Just by looking the label, I figured this was a Belgian beer. Not only does it have some sweet artwork but the text is in French. However, on closer inspection I found out this beer is from Canada. Those crafty French-Canadians! This beer is black. Not dark brown or deep red - black. Holding it up to a 40 watt light I saw no sign of penetrating light. The only other color is the light brown of the brew's creamy head. It's strong, 9.5% abv, with tiny hints of chocolate and a prominent coffee flavor. As I often do, I bought this beer based purely on the coolness of the label, only finding out after opening the beer days later that the that coffee flavor is the whole point. It's an Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with "real, free-trade coffee", whatever that means. Oh well, I can't read, but I can enjoy a good beer. A great beer in this case, sweet and pleasantly bitter at the same time. It hides it's strength well. Without looking at the label you won't know how strong it is but you will after you're finished drinking it, and that will be quick if you enjoy this as much as Robin and I did, and will again.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I'm not sure how I feel about this yet... All I can say is smooth, Belgian, high in alcohol content (11%), and... honey. This is Urthel Samaranth Quadrium ale from the Netherlands, for Belgium. Confusing, right? It's "produced" in the former but "brewed" for the latter. "Dutch with a Flemish touch" as it says in the bottle. Robin likes this one but I'm not particularly impressed by it. This ale is very simple in flavor, not a lot of spice or hops, but like I said it's smooth with hints of honey. I wonder if the flavor has anything to do with the November 2006 expiration date. Oh, wait, foreign dates are backwards, it's June 2011... I've got a buzz already. You can tell because I'm rambling :-) Try this beer if you've got any interest in foreign brews.
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Bok choy, bean sprouts, and onions, nori, cold soba noodles with dipping sauce, and some smooth chilled sake. This turned out to be a nice, late dinner after stuffing my face earlier today with a Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream from The Main Ingredient and knockwurst from the German festival... I'm spoiled.