544. Perennial Artisan Ales – Hommel Bier Belgian Style Ale
Feb26

544. Perennial Artisan Ales – Hommel Bier Belgian Style Ale

My dad lives in St. Louis, so we get back there often. I remember stopping by the brewery to buy a couple of beers (including this one), but I honestly can’t remember when, and the bottle doesn’t have a date on it. The bottle says, “ In the hop capital of Belgium, Hommell is the word for Cumulus, the plant genus where Hoppes resides. Our Hommel Bier defies tradition by combining North American malts, Pacific...

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540. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldis Refermentée Amber Ale
Feb18

540. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldis Refermentée Amber Ale

I’ve recently discovered I have a heart condition and have had to cut back a little bit on my beer intake.  Therefore, I’ve been trying to keep it to no more than one a day. If I can only have one, I’m going to go big, like this one. A few weeks ago I corresponded back and forth with @belgianexpert on Twitter, and found out Wendy was located in Chicago (only a little bit north of me). Little did I know, she really is...

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436. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Belgian Golden
Jun01

436. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Belgian Golden

As I’ve mentioned in the last few posts, I’m in Columbia, MO for my fraternity’s annual golf tournament.  After stops at 44 Stone for a couple beers, and Booches for more beer and burgers, my friend Joe and I met up with our friend Bill who lives in Columbia.  The rest of the crowd went to Harpo’s, and instead, we headed to Flat Branch Pub & Brewing for a few more beers.  According to the menu: “A...

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418. The Lost Abbey – Devotion Ale
Apr28

418. The Lost Abbey – Devotion Ale

We had a homebrew club meeting tonight just up the street at Fat Jack’s.  A few of us headed down to Flingers because they have half price craft beers on Monday nights.  They have several craft brews on tap, but this was one of the only ones that wasn’t on my list yet. Location: Enjoyed in a pint glass at Flinger’s Pizza Pub in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Numbers: 6.25% ABV,  1.050 OG, 1.005 TG, ~ 188 Calories...

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394. Brewery Ommegang – Ommegang Abbey Ale
Feb03

394. Brewery Ommegang – Ommegang Abbey Ale

I’m still at happy hour, celebrating my moving to a new position within our company.  It’s been a great evening thus far, as I’ve enjoyed Bell’s Hopslam, New Belgium’s Belgo IPA, and St. Bernardus Abt 12.  A couple of folks at the table had been enjoying this beer, so I thought I’d finish off the evening by giving this one a try.  I’d seen the corked and caged bottles at the liquor store, but...

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393. Brouwerij St. Bernardus – St. Bernardus Abt 12
Feb03

393. Brouwerij St. Bernardus – St. Bernardus Abt 12

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m out at happy hour with my coworkers, celebrating my move into a new position within the company.  After the New Belgium Belgo IPA, I decided to try this beer they had on draft.  I’ve always seen it ranked fairly high, and have heard good things about it, so I wanted to give it a try. Location: Enjoyed the draft beer in a tulip glass, at Medici in Normal, IL. Numbers: 10.5% ABV, ~ 306...

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392. New Belgium – Belgo IPA
Feb03

392. New Belgium – Belgo IPA

Today is my last day at the position I’ve been in at work for almost seven years now, and I’m moving on to a new position at the same company.  So my co-workers planned a happy hour in my honor.  I hadn’t had this one yet, so when my boss offered to buy me a beer, I went for this one.  I’ve been considering brewing a Belgian IPA of my own, ever since I had Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch at this same bar over a...

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345. Unibroue – La Fin du Monde
Jul12

345. Unibroue – La Fin du Monde

I’m at our homebrew club meeting this evening, and we just finished up discussing hops and sampling several of the single hopped versions of Sam Adams Latitude 48.  Someone mentioned they had imports at the bar cheap tonight, and it turned out that this Unibroue was on the list. Location: Enjoyed the bottled beer, served in a tulip glass, at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 9% ABV, 19 IBUs, 5.5 SRM, 225  Calories...

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333. Bear Republic – Ryevalry
Jun03

333. Bear Republic – Ryevalry

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a “mini-micro” tour, visiting 3-4 microbreweries in St. Louis with my friend Joe.  We stopped at The Stable, a craft beer bar and nanobrewery, because I had a gift certificate from my sister.  Since I’d already had a couple of Double IPAs this afternoon, including the STLIPA at Urban Chestnut, and the Double IPA at Six Row, I thought I’d try this Belgian style double...

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314. Brasserie D’Achouffe – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel Draft
Apr26

314. Brasserie D’Achouffe – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel Draft

After having the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown, I was feeling like something hoppy to finish off the night.  The bartender again let me try several samples to see if there was anything I might like (although I didn’t mentioned that I’d tried about half of the ones he was giving me before).  I’d remembered have a couple Belgian IPAs, and really enjoyed Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch, so the bartender...

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304. The Bruery – Mischief Belgian Style Ale
Apr20

304. The Bruery – Mischief Belgian Style Ale

I’m hanging out at The Abbey Brewing Company in Miami Beach, Florida this afternoon.  I’ve tried their Immaculate IPA and Father Theodore’s Stout, while having a nice conversation with their Brewmaster/President Raymond Rigazio.  He had to leave, but I stuck around for a bit nursing my stout.  Since it’s Easter/Passover this week, things were extremely slow at the bar.  So, I got to know Carlos the bartender,...

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296. Stone Brewing – Cali Belgique IPA Draft
Apr07

296. Stone Brewing – Cali Belgique IPA Draft

Last night I was at the Stone Brewing kick off event at Fat Jack’s.  I found out they also had an event at Medici in Normal, and tonight I’m at Medici for a “Tweetup” for an upcoming social media conference – @Midwest – I’m participating in.  The last Belgian IPA I decided to try here – Flying Dog Raging Bitch – I really, really liked, so I thought I’d give the one from Stone...

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262. Green Flash Brewing – Le Freak Ale
Jan11

262. Green Flash Brewing – Le Freak Ale

I announce each of my posts on Twitter (@1KBeers), and recently got a suggestion via Twitter from @Lauren_BILLYves – who as it turns out, is Lauren Hinkley, the daughter of Green Flash Brewing founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley.  Obviously, she suggested I try a brew from Green Flash Brewing, and specifically, Le Freak.  The bottle says, “Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style...

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232. Cathedral Square – Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
Dec09

232. Cathedral Square – Belgian-Style Abbey Ale

Since my Oktoberfest Challenge, the other beers in my beer fridge have felt a bit neglected, so I thought I’d grab a random one for a review.  I was told by a friend about this somewhat new brewery in St. Louis and have had their Iglesia Agave Ale which was pretty good, so I thought I’d give their Belgian-style Abby a try.  The bottle says, “this traditional Belgian-style Abbey Ale is brewed using five malts, two hop...

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217. Flying Dog – Raging Bitch Belgian IPA Draft
Nov02

217. Flying Dog – Raging Bitch Belgian IPA Draft

A coworker who works remotely – Bettywriter – was in town for the week, so several of us decided to go out to happy hour and catch up.  We stopped at Medici in Uptown Normal, a place I’ve mentioned before that has some pretty good beers on tap.  I arrived before anyone else, I didn’t have to be shy when I announced proudly to the bartender that I’d like a Raging Bitch. It was a hazy orange-golden color...

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212. Anderson Valley Brewing – Brother David’s Belgian-style Double Ale Draft
Oct27

212. Anderson Valley Brewing – Brother David’s Belgian-style Double Ale Draft

It’s time for our monthly ABNormal Homebrewers steering meeting, so we met at Fat Jack’s to discuss the business of our next monthly meeting.  Fat Jack’s normally has one of the better beer selections in town, so I was hoping to get a new Oktoberfest, seasonal, or pumpkin beer for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  Unfortunately, with October being almost over, they didn’t have either, so I went for this one since I...

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182. Bell’s Brewery – Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Draft
Sep29

182. Bell’s Brewery – Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Draft

At our homebrew club steering meeting, one of the guys mentioned that they had Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury on draft at Medici.  So, I decided to quickly stop by and try it.  I had read about it on Bell’s website and which says, “Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts...

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100. Double Mountain Brewery – Devils Kriek Draft
Jul20

100. Double Mountain Brewery – Devils Kriek Draft

After spending the afternoon enjoying all of the great beers that Full Sail had, I was almost ready to call it a night.  However, I wanted to try as many different beers as I could on this trip.  So, I stopped at Double Mountain brewery, which was literally right around the corner, and was actually started by a former brewer from Full Sail.  The brewmaster and one of the owners, Matt Swihart, also owns a cherry orchard, and uses some...

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97. Goose Island – Matilda Draft
Jul18

97. Goose Island – Matilda Draft

I’m in the Chicago airport before heading to my Cuisinternship and thought I’d grab a beer at the Fox sports bar and grill in terminal 3 at O’Hare (where I had the Molson Canadian). To my surprise, it had been converted to a Goose Island bar/restaurant. So, I thought I’d enjoy one more taste of home before catching my flight west. The menu says Matilda is a Belgian style Pale Ale fermented with wild yeast for a...

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93. ABInBev – Shock Top Belgian White Draft
Jul12

93. ABInBev – Shock Top Belgian White Draft

I’m traveling for work, and am finishing up my 17 hour long trip to the Collierville, TN/Memphis area.  While my friends suggested a few good beers available in the area, I was unfortunately, stuck with whatever they had available at the airport restaurant.  The usual suspects were on tap, but I knew I had not yet had Shock Top. It arrived garnished with a dirty orange, and was a hazy orange-yellow color.  The head was very...

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