822. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldís Amber
Nov04

822. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldís Amber

TGIF! I stopped on my way home and picked up a 4-pack of Founder’s Backwoods Bastard. It wasn’t cold yet, so I threw it in the fridge. It got me in the mood for a good beer and I decided to finally drink this one. It was sent to me by @BelgianExpert a while ago and I figure that at 12% ABV it might be good to put a little bit of age on it. The bottle says 18/6/2014, which I think might be a best before date. Location:...

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817. Blue Moon Brewing – Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale
Oct06

817. Blue Moon Brewing – Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale

I left my job at Advocate Health Care and am going back to work at State Farm corporate headquarters (were I left 2 years ago). I’m taking a week off between jobs. Today was a busy day of running errands, so to chill a bit, I thought I’d grab a beer from the fridge. My wife picked up a mixed 12 pack from Blue Moon several months ago, which is how I got this beer. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in...

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812. Trappistes Rochefort – 8 Belgian Ale
Jul04

812. Trappistes Rochefort – 8 Belgian Ale

It’s been quite a while since I last posted. I’ve been enjoying a lot of beers, but just not taking the time to sit down and write a review. By starting this blog, I’ve learned how much I enjoy beer, but how writing about every beer I drink is kind of inhibiting. I’ve also had several problems with WordPress, the blog platform this is built on, but I won’t bore you with that. Since it’s the 4th of...

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793. Founders Brewing – 2015 Blushing Monk
Dec06

793. Founders Brewing – 2015 Blushing Monk

We’ve had a really great day, relaxing, watching football, and introducing the kids to a few new Christmas movies, like Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation. While watching movies, I thought I’d crack open this beer, which I’ve been looking forward to trying. There’s something about raspberries and beer I enjoy, so I was glad when I was able to find this at our local Hy Vee grocery store...

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778.  Goose Island – Lolita (2013)
Aug22

778.  Goose Island – Lolita (2013)

This past Monday, I had to go back up to Mayo Clinic to see my cardiologist. the good news is that my heart is back to a normal size and I can start to ween off the medications (over the next couple years). The bad news is that he’s concerned about my weight gain and cholesterol. Admittedly, I’ve not been good about eating well this past year. He recommended I start dieting immediately, so I did. I’ve been very good...

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773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
Jun27

773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

It’s Friday, and it’s been a very bizarre day. The best part of it was that my wife passed a test and now we get to go to Boston this fall. We celebrated with a nice dinner out with the kids. After a quick trip to Lowes, to buy some baseboard for my weekend project, I decided to crack open this beer for dessert. I bought it a few weeks ago, because it looked good, and my friend Jonathan is a Brewer at Perennial Artisan...

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769. Abbey of Leffe – Leffe Blonde
May19

769. Abbey of Leffe – Leffe Blonde

I’ve been in a training session all day for work and got home a little bit early. Therefore, I grab my laptop to catch up on a little bit of work, and cracked open this beer, while enjoying the evening sun in the kitchen. I picked up this beer a few weeks ago, when I stopped at Fresh Market to get some sushi for my son. They had some interesting beers you could make a mixed six pack with so I got this one along with...

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738. Furthermore Brewing – Fatty Boombalatty Belgian White
Oct08

738. Furthermore Brewing – Fatty Boombalatty Belgian White

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I’m at Beer House Chicago and and had a couple of beers from Pollyanna Brewing Co, a new brewery in Lamont, IL. It was still pretty early, so I decided to stick around and have one more beer. Again, I was trying to find something local that I couldn’t find down in central IL. Although Furthermore isn’t quite “local,” it is from just north of Chicago, in Wisconsin. And,...

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727. Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Sep05

727. Stillwater Artisanal Ales – As Follows Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Today was my last day of work at State Farm Insurance, so my coworkers took me out for a nice dinner at Epiphany Farms Restaurant. I have some tremendous co-workers, and it was great to get together with them tonight. Of course they know I’m a beer geek, and I haven’t had too many beers from this brewery, so I figured I’d start the evening with this one. Location: On tap and served in a short tulip style glass at...

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678.  Samuel Adams – Thirteenth Hour Belgian Style Stout
Feb28

678. Samuel Adams – Thirteenth Hour Belgian Style Stout

I finished the Goose Island Night Stalker and was feeling pretty good. So, I thought I’d go out to the beer fridge and find another big Stout to finish off the night. It’s been that kind of week, and I think I deserve it. And, since were moving soon, I thought I’d get rid of some of the bigger bottles out of the beer fridge. I picked up this beer as part of a special three pack at Sam’s Club right before...

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666. Brewery Het Anker – Lucifer Belgian Ale
Jan31

666. Brewery Het Anker – Lucifer Belgian Ale

Well, here it is… The beer of the beast – number 666. So to mark this number, I went out and specifically bought this beer. I figured it was appropriate for the occasion, and safe – as it is, ironically, a Trappist monk brewed ale. I just had Russian River’s Damnation in preparation for this landmark, and it’s a good day to enjoy a few beers, since it’s a cold rainy/snowy day stuck indoors. The...

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665. Russian River Brewing – Damnation Golden Ale
Jan31

665. Russian River Brewing – Damnation Golden Ale

It’s a snowy and rainy Saturday afternoon, good for staying home and enjoying a few beers. As I approached the beer of the beast, #666, I was considering what I should have for that dark brew. This is definitely one I considered, but I thought it might be more appropriate to have it right now, signaling my impending damnation before I have #666. I picked up this beer during my trip to Seattle last year, and fortunately it...

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644. SanTan Brewing – Supermonk Belgian IPA
Dec28

644. SanTan Brewing – Supermonk Belgian IPA

It’s been another nice day relaxing at home over the holiday break. I’ve done almost nothing today, except watch TV, and catch up on a few beer reviews. Writing about beer makes me thirsty, so I reached into the fridge and grab this can that was sent to me by SanTan. The can says, “SuperMonk is a naturally hazy, Belgian style IPA. Notes of citrus and orange peel dominate the aroma. Upon first sip, happy bitterness...

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635. New Belgium – Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
Dec11

635. New Belgium – Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I’m out to dinner with my friend Joe, who is in town for work this week. We’re at Medici in Normal for dinner and a few craft beers. After dinner, I was looking for something flavorful and interesting to try as an almost dessert beer. I’ve had a few beers in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series and felt like a sour beer might fit the bill. Location: On tap and served in...

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616. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night in Brussels IPA
Oct11

616. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night in Brussels IPA

After stopping at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub for a couple beers and a snack, we headed out to find a place for dinner.  We tried to stop nearby at Fox Bros. BBQ, but it was too packed, so we headed to Decatur. Joe said that Leon’s Full Service was one of his favorite places here, so we grabbed a beer at the bar and waited to be seated. They had some nice beers on tap, and this one gave me a chance to try out another local brewery....

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609. Wicked Weed Brewing – Cardinal Sin Belgian Red
Oct06

609. Wicked Weed Brewing – Cardinal Sin Belgian Red

It’s a gorgeous, sunny, but cool, fall day, perfect for sitting on the back deck and enjoying a beer. All morning, I’ve been working with my son to catch up on his homework from when we were gone on vacation last week, so I thought I’d enjoy a beer during our lunch break. As I mentioned, before I left on vacation, my sister gave me a bunch of beers from her trip to Asheville, North Carolina a few weeks ago. I already...

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594. Terrapin Beer Co – Monk’s Revenge Belgian Style India Pale Ale 2012
Aug26

594. Terrapin Beer Co – Monk’s Revenge Belgian Style India Pale Ale 2012

I helped at my son’s soccer practice this evening and was ready for a beer when I got home. I got this beer last year from my friend Joe, when I helped him pack for his move to Atlanta. I’ve enjoyed several Terrapin beers, and another Belgian IPA – Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, so I was looking forward to trying this one. The bottle says, “Step back in time for this holier than thou union of two great brewing...

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565. The Abby St. Sixtus – Westvleteren XII
Mar26

565. The Abby St. Sixtus – Westvleteren XII

I’m sure my upcoming heart surgery will go just fine, but before I go, I wanted to make sure I had this beer. It’s considered by many to be one of, if not, the best beer in the world, and is on the list of “1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die.” It’s one of the most coveted beers by all beer geeks. I was fortunate enough to get a six pack brick when they went on a once-in-a-lifetime sale here in the...

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556. North Coast Brewing – Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale
Mar11

556. North Coast Brewing – Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale

After stopping at Flinger’s Pizza Pub for a Green Flash West Coast IPA and a couple of pizza rolls, I headed to our homebrew club meeting at Fat Jack’s. I looked to see what was on the menu I hadn’t had yet, and this one caught my eye. I’d seen it at the liquor store, and heard good things about it, so I thought I’d give it a try since it was on draft. Location: On tap and served in a curved glass at Fat Jack’s in...

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548. Cathedral Square Brewery – Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA
Mar03

548. Cathedral Square Brewery – Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA

It’s Sunday night, and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and relax after sending the kids up stairs to get ready for bed. I’ve found another corner of the beer fridge, with some beers (like Perennial Hommel Bier) I brought back from my many trips to St. Louis to see my dad. I’m not sure how long these St. Louis beers have been in the beer fridge, since they don’t seem to have dates on them, but...

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