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Discussion in 'Europe' started by beerpirates, Oct 14, 2013.

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  1. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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    For all those who are intrested

    The christmas beerfsetival Essen this year is on saterday 14 and sunday 15 december 2013

    http://www.kerstbierfestival.be/ENG/index.htm

    The beerlist for this year will be updated soon !


    Who is coming this year ?
     
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  2. trevorjk

    trevorjk Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Netherlands
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    I am hoping to be there. Depends on family plans and work :slight_smile:
     
  3. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    I will go for sure!
     
  4. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands
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    Wouldn't dream of missing it.
     
  5. Albin

    Albin Initiate (152) Aug 18, 2013 Sweden
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    I was planning on a visit but I dont know yet..
     
  6. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Very entertaining festival with great, ver great, beers...
     
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  7. simoen

    simoen Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Belgium

    I will go
     
  8. SStein

    SStein Zealot (509) Dec 26, 2012 Colorado
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    I plan on being there.
     
  9. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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    Thijs ,
    Maybe we can make a list with who is coming and on what day('s) ?
    It would be fun to get all togheter on those day('s) :slight_smile:
     
  10. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    I will be there, I have been there in the past two years. Usually go on Saturday, sleep at a friend’s place who lives nearby. I might return back on Sunday.
     
  11. trekbiker3000

    trekbiker3000 Initiate (159) Jan 13, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Wife and I will be there with the Stu Stuart's Belgian Beer Me! Beer Tours. He showed us a good time a couple years ago with his Ardenne Mountain Beer Tour so we thought we would go back.
     
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  12. BierMeJohn

    BierMeJohn Disciple (339) Feb 9, 2013 Maryland
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    Went both days last year. Sunday was much less crowded than Saturday, most people didn't start showing up until the late afternoon. Maybe they drank too much the first day! :slight_smile:
     
  13. digita7693

    digita7693 Disciple (394) Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    I might be there, definitely considering it.
     
  14. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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  15. Trappistenbier

    Trappistenbier Initiate (17) May 26, 2002 Belgium

    I'll be there for two days, incl. an interesting second Dutch Trappist beer quest :slight_smile:
    Cheers,
    Filip
     
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  16. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Then we (finally!) will meet Filip!
     
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  17. Trappistenbier

    Trappistenbier Initiate (17) May 26, 2002 Belgium

    FINALLY !!!!! thumbs up !
     
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  18. Fux

    Fux Devotee (450) Apr 20, 2011 France
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    I plan to come too, don't know exactly when yet. Looking forward to meet some of you!
     
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  19. TreinJan

    TreinJan Initiate (135) Apr 13, 2006 Netherlands

    For those travelling to Essen by train: new timetable from sunday, the stopping train Antwerp - Roosendaal runs to a new schedule on sunday!
     
  20. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Francois.......sunday!
     
  21. Albin

    Albin Initiate (152) Aug 18, 2013 Sweden
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    So, how was the festival? I couldn't attend but booked a flight for Zythos the other day.
     
  22. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Went Sunday, parts of it were almost unbelievably calm compared to Saturday 2012.

    Tried 50 (!) new beers, lots of interesting stuff, tried beers from a lot of Belgian breweries I have never heard from before & I have had a lot Belgian beers (1350+). Most of them were interesting so overall this was probably the best beer festival of Belgium in 2013. Some disappointed, some exceeded but that is always the way. I really applaud the organisation which did their uttermost best like in the last years.
     
  23. HughinJette

    HughinJette Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2013 Belgium

    Still reading through the tasting guide from the festival...

    It was my first time going to this, really really impressed by the range and quality on offer. Between myself and my brother in law we tasted 'several' brews. Of course some were nicer than others, some were an absolute revelation. Port aged Silly and Chateau d y'Chouffe were my two highlights. Might try and do my first reviews on the site of some of them during the week.

    Hats off to the people behind it. Looking forward to Zythos already- having just moved to belgium a few weeks ago i'm starting to get a clear and rather exciting glimpse into life in beerland.
     
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  24. Aquaman68

    Aquaman68 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 Oregon

    What is this venue called on Untappd?
     
  25. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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  26. Aquaman68

    Aquaman68 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 Oregon

    Do you know what the venue name is on Untappd?
     
  27. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Me...the sunday...
     
  28. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands
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  29. Stevenwings

    Stevenwings Initiate (85) Jan 15, 2014 Belgium
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    Think i take a taxi to that event ....
     
  30. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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  31. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Sunday will be the day Wim!
     
  32. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2013 announced for the festival. Made exclusively for the festival. 8 months on a wine barrel from Languedoc.
     
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  33. Albin

    Albin Initiate (152) Aug 18, 2013 Sweden
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    I regret I didn't book a flight a long time ago. Now its to expensive...
     
  34. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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    Stille nacht reserva 2013 and 2010 will ONLY be for taste at the festival , not for take away ,
    3 coins for 15 cl , 1 coin for 5 cl
     
  35. Albin

    Albin Initiate (152) Aug 18, 2013 Sweden
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    I figured that, which mean I won't even be able to trade it. Well well, this made me book a flight for Zythos right away. So something good came out of it anyway.
     
  36. markextrae

    markextrae Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013 Netherlands

    I would really like to come to this event. But it's like 3.5 hours by train from my place :slight_frown: so 7 hours in one day
     
  37. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    I’m tempted to say that it is worth the trip. (P.S.: Loving the Family Guy avatar).
    If you are going on Saturday, tempted to say find me. The tall guy writing notes at the table, likely joined by others doing so.
     
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  38. SStein

    SStein Zealot (509) Dec 26, 2012 Colorado
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    Anyone else going today? Also anyone who went yesterday is the a confirmation on the St. Bernardus 12 Oakes aged.
     
  39. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    This beer wasn' t available.
     
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