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by Belgian
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Avling Brewery
Replies: 1
Views: 1177

Re: Avling Brewery

I just got back from this Toronto (Leslieville) brewery on Queen East. It has opened at the beginning of July, so it is fairly new. https://www.avling.ca/ I had the Epserta (Hoppy Belgian Ale) and the Avling IPA. I also got to taste the Avling Saison, Pilsener, Galette (Buckwheat Sasion), and Brevi...
by Belgian
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16565
Views: 2107061

What're you Godspeeding?

A Mini-Session of cans from my local heroes on Coxwell: Godspeed Gokurosama Kölsch Style Ale Godspeed Světlý Ležák (12°) Czech Pilsener / Světlý Godspeed Hagoromo Helles (new, incredibly floral and herbal, struck me as quite different.) Godspeed Tmavy Lezak Czech Dark Lager I would definitely at lea...
by Belgian
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Autumn, Halloween and Ontario Craft Beers 2018 Release
Replies: 67
Views: 23637

Re: LCBO Autumn, Halloween and Ontario Craft Beers 2018 Release

Having a Fullers Russian Imperial Stout with rose petal - chock full of deep rich bready-roasty malt and notes of licorice, faint notes of Turkish Delight, chocolate, dark dry fruit. Scored a small stash of these to see how they mellow over a year or two. EDIT - I went a bit crazy and blended 1/3 of...
by Belgian
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Stone City Ales in Kingston
Replies: 100
Views: 33763

Re: Stone City Ales in Kingston

Stone City Ales Timequake Style: Saison / Farmhouse Bottle from SCA. Vigorous bottle-conditioning pressure causes a bit of beer to LEAP out upon opening. Pour is fizzy very pear-pale amber, aromas and taste are extremely refined, winey pale fruit and brett and phenolics. What an absolute beauty Far...
by Belgian
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16565
Views: 2107061

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Bronan Vermont IPA - second time having this, better than first. I could quaff a few of these walking around Street Fest. Happy Jazz Weekend Friday! https://scontent-lga3-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/1f80c19e34fb6f8767ff227b20d416ad/5D5E72CA/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/s640x640/57468095_120513312464541_68795827...
by Belgian
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Château Filhot Sauternes 2015

Château Filhot Sauternes 2015 Bordeaux The note 'Drink now until 2033' is quite literal, this Bordeaux white with sweet and concentrated, botrytis-affected flavours is tasty while it's young and should improve for at least that many years. Pours a typical young gold look, viscous. Sticky feel, dens...
by Belgian
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Schloss Vollrads Riesling Auslese 2010

Schloss Vollrads Riesling Auslese 2010 Must have got this 30% off, fairly expensive half-bottle (hey, it's Germany!) compared to some icewine or Sauternes. Bottle has a glass closure. Pour reveals long aromas of deep maturing pale apricot-peach fruit. Taste has that fruit, some mineral and a deep r...
by Belgian
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Latium Morini Soave 2017

Latium Morini Soave 2017 Garganega and Trebbiano So here we are, back in Italy's northeast region of Veneto, this time a white wine. Very good white for $15, has some vibrant acidity, mineral and fruit, and a slightly sticky palate that goes with the slightly viscous texture in the glass. But very ...
by Belgian
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Haut Brisson

Craig wrote:I've got a few 2015 Haut Brissons sleeping away in the cellar. Is the 16 ready to drink now, or could it use a little sleep?


Either hold or drink, I'd guess - nothing I've read mandated ageing. Your 2015 may be a different story?
by Belgian
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Château Haut-Brisson 2016

Château Haut-Brisson 2016 St. Emillon This right-bank Bordeaux Red is a super nice Merlot-dominant blend, chock full of raspberry/blackberry and hints cherry fruit, mulled blueberry, and an enjoyably tense tannic dry-tart-full palate. Touch of spice/cola and hint cedar. Super smooth, tons of refine...
by Belgian
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Dalva 10 yr Tawny / Beef Blade

C. Da Silva Dalva 10-Year-Old Tawny Port Wines like this Port push the Brix meter in sweetness but have a fullness 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
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet 2014

Château Peyros Tannat/Cabernet Franc 2014 Cabernet Franc is the gentler little sibling of muscular Cabernet Sauvignon, and here it is blended 40% with the beefy, dense and dry 60% Tannat. This makes it come across as more Bordeaux-like. Black cassis / blackberry fruit, and the firm tannins of Tanna...
by Belgian
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Château Lamartine 2016 Castillon

Château Lamartine 2016 Castillon Côtes De Bordeaux Variously 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon OR 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Right Bank style, but different. Opens very finished, with some nice blackcurrant and blackberry compote and gently sauna-like stone and cedar...
by Belgian
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Donnafugata Sedàra 2016

Donnafugata Sedàra 2016 From just about the opposite end of Italy comes this Sicilian red, showing plum, leather & herbs/licorice, berries and cherry and dry tea-like tannins. Tart acids. Tense aromas include black currant, pencil shavings. Nero D'Avola blended with some other grapes like Cab S...
by Belgian
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1007
Views: 180585

Cadis 2015 Amarone

Cadis Amarone della Valpolicella 2015 Amarone Valpolicella is a wine region within Verona, in the Veneto, Northeast Italy, and Amarone is a particular wine style made using partly dried wine grapes for added intensity and character. The appassimento technique involves some funky natural chemistry, ...

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