Pere Jacques – Goose Island

Pere Jacques 2011Creamy, buttery, floral, very nice. Compliments of my Bro Cesar.

The Beer

Goose Island – Pere Jacques – Belgian Style Ale
8% ABV – 26 IBU

Brewer’s Notes:

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.


Deschutes Brewery – The Stoic

Converting Wine Snobs to Beer Geeks

So I had some friends over for dinner the other night. They are notorious wine snobs, you know the type. They are very nice people, and I like them a lot. But they don’t drink beer, unless you count Corona, and I don’t. Well, I took it as a personal challenge to help them to see beer in a new light. So I went into my beer cellar and brought out the big gun, The Stoic. Continue reading

Pacific Park Market – Sour Beer Tasting

So, last night I had a Bacchus Belgian Ale, which was a surprise beer for me as I had forgotten where or when I bought the bottle and was just doing a little cellar cleaning. It turned out to be a very nice sour ale. Then after publishing my review, I checked my email and lo’ and behold, there’s a Sour Beer Tasting event this Friday, March 16th, at one of my local craft beer shops, Pacific Park Market. So I’m going to keep riding the Sour Beer train this week.
Below is the content of the email invitation, along with a link to the Facebook event page. I’m planning on attending, so I hope to meet you there. I’ll be the guy in the Beer Soaked sweatshirtContinue reading

Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck – Bacchus

This is one of those beers that I recently found in my cellar and didn’t recall anything about it at all. I don’t know where I bought it, and don’t remember why I picked it up in the first place. So I went into it totally blind. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The bottle is a thick green glass with black wrap around the cap, kind of like a wine bottle. The labeling is fairly simple, “Bacchus Belgian Ale” with cheerful fellow on the label holding a mug of beer.

Since I was in the mood for something different, I grabbed a glass and popped the top. Continue reading

Goose Island – Matilda

Tom Waits “Tom Traubert’s Blues”

Wasted and wounded,
And it ain’t what the moon did,
I got what I paid for now.
See you tomorrow,
Hey Frank can I borrow
A couple of bucks from you
To go waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda,
You’ll go waltzing Matilda with me…

Goose Island - Matilda - Belgian Style AleI know that Beer Soaked Stew is our resident Belgian beer aficionado. So I thought I should give that style of brew a chance again… perhaps you’ll go Waltzing Matilda with me.

I’ve had a few Belgian style ales in the past, and it’s been a while. I recently read quite a few good things about Goose Island Beer and the awards they’ve won over the years, (and a not-so-flattering article about their acquisition by big beer). I’ve also been a long time fan of Tom Waits, and his soulful version of Waltzing Matilda, “Tom Traubert’s Blues” has always been one of my favorites. And he’s gotten both good and bad reviews over the years too. So when I saw Matilda on the shelf at one of my local beer stops, name recognition was the first thing that made me pick this one up. My expectations were high going in. What did I think of it? Keep reading.

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