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by Belgian
Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Liquor sales in Ontario up for review
Replies: 39
Views: 13114

for the most part, prices of imported wines and specialty beers in Ontario would be the envy of anyone living in a free enterprise state in the U.S.. Most of the tax on Canadian beer is added before it gets to the store in the form of excise taxes that the brewer pays directly to the government. I ...
by Belgian
Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: XO Beer
Replies: 16
Views: 5479

Well, I'm a hypocrite because what I like about Belgians, Can/US craft beers, etc is their (often) sheer idiosyncracy. I suppose I should at least try the XO, because this board can't just become a lot of people shouting the same opinion. Enough of that on RateBeer (no offense! :D I lurk there too.)
by Belgian
Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Pilsener Urquel
Replies: 13
Views: 4670

That would be a really time-shifted taste comparison, but I'll try - just to see if the canned Urquell evokes a soft summer night on the Charles Bridge... man the taste of that beer fresh is tied to incredible memories, so we'll see.
by Belgian
Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Liquor sales in Ontario up for review
Replies: 39
Views: 13114

It will be a different game/

Hope they don't screw up availability of product.
by Belgian
Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:20 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Hidden Gems at Beer Store
Replies: 7
Views: 2878

Hidden Gems at Beer Store

I usually glaze over at that stupid wall display, but today I noticed Brick Bock and Andechs Hell, two beers I'd never noticed (at least one is allegedly good.)

What are good ones that people miss? Do the upper row ones skunkify because they're impossible to read?
by Belgian
Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Pilsener Urquel
Replies: 13
Views: 4670

I want to add we're lucky at least the LCBO gets things to us fast sometimes and for cheap. If and when they get it. :roll:
by Belgian
Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:04 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Pilsener Urquel
Replies: 13
Views: 4670

While I love the beautiful green bottle, Urquell seems to not travel well; it may still be 'good' here, but it's just so perfect in the CZ. Floral, amazing hoppiness, no 'green' harshness. I will try the can, from a fresh high-turnover source like Cooper St. I agree Prague's Staropramen is well wort...
by Belgian
Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Price of a Pint
Replies: 56
Views: 22353

Beer - expensive when I leave the house?

We should all do more research and figure out what is different about drinking beer in bars than at home.

I will report back on this.
by Belgian
Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:10 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: National Lampoons Belgian Vacation
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

.As odd as this sounds, I would recommend going as early in the morning as you can, so there's nobody else there.. That's great advice for of all Europe - find the early market, the midnight Cathedral, the far side of Montmartre in spring - places and times where you "have it all to yourself." An u...
by Belgian
Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Rochefort Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 2326

Please Peter, are these a 24x 33ml case? Thanks, JK. Didn't I read in another thread that Rochefort 10 is a drainpour. Why are you carrying it Peter? :lol: I think you joke... But not all top-rated beers are everyone's cup of suds, are they. I know in my Dark Ages of beer drinking most Belgian beers...
by Belgian
Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Unibroue...still on par?
Replies: 13
Views: 4284

From my side of the glass rings...

Maybe we get over-saturated with taste experiences, and expect bigger and better every time, although I can't presume to account for your impressions. As my taste in beer evolves (well, crawls along), I find the Unibroue "big belgians" rather than diminish in experience take on new dimension and exc...
by Belgian
Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:21 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: LCBO Seasonal Offers... funny peeve of mine
Replies: 1
Views: 987

LCBO Seasonal Offers... funny peeve of mine

I do appreciate the range of good Winter Warmers singles the LCBO picked up for us this year. But the way they do things puts me a bit on edge: when will the really classic stuff I like the best sell out? How many should I 'hoard' right away, while not depriving the beer fans in my locality? Which o...
by Belgian
Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:50 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Rodenbach Grand Cru
Replies: 86
Views: 24842

I doubt Roddy will sell that well so all interested may like to stockpile it before it delists. Rodenbach isn't a general list item at the LCBO, it part of the limited winter release. So it will "delist" by default when it runs out. I meant to say that it just sits there on the shelf in many stores...
by Belgian
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:51 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Spring Release???
Replies: 56
Views: 17228

Just when you thought you had to buy all your Belgian beer at Christmas!

Nice.
by Belgian
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:40 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Rodenbach Grand Cru
Replies: 86
Views: 24842

We may get some Petrus Aged Pale Ale in on consignment ... yet TBD. (There is, by the way, a little APA in the Old Brown ... :roll:). (What is APA? Arsenic?) Yes, I bought armloads of it when I saw it this year. Fine beer. Roddy is overpowering, this is more easy going. It has some fine subtleties ...

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