El Pinguino wrote:
GtownRandy wrote:Orval Trappist Ale
Always happy to see the Orval/Westmalle Belgians return...they used to be such staples on the shelves!
Me too, time to check the cellar stock level of Orval and maybe add another 24 to the cellar! It never goes bad, unless you only like this beer super-dry and fresh (and it was probably even sharper and funkier 15 or more years ago.) According to the brewers Orval tends to be intentionally variable rather than homogenized between all batches, so I look forward to a new 'vintage.'
Westmalle Dubbel (2006?) has aged well a long time in my cellar, well past the BBD but I have heard recent years' brewings don't hold up as well, is this true?
I like that there is an ongoing commitment (Rochefort, St. Bernardus) to good Belgo-Trappist beers at LCBO - even though we rarely see them all at once, they tend to re-occur. Chimay Premiere AKA Rouge
is the only immutable presence, since back in the Beer Dark Ages when it was probably 4-5 bucks a 750ml and nearly the only thing going besides the few more common Belgian-styled Unibroue
from Quebec that were kicking around (in those early days Blanche, Maudite, Fin du Monde were common in cage-corked 750mls.)
We can loosely include La Trappe / Koningshoeven
among current 'Belgian Trappists' albeit Dutch-made.