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purpleoscar 03-24-2010 06:38 PM

I found a place locally that has some Trappist beer. I'm going to see what they have. :drool:

purpleoscar 08-02-2010 09:34 AM

Okay I tried Rochefort 10

https://www.saveur-biere.com/images/t...chefort-10.jpg

Wow that 11.3% alcohol content gave me more buzz than most other drinks. It definitely is dark smooth like honey and a bit of a fig aroma. Definitely the best dark beer I've drunk though I think I'll try to drink the Rochefort 8 and 6 just to tone down the alcohol. It was like the buzz that never ends.

Gulden Draak

https://www.crackedkettle.com/store/i...lden-draak.jpg

At 10.5% this is another high alcohol content drink. It also tastes great. It's almost like a sweet desert beer. Both fruity and spicy.

Chimay Blue

https://blackwithblue.free.fr/IMG/jpg...hourgnac-2.jpg

This was another good one. At 9% this is still quite high for alcohol content. It's dark spicy and good.

So the Belgian Trappists get 3 out of 3 for me. Though the next time I need those nifty Belgian beer glasses.

Dreadsox 01-29-2013 08:14 PM

I like this thread!

Diemen 01-29-2013 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Dreadsox
I like this thread!

Woah. Nice to see you back here, dread!

Pearl 01-29-2013 08:32 PM

I remember this thread!

:wave: Hi Dread!

Moonlit_Angel 01-29-2013 10:02 PM

Thirded. Hey, Dread, long time no talk! How are things?

Dreadsox 02-04-2013 05:36 AM

Things a fantastic! Career and family clicking on all cyl!

Diemen 02-04-2013 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Dreadsox (Post 7629736)
Things a fantastic! Career and family clicking on all cyl!

Good to hear. :)

So, any new drinks to recommend?

purpleoscar 02-08-2013 06:37 PM

Oh yes I love this thread. I had some great Belgian beers in 2012:

Lots of finesse
https://redsalehouse.com/files/2012/0...lle-Tripel.jpg

Favorite Rochefort (great aroma)
https://www.vdwaals.nl/images/bieren/rochefort%208.jpg

Favorite Hops:

https://www.simplybeer.com/blog/wp-co...3/img_7435.jpg

Strong Hops:

https://beer.suregork.com/wp-content/...us-500x588.jpg

Jive Turkey 02-08-2013 07:13 PM

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Diemen 12-17-2016 06:39 PM

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Bringing this thread back from the dead, because... let's face it, given recent events, many of us feel more of a need to drink lately. ;)

I've been full time self employed for a couple years now, so each year for Christmas, management has been gracious enough to give me a bottle of scotch as my Christmas bonus. :)

Last year it was a Lagavulin 16, one of my desert island alcohols (and choice of Ron Swanson). This year I decided to branch out and try something totally new to me, a Clynelish 14 (chose this because it was a good price (<$60) and the #2 favorite scotch on that scotch tasting post I linked in this thread years ago). It's much brighter than the Lagavulin, citrusy and grassy compared to the peaty/smoky/saltiness of the Lagavulin, but it's balanced, interesting and leaves a nice lingering sweetness.
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bono_212 12-17-2016 07:14 PM

I have only recently started delving into scotch, thanks to a Christmas party where I was sitting with a group of people who were about to be layed off. They saw open bar, and 30 year old scotch, and went to town.

I've only made one scotch purchase for myself, but it was excellent, in my very humble opinion: a glenfidditch 12. Any advice on where to go next?

BEAL 12-17-2016 07:31 PM

Ok, I really have no idea on scotch.

How would you recommend someone try it?

Straight/neat

Mixed with something?

I've a beer person for a while, and San Diego has some awesome micros

But have always wondered about scotch. Seems like something I could dig


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iron yuppie 12-17-2016 07:40 PM

Neat is the best way IMO, assuming what you are drinking is high quality. If it's cheap, you might want to cover it with something.

BEAL 12-17-2016 09:07 PM

Hawaiian Punch!

Any good recs on quality scotch? For a newbie


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Irvine511 12-17-2016 09:26 PM

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Diemen 12-17-2016 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by BEAL (Post 8125779)
Ok, I really have no idea on scotch.

How would you recommend someone try it?

Straight/neat

It depends on the scotch, really. If it's single malt, I wouldn't mix it with anything else unless you're making a fancy cocktail (a Blood & Sand is pretty delicious...). Most scotches I prefer neat, but some scotches that can be a bit strong (Talisker or Ardbeg 10) benefit a lot from a little water added - maybe 4:1 scotch to water. It lightens the heat from the alcohol and lets some of the subtler flavors come out.

If you're new to scotch, I'd recommend finding a local bar that has a good scotch list, and just tell the bartender you're new to it and want to try it out. At the least they should give you a taste from some representative distillers from the different regions (Islay, Speyside, Highlands & Lowlands are the most common, but there are a few other distinct areas too).

If you just want to buy something to see if you like it, it's hard to go wrong with a Macallan 10 or 12, both of which can be had for at or under $50. It's pretty easy drinking, without too much heat and a lot of nice vanilla/caramel flavors going on. Some say it's pretty simple, but it's tasty.

I prefer the peatier, smoky/salty flavors in a lot of Islay malts - a good intro to that is Caol Ila 12 at around $50, or Laphroaig 10 (<$50). My next scotch will probably be the Bowmore 15 - it's a bit pricier ($70ish), but it is super smooth and caramelly and smoky and peaty and delicious.

kiwilad 12-17-2016 10:53 PM

Diemen you must be one of those with a mouth lined with crocodile hide. Islay is... strong! I compare it to licking a sweaty sailor's testicles. Not that I have practise at that.
For beginners I'd strongly recommend a lowland and have it neat. Otherwise a Speyside. They tend to be the 'easiest'. Drink it super slow. A bartender in Edinburgh once told me a dram is supposed to take as long to drink as a pint. Put a bit on your bottom lip and breath it in. Yum!
And if you're brave follow Diemen to those sweaty peaty salty Islay malts. They're good. But I wouldn't start with them!

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Irvine511 12-17-2016 11:06 PM

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cobl04 12-18-2016 08:14 AM

I LOVE scotch & whiskey.... but only mixed with coke. Cannot stand it straight, no matter the quality.

I've also almost entirely gone off beer this year. I drink wine all the time now.

Diemen 12-18-2016 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 8125921)
I LOVE scotch & whiskey.... but only mixed with coke.

Jesus wept.

Friggin'... :)

cobl04 12-18-2016 09:48 AM

Oh all my friends hate me for it. Maybe in 10 years time I'll come to love it. After all if you'd told me three years ago that my most-consumed alcohol would be wine I'd have laughed for days.

iron yuppie 12-18-2016 10:11 AM

With whiskeys the quality really does make a difference in drinking it straight. A rail whiskey will go down very rough, but a quality one will be smooth, with limited burning.

It's the same thing with tequila. A lot of people will talk about how bad it rips them up, but that's probably because they are doing shots or margaritas with shit tequila.

LemonMelon 12-18-2016 04:16 PM

I'm new to brown liquor on the rocks and I enjoy it. Jameson or the aforementioned Glenfiddich 12 taste very nice straight. It's great with soda too, of course; I don't consider it wasting good whiskey as long as you're enjoying what you're drinking.

I was at an open bar the other night and Redbreast was on the menu, but I already had a beer and an Eastside and I usually stop myself at two drinks unless I'm at home. It was a pleasant buzz.

KhanadaRhodes 12-20-2016 07:25 PM

don't give cobbler such a hard time. i got a real friggin' for you: my go to alcohol is viniq ruby. it's basically freaking alcoholic punch kool-aid that's shimmery.

i also don't drink that much. it takes me like 7-8 months to go through a bottle (yes it's sickeningly sweet, i fully admit i don't want my alcohol to taste like alcohol, but it takes me so long to go through it because i'll have one drink maybe once every other month at the most). and i still cut it with water. :reject:

mama cass 12-21-2016 05:49 AM

(one of) my guilty (friggin') pleasure(s) is Captain Morgan's spicy rum with (diet) coke - so good haha

otherwise, my tipple of choice is Sipsmith gin (with tonic and a huge chunk of lime) - omg it is amazing and the only gin that doesn't give me an instant headache... if there's any gin lovers here, you have to try it if you haven't already!

fizzy is always good too - we're lucky here as we have so many good local wines and fizz, a reaaaaaally good sommelier from a michelin starred restaurant down the road who keeps his own wine cellar and his own wine/fizz list, and sells to locals at really reasonable prices, so much better value for money than in the stores... just bought our Christmas champagne from him last week... plus can also get really good stuff direct from the vineyards - going up soon with friends to buy wine for New Year's Eve...

honestly, i don't actually drink much though, only a couple of drinks for aperitifs/dinner on a Friday and Saturday night as a treat and when having dinner with friends (am a lightweight really - not as my screen name suggests lmfao), but really do appreciate having all this lovely local stuff within reach... i love the Frenchie way, it's almost like a ritual with French friends at meal times, taking out a different bottle of wine for each part of the meal, and talking about it, where it came from, the year, the weather that year, i love that...

Diemen 12-21-2016 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by mama cass (Post 8126381)
i love the Frenchie way, it's almost like a ritual with French friends at meal times, taking out a different bottle of wine for each part of the meal, and talking about it, where it came from, the year, the weather that year, i love that...


My wife and I had several meals like that when we were in France this summer - it was lovely. I like how meals are never rushed - plenty of time to savor and enjoy and have good conversation.

I don't actually drink all that much these days, either. Usually only have maybe a couple beers and a glass or two of wine a week. Okay, and now a dram of scotch once a week, too. :)

cobl04 12-21-2016 09:46 AM

I drink too much :(

Re: France - I'm here now, for the second time in six months. My girlfriend has lived here since April, though she's coming home in February, just after me. It's great but I do hate how late everyone eats in Europe. If you're hungry at 6pm, bad fucking luck.

Diemen 12-21-2016 09:53 AM

Yeah, starting dinner at 9pm was definitely an adjustment.

Where in France are you?

cobl04 12-21-2016 10:05 AM

Le Marais. Awesome location. Very close to the 1 so it's very easy to get to all the touristy spots and the airport. And there's just a million awesome food joints everywhere. It's brilliant. Only drawback is my girlfriend's on the fifth floor of an apartment with no elevator :lol:

Diemen 12-21-2016 10:24 AM

Ha. Nice. We stayed in a 5th floor apartment on Ile St. Louis. We excused all the food we ate by saying we got lots of cardio on those stairs.

LuckyNumber7 12-21-2016 01:11 PM

I'll be doing two months in France come April.

About liquor... I pretty much loathe whiskey. I'll welcome bourbon in many cases though. Eagle Rare is alright.

I'm a gin fellow. For sure.

cobl04 12-21-2016 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 8126393)
Ha. Nice. We stayed in a 5th floor apartment on Ile St. Louis. We excused all the food we ate by saying we got lots of cardio on those stairs.


How many flights? Five or 10?


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mama cass 12-21-2016 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 8126387)
I drink too much :(

Re: France - I'm here now, for the second time in six months. My girlfriend has lived here since April, though she's coming home in February, just after me. It's great but I do hate how late everyone eats in Europe. If you're hungry at 6pm, bad fucking luck.

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 8126390)
Yeah, starting dinner at 9pm was definitely an adjustment.

Where in France are you?

noooo you guys are doing it wrong...

basically, you have lunch from 12 til 2 pm, then around 4 pm there's the "gouter", sort of snack time, cake and a cuppa or something... then you have aperitifs with billions and billions of yummy nibbles and appetizers, brought out plate after plate, from around 7 pm, until dinner starts properly at 9 / half 9, and by the time you get to pudding it's 3 am (true story lol)

mama cass 12-21-2016 02:58 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 8126392)
Le Marais. Awesome location. Very close to the 1 so it's very easy to get to all the touristy spots and the airport. And there's just a million awesome food joints everywhere. It's brilliant. Only drawback is my girlfriend's on the fifth floor of an apartment with no elevator :lol:

i love the marais - always hang out there when i'm up in town! i imagine you've discovered Stollys, Cobbler?? one of my old student haunts - used to be the cheapest place for beers in Paris - we used to get huge pitchers to share and play drinking games til we fell off the stools haha

great food too, love Chez Marianne especially, and the Loir and the Theiere is lovely and cozy and awesome for afternoon tea and cakes!

fifth floor and no lift sounds about right haha lived in a few flats like that in Paris...

mama cass 12-21-2016 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 8126393)
Ha. Nice. We stayed in a 5th floor apartment on Ile St. Louis. We excused all the food we ate by saying we got lots of cardio on those stairs.

Ile Saint Louis is gorgeous too! my hub used to work in a little studio there many years ago... there used to be a really good ice cream place there too - Berthillon?? oh god my mental map of Paris seems to be made up of places to eat and drink ha

Diemen 12-21-2016 03:42 PM

Berthillon is still there and as popular as ever, based on the lines. My parents spent a year in France when they were in grad school (1 semester in Paris, 1 in Pau) in the early 70s and had very fond memories of getting Berthillon on sunny days and just walking around the 4th. Their apartment was in the Marais.

It was pretty cool to be able to be in Paris 40+ years later and find some of the same places my parents used to go.

mama cass 12-22-2016 03:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 8126432)
Berthillon is still there and as popular as ever, based on the lines. My parents spent a year in France when they were in grad school (1 semester in Paris, 1 in Pau) in the early 70s and had very fond memories of getting Berthillon on sunny days and just walking around the 4th. Their apartment was in the Marais.

It was pretty cool to be able to be in Paris 40+ years later and find some of the same places my parents used to go.

how lovely!! i think Paris is really timeless and special like that...

great idea to resurrect this thread - of course all the best conversations happen in bars haha

cobl04 12-22-2016 04:35 AM

I like that you get pretzels with wine most places. Helps you not get too pissed too quickly 😝


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LuckyNumber7 12-22-2016 05:16 AM

Anyone have a scouting report on Toulouse?

mama cass 12-22-2016 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by LuckyNumber7 (Post 8126593)
Anyone have a scouting report on Toulouse?

haven't been down that way in about 20 years, but lovely area, nice warmer climate, and lots of places to see, loved Carcassonne... Aerospatial?? is that your field? a friend's dad used to work for them years ago, and used to be based there, still are i think!

Oregoropa 12-22-2016 12:18 PM

I will drink anything. A little nervous about Absinthe, but otherwise anything.

Favorite Beer - Yuengling Lager served in the bottle.

https://www.curtisliquors.com/media/c...1/0/100478.jpg


It has a unique aftertaste akin to a microbrew, but light enough to drink in bulk.

I feel bad for much of the country that cannot taste the nectar of America's oldest brewery. For now it is only distributed from Maine to Alabama. Family owned out of Pottsville, PA. Took a tour once and met Dick Yuengling who was being interviewed by Good Morning America

PS: Tried a mix of Jim Beam Apple in Ginger Ale. Holy shit is that delicious. Tastes like an apple soda

bono_212 12-22-2016 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 8125931)
Oh all my friends hate me for it. Maybe in 10 years time I'll come to love it. After all if you'd told me three years ago that my most-consumed alcohol would be wine I'd have laughed for days.

You really just need to make the investment into a higher quality Scotch/Whiskey. The stuff is incredibly drinkable if its quality.

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Originally Posted by LemonMelon (Post 8125967)
I was at an open bar the other night and Redbreast was on the menu, but I already had a beer and an Eastside and I usually stop myself at two drinks unless I'm at home. It was a pleasant buzz.

WHAT?! I fucking missed that :sad:. I didn't even notice there were other things on the menu besides beers and mixed drinks. Dammit.



Anyways, at that same party, and subsequently after one beer purchase later, I've come to the conclusion that Belgian Ales may be stealing Oatmeal Stouts' place as my favorite type of beer.

LuckyNumber7 12-22-2016 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by mama cass (Post 8126649)
haven't been down that way in about 20 years, but lovely area, nice warmer climate, and lots of places to see, loved Carcassonne... Aerospatial?? is that your field? a friend's dad used to work for them years ago, and used to be based there, still are i think!


Yeah. It's where airbus and CNES are headquartered. Lots and lots of aerospace presence. Doing two months there in March and April.

kiwilad 12-22-2016 08:27 PM

March and April, south of France... Nice.
What I love about that area is how spectacular and varied your day/weekend trips can be. You just can't go wrong.

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LuckyNumber7 12-22-2016 08:48 PM

And then two months in Turin.

This is why I chose this degree program 😂

kiwilad 12-22-2016 11:54 PM

Turin... you could almost pop across the border and make some Bono beach recordings.
What is your program? I presumed you were some sort of mathematician...

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Diemen 12-23-2016 12:46 AM

Went to a local bar with a fabulous scotch list tonight, and along with my younger brother tried a few really nice scotches:

Bowmore 15 Darkest: I've had this Islay before but it's smooth and smoky and peaty and sweet and delicious. Way smoother than Lagavulin, maybe not as complex but more approachable.
Caol Ila Reserve: another good Islay, not as smooth as the Bowmore, with a bit more heat and spice in the smoke and peat, but quite tasty
Balmenach 18: Reeeeeally good Speyside. Like, really, really good. Fruity, malty, smoky, balanced and smoooooth. The distillery has been closed for a while, so it's hard to find and expensive, but both this and the 19 year old are some of the best scotches I've ever had.
Bunnahabhain 12 Port Wood: another Islay, that smells amazing and tastes pretty darn good, too. The port gives it a unique sweet aroma and flavor that works really well.

kiwilad 12-23-2016 12:48 AM

That Balmenach sounds like the perfect drop

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LuckyNumber7 12-23-2016 01:11 AM

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Originally Posted by kiwilad (Post 8126835)
Turin... you could almost pop across the border and make some Bono beach recordings.
What is your program? I presumed you were some sort of mathematician...

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This was my evil plan.

I did aerospace as an undergrad, and doing space systems engineering as a grad program. Toulouse and Turin are where the French and Italian space agencies have large presence, and I'm studying on behalf of the British. Basically, a European Space Agency grad project where at the end of our team project we team up with students in Italy and France and take our systems proposal to the folks at ESA in the Netherlands and present. I'm really excited for it.


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