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    OT: Whole Foods 20% Beer Sale 1/27

    Whole Foods is having another of there 20% off entire beer stock next Friday. They use it to clear all their back stock and they usually pull out some great stuff hidden back there!

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    Awesome, thanks for the heads up man!

    You said next Friday, but then said 1/28 which is a Saturday. Which day are they having the sale?

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    Next Friday

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    Yes, please, by all means, keep telling people it’s on Saturday the 28th. I’ll buy you a beer if you keep telling them Saturday and not Friday.
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    All in!!!!

    fc

    Here's the new beer from the past two nights. Mikkeller was clean and awesome!

    The Highwater Brewing Retribution Imperial IPA is a new one from San Leandro, CA. It is swell with layers of bitter, flavor, bitter, sweet.

    fc
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    how is this OT aka Off Topic???

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    Ok, here is the Belgian rack at my source. It is so huge that I am confused. Which ones should I try?

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    I like the blonds

    Duvel, white label Chimay and Hennipen. Cool to see a new brewery close by in San Leandro.

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    Funny I was just going to post about this. I was there last night and bought quite a stock of Sammy Smith - the girl at the register looks at me and says "you look like someone who should know about our beer sale next Friday"

    One other thing I didn't know is that apparently you can place and ORDER by going to the CS counter and telling them what you want. This way they will make sure the beer you want is in stock that day. She said that needs to be done way ahead of time - like no later than this weekend.

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    This is a pretty good description of Belgian styles from BeerAdvocate:

    Belgian Dark Ale

    Belgian IPA

    Belgian Pale Ale

    Belgian Strong Dark Ale

    Belgian Strong Pale Ale

    Bière
    de Champagne / Bière Brut


    Bière
    de Garde


    Dubbel

    Faro

    Flanders Oud
    Bruin


    Flanders Red Ale

    Gueuze

    Lambic
    - Fruit


    Lambic
    - Unblended


    Quadrupel
    (Quad)


    Saison / Farmhouse Ale

    Tripel

    Witbier



    If you like American Pales and IPA's, I might suggest starting with Belgian Tripel's. They are not necessarily hoppy by our standards, but are usually more so that Dubbel's, Wit's, and other Belgian styles. They have a high ABV and nice complex character. I love La Chouffe, Triple Karmeliet, Alagash, and others.

    Dubbel's tend to be more sweet, focusing on malt complexity and yeast character. A broad style I like very much is Saison, essentially a revived style of Belgian homebrew. As suggested Hennepin is a good example as is Saison Dupont.

    Beyond that you can look for Grand Cru and Strong Dark Ales. These will be thicker, large mouth feel, and high ABV. Look for notes of caramel to burnt caramel, rum raisin, fig, and other malty sweet character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Ok, here is the Belgian rack at my source. It is so huge that I am confused. Which ones should I try?

    Click on the photos and you can see the full resolution shots.

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    A sliver of my favorite beer is in that pic. Second row from top, all the way on the right. Get it. Drink it. (Although it may be a bit sweet for you super hoppy loving people.)

    Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren - Erpe-Mere, Belgium - BeerAdvocate

    Although the real answer to the "which to get" question is to pick a spot to start and work your way through them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim View Post
    pick a spot to start and work your way through them all.
    That's what she said.

    Go with a counter clockwise swirl pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    All in!!!!

    fc

    Here's the new beer from the past two nights. Mikkeller was clean and awesome!

    The Highwater Brewing Retribution Imperial IPA is a new one from San Leandro, CA. It is swell with layers of bitter, flavor, bitter, sweet.

    fc
    I really like that Mikkeller, which was surprising because I didn't really like their single hop series. Not as big a fan of the highwater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    All in!!!!

    fc

    Here's the new beer from the past two nights. Mikkeller was clean and awesome!

    The Highwater Brewing Retribution Imperial IPA is a new one from San Leandro, CA. It is swell with layers of bitter, flavor, bitter, sweet.

    fc
    Highwater brews at the Drakes facilities. I have had it on tap at the barrel house. The Hop Riot is excellent for a single IPA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah View Post
    I really like that Mikkeller, which was surprising because I didn't really like their single hop series. Not as big a fan of the highwater.
    It was opposite for me. I liked the Highwater, but the Mikkeller Invasion tasted a bit bland. But then again, I had the Highwater right after a ride, and the Invasion was on tap at La Trappe, after pints of Pliny at Toronado. Taste buds may not have been calibrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger View Post
    It was opposite for me. I liked the Highwater, but the Mikkeller Invasion tasted a bit bland. But then again, I had the Highwater right after a ride, and the Invasion was on tap at La Trappe, after pints of Pliny at Toronado. Taste buds may not have been calibrated.
    Funny, I was in the exact opposite. Mikkeller was the first beer after a ride, and the Highwater was in the middle of a session that included Mongo, Sculpin, and a few others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger View Post
    It was opposite for me. I liked the Highwater, but the Mikkeller Invasion tasted a bit bland. But then again, I had the Highwater right after a ride, and the Invasion was on tap at La Trappe, after pints of Pliny at Toronado. Taste buds may not have been calibrated.
    It's a hop Trappe!

    The new Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada is great.

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    Okay, gave the Highwater Retribution another shot yesterday. It was better, but still not my preference. The toasted malts hints probably make it more balanced, but I'm a hop head. In other good news, I also discovered (or is it finally tried?) some of this- its a keeper and I'll try to bring some sunday!

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    just be ready!

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    Would you all shut up about it already?

    I can't get there until after work tonight. I just hope there is something left for me.






    Should be a great Beer30 thread this evening
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Would you all shut up about it already?
    Stopped by WF in Santa Cruz around 8:20. No one in the bear aisle...

    I was hoping for Sculpin, they didn't have any. I kept it fairly mellow:

    2 Green Flash Imperial IPAs
    1 Green Flash West Coast IPA
    2 Ruination
    1 Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial IPA
    1 The Big DIPA No. 3

    And for filler:

    6 pack of Sierra Ruthless
    6 pack of Obsidian Stout

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean View Post

    6 pack of Sierra Ruthless
    you can get Ruthless at Santa Cruz Costco FYI
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    stopped by in Campbell at 8am and picked up:

    - 2 Plinys (bottled 1/16)
    - Sculpin 6 pack
    - Lagunitas Imperial Stout
    - Detour DIPA
    - Moylan Kilt Lifter
    - Green Flash LeFreak
    - Damnation Ale
    - Firestone Double Jack DIPA
    - Arrogant Bastard
    - Ruination
    - Mikkeller Invasion IPA (brewed at Drake's)
    - Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPA (norwegian DIPA)
    - RocheFort 8
    - Port Brewing Old Viscosity Ale
    - Mikkeller 1000 IBU DIPA

    and a few Chimays for Mrs. CHUM

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM View Post
    stopped by in Campbell at 8am and picked up:

    - 2 Plinys (bottled 1/16)
    - Sculpin 6 pack
    - Lagunitas Imperial Stout
    - Detour DIPA
    - Moylan Kilt Lifter
    - Green Flash LeFreak
    - Damnation Ale
    - Firestone Double Jack DIPA
    - Arrogant Bastard
    - Ruination
    - Mikkeller Invasion IPA (brewed at Drake's)
    - Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPA (norwegian DIPA)
    - RocheFort 8
    - Port Brewing Old Viscosity Ale
    - Mikkeller 1000 IBU DIPA

    and a few Chimays for Mrs. CHUM

    pics later
    I was at Los Gatos. $250. Now I need a beer fridge.

    fc
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I was at Los Gatos. $250. Now I need a beer fridge.

    fc
    you literally doubled what I spent
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