My First Biere de Garde

Written by Damon on January 14, 2009

I just had my first French biere de garde. I don’t often come across styles of beer that I haven’t sampled, so it is really quite a treat to when I do.

The beer was a present from my sister who lives in Abu Dhabi and writes an urban planning blog, but spent the holidays in France with my mom who brought the beer back. So thanks to both of you.

The biere de garde that I tried was Jenlain Ambree and

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Unibroue Limited Edition-Quatre Centieme Review

Written by Damon on November 15, 2008

For my first review under my new system, I’d like to do something special.

As everybody knows (because the world loves Canadian history), it is Quebec city’s 400th anniversary. It may not compare favourably to cities in Europe and Asia, but, in North America, Quebec is winning.

And beer drinkers are winning too. Unibroue, the Quebec-based Belgian-style brewery responsible for Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Blanche de Chamblix and a number of other fine beers, released a 400th anniversary limited edition Belgian ale called

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Reviewing Beer

Written by Damon on November 13, 2008

I created a reviews category, but I’m not really sure how I feel about reviewing beer. How is my opinion, or anyone else’s, relevant to your appreciation of beer? Maybe if I did more beer reviews and you realised that we like the same kinds of beer, then my reviews would be worthwhile. But why come to Life With Beer to read about a beer when you can drink it for yourself?

I think the BJCP judging framework is useful for

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Beasts from the East – Microbrews from Eastern Canada Review

Written by Damon on October 8, 2008

Life sucks. You can go to the other side of the world and buy the same stuff, eat the same food, and basically live exactly like you would at home without even suspecting that you are in a strange country except for that warm bright thing in the sky.

But yet, I can’t get some of my favourite micro-brewed beers from just a few hours away. Life is good.

You can probably imagine my delight when my beer-o-phile (beer-a-phile? beerophile? we need

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9-Year Cellared Chimay Bleu

Written by Damon on September 29, 2008

One of the beers that survived the luggage handler’s fragile-baggage-toss competition from my trip to Belgium last summer was a 1999 Reserve Chimay Bleu.

I’m shocked that it has taken this long, but I finally cracked the Chimay last night and, just for comparison’s sake, I also had a couple of regular, non-aged Chimay Bleus on hand. It turns out, the young ‘uns weren’t necessary. I never would have guessed that they were the same beer they were so completely different.

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