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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The Terror that Infects the Noble Spirit

Written by Damon on October 31, 2008

I never would have guessed at the horror that could result from such innocent inoculations.

Most people live their lives safely: without ever knowing the random terrors that can suddenly infect the unsuspecting. They go through their comfortable, daily drudge: eating, working, loving, hating, drinking beer…without an inkling.

But ill events have torn that blissful torpor from my eyes. I may have been a little careless, but I’m not wholly at fault. I took precautions and presumed the fungal adjunct safe and

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Okanagan Wine Festival Thoughts: Brewing vs Winemaking

Written by Damon on October 22, 2008

Last weekend I (gasp!) went to the Okanagan Wine Festival. I must, at risk to all my beer-cred, confess to liking wine. I’m not a very knowledgeable wine drinker, but I do appreciate a good quaff.

Okanagan Winery

Okanagan Winery, photo courtesy www.thewinefestivals.com

Not only did I enjoy the opportunity to taste a lot of different wines over a short period of time, but I also learned a lot about wine and even a little about brewing

I got to

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Raspberry Wheat Beer 2008

Written by Damon on October 21, 2008

While my Belgian Blanche Beers sloooooowwwly ferment, I thought I might share my thoughts on this year’s Raspberry Wheat Beer. I’ve got a few other beers in various stages of readiness, but they aren’t ready yet.

My first Raspberry Wheat beer was very fruity in spite of being a very dry beer. It had a very low initial gravity (1038 OG, my lowest ever), but the raspberry flavour was quite obvious. The whole effect, in spite of the low initial gravity

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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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Chanterelle Season | Fermentation Friday

Written by admin on September 27, 2008

My first mushroom beers consisted of Winter Chanterelles on a Belgian base. I tried different quantities of mushrooms and different methods for getting mushroom in to beer.

For the first beer, I used 0.9 kgs (2 lbs) of Winter Chanterelles soaked the mushrooms in vodka for three weeks. I then added the vodka to the 23 L (6 gal) batch of beer before bottling. The final beer was a wonderful Belgian Ale with some strange yeast-like characteristics that would (very) occasionally

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Fresh Cherry Nut-Brown Ale Recipe 2008

Written by Damon on September 18, 2008

My cherry beer for this year mixes sweet and sour cherries on a nut-brown base.

moments later, this ale met its demise

The cherries in this recipe don’t stand out like in a Bellevue Kriek, but they create a very balanced beer that is difficult to classify. If you don’t know its a cherry beer, then you probably won’t be able to guess. But if you know what to look for, then both the sweet and sour cherries are evident.

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When Beer Ruled the Earth

Written by Damon on September 15, 2008

I found this neat photo titled When Beer Ruled the Earth on flickr. The photographer, Lone Primate, also added a very clever caption.

When Beer Ruled the Earth

“Millions of years ago, when beer roamed the Earth, small liqueurs would ooze away in terror at the approach of Pintius Maximus, the fiercest of all the golden liquids ever to reign. Not a dry throat, however large, was safe from this hunter. Alas, these times ended abruptly with the coming of

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