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by Belgian
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Christmas 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1995

Re: LCBO Christmas 2019

... I still don't understand what honouring our veterans has to do with Christmas Gift packs? prior to 2017 the LCBO didn't seem to have a problem posting the Christmas Gift Pack list in October. PC. I believed they also once clamped down to get rid of packaging-intensive gift packs years ago, so t...
by Belgian
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192275

Château Roc de Levraut 2017 Bordeaux Red

Château Roc de Levraut 2017 Bordeaux Red I picked this up for $11.00 at the Front Spadina store, lots of clearout deals. An everyday Bordeaux with a medium-lighter character and some nice old world stodginess from the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes evident in the Cab Merlot blend. Blackberries and cassi...
by Belgian
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4774
Views: 1070356

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

S. St. Jeb wrote:Count me in the camp that prefers the West Coast IPA style to the New England.

The Cigar City Jai Alai is actually pretty good at five months old. Glad I tried it.
by Belgian
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Omnipollo beers
Replies: 16
Views: 11203

Re: Omnipollo beers

The Nebuchadnezzar right now, about three weeks old. Can from the new LC on Spadina and Front. Very good classic IIPA. This expansive new store in a slightly less useful location also had a number of wines on clearance discount, I saved about 20 bucks on 2 bottles of Bordeaux red. You won't see thes...
by Belgian
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16649
Views: 2181751

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Godspeed Kiri. Belgian Wit. It has a nice lightly minty hop accent to contrast the light phenolic spiciness along with the complexly perfumey-sweet tropical / pear fruit. Really good fresh in cans right now. Also the anniversary ale... they add a decent whack of raspberry to that one so it's not lik...
by Belgian
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192275

Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2017

Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2017 This is quite the value. It's not as complex as Barbaresco Nebbiolo, taste is a bit jammy in the middle, but boy is there some nice Italian terroir and grape typicity. Complex raisiny black fruit, dryness, herbals, a touch sanguine salty and leather... Had 4-5 of ...
by Belgian
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192275

2017 Viñalba Reserva

Viñalba Reserva Malbec/Touriga Nacional 2017 So here is an Argentine Red blend of two grapes that have origins in SW France and Portugal. Upon opening this much-lauded $18.95 'steal' of a bottling seems raw and immature. An almost cidery acidity and a whiff of yeasty roughness.There's certainly a d...
by Belgian
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192275

Montignac Cru Bourgeois 2014

Château Pierre de Montignac 2014 Another nice one! Serious black fruit that is berry-inflected, dry and a bit minerally. Cassis, blackberry and wild blueberry. Oak, spice, pepper and a hint licorice herbals. Nice acidity. 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. Cabernet features ni...
by Belgian
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Bar Volo 2.0
Replies: 4
Views: 3790

Re: Bar Volo 2.0

Service is at the bar which I hate. Especially since people still hang around it after getting their drink. That's irritating as fuck. GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY! ^ I like your way of putting things, LOL. And sounds like V2 need a designated bar service area. The casks chalk board needs work. It w...
by Belgian
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16649
Views: 2181751

Wilco, CBM and Beer Bistro

Guys!! This isn't a music forum (just kidding...) Yes Beer Bistro is far from the preeminent local beer haven it used to be, but Toronto has changed a lot & I still love the pulled pork Primanti. You'll find me there every few months still. Love that area! I'm blowing through a lot of Godspeed h...
by Belgian
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192275

Rousselle Côtes de Bourg 2015

Château Rousselle 1er Bourgeois Côtes-de-Bourg 2015 Here is a reasonably-priced classic-style Bordeaux both accessible now and it should keep in the cellar. There is a lake of blackberry-inflected berry intensity here, with a likeable tannic structure. that calls for some grilled bison steak or old...
by Belgian
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192275

Hob Nob Pinot Noir is decent.

Hob Nob Pinot Noir Pays D'OC 2 bucks off nice 13 (or 3 off a 14?) dollar Pinot Noir from Southeastern France, so only a hint of Burgundian dryness here, it's more fresh in style and riper in the cherry-berry fruit. Gentle leafy-minty bitterness from this warmer climate. A fairly recent entry on the...
by Belgian
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 90
Views: 10983

Wet hop ales

sofakingdrunk wrote:
Craig wrote:Royal City have one.

Wellington as well.

Trafalgar once had one, it was very acceptable the first year.

Sierra Nevada has excellent harvest ales. I grab those when I'm in Buffalo.
by Belgian
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4774
Views: 1070356

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA - Tallboy cans. Was excited till I checked the stamp. Looks May brewing, so 4-5 months old? Last sixer I bought here was 3 months "fresh," I didn't mind it. Love American breweries. Every time I'm at the LCBO I eye this beer and the Jai Alai from Cigar City, b...
by Belgian
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4774
Views: 1070356

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA - Tallboy cans. Was excited till I checked the stamp.

Looks May brewing, so 4-5 months old?
Last sixer I bought here was 3 months "fresh," I didn't mind it. Love American breweries.

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