World of Beer

On a random weekend night with nothing planned, Jack and I decided to check out World of Beer in Arlington.

It was an odd atmosphere. Maybe just because we went on a Friday night, but it was more like a sports bar than a beer bar. Loud music, packed, lots of TVs. But we managed to get a small table to ourselves.

It took us a while to order, because the first three beers that Jack chose were out of stock. Bummer.

In the mean time I ordered the Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter by Sea Dog Brewing Company of Bangor, Maine at 5.6% abv.

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I think this is the first hazelnut porter I’ve found, most of them are browns.

Almost a slight bitterness with all the roasted malts. Also, chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, coffee. Creamy mouthfeel, slightly smoky and dry finish. Not bad, not overwhelming.

I think they atmosphere was starting to get to us, so I got one more beer and Jack took a few sips too. Since we were kind of splitting the beer, we decided to get the Kasteel Cuvee du Chateau  from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck since its high alcohol content is almost too much for me alone at 11% abv.

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So, so tasty. This beer is so smooth, almost no carbonation. Brown sugar, caramel, honey, figs and plums, spicy yeast. Decadent, it took me back to Belgium. I can honestly say I will never forget having this beer at the brewery.

And then we headed home since there wasn’t much more of a reason to stay there. Too crowded and just not the right vibe for a good beer joint.

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