Jon Walker wrote:Belgian wrote:Purism in beer is a slight myth, as brewers always blended non-BEER flavorings in beer (forget combining 'pure' beers) esp. those Belgians with their fruits herbs and sugars so all bets are off for 'purity' where legendary style is defined by distinctions. Every great beer is a recipie of at least various malts etc someone concocted at their own discretion, not beholden to some cosmic law or holy commandment. That person was no less human than you or I. That's my opinion.
This topic isn't so much about purism "in" beer as it is about purism "with" beer. Someone making "beer cocktails" is an entirely different thing than a brewmaster developing a beer from various ingredients. I think you sort of missed the point of the thread...
esprit wrote:On the same topic, try a blend of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Mort Subite Framboise...I'm not a big consumer of either and I'm also not a dessert nut but this is ambrosia!
esprit wrote:I'v read this thread a number of times and I just don't get what the argument is about. I am in the camp of "blend if you like" regardless of whether it's crappy beer with good beer, crappy beer with fruit, good beer with good beer or good beer with fruit. Why do you even have opions about this (yeah, I know, it's a beer website and it's all about opinons)? I'm of Ukrainian descent and vodka is our national beverage. In Ukraine they look at you like you're an idiot if you try to put something in vodka...is that to say that a vodka martini or a screwdriver or a Caesar are an abomination? Seems to me that this thread is about people venting about whatever and has little to do with any real issue. Bottom line is if you enjoy experimenting, go ahead...if you don't, don't...and stop passing judgement on anyone who feels to the contrary. I love Bartowel but sometimes it's gets really dreary when we launch into these silly point-counter point arguments...Jane, you ignorant slut!...for those of you old enough to remember.
On the same topic, try a blend of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Mort Subite Framboise...I'm not a big consumer of either and I'm also not a dessert nut but this is ambrosia! For those of you who do not approve, don't do it and don't comment 'cause none of us cares. A forum is not necessarily a venue for people to express opinions merely for the sake of expressing opinions.
Oh yeah Esprit, screw you....sorry...the evil twin at work.
Jon Walker wrote:If you re-read my posts you'll see that at NO point did I say mixing shouldn't be allowed, I merely suggested that I didn't put much stock in the practice. Mix away! Let the cat pee in it if you think it might give you that "special something" the brewer missed. But I have to totally shoot holes in your notion that adding fruit to finished beer is akin to the brewer doing it. Ask anyone who has actually brewed a fruit flavoured beer when the fruit gets added...do you think they just chuck it in after fermentation and just before bottling? The point is that the flavour and subtleties of the fruit are PART of the brewing process, not an afterthought.
esprit wrote:On the same topic, try a blend of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Mort Subite Framboise...I'm not a big consumer of either and I'm also not a dessert nut but this is ambrosia! For those of you who do not approve, don't do it and don't comment 'cause none of us cares.
lister wrote:I've got a backup plan now if I find the Rogue none-too-nice.
Belgian wrote:I think you'll live through it!
lister wrote:Belgian wrote:I think you'll live through it!
I did. I liked it more than Young's but that's like picking a preference of broccoli over asparagus.
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