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Friday, May 11, 2007

Belgain Beers

Upmost importantce in going to Belgium was shampleling all teh beersh. I sed, gimme what you got, and they said we have over 500 beers here. I said, then I'm going 500 beers per hour! Woot! Look at me ma! No hands! Line e'm down, Im knocking em up!

But listen up here now. THese are not beers to be taken lightly. NO! These are surprising ly strong in body and alcoholic content. One must take precaustions. Do not underestimate the smaller servicing sizes. 33cl of Chimay is worth a 40 ouncer of Michelob Lite. Start by making sure to drink plenty of the disgushing tap water... or purchase lots of water (at 3 Euros per bottle!) Do not commence beer uptake until H20 levels are statisfactory! Next, you donna get peanuts with beer in the cafes, you must order a "portion" of "formage" and some "pain" which will get you cheese and bread to saok up extra "portions" of ale! Also, do not fret about ordering beers from bottles. It's hard to fiend the tap. Kegs are too heavy for little Belgains to carry! Lastly, be sure you are not driving. They DO drive on the correct side of the street in Belgain, but you might not if you are drove drunky. Bad smurf!

I tried many a beer on vacation but these are 10 that I dialogued with during their dirking.

Westmalle - This beer tastes familiar, like we've met before. I realize it tastes much like the tripple that Brandon and I brewed in Seattle a couple months ago. A tad sweet for my taste. Packs a whallop.

Orval - A serious Trappist delight. Very typical and held in high esteem by local drinkers. I like this one very much, but too many others to try! I drink only the one glass.

Jupiler - The Budweiser of Belgium. This ubiquitous beer is surprisingly decent... especially on a warm summer day. It may be frowned upon by local drinkers but I enjoyed it.

Kwak - Definite points for coming in the coolest glass. Reminded me of nut-brown ale. Very drinkable, so long as you don't tip the half-full glass to quickly. Otherwise, it is very wearable.

Barbar - Rarer beer... only saw it at one place. Not very memorable either. Wondered if the name had to do with Roman word Barbarian.

Carlsberg - This is the Miller Genuine Draft to Jupiler's Budweiser. This is also the first beer that I did not enjoy. It's sold in cans everywhere, but I'd avoid it.

Lindemans Kriek - After surgically removing testes, I enjoyed this pour of Kriek once we finished wandering around the Villers la Ville abbey. Fantastic if you enjoy sangria, the occasional wine cooler or gin and juice. The "Bell-vue" brand (sold commonly in Brussels) is more "beery" and the flavor is much less fruity.

De Koninck - One of Olaiya's favorites, and mine too! More like an ESB than a typical Trappist ale. This one has a nice hoppiness... perfect for summer days.

Ciney - Typically nice. Don't remember much more than that.

Hoegaarden - While I avoided drinking any Stella Artois, which is Belgium's most exported beer, I did have a Hoegaarden. I have enjoyed this beer in the states, really savoring some of the delicate flavors of orange and corriander. This glass tasted very bland and watery to me however. I drank this near the end of my trip and maybe I was just spoiled by then.

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At 5/11/2007 02:47:00 PM, Anonymous marc_w said...

Hmmm...testing testing...previous comments don't seem to be showing up.

Thanks for the beer recommendations...this will come in quite handy. Any sightseeing recommendations?

At 5/11/2007 06:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man. I can't remember the last time I spewed cereal back into the bowl like this. Dang.


At 5/12/2007 02:09:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Mark W,
I left you sight seeing feedback over at the Lookout Landing post. Hope you enjoy the beer.

At 5/12/2007 01:26:00 PM, Blogger Scotty Walsh said...

Hilarious man, those pictures made me super thirsty for decent beer. Maybe this afternoon. You ever think about writing ad copy for a European Beer company?

At 5/12/2007 04:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beer! Good!

At 5/17/2007 01:54:00 PM, Blogger itsgderic said...

oh man... i know what youre talking about; that trappist stuff is LE BOMÉ!


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