Beer Overload

Still not a Belgium post, but this unassuming Saturday night turned into a full fledged beer fest! In fact, there is so much beer in this post that I am completely unable to review everything. Although, I do have tons of pictures for you to enjoy!

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A while back, on a somewhat rainy Saturday night, Jack and I had nothing planned, so we invited over Novak, Mark, Rob and Anna for game night!

Rob and Anna had recently toured the Dogfish Head brewery and it was very kind of him to bring over multiple bottles that he picked up there!

We got started with a beer and got comfortable to play Settlers of Catan.

First we opened Pearl Jam Twenty Faithful Ale by Dogfish Head Brewery of Milton, DE at 7% abv.

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Next, was a beer that Novak brought over a while ago, the Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog by Abita Brewing Company of Abita Springs, Louisiana at 7% abv.

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Another beer that Rob brought, the Robert Johnson Hellhound by Dogfish Head Brewing Company at 10% abv.

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Also the Theobroma by Dogfish Head Brewing Company at 9% abv.

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We also all split the Gouden Carolus Classic by Brouwerij Het Anker of Mechelen, Belgium at 8.5% abv.

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Anna brought over and let me sample Crispin “The Saint” Hard Apple Cider by Crispin at 6.9% abv.

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And since I was in the company of so many people who love good beer, I decided to open my last bottle of Crème Brulee Stout by Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, NY at 9.6% abv.

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Unfortunately, soon after this I was reaching for a card, bumped my then empty glass and broke it! I was so heartbroken! I loved my Gouden Carolus glass! Although, everyone reassured me by saying how very soon I will be able to replace it with a glass that I will have bought at the brewery.

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And probably because we were a bit drunk and the taste buds were numbed we opened the Baltika #6 Porter by Baltika Breweries of St Petersburg, Russia at 7% abv.

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At the end of the night I was surprised to see how many bottles we emptied!

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I think now I’m ready for Belgium!

Amber comes to visit!

This Sunday, Jack’s sister, Amber came up from North Carolina to visit and we got to meet her boyfriend Joaquin and their 4 month old baby girl Liliarose!

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We decided to catch up over some delicious pizzas and beers at Lost Dog Café on Columbia Pike.

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While waiting for the pizzas I had the Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) by Bluegrass Brewing Company of Louisville, Kentucky at 8.6% abv.

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This beer seemed to get better and better as I drank it! Roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee, very flavorful oak and char. Vanilla and woody. The woodiness and oak flavor was amazing.

When the pizzas came I also ordered a Maredsous 8 by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat of Belgium at 8% abv.

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This beer is stellar! Always a solid choice.

It gets better as it warms slightly. Fruity, almost like grapes, plums, and dark fruits. Bready and yeasty, brown sugar and molasses. A great sipping beer, very complex.

After dinner we headed home for another drink! I had the perfect beer in mind, and I knew Amber would enjoy and appreciate it, so I figured it was the perfect time to open it!

We all split the Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout by Southern Tier Brewery of Lakewood, NY at 9.6% abv.

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So delicious! And so sweet! I can never drink very much of this beer because I find it overwhelming! Caramel and butterscotch up front, vanilla, hints of chocolate, roasted malts, creamy. Very thick mouthfeel, almost chewy, smooth texture. Probably one of the sweetest beers I have had, its gotta be split with at least one other person, or else I would have a very hard time finishing the bottle on my own.

I’m super happy we finally got a chance to catch up with Amber and meet Joaquin and Liliarose! I can’t wait till they come visit again!

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!

Victory Beer

During Sunday’s Steelers vs Patriots game I watched in anticipation and fear and enjoyed a beer that I have been searching for for 6 months!

I finally hunted down (after trying multiple places) the Southern Tier Crème Brulee Imperial Milk Stout by Southern Tier Brewery of Lakewood, NY 9.6%abv.

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Oh my god. So dark. SO SWEET. I’m really glad I split this with two other people because it was quite an overpowering beer! Vanilla, roasted and toasty malts, warm, brown sugar, and most of all butterscotch. Thick mouthfeel, sticky, and intense! I really enjoyed this beer! I’m glad when I was at Total Wine I got 3! hehe!

And to make my day the Steelers won!!