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Rate Beer y’all.

I’ve checked into most of the social networking sites over the years and am active to varying degrees in different ones. One that I especially enjoy is It’s a site where members rate and discuss beers, breweries, places that serve beer and places that sell beer. It’s a wonderful site. Here’s my most recent post, on what happens to be my favorite beer.

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio

This is absolutely my favorite beer on the planet. It comes from a tiny museum/brewery in Brussels Belgium. I find one now and then in my travels. I haven’t been to Europe much lately (that pesky devalued dollar and all) but found this one in April of 2007 in a grocery store in the Yokohama Japan train station. That little bottle had quite a ride until it got to my belly in a home on a dirt road in North Florida.

This is an incredibly well balanced guezue with palate that is quite dry but not offensively so. Smell is so subjective. Either you love or it reminds you of a sheep pen. I love but then I kind of like the smells of a barnyard so take that at what it’s worth. It poured a beautiful amber with a very tiny and quickly evaporating head. It’s an amazing beer.

I was a little worried about how this bottle had fared on it’s long journey. Fear not, pilgrim. It was just as tasty as it was when I drank a bottle in Antwerp a few years ago that had had a much shorter trip.

This bottle came with the makenpis statue on the label and a Japanese label (with barcode) pasted on the back. If you have a chance to try this beer, you owe it to yourself, even if you don’t think you like lambic’s.


2 Comments so far

  1. Serena April 23rd, 2008 6:00 pm

    I know it’s an American beer so how good can it be right, but my favorite beer is Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout. Then again one of my favorite wines is a chocolate Merlot so I guess I have a theme going.


  2. admin September 14th, 2008 10:16 pm

    Brewery Ommegang was bought out by the Belgian brewer, Duval, last year. Duval is Flemish for “devil”, which from my perspective is a pretty good name for beer. I’m not a big fan of stouts but I’m a huge fan of Ommegang. I buy Hennepin, a Sassion style ale they make. It’s a very decent beer, and in my local package store, a pretty good deal.

    I’m all about local. I’m into local politics, the local economy and especially local food. The Belgians and Dutch and Germans make some amazing beers but there are some North American breweries that have no reason for shame.

    Ommegang is one of them.

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