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Favourite Beer?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by baxterbasics, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    Coming up to Xmas, I don't know about you, but I am planning to treat myself and a few friends to a few nice beers.

    I generally like the Belgian ones; the only ones you can see in the supermarket are Leffe and Duvel.

    I found a really nice one, Hoegaarden Grand Cru - but it is not as readily available. All Belgian craft beers are really good.

    Out of the British Beers, I like Robinson's Old Tom, brewed in Stockport. At 8.5%, it is a serious beer.

    Anybody else got any recommendations?
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  2. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I find bottled and canned beers too gassy.
  3. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

  4. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    Fair enough, but then you are obviously limited to what is pulled in the pubs around you, unless you brew your own, which I have considered but never actually committed myself to doing.
  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I'm not saying I don't drink them, there is just not the same enjoyment as a nice draught beer. I don't drink much as to get to a decent pub I would have to drive. I never remember the name of beers anyway, and am not much of a drinker. I see Lidl have some in I never heard of; I'm going to try one called Red Rye Captain Pale Ale, probably like something a dog waters lamposts with. A lot of the problems I find a true British beers should not really be drunk chilled, and these bottled ones tell you to do so. I prefer malty brews, and used to like what was often known as a Lancashire dark mild.
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  6. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    I'm not really a fan of English beers of under 4%
  7. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Maybe you aren't a fan of standing up!
  8. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Got one of those waiting to be tapped.
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I would always choose a Timothy Taylors Landlord if I find a pub with it on tap. Also partial to Goose Island IPA if on draft as well
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  10. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    As per the other thread, what I call Christmas Dinner in a bottle:


    A Belgian brew, popular enough to be in short supply in French and Belgian supermarkets, which is the cheapest place to buy their beer. Do NOT buy Belgian beer from specialist Belgian beer shops who charge at least a Euro per bottle above supermarket prices, and the bigger supermarkets offer pretty much the same range of beers to choose from. For example if you're in Bruges forget the pricey town centre shops and take a 15 minute drive up the road to Carrefour on B-Park.

    A nice alternative, and made in Austria:


    ..and meanwhile, back in Belgium, another good one if the Trappiste shelf has been emptied by people like me stocking up:

  11. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Goose Island is not bad at all. Had one last night.
  12. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Under 4% and its not beer, as far as I'm concerned.
  13. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    I have tried those, but not the middle one

    These are exactly the things that I like.

    Another really good one - Chimay. Chimay blue label is sometimes available in Tesco.
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  14. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Aldi and Lidl have some really interesting beers. That's where I get most of mine.
  15. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    I was drinking that last week in St Ives.
  16. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Our local Tesco has a few more in, it's big but not huge.

    I'm a fan of the Trappistes Rochefort 10 too.

    Ghostship is nice, if you like hoppy beers this is another good one.

    I like IPA's too, these are good but they've got a bit poncy selling them in expensive smaller bottles.


    Dark ales:


    I really like this one, it's very strong, over 7%.

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  17. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

  18. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    I find IPAs a bit bitter, or almost "sour", but I have tried a few

    I will look out the McEwans.

    As I said, I recommend Old Tom to everybody, but not sure if it is available down south. The draught version of Old Tom knocks your socks off.
  19. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Our local often has the Jaipur on tap
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  20. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I had OLD TOM many years ago (pre kids so 37+) up in Yorkshire. 2 pints at lunchtime and we couldn't drive! We had trouble standing. It was as dark as Guinness. This was in Flamingoland
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