I was trying to wrap up the pictures and the posts from the end of the year, and kept coming across more pictures of me being out and about enjoying tasty beers! So, while I cant tell you exactly when this was, good beers were had and it was a very fun night!
Apparently I started off my night with the Troubadour Obscura by Brouwerij de Musketiers of Ursel, Belgium at 8.5% abv.
And I enjoyed it so much, or was too busy/lazy to pick a new beer that I had two!
That’s unusual. I almost never drink two of the same beers in a row. Or even two of the same in one night. But I guess I cant blame myself, it is a very good beer.
Technically this beer is considered a stout. But it’s a Belgian stout and not like a regular stout. It doesn’t have that typical roasted taste and quality that most traditional stouts have. Its still bottle conditioned and you can still taste the heavy yeastiness to it. Also, figs, mild chocolate, and not exactly sour, but a slight acidity. More like a quad than a stout.
Next up, I believe I told the bartender to surprise me. I know that most of the bartenders at the saloon know my beer preferences and I like to see what I get sometimes. They always pick great beers, like the Founders Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan at 8.3% abv.
Quite a bit of coffee up front and also a creamy milk chocolate. Toffee and charred wood. Toasted oatmeal, and vanilla. Dry finish and slightly bitter. A phenomenal beer, and I don’t even mind that it tasted like coffee!
I also went back and tried an old favorite of mine, Three Philosophers by Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York at 9.8% abv.
Not nearly as in your face as Kasteel Rouge, its more of a tart sour cherry. And much more of an actual beer. Bread and yeast, dark fruits, caramel. The cherry is definitely there but its not a sugary syrup. It doesn’t come off as a candy beer. Very enjoyable!
I love this beer, but one of the other girls ordered the Bornem Dubbel by Brouwerij Van Steenberge of Ertvelde, Belgium at 8% abv, and I think they had meant to get the triple and wasn’t happy with their beer choice. I cant stand to see a good beer wasted, so we swapped beers!
Heavy on the malts, lots of toasted bread, brown sugar, raisins. Full bodied and smooth. A hint of acidity as an aftertaste. But not a heavy beer, still feels light.
It was an interesting beer night because I ended up with a few beers that I didn’t pick out myself, but was very happy with what I got!