Canaster Winterscotch Ale

750 mL bottle from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA from late 2008. Capped bottle is a BIG gusher - be warned. Poured into the Ommegang chalice the beer forms a mid-brown Dubbel color and a small fine head with a creamy consistency. Plenty of yeast floaties. Nose is sherry alcohol based. This beer is pretty much Strong Belgian Dark all the way through. Large fruit raisin and plum notes with the alcohol poking its head through to give a nice warmth. Figs and more rich, dark,...

Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel

On tap at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Small 250mL serving in the De Glazen glass - why expect anything else? This is The Brick Store for crying out loud! A richly orange marmalade colored body that looks viscous and rich. This is much darker and more orange than the standard Tripel. The head is not huge, but it does leave some superb lace. Tripel like nose but with less fruit and more emphasis on the alcohol. However, this is not as aggressive in the taste as either the look or the nose...

Saison D’Erpe-Mere

Capped, 750 mL bottle, $8.95 from Whole Foods Market. Probably paid a little over the odds at Whole Foods, but it caught my eye. No paper on my bottle. Not much pop on the bottle opening, but a generous rush of fine carbonation still rises quickly. Poured into the Urthel goblet, it forms an impressive head with an atractive lemon straw body. Very nice lacing, a good looker. Saison qualities all around, but light. Very refreshing. Fine carbonation and very mild hop presence coupled with the...