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by BartOwl
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4946
Views: 1199659

Re: Orval the hills and far away...

Yes. I did notice the Orval was not as strong as I remembered it. Still a great beer, but being inconsistent isn't necessarily a bad thing.
by BartOwl
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4946
Views: 1199659

Re: De Dolle Stille Nacht

Stille Nacht should start to appear on shelves by next week. First bottle of this. wonderful. The kind of BSA I do not tire of, probably favor this over Chimay Bleu, Rochefort 8 and the like (which are of course great in themselves.) Thank you Gleemer for your assiduous curatorship of these exempla...
by BartOwl
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Collective Arts Toronto small batch brew: Luminous Sound an NE IPA collab with Town brewery. Nice hop flavour. They also have three other IPAs brewed in Toronto, two of which I picked up. I have not tried those two yet.
by BartOwl
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Persian Empire
Replies: 5
Views: 639

Re: Persian Empire

$2.25 for 473 ml cans is pretty inexpensive, including the imperial ipa. I wonder if you get your money's worth.
by BartOwl
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Recently: Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopped (Amazing!) Boon Framboise (Unfortunately, not a traditional lambic. This has been sweetened.) Aventinus Eisbock (Also amazing) Hop City Boxcar Bock (Not bad) Muskoka's Munich to my Ears (Very good) I think the Munich is done for the season. I haven't seen it...
by BartOwl
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Recently:
Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopped (Amazing!)
Boon Framboise (Unfortunately, not a traditional lambic. This has been sweetened.)
Aventinus Eisbock (Also amazing)
Hop City Boxcar Bock (Not bad)
Muskoka's Munich to my Ears (Very good)
by BartOwl
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

I was just at Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery. First off, I had their table saison. Honestly, it was king of bland, and only had a little bit of the saison taste. Next was their hazy IPA (I think it was called 'ask me later'). This had plenty of hop flavour, with tropical fruit tastes. It's right u...
by BartOwl
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 38
Views: 9106

Re: Grand River Brewing

I remember drinking Gritstone fondly, as well as Conner's Best Bitter, Wellington Best Bitter, and who can forget Dragon's Breath Pale Ale. DBPA was a very hoppy beer for the time. How times have changed.
by BartOwl
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Coming Soon to the LCBO
Replies: 3108
Views: 852613

Re: Coming Soon to the LCBO

Aventinus is excellent. Recently, I had Northern Maverick Hefeweizen, and it packed a flavourful punch of well made German wheat beer taste. I will have to try the Godspeed one sometime.
by BartOwl
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Flying Monekys Psycho Thrill Seeker is a DIPA with coriander and lemon peel. Luckily, the coriander and lemon peel do not overpower the hop taste. I'd have to try this side-by-side with Nickel Brook Metal Head DIPA to tell which I like better, but I think I like thrill seeker a little more.
by BartOwl
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

I am now quaffing an Unibroue Autre Chose IPA a la peche, purchased from the LCBO. The strong peaches taste/aroma goes well with the citrus fruit hop tastes, an earthiness, and a yeasty spiciness. There is a lot going on in the palette, and it is all well balanced. I recommend it.
by BartOwl
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Nickel Brook Heavy Metal DIPA - at 85 IBU it is close to the level of hop flavour of Headstock a few years ago. I remember Headstock having a similar IBU, but the last couple of times I tried it, it seemed less intense. Inconsistency or change in recipe? I don't know. However, I am glad to have Heav...
by BartOwl
Fri May 08, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 5944

Re: Coronavirus

One thing that impacts quality and diversity of beer is price. I once heard a statistic that Canada is second to Norway with the highest alcohol taxes in the world. The US is relatively low in comparison for alcohol taxes. On the other hand, in Ontario specifically, we have bulk buying benefits, sin...
by BartOwl
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2347938

Re: What're you drinking right now?

I just visited Shacklands, Rainhard, and Junction Breweries. Shacklands has a nice quad, and a very good Belgian double IIPA collab with Rainhard. Rainhard had an Armed and Sabro pale ale, which displayed the hop variety well. I also tried an Age and Beauty #2, which was a decent sour. At Junction, ...
by BartOwl
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 91
Views: 23709

Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Anyone try Rodenbach Alexander? I am debating getting this vs. more Caractère Rouge. Caractère Rouge: $8.70, 100% aged beer (30 months) with cherries, raspberries and cranberries, 7% abv Alexander: $11.95, 66% aged (24 months) with cheeries, 5.6% abv I am sipping one right now. It's been over twent...

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