Et Voila!

Saturday was a big day for us! I ran my first 20k! Which turns out to be about 12.4 miles. I ran the whole thing and managed to come in right on my goal time! The last few miles were uphill and I can honestly say that’s when it got much harder, mentally too!

For a little bonus, I planned dinner at Et Volia for us. But not until the evening, my plans for the day consisted of doing nothing and napping!

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While we got started on some mussels, I ordered the Gouden Carolus Classic by Brouwerij Het Anker of Mechelen, Belgium at 8.5% abv.

This is just one of the most perfect Belgian beers to have with dinner. It goes with everything and really is well representative of the style.

Nice lively carbonation, caramel and brown sugar, a slight bite of licorice, figs and plums. Wonderfully warming with the alcohol, and a semi-dry finish. It kept me interested with every sip.

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After a delicious dinner, I got the Kasteel Rouge by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck of Ingelmunster, Belgium at 8% abv, for dessert!

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This is one of my favorite dessert beers! Its just so over the top with flavor that its almost like drinking juice! Dark and thick with cherry juice! There is a bit of yeasty funk and fresh bread, moderate carbonation. Oh yeah, and that 8% abv kick just to remind you that this is not a soda!

I couldn’t help it! Even with a tasty dessert beer I still went for dessert!

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Meringue floating on custard cream. Heavenly! It went so well with the Kasteel Rouge!

Thanksgiving

Jack and I traveled to Johnstown, PA for Thanksgiving. I like going home, we usually lie around and do nothing all day and watch TV (we don’t have a TV so this is a lot of fun for us) and then go out drinking with my friends at night!

There were only 6 of us for Thanksgiving and none of us particularly like turkey so my mom made lamb! (my absolute favorite)

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Eleven pounds of meat were destroyed. Very few leftovers.

For dessert (while we digested, before we had pie) we had a beer that my dad and his friend Randy (mostly his friend Randy) brewed! He brought it home in a growler, and hadn’t yet tried it himself. It was a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout!

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Cheers! This is probably the best home brewed beer I’ve ever had! The flavors were so apparent and clean. Probably the most oatmeal flavor I’ve tasted in a beer, and it was fantastic! The oatmeal flavor was baked and toasted. Smooth and chewy. Rich and chocolatey. Light on the hops. Light on the carbonation, probably because it was transported in a growler and in the fridge for a day. Brewers could learn from Randy. Hopefully he brews again, I may have to beg my dad to get another growler!

After pie,sitting by the fire, watching football, and card games, we headed out to Tulune’s Southside Saloon to meet some friends for a few beers.

After seeing what they had on tap, I knew exactly what I wanted.

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I wanted to try mixing the Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout with the Kasteel Rouge.

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I really like mixing beers, this one blew my mind it was so good! It was almost flavor overload. Butterscotch and vanilla meets raspberries with dark stout roasted goodness.

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I also learned that Redbeard should never be in the foreground of a photo. This picture makes me look like a midget.

When it was time for another beer, I meandered down to the beer cooler and began the search for my next beer. I love staring into a beer cooler, its like a kid in a candy shop or a kid picking ice cream flavors! The possibilities are so exciting!

Anyway, my choice didn’t take very long, I saw the Trappistes Rochefort 10 by Brasserie De Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy) and was sold.

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It’s a Belgian Quadruple so you know its going to be sweet! It’s sweet but not sugary or syrupy, fruity like raisins and plums. The alcohol is warming but very well hidden for a beer that is 11.3% not overwhelming and boozy. Medium-full mouthfeel, very smooth. I wish this beer were easier to get, everywhere that always claims to carry it, never have it in stock. So when I see this beer, its one of my favorites, I will always get it! Thank you for carrying it Tulune’s!

A Mid-Day Beer (a few days late)

Saturday Jack and I met up with my parents for a late lunch at 3, in Clarendon.  The food here is amazing! There is bacon or pork in almost every dish! You can even get bacon on a stick!

Since it was lunchtime I decided to go for a beer that was fruitier and sweeter. I ordered the Kasteel Rouge!

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This, to me, is a great summer picnic beer because its almost like drinking punch or just fruit juice. I hate to say it, but its almost not even like drinking beer.  I usually like to mix this beer with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (stout poured first then layer the Kasteel on top, delicious!) , but I imagine this beer could be mixed easily with other beers or other mixers. Pours a dark, clear, ruby red. Smells immediately of sweet cherries, haha and tastes immediately of sweet cherries. This is definitely a dessert beer. I would not have this beer with dinner, any other time of day is acceptable to me (maybe even breakfast!)