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Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:09 am

The Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Festival is this coming weekend (Oct. 27). We're driving up to attend. Are any Boston A.netters going to this?
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:22 am

I'll be holding your puke bucket, remember? Oh, and Alley will try to explain to Nancy why.  tongue 
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:20 am

There's a Belgian Beer Festival at my house every night.  Smile

Have fun in Boston!  drunk   faint 

Here's a tip: if you can get a beer called Kwak, order it without hesitation. It's not only delicious, but it's also served in the most unusual way. I hope they'll know how to do it properly.  Smile
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:24 am

I'll be in Boston the weekend before and 2 weekends after...but I'll be stuck in friggin Santa Barbara, CA on that weekend. Damn (Anyways, I probably would not go even if I was in Boston).
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 2:13 am

Quoting Toast (Reply 2):
if you can get a beer called Kwak

Sounds like a shaved, blonde-headed fine piece of ass. Any advice?

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 3):
I probably would not go even if I was in Boston

Well, thanks for weighing in. Really, thanks for the input. Thanks again.

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Stuey Griffin

Again, thanks for the input. Thanks. Thanks again. Did I mention thanks? Oh, I didn't think so. So, thanks. Thanks again.
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:16 am

Toast, I know Kwak. My two years in Brussels familarized me with both the beer and the bulbous glass in which it is served. Great stuff!

Now, if I can get my hands on some Boon Kriek or Rhodenbach Grand Cru, then we're in business.
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:24 am

I'd love to be there celebrating a Red Sox victory! Sounds like fun! I'll be up there for Thanksgiving, so not an option right now. Drink some Belgian beer for me.  champagne 
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 6:32 am

Why does it happen that when I press on the link it drives me back to this very page? Anyway, I would love to go but I will have some friends over that weekend so it depends if they want to do it or not - where and at what time is it taking place?
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:06 pm

Sorry, here's a fixed link to the info.
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:21 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 5):
Toast, I know Kwak. My two years in Brussels familarized me with both the beer and the bulbous glass in which it is served.

Sweet! Big grin When did you live here?

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 4):
Sounds like a shaved, blonde-headed fine piece of ass. Any advice?

Is that how Americans refer to good beer?  rotfl  Never hear that one!  bigthumbsup 

Advice? Here are some Belgian beers that deserve to be sampled (I excluded the ones which are rare even in Belgium):

Hoegaarden Witbier
Rodenbach
Grisette
Zulte
Faro
Pêcheresse
Gueuze
Barbar
Kriek
Grimbergen Brune
Kasteel (very strong stuff)
Duvel (strong)
Delirium Tremens (strong)

Anyway, there's no such thing as a bad Belgian beer, so you can't go wrong!  Smile

Forget Stella Artois, though. It's OK but it's a completely generic, commonplace and cheap beer here. How it became an export hit is a mystery to me.  Smile
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:09 pm

Some other suggestions:

- Gouden Carolus
- Leffe
- La Chouffe
- Mc Chouffe

I'm not much into 'Trappist', but they appear to be very good as well:

- Achel
- La Trappe
- Orval
- Rochefort
- Westmalle
- Westvleteren
- (Chimay) (apparently they lost their 'Trappist' name since they were sold to a large brewery).

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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:16 pm

Quoting Apuneger (Reply 10):
La Chouffe
- Mc Chouffe

Not a big fan of those myself.

Quoting Apuneger (Reply 10):
- Orval

How the hell did I forget Orval?  banghead  It's by far my favorite beer!

Quoting Apuneger (Reply 10):
- Westvleteren



Quoting Apuneger (Reply 10):
- Achel

Never heard of those... Are they only sold locally?
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:02 pm

Westvleteren is very exclusive, brewed by some monks in... Westvleteren  Smile They only sell it a few days a year at their abbey, people have to queue up to get it!


I love Faro & Geuze beers... but my favorite has to be "old" Kriek. Old meaning the Kriek doesn't taste like a sweet cherry juice, but like a real, bitter, cherry beer!  Smile
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:19 pm

Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Quoting Apuneger (Reply 10):
- Westvleteren



Quoting Apuneger (Reply 10):
- Achel

Never heard of those... Are they only sold locally?

Never heard of Westvleteren?
And you dare to even call yourself Belgian? blasphemy I say!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westvleteren_Brewery/


other good ones are
-Corsendonk white
-Corsendonk dark
-Palm (dobbel / special)
-Judas
-Brugs Tarwebier
-.... so many more
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:32 pm

Quoting Arniepie (Reply 13):
And you dare to even call yourself Belgian?

I don't, actually.. I've been living in Belgium for only 7 years...  Smile You'd need 700 years to sample all the beers...  Smile

Quoting Arniepie (Reply 13):
-Corsendonk white
-Corsendonk dark
-Palm (dobbel / special)
-Judas
-Brugs Tarwebier
-.... so many more

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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:03 pm

Quoting Toast (Reply 9):
Delirium Tremens (strong)

Any beer with pink elephants on the bottle definitely means it's some powerful stuff.

Quoting Toast (Reply 9):
Duvel (strong)

One of my favorite Belgian beers. I don't drink it too often because it's a bit pricey here.

Quoting Toast (Reply 9):
Hoegaarden Witbier

Pretty much the most common Belgian beer in the US. You can even find it in grocery stores.

I also like some of the brews produced by St. Bernard Brouwerij. The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is great, and the St. Bernardus Prior 8 and Pater 6 are really good dubbels.

I bought a bottle of Saison Dupont about two months ago, and that was a pretty good brew as well.
 
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:46 am

Quoting Toast (Reply 9):
Hoegaarden Witbier

Sounds great - I really like Hoegaarden Blanche and I tend to love wheat beers (Weiss)

Quoting Toast (Reply 9):
Duvel (strong)

Very common here in the U.S.

Quoting Toast (Reply 9):
Delirium Tremens (strong)

Very strong.
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:56 am

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 16):
Sounds great - I really like Hoegaarden Blanche and I tend to love wheat beers

Actually, Witbier is the same as Blanche.  Smile Witbier is the Dutch designation and Blanche the French one.  Smile

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 16):
Delirium Tremens (strong)

Very strong.

There are much stronger beers in Belgium. Delirium Tremens is so hard to process because of the floating particles of god knows what.

You need to be careful with mixing Belgian beers, some of them really don't agree with one another. Drink 3 strong Grimbergens and you'll be fine. Drink a Kasteel, an Orval, and a Delirium Tremens, and hope there's a spare liver in your local hospital.  Wink
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:59 am

Quoting Toast (Reply 17):

You need to be careful with mixing Belgian beers, some of them really don't agree with one another. Drink 3 strong Grimbergens and you'll be fine. Drink a Kasteel, an Orval, and a Delirium Tremens, and hope there's a spare liver in your local hospital.

There was one night I downed a small bottle of Duvel, followed by a big bottle of Ommegang Hennepin (Ommegang is a US brewer of high quality Belgian style brews, they're owned by the brewers of Duvel. Hennepin is a saison.), and ended with a bottle of Unibroue (Canadian brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers) Edition 2004. That much high gravity beer gave me a horrendous hangover (the one and only time I've ever had a beer hangover). I actually stopped drinking the higher gravity beers for a time as a result.
 
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:37 am

And while you are enjoying your beer, don't forget to have some pomme frites with mayo. I've seen that everwhere in Brussels! Goes together with beer quite well.
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:50 am

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 19):
And while you are enjoying your beer, don't forget to have some pomme frites with mayo. I've seen that everwhere in Brussels!

Funny, I never have my fries with mayo.  yuck ! If you can, try the classic Sauce Andalouse with your fries, or a home-made Sauce Tartare.  drool 

Belgians often eat their fries with mayo (like the Dutch - remember Pulp Fiction?), but there's usually a choice of about 20 sauces. Nothing like a fresh, hot "mitraillette" (a baguette cut open and filled with a ton of fries, tomato, lettuce, fried onion, and drowned in a bathtub of sauce.)  cloudnine  It's an inhuman amount of food, but it doesn't bother me - I'm a pig!  Smile
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:33 am

Quoting Toast (Reply 2):
if you can get a beer called Kwak, order it without hesitation. It's not only delicious, but it's also served in the most unusual way. I hope they'll know how to do it properly

Better explain how it works to those who don't know it yet, or they'll end up beer-soaked...  Wink

Wasn't Westvleteren elected best Belgian beer recently? If it is called the best Belgian beer, you HAVE to taste it!

I don't know if they will have some (and at what price) as it is indeed brewed by some monks in Westvleteren who sell it only at the gate of their abbey a few days a year and people have to queue to get it (only a limited number of bottles)!
 
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RE: Boston: Anyone Going To The Belgian Beer Fest?

Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:43 am

It always amuses me to see how beer that is very very common here, is sold as "exclusive" abroad...

I remember while in Singapore, I saw a bus driving past with an ad for Stella Artois. The text went something like "They say it's very expensive... but wait till you tasted it". And I was like: Stella expensive? Stella exclusive? It's the most common beer in Belgium next to Jupiler... it costs as much as a soda overhere  Smile


And for Westvleteren... it pays off if you're from the province of West-Flanders, there's always an uncle or another relative who has one or two crates (they come in hand-made wooden crates!) stowed away in the garage...

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 18):
big bottle of Ommegang Hennepin

I love that name! "Ommegang", it's a typical "flemish" word for a procession. It brings back images from my country a 100 years ago...  Smile Something like this:
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