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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gonna Drink Now.....

Beer #123 Trappist Ale / Brasserie d'Orval, Orval, Belgium

Sometimes I have an awful day and share my joy with the people of the internet.  Today was too much of a beating to even bother typing out the details.  Straight to the booze, shall we?

Tonight I'm crossing another Trappist beer off the list, this one from Orval (hint: hit the Trappist tag on the right to check the rest).  This one pours a dark amber, with a thick, persistent head.  You pick up notes of malt, yeast, and light citrus on the nose.  The taste is a heady mix of plum, malt and mild hops.  Really, the most unique aspect of this beer is a subtle tartness, which was rather unexpected from a Belgian pale ale, but very much welcome. A nice dry finish on this one, and a very manageable 6.9% ABV.   Huge thumbs up here. Will definitely be bringing this beer back to the house again in the future.

Marci has previously crossed Orval off the list, her review can be found here.

Thing to Think About Today:
Today marks the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs - I admit that I'm a casual hockey fan during the regular season, but something about playoff hockey is definitely exciting.  And not just that my doppelganger in life is former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Jones, although that helps.  Seriously, google him, find me.  So, let's do two things here: Celebrate some civic pride for the hometown hockey squad (they'll need it), and play some music to get me fired up enough to leave the house for work tomorrow.  Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, meet Bill Conti's Gonna Fly Now:

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