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by Belgian
Wed May 23, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

Rhone Syrah/Grenache

Boissy & Delaygue Le Coeur des Disciples Vinsobres 2015 Syrah/Grenache Here is a pretty decent Vinsobres from the Rhone, showing plenty of herbs to complicate the dry and acidic dark berry fruit. Even some cedar smoke, tart cranberry/cassis. Peppery at first, ample dry tannins may need to decan...
by Belgian
Wed May 23, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Local Beer Guides
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 32
Views: 5778

Re: Montreal

Where do you guys find it s good to stay (clean, north of downtown, reasonable price.) All my visits accommodations prior to the last one were downtown. The last visit was with eight people and we split an AirBnB near the Outremont Metro. I was initially like "Why all the way up there?!" ...
by Belgian
Mon May 21, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Local Beer Guides
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 32
Views: 5778

Re: Montreal

It's a good thing Quebec has many good breweries because that's mostly all the beer you ever find in Montreal tap bars. Farthest thing from Buffalo, it's closer to someplace in The Twiligt Zone where beer virtually never enters or leaves. Not that Ontario taps are much less provincial-centric these ...
by Belgian
Fri May 18, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

2009 Bordeaux Supérieur

Château Plaisance Les Palues 2009 - Bordeaux Supérieur So this is just a nice traditional Merlot-Cabernet blend that is done very well. Good refined aromas include some dark berries and florals. Wood influence is present on aroma and taste. Has a good acidic and full palate for the price. Long flav...
by Belgian
Thu May 17, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

Clairette from Languedoc

Paul Mas Vinus 2015 Clairette This is a Clairette-grape 'varietal' wine (meaning it is 100% that grape variety) and IMO it's a very good white for $15.95. I am digging the interplay of herbs & florals, tart pale fruit and the solid dry-acidic backbone to pull the moderate sweetness into line. I...
by Belgian
Wed May 09, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16094
Views: 1615576

Went by Summerhill today...

Kasteel Cuvée de Chateau is Kasteel Donker that has been aged for ten years in the castle cellar of the brewery for a beautiful, almost Shiraz wine-like result. I found the difference stunning especially compared to the inherently malty-rich regular Donker. A good one, complex. (WED) NEXT DAY - Fre...
by Belgian
Sat May 05, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16094
Views: 1615576

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Tried Straffe Hendrik (Brugs) Quad the other night and absolutely loved it. It might be an unpopular opinion but I would place it above St Bernardus and Rochefort 10 (some bottles I've found to be better than others). This is outstanding, I'm placing SH Brugs Quad right between Rochefort 10 and Wes...
by Belgian
Thu May 03, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

Pinot Noir - Spätburgunder style

Eugen Altschuh Pinot Noir 2015 A very reasonably-priced German-made PN. Aroma is pretty and layered. Taste nice black cherry and beetroot & just enough dryness and acidity, a bit of cranberry tart. Definitely not classic Burgundy style, rounder I think (maybe spicier) but Germans call this grap...
by Belgian
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

Re: C'est Vendredi. Santé!

Henri Bardouin Pastis As ^ described, this tipple from Provence is not just a traditional Pastis but has much more varied & complex spice additions. It's really good! A bottle goes a long way (and with 45% ABV it keeps for years.) I like to pour this in small glasses over chunks of ice and a fe...
by Belgian
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

'10 Bessan Margaux

Château la Tour de Bessan 2010 Margaux Another nice dry French red (Bordeaux) with tart cassis fruit, cherry, dark berry, tart unripe strawberry. Some cedar sauna, smoke. Underplays of very gentle phenolic spice and vanilla, licorice, kelpy iodine and mineral. Refined aromas show quality. Finish ca...
by Belgian
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

'04 French Malbec

St. Didier Parnac Cahors Prestige 2004 The champ red wine grape of Argentina is Malbec from Cahors, in the Southwest of France. This one is fully matured, I likely got this bottle 10-12 years ago, bought it and forgot It so to speak. The cork pulls intact with a very wine-blackened tip. Wow! It's s...
by Belgian
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

Crozes-Hermitage '15

Clairmont Classique Crozes-Hermitage 2015 Syrah Full Syrah signature of deep rich & black fruit (cassis jam, wild blueberry & black plum skin) and leather and gentle warm sandalwood-spice lifted with some good acidity. Oh nice, there's also some licorice, tarriness and herbals against the b...
by Belgian
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 803
Views: 111863

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week

Maybe save this link: LCBO Sale Wine of the Week No guarantees on quality, this just looks interesting as a link to know about promos. (I want to grab 1 or 2 of the Fongaban Castillon, it's selling briskly.) Some of the BEST sales are ones seem to have been clear-outs any of us have found in specif...
by Belgian
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Getting beer back from Belgium?
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: Getting beer back from Belgium?

Would you recommend that I bring packing supplies like bubble wrap if I'm going to buy an extra suitcase? Not really. On the few times I've flown with beer, I would wrap things in socks and tee shirts and whatnot, use what you've got in other words augmented with whatever bags & newspaper etc a...
by Belgian
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Coming Soon to the LCBO
Replies: 2764
Views: 542958

Re: Coming Soon to the LCBO

https://twitter.com/keep6imports/status/981931858282926080 Crooked Stave :o wish keep6 would import more than just spoiled* beer, :lol:... *aka "sours" Haha. I'm very appreciative a few of the Cascade graced the shelves of our humble State Milk Bar AKA the LCBO. It made a significant dent...

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