there too, it's a necessary staple. The Erdinger Weissbier tapped at Beer Bistro was also heavenly. Even unex...
by Belgian
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16420
Views: 1904925

Re: What're you drinking right now?

From the LC, a Bockor Omer traditional Blonde.

Nice stuff, and reminds me of some good Quebec Belgian Blonde Ales.
by Belgian
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 897
Views: 142676

Dalva 10 Year Tawny Port

C. Da Silva Dalva 10-Year-Old Tawny Port Wines like this Port push the Brix meter in sweetness but have a fulness and complexity along with the rich sweetness. It's more of everything! Still a ruby color, this Tawny would age longer. Winey grape and raisiny fruit, hints of umami, leather and earth,...
by Belgian
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Collective Arts
Replies: 138
Views: 24728

For All The Hopping Cretins

CA Surround Sound, liking this even more this time with the fullness and the rich resiny hops that have a lemon zest nuance. Some vanilla and tasty tropical fruit. Only a little peppery, and big DIPA palate with alcohol slightly warm as expected and suitable dry to balance the hefty malt bill. Prett...
by Belgian
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16420
Views: 1904925

100% barrel aged imperial Porter

Hi there Random Talkers, Opening a DeSchutes Black Butte XXX for lunch. Bottle from LCBO. It's quite full flavoured with a boozy oak hit, and definitely rich. Some nice spicy and lightly grassy hops. Demerara typical of Butte, if you like that - I'm indifferent. Chocolate and roasty coffee, malty, d...
by Belgian
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 897
Views: 142676

Saint-Bris Burgundy 2017

La Chablisienne Saint Bris 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Yes, this is Chablis white that is not Chardonnay, the usual white grape from Burgundy. Saint-Bris is in the Auxerrois subregion, the only one allowed by French law to make Burgundy Sauv Blanc. And it's quite good - stony mineral and some apple-lemony...
by Belgian
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 813
Views: 127369

Re: Bellwoods Brewery

Craig wrote:Do bars ever hoard kegs like that? I'd think they mostly want to turn stuff over quickly.



I do recall Katie at Thirsty was specifically holding back a Bellwoods for a certain special time, but yeah basic bar sense means you want to keep your liquids, err, liquid.
by Belgian
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO.com
Replies: 45
Views: 11220

Re: LCBO.com

Hey all, first time caller, long time listener. Jumped on LCBO.com this morning, and the “Check All Stores” is back. Not only that, but now you can organize by Quantity or by City! Either someone at the ‘BO grew a brain, or a lot of people complained. I would bet on the latter. aye https://hellolcb...
by Belgian
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 897
Views: 142676

Organic Abuelo '18 Tempranillo Blend

El Abuelo 2018 Organic Tempranillo Monastrell, Almansa DO This red has flavors of crushed berry and confit, and a more lifted tangy acidity plus an unexpected large dark floral component. The spicy, playful Tempranillo grape and the brooding Mourvédre show very well in the black fruit, plum skin ta...
by Belgian
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16420
Views: 1904925

Re: What're you drinking right now?

TBH, I dumped my last glass of Boulevard Plaid Habit (it always makes my head fuzzy) and am now really liking Godspeed Světlý Ležák (12°) poured into a pint glass. Tuesday notes I mistakenly posted elsewhere: Having a few of my local Godspeed Umi Gose, this is extremely nice. As usual, there are fir...
by Belgian
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 897
Views: 142676

Almansa Reserva '15 Tempranillo Blend

Castillo De Almansa Reserva 2015, Almansa DO A fairly dry, firm Spanish red that features some characteristic Tempranillo alongside some Grenache (Garanacha) and Mourvèdre (Monastrell) - grapes also often found in the Rhone, France. Nice dark look. Aromas are minimal, taste yields soft black-red be...
by Belgian
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 897
Views: 142676

Leyda '16 Pinot, served a bit Chile

Viña Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2016 Well this is very attractive. Though my initial reaction to this well-rendered Chilean was 'no, this isn't quite Burgundy red' - it's definitely more richly fruity and weighted - it is a fine New World example of Pinot Noir with lots of the berr...
by Belgian
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 897
Views: 142676

Anciano Tempranillo 2009

Anciano 2009 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo , Valdepenas DO On sale yet for two more days, a nice Spanish red they managed to age a whole 7 years since 2009. Opens in perfect drinkable form.Spicebox, vanilla and the playful dark/red berry character of Tempranillo grape makes a super-value Valdepeñ...
by Belgian
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Collective Arts
Replies: 138
Views: 24728

Re: Collective Arts


Awesome. Having some of their stuff lately I feel CA is up to the task of facing a tough US market.
by Belgian
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16420
Views: 1904925

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Warming in the glass is a Yummy! NE IPA from Beyond The Pale... I quietly exclaim: "Beer has improved so much in Ontario..." No wonder many consumers are now quite interested in it & also many breweries supporting it. It's just not like 15 years ago... they all assumed no demand for ho...

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