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Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

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A rich, hearty, and robust brew.  Green Flash is more well known for their hop-centric beers, but this darker trip on the roasted malt side did not disappoint.  Brewed with oats and a generous portion of roasted malts this stout actually walks the line between Black Ale/Porter/Oatmeal Stout very well.  The pour form Green Flash’s […] ... [Read more]

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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Probably known more for their Fruit Lambic, Lindeman’s crafts a fine product in this grand cru with a nod to one of the Head Brewers Rene Lindeman.  Based on my research, this gueuze differs from their standard offering due to this unfiltered nature.  Classic gueuze beers were not filtered so in honoring the age old […] ... [Read more]

Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Gueuze

Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Gueuze

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I was not able to find much information on this brewery, but I’ve seen them on the shelves for some time now and they make a gueuze I decided to give them a try.  This blended lambic was aged for over three years before being sent out into the world so there in no need […] ... [Read more]

Abbey St. Martin Brune

Abbey St. Martin Brune

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Founded in 1096 St. Martin’s ales are now brewed by Brunehaut Brewery in the same time old tradition.  Only four beers make up this line so I choose the darkest brew.  A Dubbel by style, this beer has a slightly higher abv similar to that of Trappist Achel Bruin or St. Bernardus Prior 8.  The […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

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A surprising beer that caught me off guard by one of my favorite breweries.  Apparently this is a brewer’s choice concoction where they collectively decided on the malts, hops, ingredients, label design, and name.  I must say, I’m not a huge fan of the label and name partly because it does not sound like some […] ... [Read more]

Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 2007

Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 2007

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A perfect marriage or harmony.  That is what you have here.  Unlike Boon’s standard Geuze which is a blend of young and old lambic, this beer is a blend of 3 year old lambic.  Therefore it is a vintage beer blended by the brewers for the purpose of pure enjoyment.  It is suppose to be […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

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My second go at the Clown Shoes brand finds me sipping on a very comfortable and cozy Brown Ale.  The 2012 winter here in Chicago has been rather mild, so the extreme stouts have not been my go to.  Instead, I’ve been looking for brown ales, cascadian dark ales, and black lagers to give me […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

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Aging this beer for over a year I would put forth the argument that one should not do so for more than six months.  Oh sure, it is aged in Bourbon barrels, but after all the abv is not “imperial” strength.  If I had aged this any longer I could see it turning soy sauce. […] ... [Read more]

Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsner

Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsner

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If you have had Rogue’s Irish Lager and enjoyed it then you’ll like this one.  It has a similar taste and aroma to that of Avery’s Joe’s Pils making it a great American rendition of a Czech Pils.  This latest installment of their GYO series used malt that is grown and kilned by Rogue itself.  The use […] ... [Read more]

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

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A seasonal brew in their Smokestack Series it is rather limited brew, but one you should try at least once.  The interplay between chocolate and malt is so well balanced that it creates a very unique flavor that I’ve never come across before.  A lot of the times it is the darker beers that are […] ... [Read more]