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Ommegang Tripel Perfection – Part of the Duvel Family

29 Sep

If you know myself or my fiance at all, we love craft beer. So naturally, when it comes to gifts from each other or other people, they are normally beer-related (or wine when it comes to me.)

One of these recent gifts included Ommegang Tripel Perfection, a golden tripel ale brewed with spices.

The bottle says you’ll smell hints of banana, however I thought Tripel Perfection had hints of apricots or oranges. There was also a very light spicy aroma when you stuck your nose in and took a deep breathe.

Color-wise, Ommegang Tripel Perfection has a light copper tone to it.

On a heaviness scale of 1-10, it was about a 5 or 6. This brew had a crisp, yet  slightly fruity taste, that again tasted like apricots or oranges. Also accompanied the taste was a nice creaminess and good aftertaste that hung around for a while.

Ommegang Tripel Perfection is 8.9% ABV and is part of the Duvel family.

Definitely a nice Belgian-style ale.

Are you into Belgians?


Feeling French? Delatour 2008 Chardonnay

28 Sep

Last night, I was in a white wine kind of mood so I picked up a bottle of Delatour’s 2008 Chardonnay. The bottle said it was a Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Paris Wine Contest – so I figured it had to be good.

I’ll say up front that I’m not normally a Chardonnay drinker, but I go through phases where my wine of preference changes.

Delatour is a winery in the Languedoc region in the South of France.

It’s label is fairly plain with ‘Delatour’ written in a nice script. The edges are rugged, like you would see on a lost treasure map or an antique letter.

Delatour’s Chardonnay is pale yellow in color and has aromas of white flowers, almonds and exotic fruits.

When sticking your nose further in the glass, the fruity aromas almost sting your nostrils. Not in a bad way — but the aromas coming from the glass are very powerful.

It’s flavor is light on the palate at first, but turns fairly tart with a crisp flavor that coats your mouth.

It’s suggested to be served with fish or white meat. We enjoy it with grilled chicken and a side of spinach salad with cranberry, gorgonzola and walnuts.

I thought the combination of Delatour’s 2008 Chardonnay along with the cranberries from the salad brought out a light sweetness and less tart flavor to the wine.

I’d definitely buy this one again.

Delatour’s 2008 Chardonnay is 14% ABV.

What’s your favorite chardonnay?


It’s time to celebrate – 17th Anniversary Double IPA

22 Sep

It’s a celebration, B*tches! No, Charlie Murphy isn’t here. However, the 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA is — it’s 10% ABV and it comes in a ‘big boy’ bottle.

Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Co. based this recipe off their Denver Pale Ale in celebration of their supporters for keeping them stewin’ and brewin’  the last 17 years.

This double IPA is a dark, copper color with a fairly malty scent.

While on first sip a strong rush of malty sweetness rushes into your palate, it ends with a very light finish. The sweetness comes from the use of both English and American hops, whereas the French and American oak gives this brew very subtle hints of vanilla.

Great Divide suggests pairing with BBQ ribs, toffee pudding or caramel cheesecake. We ended up pairing it with BBQ salmon grilled on a cedar plank, southwestern rice and edamame — it was a delicious combination.

My fiance and I have had this bottle in our fridge for a month or two now, waiting for the right time to enjoy it. (Or, basically free time in general.) And, it was worth the wait.

How do you like to celebrate?