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Wow, I guess I really like Dark Belgian Ales!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by fx20736, Mar 22, 2013.

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  1. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    I have written 223 reviews on BA. Here are my 5 highest rated beers:

    Ommegang Adoration Ale
    Brewery Ommegang
    Belgian Strong Dark Ale

    Corsendonk Christmas Ale
    Brouwerij Corsendonk
    Belgian Strong Dark Ale

    Anchor Porter
    Anchor Brewing Company
    American Porter

    Père Jacques
    Goose Island Beer Co.

    Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
    Bières de Chimay S.A.
    Belgian Strong Dark Ale

    I wasn't really aware that Belgian Strong Dark Ale was my highest rated style. If you add the Dubbel 4 out of my top 5 are Belgian ales.
    what kind of beer drinker does that make me?
    funny thing is my everyday beer style is English Bitter.
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  2. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Feb 25, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    my highest rated style too
    love the complexity and robustness
    what do you think of the Anchor Christmas generally over the years?
  3. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    haven't had it yet but will buy it this year.
  4. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    It's good to have a different favorite style suitable for any situation, no matter how you rate them. I see nothing contradictory here, if that's where you are going. You seem to prefer beers with an interesting yeast signature, and so lean towards Belgian and English styles (and, fwiw, I find that the Anchor Porter also has a very distinctive yeast sig, very English in nature, though categorized as 'American' on BA).
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  5. ItsLaTrappe

    ItsLaTrappe May 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Find some De Dolle's and that top 5 will be all BSDA ;)
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  6. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    My fav in the style is Rochefort #8. Your number #1 pick is really tasty and is probably underrated, but i'm too lazy to look. When I tried it, I had previously consumed more than 50 beers in the style and Adoration made me very happy!
  7. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Me too, just my luck that they are the toughest to find and among the most expensive...but they are soooooo good.
  8. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    As to suggestions- if you haven't had any Unibroue beers, give them a shot- especially Trois Pistoles. It should be right up your alley.
  9. Premo88

    Premo88 Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    It makes you a lover of malt.

    The English bitter = wonderful malty goodness in an easy-drinking form.

    All those Belgian darks = crazy dark malt goodness in a more complex form.

    Nothing wrong with the malted barley ...
  10. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    It makes you like me.....until I diverged into the insane world of complex barrel aged beers. If you think quads are expensive and incapacitating.... ;)
  11. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Mar 13, 2013 New York

    get on dat dere stille nacht time STAT
  12. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Feb 25, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    Unibroue makes the Trader Joe's Christmas ale. It's extremely tasty and crazy cheap, I think $4 or 5 a bottle.
  13. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    That Corsendonk Christmas ale is really, really good. I overlooked it last year, and when it came out this winter, a retailer talked me into it. Needless to say, I went back for a lot more.
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  14. BierMeJohn

    BierMeJohn Feb 9, 2013 Maryland
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I completely agree! I have the luxury of living close to Belgium currently (although I'm stateside at the moment)... but Allagash and Unibroue both have several tasty Belgian style brews. In fact, I'm drinking a Trois Pistoles right now!
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  15. dieBlume

    dieBlume Mar 18, 2013 Virginia

    I don't blame you. Belgian beers are fantastic.
  16. RickS95

    RickS95 Mar 19, 2004 Indiana

    Definitely near the top of my list.
  17. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Nov 17, 2010 Wisconsin

    Trois Pistoles is excellent, but so is La Terrible.
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  18. dieBlume

    dieBlume Mar 18, 2013 Virginia

    QFT. La Terrible is absolutely up there as one of my top 5 favorite beers.
  19. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    unfortunately Allagash and Unibroue are not available here, although there is a Belgian Beer Bar, Victoire that serves Unibroue beers on tap.
  20. RickS95

    RickS95 Mar 19, 2004 Indiana

    Unibroue has some amazing beers. Trois Pistoles and La Terrible are great, but so are Maudite and Don de Dieu (not sure of the spelling), and you can't go wrong with La Fin Du Monde.
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  21. 2Cents

    2Cents Jul 3, 2010 Nebraska

    I am drinking a La Binchoise Reserve Speciale. The store I bought this at accidentally aged it 5 years for me. They have done this, successfully, with a few other high alcohol beers that I purchased there in the past. They must be stored in a dark place at the right temperature; they're usually obscure beers that probably aren't selling well.
    Anyway, this is a real treat. It has a nice sour cherry and a, not cloying, candied malt taste. It tastes more like a Strong dark ale then a strong pale ale, it's miles away from Duvel. And, it's loaded with hazy yeast swimmers, all the reviews that I have read say this is relatively clear: this could be due to its long life. The alcohol is really well hidden, this things going down pretty fast. They only had two bottles of this, to bad.
  22. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Feb 25, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    just an fyi, Unibroue is in Quebec, not Belgium.
  23. BierMeJohn

    BierMeJohn Feb 9, 2013 Maryland
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Yes. I thought we were talking about Belgian style beers... that are readily available in North America. And while there are now lots of Belgian imports available in local stores, I imagine it will be even easier to find one from Canada... and it SHOULD be cheaper.
  24. TastyAdventure

    TastyAdventure Nov 13, 2012 Kentucky

    Belgians are definitely my favorite. Esp. Quads. It's all about that yeast that adds amazing flavor. So malty sweet and complex. I think quads are the beer of royalty.

    But they get expensive. My everyday cheaper beers include Robert the Bruce, Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale, Optimator, Ommegang's Dubbel is a little more expensive than those..still looking for some good cheap belgians...
  25. bnuno

    bnuno Feb 8, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    North coast brother thelonious is great Belgian dark strong and a good price too
  26. TastyAdventure

    TastyAdventure Nov 13, 2012 Kentucky

    What's a "good price" to you? I've seen it for over $3 at least. can't remeber exact. maybe it was over $4. An everyday cheap beer to me wouldn't be anymore than $2. and I tried it once and is was just ok... but I need to try it again...
  27. bnuno

    bnuno Feb 8, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I see for about $7 for 750ml or $12 for a four pack. I don't see many other Belgian strong darks at that price but maybe I'm way off
  28. bnuno

    bnuno Feb 8, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    You cited Belgian dubbels which are lower in abv then Belgian strong dark so maybe that is why the price increase for brother theo
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