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Preface this with:  I LOVE Belgian beers.

I was lucky enough to tour around Belgium in 2000 and what more can you say about a country that serves waffles and beer in the afternoon??

This beer was a lovely ruby colour with a great head.  Lots of notes of caramel and musky notes.  Sweet start with a bite of sour.  Very drinkable at such a high ABV!

Bornem Dubbel 7% ABV, 330ml

Bornem Dubbel

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Everyone loves Gnomes right???

I was totally shocked when I walked by this one in the LCBO since I had no idea it was coming.  Stupid me only bought one though!

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy honey colour with a nice head.  The aroma on this beer was not very big.  A bit of spice, fruit and grass.  The flavor was really nice with hits of nutmeg, coriander, pepper, fruit, sweetness, and a tinge of herbal-ness (is that even a word?).  Very smooth tasting beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this was a great Belgian Pale.  Now if only I had purchased a few more!

Time to get back to posting after a nice long vacation!

I must be one of those crazy people, I just not fond of Orval.  Everyone else seems to like it!  I do like the bowling pin shaped bottle though.

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy orange colour with a big bubbly head.  The aroma was of plums, raison, sweetness, and Brett??  The flavour was all over the place with hits of medicine, herbs, dark fruit, and tartness.

Would I Drink it Again? – Oh probably since it is supposed to be one of the best in the world but I won’t rush to grab it.

I love these small 330ml bottles.

One more Belgian beer from the LCBO holiday gift pack.

About the Beer – It poured a yellow/blond colour with a massive head.  The aroma was very tart on the nose with hits of citrus fruit.  the flavor followed the nose with VERY tart start followed by a bit of soap and a big lemon citrus finish.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, I am pretty sure this one was off slightly.

India Pirate Ale?

Another bottle from the LCBO Belgian Holiday 6 pack!

About the Beer – It poured a foggy gold colour with a nice white head.  The nose is a bit sour mixed with banana and spices.  The flavour was quite sour with a melon, resin, and alcohol mix.

Would I Drink It Again? – Sure, it is an interesting beer.

Beer #2 from the LCBO holiday mixed pack.

I have always loved the packaging of this beer!  No sunlight is going to spoil this baby!

About the Beer – It poured a foggy reddish-brown colour with a great head.  The aroma was of liquorice, plum, heavy malt, Belgian esters, and alcohol.  Strong on the alcohol.  The flavour was of sweet caramel, raisin, peat smoke, and tobacco.  The tobacco really came out as it warmed up.  A much better beer the warmer it got.  There was a bit of sour in the aftertaste as well.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this is a good beer but a definite slow sipper!

I am a sucker for a mixed Belgian 6 pack!

Like I said, I am a sucker for a Belgian holiday mixed pack.  Every year around Christmas the LCBO has this pack or a similar one and I seem to pick it up every time.  Sometimes there is a slight variation to the beers but I believe that this pack was exactly the same last year.

About the Beer – I did not review this one.  My general impression was that this was a nice beer but a bit weak for what I was looking for.  It does get some good review’s on BA though.

Would I Drink it Again? – Since I seem to grab this special release pack every year I would have to say yes!

Back to the proper order of beers.

Last bottle of the Maredsous special holiday 3 pack.

About the Beer – It poured a lovely cloudy orange colour with a nice head.  The aroma was of Belgian yeast.  Citrus, spice, and apricot pummel the nose.  The flavour was just as intense as the nose.  Lots of carbonation, peach, apricot, light tart citrus, a bit of sour, and some light spice.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yep, one word.  Nice!

Yum, Yum, and Yum!

Number two in the Maredsous series from the LCBO holiday pack.

About the Beer – It poured a very nice deep red colour with a great head.  The aroma was of dark fruit (Fig?), spice, and slightly toasted.  The flavour was excellent with some light nutty roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and a tiny hit of sour.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, a very tasty brew!

Licensed Abbey Ale!

I picked up a seasonal holiday pack of Maredsous that came with a glass.  If  I remember correctly it was quite reasonably priced.  The pack came with 3 Maredsous Abbey Ales.  Maredsous 6 Blonde, Maredsous 8 Brune, and  Maredsous 10 Tripel.

About the Beer – It poured a light gold colour with a great head.  The nose had hits of spice, coriander, citrus, and honey.  This beer was insanely drinkable.  All the best things that I like from a Belgian Pale Ale.  Honey, apricot, peach, banana, pepper, hops, and  a creamy smooth textutre.

Would I Drink it Again? – In a heartbeat.  I just wish I had bought more!

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