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#1 mongo_jones

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 01:06 AM

tonigt: full moon belgian white ale--it is not really belgian, but a belgian style witbier from the mudshark brewery based in arizona. i quote my beeradvocate.com review:

looks very nice in the glass--lovely colour, and nice head. unfortunately, let down by the taste and non-existent finish. slight citrusy notes, and a hint of bitterness as it enters the mouth, but by the time you've finished swallowing it you might as well have had a sip of water. but this does make it a very good thirst quencher after a hot, humid day as we've had today in southern minnesota.

is it really 8% alcohol? sure doesn't taste like it.

eta:

okay, this is very embarrassing: the beer i drank is not full moon belgian white, but blue moon belgian white. when i went to review it on beeradvocate, i mistakenly did a search for full moon, and when it showed up i assumed that's what it was called. what are the odds that two separate companies would make belgian style witbiers with moon in their names?

review stands--but this one is certainly not 8% abv, which explains my surprise.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 02:26 AM

okay, this is very embarrassing: the beer i drank is not full moon belgian white, but blue moon belgian white.


We just imbibed at Frasca for you, Mongo. We hoisted some Tocai in your honor. The owners are all out pimping Scarpetta, but the staffers have it running like clock-work.

I love Belgian beer. For future reference, can we find this Blue Moon Belgian White in CO, I wonder. Must Google when I'm sober. Please post links.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 03:42 AM

okay, this is very embarrassing: the beer i drank is not full moon belgian white, but blue moon belgian white.


We just imbibed at Frasca for you, Mongo. We hoisted some Tocai in your honor. The owners are all out pimping Scarpetta, but the staffers have it running like clock-work.

I love Belgian beer. For future reference, can we find this Blue Moon Belgian White in CO, I wonder. Must Google when I'm sober. Please post links.


i think you should be able to. as per the labelling it is brewed in canada but imported in the u.s by a company in golden (which i suspect is a coors subsidiary). but there's no reason to hunt for it. boulder's own avery brewing company makes a far superior belgian style witbier: white rascal.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 10:55 AM

i think you should be able to. as per the labelling it is brewed in canada but imported in the u.s by a company in golden (which i suspect is a coors subsidiary).

Molson is part of the "Coors Family" now. If this is made in Canada it's a Molson product (which I generally avoid) made for export only - it is not carried by The Beer Store, the largest beer distribution network in Canada.

If I wanted a white ale on lees I would go for Blanche de Chambly.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:04 PM

mongo, you should do yourself a favor and start working your way through the Bells series. I think some places around the twin cities are offering Bells Oberon on tap this time of year, but the bottled stuff is good too.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:18 PM

is that a minnesota brewery? as you know, i believe strongly in drinking locally.

fly: i like blanche de chambly, but i was looking for something $6 and < for a 6pk. if i was spending more for a canadian witbier i'd get the fin du monde though.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:23 PM

I think Kalamazoo sould be considered local for this purpose.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:23 PM

Orik's right.

Have you tried Surly beers? They are sold in 16 oz cans and brewed in Brooklyn Center, MN.

You've also got August Schell's from New Ulm in your own backyard. I think their Schell's Original is one of the finest cheap beers around.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:12 PM

That Blue Moon stuff is awful. Back in Champaign I'm drinking Three Floyds Robert the Bruce since it's sort of local, but whenever I'm back it takes me a few minutes to adjust to beer that tastes like something besides beer. <_<

(In this case, kind of chocolate-y. Friendly but a little on the sweet side.)

eta: their website shows something called "Behemoth Barley Wine". Methinks I need to try this.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 11:04 PM

Also, if you happen to have some space in your home, you might want to consider doing what many Minnesotans do for good cheap beer and just brew it yourself. The first batch is going to be about $2/pint, but the second one is going to be very inexpensive.
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 11:25 PM

if i was spending more for a canadian witbier i'd get the fin du monde though.

That one is 9% alcohol, if memory serves. A favourite of some fishing buddies of mine in NY State, one of whom once mistakenly called it "Fin du Mode" and the name stuck...
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 03:49 AM

That Blue Moon stuff is awful.


it's not that bad. that is to say, it beats drinking tap water, which is more than i can say for the other products from the fine folks at coors.

fly: yes, the fin du monde sneaks up on you. alas, the local liquor store does not carry it, but i plan to make a pilgrimage soon to surdyk's in minneapolis, which is billed as the largest liquor store in the midwest--hopefully it will be larger and better stocked than the largest asian grocery in the midwest. i assume surdyk's will carry the full line of bell's and schell beers--some of the bell's beers do sound very good from their website descriptions, and they have received very strong reviews on beer advocate.

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:38 PM

Hitachino Red Rice Ale, which I was able to find a (relatively) cheap bottle of at some beverage distributor on Chrystie Street. One of my favorite summer beers.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:20 PM

mongo, you should do yourself a favor and start working your way through the Bells series. I think some places around the twin cities are offering Bells Oberon on tap this time of year, but the bottled stuff is good too.


i'm quaffing some of the oberon ale right now. pretty good, but nothing amazing. also got a 6 pk of their third coast beer. will report. the store didn't have their stouts or porters, which is what i am really interested in, but maybe they can get me some if i ask nicely.

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:00 PM

okay, it gets better as it warms up. prefer the third coast.

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